2010–11 New Jersey Devils season

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2010–11 New Jersey Devils
Division 4th Atlantic
Conference 11th Eastern
2010–11 record 38-39-5
Home record 22-16-3
Road record 13-22-2
Goals for 174
Goals against 209
Team information
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Coach John MacLean (Oct-Dec)
Jacques Lemaire (interim)
(Dec-Apr)
Captain Jamie Langenbrunner (Oct-Jan)
Vacant (Jan-Apr)
Alternate captains Patrik Elias
Ilya Kovalchuk
Zach Parise
Arena Prudential Center
Average attendance (As of Home Game #41)
Arena Capacity: 17,625
Average Draw: 14,776
Percentage: 83.84%
Total: 605,803[1]
Team leaders
Goals Ilya Kovalchuk (31)
Assists Patrik Elias (41)
Points Patrik Elias (62)
Penalties in minutes David Clarkson (116)
Plus/minus Mark Fayne (+10)
Wins Martin Brodeur (23)
Goals against average Johan Hedberg (2.38)
<2009–10 2011–12>

The 2010–11 New Jersey Devils season was the 37th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974,[2] and 29th season since the franchise relocated to New Jersey to start the 1982–83 NHL season.

The Devils posted a regular season record of 38 wins, 39 losses, and 5 overtime/shootout losses for 81 points, failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1995–96 NHL season. Their 171 goals scored were the lowest ever amount for the Devils in non-lockout season.

Off-season[edit]

On April 26, 2010, Jacques Lemaire announced that he would retire from coaching.[3] On June 17, 2010, the New Jersey Devils announced that John MacLean would become the 19th head coach in the franchise's history.[4] On June 29, 2010, the Devils announced that former NHL player Adam Oates will be the assistant coach for the team for the 2010-11 season.[5]

Ilya Kovalchuk chose to re-sign with the Devils on July 19 for $102 million over 17 years. The deal was front-loaded with minimal payments in the last few seasons, when Kovalchuk would be in his forties, and unlikely to play. The deal was rejected by the NHL as a circumvention of the collective bargaining agreement. The Devils stated after the NHL rejection that they would appeal the decision under the "collective bargaining agreement" process.[6] On August 8, arbitrator Richard Bloch held up the NHL's rejection of the contract, making Kovalchuk an unrestricted free agent again.[7] On September 4, 2010, The Devils re-submitted another contract to the NHL worth $100 million to be paid over 15 years. The deal was approved by the NHL the following week as part of an NHL-NHLPA agreement concerning contracts over 5 years in length.[8]

Regular season[edit]

An injury to Bryce Salvador allowed the Devils to avoid a major trade before the start of the regular season. They opened their regular season at home on October 8 with a 4-3 OT loss to the Dallas Stars with only 20 players on the roster. Subsequent injuries to Anton Volchenkov and Brian Rolston as well as a one game suspension of Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond after a 7-2 loss to the Washington Capitals dropped the roster size to 17. The team and management have been under scrutiny for the decision to dress as few as 15 men (and 2 goaltenders) as a result of having too few funds for an average sized roster.

After an NHL worst 9-22-2 start to the season, John MacLean was fired as head coach, and Jacques Lemaire, who had retired as the Devils' head coach in the off-season, was hired as interim head coach.[9]

Following the trade of captain Jamie Langenbrunner the Devils managed an astonishing turnaround. After the start of the second half of the season, the Devils saw a dramatic increase in offensive production, in addition to the outstanding performance by backup goaltender Johan Hedberg. The Devils turned their record around from 10-29-2 on January 9 to 32-32-4 by March 12th, with a point percentage of over 80% during their 22-3-2 stretch. Following a win against New York Islanders on March 12, the Devils found themselves six points out of the final playoff berth with a game in hand on the eighth-place New York Rangers, and a hope of making the playoffs for a fourteenth consecutive season had been renewed among the fans. The team faded, however, finishing 12 points behind the Rangers.

With injured Zach Parise missing 69 of the Devils' 82 regular-season games, the team struggled offensively, finishing 30th overall in goals scored with just 171 (excluding 3 shootout-winning goals). They also finished 30th overall in power-play goals scored, with 34, and power-play opportunities, with 237. The Devils were, however, the most disciplined team in the League once again, with only 241 power-play opportunities against and they tied the Los Angeles Kings for the fewest power-play goals allowed, with 40.[10][11]

At the conclusion of the season, head coach Jacques Lemaire announced he would not return to coach the Devils in the 2011-12 NHL season.[12]

Playoffs[edit]

Following a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on April 2, the Devils were eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 1996.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[13]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y-Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 23 12 44 259 223 106
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 25 8 39 238 199 106
3 New York Rangers 82 44 33 5 35 233 198 93
4 New Jersey Devils 82 38 39 5 35 174 209 81
5 New York Islanders 82 30 39 13 26 229 264 73

