2006–07 New Jersey Devils season

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2006–07 New Jersey Devils
Atlantic Division champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 2nd Eastern
2006–07 record 49–24–9
Home record 25–10–6
Road record 24–14–3
Goals for 216
Goals against 201
Team information
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Coach Claude Julien (Oct-Apr)
Lou Lamoriello (Apr-May) interim
Captain Patrik Elias
Alternate captains Jamie Langenbrunner
John Madden
Jay Pandolfo
Colin White
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
Average attendance 14,176
Team leaders
Goals Zach Parise (31)
Assists Scott Gomez (47)
Points Patrik Elias (69)
Penalties in minutes Cam Janssen (114)
Plus/minus Scott Gomez (+7)
Wins Martin Brodeur (48)
Goals against average Martin Brodeur (2.18)

The 2006–07 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 25th in the National Hockey League since the franchise moved to New Jersey. The team qualified again for the playoffs, losing in the second round to the Ottawa Senators.

Regular season[edit]

The 2006-07 season saw the team attempting to maintain its position among the top teams in the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference. Behind the goaltending of Martin Brodeur and the offensive abilities of players such as Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, the Devils once again made a drive into the playoffs. It was the team's last season in Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as construction of the Prudential Center in Newark was completed in time for the Devils to move in for the 2007–08 season. Patrik Elias became the seventh captain in team history, following the retirement of Scott Stevens the previous season.

Brodeur, in his 13th full season of NHL play, continued his legacy as one of the winningest goaltenders in league history. On December 8, he shut out the Philadelphia Flyers to record his 462nd career victory, moving him into second place on the all-time victory list, behind Patrick Roy (551). Later in the month, on December 26, Brodeur recorded his 85th career shutout (3–0 over the Pittsburgh Penguins) to move into third place on the all-time shutout list, behind Terry Sawchuk (103) and George Hainsworth (94).

On April 2, the Devils surprisingly fired Head Coach Claude Julien with three games remaining in the season, despite a strong record of 47–24–8. Lou Lamoriello took over as coach afterwards.

On April 5, 2007, a win against the Philadelphia Flyers broke two records. One was the records for most wins in a season by a goaltender by Martin Brodeur with his 48th victory of the season. However, nine of those wins came via shootout. Making all things equivalent, Brodeur finished the season with 39 non-shootout wins to Bernie Parent's 47. The other being the New Jersey Devil franchise record of most wins by the team in a season with their 49th victory.

The Devils finished the regular season as Atlantic Division champions with 107 points, good for second-place in the Eastern Conference. They also finished the regular season with a league-high 12 shutouts, all of them by Martin Brodeur.[1][2]

The Devils were the most disciplined team during the regular season, with just 271 power-play opportunities against, and allowed the fewest power-play goals in the League, with only 40.[3]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 New Jersey Devils 82 49 24 9 216 201 107
2 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 24 11 277 246 105
3 6 New York Rangers 82 42 30 10 242 216 94
4 8 New York Islanders 82 40 30 12 248 240 92
5 15 Philadelphia Flyers 82 22 48 12 214 303 56

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Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Eastern Conference[5]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 P - Buffalo Sabres NE 82 53 22 7 308 242 113
2 Y - New Jersey Devils AT 82 49 24 9 216 201 107
3 Y - Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 43 28 11 246 201 97
4 X - Ottawa Senators NE 82 48 25 9 288 222 105
5 X - Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 24 11 277 246 105
6 X - New York Rangers AT 82 42 30 10 242 216 94
7 X - Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 44 33 5 253 261 93
8 X - New York Islanders AT 82 40 30 12 248 240 92
8.5
9 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 40 31 11 258 269 91
10 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 42 34 6 245 256 90
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 40 34 8 241 253 88
12 Florida Panthers SE 82 35 31 16 247 257 86
13 Boston Bruins NE 82 35 41 6 219 289 76
14 Washington Capitals SE 82 28 40 14 235 286 70
15 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 22 48 12 214 303 56
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Game log[edit]

Game log
  •   Green background indicates win.
  •   Red background indicates regulation loss.
  •   White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Playoffs[edit]

The New Jersey Devils ended the 2006–07 regular season as the Eastern Conference's second seed.

On April 28, 2007 the Devils sold out the 19,040 capacity Continental Airlines Arena for the first time in the 2006–07 season in the 3–2 double overtime win against the Ottawa Senators.

