2011–12 New Jersey Devils season

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2011–12 New Jersey Devils
Eastern Conference Champions
Division 4th Atlantic
Conference 6th Eastern
2011–12 record 48–28–6
Home record 24–13–4
Road record 24–15–2
Goals for 228
Goals against 209
Team information
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Coach Peter DeBoer
Captain Zach Parise
Alternate captains Patrik Elias
Ilya Kovalchuk
Arena Prudential Center
Average attendance 15,396 (87.4%)
Total: 631,258 (41 games)
Team leaders
Goals Ilya Kovalchuk (37)
Assists Patrik Elias (52)
Points Ilya Kovalchuk (83)
Penalties in minutes David Clarkson (138)
Plus/minus Bryce Salvador (+18)
Wins Martin Brodeur (31)
Goals against average Johan Hedberg (2.23)
<2010–11 2012–13>

The New Jersey Devils 2011–12 season was the 38th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974,[1] and 30th season since the franchise relocated to New Jersey to start the 1982–83 NHL season. The Devils hoped to return to the playoffs after having their long playoff streak snapped the previous year. While finishing fourth in the strong Atlantic division, they did rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, thus securing a playoff berth, and first round match-up against the Southeast division-winning Florida Panthers.

Offseason[edit]

The focus of the Devils during the 2011 offseason was on finding a new coach and player signings. The main focus of the team was resigning Zach Parise and signing 4th-overall 2011 pick Adam Larsson to an entry level contract,[2] although team CEO and general manager Lou Lamoriello did find the time to sign goaltender Johan Hedberg,[3] as well as defenseman Andy Greene.[4] Additionally, the team chose to suspend operations of the Trenton Devils, which was a minor league ECHL club that the team had used for player development, citing declining fan interest in the team and a desire to bring the organization more in line with other NHL organizations in terms of minor league affiliations.[5]

The Devils announced the hiring of Peter DeBoer as the new head coach of the team on July 19, 2011.[6]

Pre-season[edit]

On June 30, 2011, the New Jersey Devils announced that they would play six games during the pre-season. There were three home games at the Prudential Center against the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and Philadelphia Flyers. They also played two road games, one against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum and one against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. One neutral site game against the Rangers took place at the Times Union Center, located in Albany, New York.[7]

Regular Season[edit]

The Devils had a very effective penalty kill during the regular season, allowing the fewest shorthanded goals in the League (27) and having the highest penalty-kill percentage (89.58%). They also scored the most shorthanded goals in the League (15) and allowed the most shorthanded goals in the League (13).[8]

Playoffs[edit]

The Devils clinched their 20th playoff berth in 22 seasons with a 5 - 0 Win over the Carolina Hurricanes on March 31, 2012. They finished the regular season with 102 points, finishing 4th in the Atlantic Division and 6th in the Eastern Conference. They beat the Florida Panthers in 7 games, with a game-winning goal in double overtime from rookie Adam Henrique. They went on to beat the Philadelphia Flyers in 5 games, and beat the New York Rangers in 6 games with another overtime goal from Henrique, winning their first Eastern Conference Championship since their 2003 run. The playoff run for the Devils concluded with a loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, 4 games to 2.

Standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[9]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
4 New Jersey Devils 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
5 New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
Eastern Conference[10]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Clinched division, z – Clinched conference (and division)


Schedule and results[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Regular season game log: 48–28–6 (Home: 24–13–4 ; Road: 24–15–2)

Playoffs[edit]

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

     Win      Loss      Win Playoff Series

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 59 3392 31 21 4 136 2.41 1472 .908 3 0 4 2
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 27 1591 17 7 2 59 2.23 718 .918 4 0 0 2
Playoffs
Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 24 1471 14 9 52 2.12 629 .917 1 0 4 0
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 1 36 0 1 1 1.67 14 .929 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
Adam Henrique[11] NHL Rookie of the Month December 2011
Ilya Kovalchuk[12] NHL Second Star of the Week February 6, 2012
Ilya Kovalchuk[13] NHL Second Star of the Week March 12, 2012

Records[edit]

