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2013-12-25

MarekZidlicky

 

Taking a look at four New Jersey Devils players and how they’re doing (in fantasy hockey). 

 

 

When Ilya Kovalchuk defected to the KHL in the fallout from the last latest lockout, most of us thought that the New Jersey Devils would struggle to score goals. Well, it turns out we were right. Heading into Monday night’s games, New Jersey sat 23rd in the NHL averaging 2.43 goals per game. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise as the team also struggles to record shots on goal, having the league’s worst shots per game, a mere 25.8 shots per match.

 

They balance their lack of offense by having the 11th best goals-against, allowing an average of 2.40 goals-against per game. They do this in large part by limiting their opponents shots against to a league low 24.4 per game.

 

The Devils also get the job done on special teams, where they have the 11th ranked power play and the fifth best penalty kill units.

 

Clearly the top dog in the swamp is Jaromir Jagr. The 41-year-old is a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame and is the straw that stirs the Devils drink on offense, unfortunately that drink is about as potent as flavored water.  The old man is currently on a seven game points streak, where he has 11 points, although it came on the heels of a four game drought. He is playing a responsible game and sports an amazing plus-12 on the season.

 

Over his last 10 games, Jagr has lined up with Dainius Zubrus and Travis Zajac for nearly 70 per cent of his even-strength shifts He averages 19:11 minutes of ice time per game, second amongst Devils forwards, including top power play minutes. Jagr is on pace to record 73 points and play all 82 games, attesting to his level of dedication and work ethic.

 

Jagr is only two points back of former teammate Mario Lemieux for seventh place in NHL sco