The Devils' season came to an end on May 5, 2007, as they lost Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals to the Ottawa Senators 3–2, to lose the series 4–1. That defeat turned out to be the last game ever played at the Continental Airlines Arena.

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (7) Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

New Jersey wins series 4–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 12 Tampa Bay 3 – 5 New Jersey Brodeur 14,495 1 – 0
2 April 14 Tampa Bay 3 – 2 New Jersey Brodeur 18,231 1 – 1
3 April 16 New Jersey 2 – 3 Tampa Bay Brodeur 20,219 1 – 2
4 April 18 New Jersey 4 – 3 Tampa Bay OT Brodeur 20,940 2 – 2
5 April 20 Tampa Bay 0 – 3 New Jersey Brodeur 18,096 3 – 2
6 April 22 New Jersey 3 – 2 Tampa Bay Brodeur 20,019 4 – 2

Eastern Conference Semi-finals: vs. (4) Ottawa Senators[edit]

Ottawa wins series 4–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 26 Ottawa 5 – 4 New Jersey Brodeur 15,512 0 – 1
2 April 28 Ottawa 2 – 3 New Jersey 2OT Brodeur 19,040 1 – 1
3 April 30 New Jersey 0 – 2 Ottawa Brodeur 19,636 1 – 2
4 May 2 New Jersey 2 – 3 Ottawa Brodeur 20,248 1 – 3
5 May 5 Ottawa 3 – 2 New Jersey Brodeur 19,040 1 – 4
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.


Media[edit]

Television coverage was still on Fox Sports Network with Mike Emrick and Chico Resch handling the play-by-play while Steve Cangialosi handled the studio/color commentator duties. Radio coverage was still on WFAN 660, but this time, former television color commentator Matt Loughlin took the position as radio play-by-play announcer. Also, in this season, Sherry Ross returns to be the radio color commentator.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 75 21 48 69 38 1 8 0 5
Parise, ZachZach Parise LW 82 31 31 62 30 -3 9 0 7
Langenbrunner, JamieJamie Langenbrunner RW 82 23 37 60 64 -9 12 0 7
Gomez, ScottScott Gomez C 72 13 47 60 42 7 4 0 1
Rafalski, BrianBrian Rafalski D 82 8 47 55 34 4 3 1 4
Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta RW 62 25 20 45 36 -3 11 0 4
Zajac, TravisTravis Zajac C 80 17 25 42 16 1 6 0 2
Brylin, SergeiSergei Brylin LW 82 16 24 40 35 -5 8 0 2
Madden, JohnJohn Madden C 74 12 20 32 14 -7 0 0 1
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 82 13 14 27 8 -5 0 1 1
Martin, PaulPaul Martin D 82 3 23 26 18 -9 1 0 0
Lukowich, BradBrad Lukowich D 75 4 8 12 36 1 0 1 2
Oduya, JohnnyJohnny Oduya D 76 2 9 11 61 -5 0 0 0
Rasmussen, ErikErik Rasmussen LW/C 71 3 7 10 25 -3 0 0 0
Rupp, MichaelMichael Rupp C 76 6 3 9 92 -10 0 0 1
Dowd, JimJim Dowd C 66 4 4 8 20 -5 0 1 1
White, ColinColin White D 69 0 8 8 69 -8 0 0 0
Greene, AndyAndy Greene D 23 1 5 6 6 -1 1 0 0
Clarkson, DavidDavid Clarkson RW 7 3 1 4 6 -1 2 0 1
Janssen, CamCam Janssen RW 48 1 0 1 114 -2 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 78 0 1 1 12 0 0 0 0
Brooks, AlexAlex Brooks D 19 0 1 1 4 -1 0 0 0
Fahey, JimJim Fahey D 13 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Hale, DavidDavid Hale D 43 0 1 1 26 2 0 0 0
Clemmensen, ScottScott Clemmensen G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fraser, MarkMark Fraser D 7 0 0 0 7 -1 0 0 0
LaCouture, DanDan LaCouture LW 6 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0
Matvichuk, RichardRichard Matvichuk D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Pelley, RodRod Pelley C 9 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Pihlman, TuomasTuomas Pihlman LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tallackson, BarryBarry Tallackson RW 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 4697 78 48 23 7 171 2.18 12 2182 2011 .922
Clemmensen, ScottScott Clemmensen 305 6 1 1 2 16 3.15 0 144 128 .889
Team: 5002 82 49 24 9 187 2.24 12 2326 2139 .920