Player Record (Amount) Achieved

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Adam Larsson 1st Career NHL Game October 8, 2011
David Clarkson 300th Career NHL Game October 10, 2011
Henrik Tallinder 100th Career NHL Assist October 15, 2011
Adam Henrique 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 27, 2011
Andy Greene 300th Career NHL Game October 29, 2011
Brad Mills 1st Career NHL Assist November 2, 2011
Adam Larsson 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
November 2, 2011
Adam Henrique 1st Career NHL Goal November 3, 2011
Dainius Zubrus 500th Career NHL Point November 8, 2011
Adam Larsson 1st Career NHL Goal November 11, 2011
Anton Volchenkov 500th Career NHL Game November 12, 2011
Dainius Zubrus 1,000th Career NHL Game November 16, 2011
Ryan Carter 200th Career NHL Game November 19, 2011
Patrik Elias 500th Career NHL Assist December 28, 2011
Dainius Zubrus 200th Career NHL Goal January 2, 2012
Patrik Elias 1,000th Career NHL Game January 6, 2012
Zach Parise 200th Career NHL Assist January 10, 2012
Mark Fayne 100th Career NHL Game January 11, 2012
Petr Sykora 700th Career NHL Point January 14, 2012
Mattias Tedenby 100th Career NHL Game January 14, 2012
Alexei Ponikarovsky 300th Career NHL Point February 4, 2012
Cam Janssen 300th Career NHL Game February 14, 2012
Steve Bernier 400th Career NHL Game March 1, 2012
Petr Sykora 1,000th Career NHL Game March 4, 2012
Bryce Salvador 100th Career NHL Point March 6, 2012
Zach Parise 400th Career NHL Point March 8, 2012
Marek Zidlicky 300th Career NHL Point March 8, 2012
Andy Greene 100th Career NHL Point March 17, 2012
Ilya Kovalchuk 400th Career NHL Goal March 20, 2012
Zach Parise 500th Career NHL Game April 3, 2012
Eric Boulton 600th Career NHL Game April 5, 2012
Stephen Gionta 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
April 7, 2012

Transactions[edit]

The Devils have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.

Draft[edit]

The New Jersey Devils participated in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, located at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota, on June 24, 2011. Devils CEO, president, and general manager Lou Lamoriello, described as being "thrilled" at the chance to draft him,[40] selected 6–3, 197 pounds Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson 4th overall.[41] This was the Devils' highest pick in the draft since selecting Scott Neidermayer third overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.[41]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Club team
1 4 Adam Larsson[41] Defenseman  Sweden Skelleftea AIK, Elitserien
3 69[Note 1][42] Forfeited pick
3 75[Note 2][43] Blake Coleman[44] Center  United States Indiana Ice
4 99 Reid Boucher[45] Center  United States US National Team Development Program
5 129 Blake Pietila[46] Left Wing  United States US National Team Development Program
6 159 Reece Scarlett[47] Defenseman  Canada Swift Current Broncos
7 189 Patrick Daly[48] Defenseman  United States Benilde-St. Margaret's High School
Notes
  1. ^ The New Jersey Devils' third-round pick was forfeited as a result of a penalty sanction due to cap circumvention when signing Ilya Kovalchuk. The penalty includes a fine of US$3 million, a forfeiture of one first-round pick between 2011 and 2014 as determined by the Devils, and this pick.
  2. ^ The Dallas Stars' third-round pick went to the New Jersey Devils as the result of a trade on January 7, 2011 that sent Jamie Langenbrunner to Dallas in exchange for a conditional pick in 2012 NHL Entry Draft and this pick (conditional at the time of the trade). The condition – Dallas Stars does not win a round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs and does not re-sign Langenbrunner prior to the 2011 Draft – was converted on June 24, 2011.

Final roster[edit]

Updated June 6, 2012.[49]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
18 Canada Bernier, SteveSteve Bernier RW R 29 2012 Quebec City, Quebec
22 Canada Boulton, EricEric Boulton LW L 37 2011 Halifax, Nova Scotia
30 Canada Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G L 42 1990 Montreal, Quebec
20 United States Carter, RyanRyan Carter C L 30 2011 White Bear Lake, Minnesota
23 Canada Clarkson, DavidDavid Clarkson RW R 30 2005 Toronto, Ontario
26 Czech Republic Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias (A) LW L 38 1994 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
29 United States Fayne, MarkMark Fayne D R 27 2005 Nashua, New Hampshire
11 United States Gionta, StephenStephen Gionta C R 30 2010 Rochester, New York
6 United States Greene, AndyAndy Greene D L 31 2006 Trenton, Michigan
10 United States Harrold, PeterPeter Harrold D R 31 2011 Kirtland Hills, Ohio
1 Sweden Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg G L 41 2010 Leksand, Sweden
14 Canada Henrique, AdamAdam Henrique C L 24 2008 Brantford, Ontario
25 United States Janssen, CamCam Janssen RW R 30 2011 St. Louis, Missouri
16 Sweden Josefson, JacobJacob Josefson C L 23 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
17 Russia Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk (A) LW R 31 2010 Kalinin, Soviet Union
5 Sweden Larsson, AdamAdam Larsson D R 21 2011 Skellefteå, Sweden
9 United States Parise, ZachZach Parise (C) LW L 29 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota
12 Ukraine Ponikarovsky, AlexeiAlexei Ponikarovsky LW L 34 2012 Kiev, Soviet Union
24 Canada Salvador, BryceBryce Salvador D L 38 2008 Brandon, Manitoba
15 Czech Republic Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora RW L 37 2011 Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
7 Sweden Tallinder, HenrikHenrik Tallinder D L 35 2010 Stockholm, Sweden
28 Russia Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D L 32 2010 Moscow, Soviet Union
19 Canada Zajac, TravisTravis Zajac C R 29 2004 Winnipeg, Manitoba
2 Czech Republic Zidlicky, MarekMarek Zidlicky D R 37 2012 Most, Czechoslovakia
8 Lithuania Zubrus, DainiusDainius Zubrus C L 36 2007 Elektrėnai, Soviet Union

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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