Devils Roaring Off to Best Start in 35 Years

EACH WEEK, I’LL BRING YOU RANDOM NUMBERS FROM THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS AND AROUND THE NHL.

Yesterday, news sites picked up Selena Gomez wearing Justin Bieber‘s jersey after the Biebs played in a hockey game.

The important part of the story is that the jersey worn was that of the New Jersey Devils.

This is definitely not the first hockey sweater donned by the pop icon from Stratford, Ontario. It won’t be the last. Why the lack of “team loyalty?” Bieber actually has a very fair explanation:

Now onto the numbers!

12

A shootout streak the Detroit Red Wings have going on, with 12-straight wins in a game that goes to a shootout. Longest in NHL history.

3

How many three-game win streaks the Devils already have this season. Last season they only had two. Not a bad start (Source: @ChrisRyan_NJ).

10

The number of games this season it took Brian Gibbons of the Devils to score 5 goals this season. He scored 5 total goals in his 66 previous NHL games.

32

Amount of hits Blake Coleman has dished out on the season, most on the Devils squad. Coleman also currently leads New Jersey in face-off win percentage (50%, over 100 taken) and is second in takeaways (12).

Speaking of hits…

3,013

Since 1997, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings leads the NHL in career hits, 3,013.

166

Nico Hischier is the 166th NHL player in history to score a NHL goal at 18 years old or younger.

Five did it at 17 years of age in the 1942-43 season (Assist: @CraigSeiden1513).

4

How many goaltenders the Golden Knights have played in at least one of the team’s 12 regular season games this season. New York Islanders statistician Eric Hornick revealed that it took 5 NHL seasons for the Isles to play 4 goalies between the pipes (one being Gerry Gray, who played only one game).

1

As in best starts in franchise history. There are two:

  1. The Devils are 9-2-0 to start, their best in 35 years.
  2. The Columbus Blue Jackets are 9-4-0, tops in 17 seasons.

Oh, and Vegas too, of course.

1

As in, 1 goal games this season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have had only two types of score lines: Games that were decided by one goal, or a blowout. Every blowout loss suffered by the Pens this season have come in the second tilt of a back to back.

6

The number of starts it took Fredrik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs to earn a shutout this year. Last season, it took 27 (Source: @dalter).

119

The number of career NHL regular season fights for Colton Orr, former Rangers enforcer (also with a clever Twitter handle, @EnforceOrr).

Ever wonder what an NHL fight is really like? Take a special look from a first person's point of view, as People Talking Sports host Sam Morril wears a Go Pro camera and has a hands-on demonstration with former Rangers enforcer Colton Orr!

Why am I mentioning this? Colton will join us on the #MSGHockeyShow tonight at 10:35 PM ET on MSG Networks! See you then.

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