1985–86 New Jersey Devils season

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1985–86 New Jersey Devils
Division 6th Patrick
Conference 11th Wales
1985–86 record 28-49-3
Goals for 300
Goals against 374
Team information
General Manager Max McNab
Coach Doug Carpenter
Captain Mel Bridgman
Alternate captains None
Arena Brendan Byrne Arena
Team leaders
Goals Greg Adams (35)
Assists Greg Adams (42)
Points Greg Adams (77)
Penalties in minutes Joe Cirella (147)
Plus/minus Bruce Driver (+9)
<1984–85 1986–87>

The 1985–86 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 4th in the league since moving to New Jersey from Colorado. Kirk Muller making the All-Star Game was the highlight of the season for the Devils, as they finished in last place in their division and conference, good for the third-worst record in the league. This was the franchise's eighth consecutive season out of the playoffs.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 53 23 4 335 241 110
Washington Capitals 80 50 23 7 315 272 107
New York Islanders 80 39 29 12 327 284 90
New York Rangers 80 36 38 6 280 276 78
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 34 38 8 313 305 76
New Jersey Devils 80 28 49 3 300 374 59

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 1985 6–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (season) 1–0–0
2 W October 12, 1985 4–1 Washington Capitals (season) 2–0–0
3 W October 13, 1985 3–2 OT @ New York Rangers (season) 3–0–0
4 L October 17, 1985 3–4 OT Hartford Whalers (season) 3–1–0
5 L October 19, 1985 3–4 @ St. Louis Blues (season) 3–2–0
6 L October 23, 1985 1–5 @ New York Rangers (season) 3–3–0
7 L October 24, 1985 4–6 Chicago Black Hawks (season) 3–4–0
8 W October 26, 1985 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (season) 4–4–0
9 L October 29, 1985 4–6 Boston Bruins (season) 4–5–0
10 T October 31, 1985 2–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (season) 4–5–1
11 W November 2, 1985 6–5 OT New York Rangers (season) 5–5–1
12 L November 6, 1985 2–5 Calgary Flames (season) 5–6–1
13 W November 8, 1985 5–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 6–6–1
14 L November 9, 1985 2–3 @ New York Islanders (season) 6–7–1
15 L November 15, 1985 3–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (season) 6–8–1
16 L November 16, 1985 2–7 @ Calgary Flames (season) 6–9–1
17 W November 19, 1985 6–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (season) 7–9–1
18 W November 22, 1985 6–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (season) 8–9–1
19 L November 23, 1985 2–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (season) 8–10–1
20 W November 26, 1985 4–3 Winnipeg Jets (season) 9–10–1
21 L November 30, 1985 2–6 Washington Capitals (season) 9–11–1
22 L December 1, 1985 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (season) 9–12–1
23 L December 4, 1985 7–10 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (season) 9–13–1
24 W December 6, 1985 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (season) 10–13–1
25 W December 7, 1985 5–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 11–13–1
26 W December 9, 1985 6–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (season) 12–13–1
27 L December 11, 1985 2–4 New York Rangers (season) 12–14–1
28 L December 14, 1985 3–9 @ Quebec Nordiques (season) 12–15–1
29 L December 15, 1985 2–3 St. Louis Blues (season) 12–16–1
30 W December 17, 1985 7–4 Philadelphia Flyers (season) 13–16–1
31 L December 19, 1985 3–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (season) 13–17–1