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – Washington Capitals SE 82 48 23 11 43 224 197 107
2 y – Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 23 12 44 259 223 106
3 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 46 25 11 44 246 195 103
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 49 25 8 39 238 199 106
5 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 46 25 11 40 247 240 103
6 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 44 30 8 41 216 209 96
7 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 43 29 10 38 245 229 96
8 New York Rangers AT 82 44 33 5 35 233 198 93
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 40 31 11 35 236 239 91
10 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 37 34 11 32 218 251 85
11 New Jersey Devils AT 82 38 39 5 35 174 209 81
12 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 36 12 29 223 269 80
13 Ottawa Senators NE 82 32 40 10 30 192 250 74
14 New York Islanders AT 82 30 39 13 26 229 264 73
15 Florida Panthers SE 82 30 40 12 26 195 229 72

bold - qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Placed first in conference (and division)
AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division


Schedule and results[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2010-11 Game Log: 38-39-5, 81 Points (Home: 22-16-3; Road: 16-23-2)
2010-11 Schedule

      Win (2 Points)       Loss (0 Points)       Overtime/Shootout Loss (1 Point)

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 56 3116 23 26 3 127 2.45 1313 .903 6 0 2 2
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 34 1717 15 12 2 68 2.38 777 .912 3 0 1 4
McKenna, MikeMike McKenna 2 118 0 1 0 6 3.05 56 .893 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Devils. Stats reflect time with Devils only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Devils only.

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Martin Brodeur[14] NHL Third Star of the Week January 24, 2011
Johan Hedberg[15] NHL Second Star of the Week February 21, 2011
Johan Hedberg[16] NHL Third Star of the Month February 2011

Records[edit]

Player Record (Amount) Achieved

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Jason Arnott 1,100th Career NHL Game October 8, 2010
Matt Taormina 1st Career NHL Game October 8, 2010
Alexander Urbom 1st Career NHL Game October 8, 2010
Matt Taormina 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 13, 2010
Matthew Corrente 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 15, 2010
Matt Taormina 1st Career NHL Goal October 15, 2010
Jacob Josefson 1st Career NHL Game October 15, 2010
Olivier Magnan 1st Career NHL Game October 21, 2010
Alexander Vasyunov 1st Career NHL Game October 23, 2010
Alexander Vasyunov 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 29, 2010
Bradley Mills 1st Career NHL Game October 30, 2010
Bradley Mills 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
November 3, 2010
Stephen Gionta 1st Career NHL Game November 5, 2010
Mattias Tedenby 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
November 10, 2010
Mattias Tedenby 1st Career NHL Goal November 12, 2010
Alexander Vasyunov 1st Career NHL Goal November 12, 2010
Henrik Tallinder 500th Career NHL Game November 18, 2010
Patrik Elias 900th Career NHL Game November 20, 2010
Mark Fayne 1st Career NHL Game November 22, 2010
Johan Hedberg 300th Career NHL Game November 22, 2010
Colin White 100th Career NHL Assist December 4, 2010
Colin White 700th Career NHL Game December 6, 2010
Mark Fayne 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
December 15, 2010
Martin Brodeur 1,100th Career NHL Game December 23, 2010
Mark Fayne 1st Career NHL Assist December 26, 2010
Nick Palmieri 1st Career NHL Goal January 9, 2011
Jason Arnott 500th Career NHL Assist January 17, 2011
Vladimir Zharkov 1st Career NHL Goal January 17, 2011
Dainius Zubrus 300th Career NHL Assist February 3, 2011
Jacques Lemaire 600th Career NHL Win (coach) February 10, 2011
Patrik Elias 800th Career NHL Point February 19, 2011
Anton Volchenkov 100th Career NHL Point February 19, 2011
Adam Mair 600th Career NHL Game March 6, 2011
Jacob Josefson 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
March 6, 2011
Jacob Josefson 1st Career NHL Goal March 12, 2011
Anssi Salmela 100th Career NHL Game March 17, 2011
David Steckel 300th Career NHL Game March 20, 2011
Travis Zajac 400th Career NHL Game March 25, 2011
Rod Pelley 200th Career NHL Game March 30, 2011
Brian Rolston 400th Career NHL Assist April 1, 2011
Ilya Kovalchuk 700th Career NHL Game
700th Career NHL Point
April 6, 2011
Adam Henrique 1st Career NHL Game April 10, 2011
Alexander Urbom 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
April 10, 2011
David Clarkson 100th Career NHL Point April 10, 2011

Transactions[edit]

The Devils have been involved in the following transactions during the 2010–11 season.