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Gomez, ScottScott Gomez C 11 4 10 14 14 0 0 1
Parise, ZachZach Parise LW 11 7 3 10 8 2 0 1
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 10 1 9 10 4 1 0 0
Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta RW 11 8 1 9 4 3 0 1
Langenbrunner, JamieJamie Langenbrunner RW 11 2 6 8 7 1 0 1
Rafalski, BrianBrian Rafalski D 11 2 6 8 8 2 0 0
Zajac, TravisTravis Zajac C 11 1 4 5 4 0 0 0
Martin, PaulPaul Martin D 11 0 4 4 6 0 0 0
Greene, AndyAndy Greene D 11 2 1 3 2 0 0 1
Brylin, SergeiSergei Brylin LW 11 1 2 3 6 1 0 0
Madden, JohnJohn Madden C 11 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 11 1 0 1 4 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 11 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Lukowich, BradBrad Lukowich D 11 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Oduya, JohnnyJohnny Oduya D 6 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
Rupp, MichaelMichael Rupp C 9 0 1 1 7 0 0 0
Clarkson, DavidDavid Clarkson RW 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Dowd, JimJim Dowd C 11 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Matvichuk, RichardRichard Matvichuk D 9 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Rasmussen, ErikErik Rasmussen LW/C 11 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
White, ColinColin White D 7 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 688 11 5 6 28 2.44 1 332 304 .916
Team: 688 11 5 6 28 2.44 1 332 304 .916

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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/OT = Ties/overtime losses; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

February 27, 2007 To Calgary Flames
David Hale
5th round pick in 2007
To New Jersey Devils
3rd round pick in 2007

Free agents acquired[edit]

Player Former Team
F Michael Rupp Phoenix Coyotes
F Dan LaCouture Boston Bruins
F Jim Dowd Colorado Avalanche

Free agents lost[edit]

Player New Team
D Ken Klee Colorado Avalanche
D Brad Ference Calgary Flames
F Viktor Kozlov New York Islanders

Draft picks[edit]

The Devils' picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.[7]

Rd # Pick # Player Nat Pos Team (League) Notes
1 30 Matt Corrente  Canada D Saginaw Spirit (OHL) [8]
2 58 Alexander Vasyunov  Russia LW Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RSL)
3 67 Kirill Tulupov  Russia D Almetyevsk Neftyanik (Vysshaya Liga) [9]
3 77 Vladimir Zharkov  Russia RW CSKA Moscow (RSL) [8][10]
4 107 T. J Miller  United States D Penticton Vees (BCHL) [11]
5 148 Olivier Magnan  Canada D Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
6 178 Tony Romano  United States C New York Bobcats (AJHL)
7 208 Kyell Henegan  Canada D Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2007_games.html
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/NJD/2007.html
  3. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2007.html
  4. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  5. ^ "2006–2007 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2006-07 New Jersey Devils Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  7. ^ 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com - accessed January 9, 2007
  8. ^ a b The Devils acquired the Carolina Hurricanes' 2006 first-round draft pick (Corrente) and the Vancouver Canucks' third-round pick (Zharkov) from St. Louis for the Devils' 2006 first-round pick (used on Patrik Berglund) on June 24, 2006.
  9. ^ The Devils acquired the 2006 third-round pick from Washington for Jeff Friesen on September 26, 2005.
  10. ^ The Devils had traded their original 2006 third-round pick (later transferred to Phoenix and used on Jonas Ahnelov) to the New York Islanders for Brad Lukowich on March 9, 2006.
  11. ^ The Devils acquired the 2006 fourth-round pick from Vancouver for Sean Brown on March 9, 2006. The Devils had traded their original fourth-round pick (used on Hugo Carpentier) to Calgary for Jason Wiemer on March 9, 2006.
2006–07 New Jersey Devils Roster

Goaltenders:

30 – Brodeur 40 – Clemmensen 

Defensemen

5 – White 5 – Fraser 6 – Greene 7 – Martin 8 – Brooks 21 – Lukowich 24 – Matvichuk 28 – Rafalski 29 – Oduya 

Forwards

9 – Parise 10 – Rasmussen 11 – Madden 12 – Dowd 14 – Gionta 15 – Langenbrunner 16 – Wiemer 17 – Rupp 18 – Brylin 19 – Zajac 20 – Pandolfo 22 – Pelley 23 – Gomez 25 – Janssen 26 – Elias 27 – Clarkson 

General ManagerLou Lamoriello •  Coachvacant