32 L December 21, 1985 6–7 @ Hartford Whalers (season) 13–18–1
33 L December 22, 1985 3–8 Minnesota North Stars (season) 13–19–1
34 L December 27, 1985 3–7 Montreal Canadiens (season) 13–20–1
35 L December 28, 1985 3–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (season) 13–21–1
36 L January 3, 1986 2–3 Washington Capitals (season) 13–22–1
37 L January 4, 1986 3–9 @ Washington Capitals (season) 13–23–1
38 L January 6, 1986 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 13–24–1
39 W January 8, 1986 8–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (season) 14–24–1
40 L January 11, 1986 4–8 Philadelphia Flyers (season) 14–25–1
41 L January 14, 1986 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (season) 14–26–1
42 W January 15, 1986 4–3 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (season) 15–26–1
43 L January 17, 1986 3–4 Washington Capitals (season) 15–27–1
44 L January 19, 1986 3–6 Buffalo Sabres (season) 15–28–1
45 L January 21, 1986 3–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (season) 15–29–1
46 T January 22, 1986 6–6 OT @ Calgary Flames (season) 15–29–2
47 L January 24, 1986 6–7 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (season) 15–30–2
48 L January 27, 1986 2–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (season) 15–31–2
49 L January 29, 1986 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 15–32–2
50 L February 1, 1986 4–5 @ Washington Capitals (season) 15–33–2
51 L February 2, 1986 2–3 OT New York Islanders (season) 15–34–2
52 L February 6, 1986 4–6 Edmonton Oilers (season) 15–35–2
53 L February 8, 1986 0–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 15–36–2
54 W February 9, 1986 6–3 @ Hartford Whalers (season) 16–36–2
55 W February 13, 1986 4–3 Montreal Canadiens (season) 17–36–2
56 L February 15, 1986 5–6 @ New York Islanders (season) 17–37–2
57 T February 16, 1986 5–5 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 17–37–3
58 W February 20, 1986 4–3 OT Quebec Nordiques (season) 18–37–3
59 L February 22, 1986 2–5 Los Angeles Kings (season) 18–38–3
60 W February 26, 1986 7–2 New York Islanders (season) 19–38–3
61 L March 1, 1986 3–8 @ Boston Bruins (season) 19–39–3
62 W March 2, 1986 6–4 Winnipeg Jets (season) 20–39–3
63 L March 4, 1986 2–4 @ Washington Capitals (season) 20–40–3
64 W March 6, 1986 7–2 Detroit Red Wings (season) 21–40–3
65 W March 8, 1986 7–3 Philadelphia Flyers (season) 22–40–3
66 L March 9, 1986 3–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (season) 22–41–3
67 L March 11, 1986 3–6 New York Rangers (season) 22–42–3
68 L March 13, 1986 4–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (season) 22–43–3
69 L March 15, 1986 1–3 @ New York Islanders (season) 22–44–3
70 L March 16, 1986 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (season) 22–45–3
71 L March 19, 1986 3–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 22–46–3
72 W March 21, 1986 6–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (season) 23–46–3
73 W March 22, 1986 6–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (season) 24–46–3
74 L March 25, 1986 4–5 New York Rangers (season) 24–47–3
75 W March 27, 1986 1–0 St. Louis Blues (season) 25–47–3
76 W March 29, 1986 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (season) 26–47–3
77 L March 31, 1986 0–9 @ New York Rangers (season) 26–48–3
78 W April 2, 1986 6–5 Quebec Nordiques (season) 27–48–3
79 L April 5, 1986 1–7 @ New York Islanders (season) 27–49–3
80 W April 6, 1986 9–7 New York Islanders (season) 28–49–3

