2006–07 New Jersey Devils season
|2006–07 New Jersey Devils|
Atlantic Division champions
|General Manager||Lou Lamoriello|
|Coach||Claude Julien (Oct-Apr)
Lou Lamoriello (Apr-May) interim
|Alternate captains||Jamie Langenbrunner
|Arena||Continental Airlines Arena|
|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.
- 1 Regular season
- 2 Playoffs
- 3 Media
- 4 Player statistics
- 5 Transactions
- 6 External links
- 7 See also
- 8 References
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.
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.
|1||2||New Jersey Devils||82||49||24||9||216||201||107|
|3||6||New York Rangers||82||42||30||10||242||216||94|
|4||8||New York Islanders||82||40||30||12||248||240||92|
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.
|Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast|
P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot
The New Jersey Devils ended the 2006–07 regular season as the Eastern Conference's second seed.
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
New Jersey wins series 4–2
|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
Ottawa wins series 4–1
|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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur||688||11||5||6||28||2.44||1||332||304||.916|
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;
|February 27, 2007||To Calgary Flames
5th round pick in 2007
|To New Jersey Devils
3rd round pick in 2007
Free agents acquired
|F Michael Rupp||Phoenix Coyotes|
|F Dan LaCouture||Boston Bruins|
|F Jim Dowd||Colorado Avalanche|
Free agents lost
|D Ken Klee||Colorado Avalanche|
|D Brad Ference||Calgary Flames|
|F Viktor Kozlov||New York Islanders|
|Rd #||Pick #||Player||Nat||Pos||Team (League)||Notes|
|1||30||Matt Corrente||Canada||D||Saginaw Spirit (OHL)|||
|2||58||Alexander Vasyunov||Russia||LW||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RSL)|
|3||67||Kirill Tulupov||Russia||D||Almetyevsk Neftyanik (Vysshaya Liga)|||
|3||77||Vladimir Zharkov||Russia||RW||CSKA Moscow (RSL)|||
|4||107||T. J Miller||United States||D||Penticton Vees (BCHL)|||
|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)|
- 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.
- "2006–2007 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "2006-07 New Jersey Devils Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
- 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com[permanent dead link] - accessed January 9, 2007
- 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.
- The Devils acquired the 2006 third-round pick from Washington for Jeff Friesen on September 26, 2005.
- 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.
- 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|
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 Manager: Lou Lamoriello • Coach: vacant