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Adams, GregGreg Adams LW 78 35 42 77 30 -7 10 0 2
Muller, KirkKirk Muller LW 77 25 41 66 45 -20 5 1 1
Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman C 78 23 40 63 80 -1 5 1 1
Johnson, MarkMark Johnson C 80 21 41 62 16 -13 6 1 3
MacLean, JohnJohn MacLean RW 74 21 36 57 112 -3 1 0 4
Verbeek, PatPat Verbeek RW 76 25 28 53 79 -24 4 1 0
Sulliman, DougDoug Sulliman RW 73 21 22 43 20 -10 6 1 5
McNab, PeterPeter McNab C 71 19 24 43 14 -11 6 0 0
Broten, AaronAaron Broten LW/C 66 18 25 43 26 2 4 0 1
Preston, RichRich Preston RW 76 19 22 41 65 3 3 0 2
Gagne, PaulPaul Gagne LW 47 19 19 38 14 -15 4 0 3
Cirella, JoeJoe Cirella D 66 6 23 29 147 -12 2 0 0
Higgins, TimTim Higgins RW 59 9 17 26 47 7 2 0 1
Hiemer, UliUli Hiemer D 50 8 16 24 61 -1 6 0 1
Anderson, PerryPerry Anderson LW 51 7 12 19 91 -7 1 0 1
Pichette, DaveDave Pichette D 33 7 12 19 22 -11 4 0 1
Driver, BruceBruce Driver D 40 3 15 18 32 9 1 0 1
Wolanin, CraigCraig Wolanin D 44 2 16 18 74 -7 0 0 1
Lewis, DaveDave Lewis D 69 0 15 15 81 0 0 0 0
Ludvig, JanJan Ludvig RW 42 5 9 14 63 -16 0 0 0
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko D 44 0 10 10 100 0 0 0 0
Velischek, RandyRandy Velischek D 47 2 7 9 39 -20 0 0 0
Russell, PhilPhil Russell D 30 2 3 5 51 -17 0 0 0
Lorimer, BobBob Lorimer D 46 2 2 4 52 -13 0 0 0
Chevrier, AlainAlain Chevrier G 37 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
Dorion, DanDan Dorion C 3 1 1 2 0 -1 0 0 0
Conacher, PatPat Conacher LW 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Dietrich, DonDon Dietrich D 11 0 2 2 10 -8 0 0 0
Billington, CraigCraig Billington G 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brumwell, MurrayMurray Brumwell D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Hepple, AlanAlan Hepple D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McLean, KirkKirk McLean G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch G 31 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
St. Laurent, SamSam St. Laurent G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stewart, AllanAllan Stewart LW 4 0 0 0 21 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Chevrier, AlainAlain Chevrier 1862 37 11 18 2 143 4.61 0 951 808 .850
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch 1769 31 10 20 0 126 4.27 0 885 759 .858
Billington, CraigCraig Billington 901 18 4 9 1 77 5.13 0 482 405 .840
St. Laurent, SamSam St. Laurent 188 4 2 1 0 13 4.15 1 111 98 .883
McLean, KirkKirk McLean 111 2 1 1 0 11 5.95 0 59 48 .814
Team: 4831 80 28 49 3 370 4.60 1 2488 2118 .851

[2]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

New Jersey's draft picks at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

Rd # Pick # Player Nat Pos Team (League) Notes
1 3 Craig Wolanin  United States D Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2 24 Sean Burke  Canada G Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
2 32 Eric Weinrich  United States D North Yarmouth Academy (Maine) [3]
3 45 Myles O'Connor  Canada D Notre Dame H.S. Hounds (SJHL)
4 66 Greg Polak  United States LW Lincoln H.S. (Rhode Island)
5 87 No fifth-round pick[3]
6 108 Bill McMillan  Canada RW Peterborough Petes (OHL)
7 129 Kevin Schrader  United States D Burnsville H.S. (Minnesota)
8 150 Ed Krayer  United States LW St. Paul's H.S. (New Hampshire)
9 171 Jamie Huscroft  Canada D Seattle Breakers (WHL)
10 192 Terry Shold  United States LW International Falls H.S. (Minnesota)
11 213 Jamie McKinley  Canada RW Guelph Platers (OHL)
12 234 David Williams  United States D Choate H.S. (Connecticut)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1985-86 New Jersey Devils Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  3. ^ a b The Devils acquired the 1985 second-round pick, along with Rich Preston and Don Dietrich, from Chicago in exchange for Bob MacMillan and their 1985 fifth-round pick (used on Rick Herbert) on June 16, 1984.