2011–12 New Jersey Devils season
The 2011–12 New Jersey Devils season was the 38th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974, 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 ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference, thus securing a playoff berth, and faced the Southeast Division-winning Florida Panthers in the Conference Quarterfinals where they won in seven games. In the Conference Semifinals, the Devils played against the Philadelphia Flyers and won in five games. In the Conference Finals, they faced their rivals, the New York Rangers, and won in six games advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since the 2002–03 season. The Devils lost in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals to the Los Angeles Kings in six games.
|2011–12 New Jersey Devils|
Eastern Conference champions
|General Manager||Lou Lamoriello|
|Alternate captains||Patrik Elias|
|Average attendance||15,396 (87.4%)|
Total: 631,258 (41 games)
|Goals||Ilya Kovalchuk (37)|
|Assists||Patrik Elias (52)|
|Points||Ilya Kovalchuk (83)|
|Penalty minutes||David Clarkson (138)|
|Plus/minus||Bryce Salvador (+18)|
|Wins||Martin Brodeur (31)|
|Goals against average||Johan Hedberg (2.23)|
The focus of the Devils during the 2011 off-season was on finding a new coach and player signings. The main focus of the team was resigning Zach Parise and signing fourth-overall 2011 pick Adam Larsson to an entry-level contract, although team CEO and General Manager Lou Lamoriello did find the time to sign goaltender Johan Hedberg, as well as defenseman Andy Greene. 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.
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.
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 NHL (15) and allowed the most shorthanded goals in the League (13).
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 fourth in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Devils finished the regular season as the 6 seed in the East with 102 points. Returning injured center Travis Zajac led the team's offense as they then proceeded to knock the Florida Panthers out of the playoffs in 7 games, winning game 6 in overtime with a goal from Zajac and another in double overtime in game 7 from Henrique. They moved on to play their division rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, in the conference semifinals and were considered heavy underdogs in the series. They faced some early setbacks against the Flyers including a Game 1 overtime loss and the injury of all-star Ilya Kovalchuk. However the Devils rallied in Game 2 without their star forward, winning the game by a score of 4-1. Kovalchuk returned strong for Game 3 and his pass to Ponikarovsky gave the Devils a much needed overtime goal to win Game 3. The streak continued as the Devils would win 4 in a row to eventually defeat the Flyers and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2003. The Devils would play the New York Rangers in the Conference Finals, a rematch of the 1994 series that resulted in a heartbreaking Game 7 overtime loss during Brodeur's rookie season. The series was highly publicized by the New York media and was a tough back-and-forth battle for the first four games, leaving the series split 2-2. The Devils' fourth line, which had been very successful throughout the playoffs, came through in Game 5 to help give the Devils a 3-2 lead in the series. The line consisted of players Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier, all of which had been dropped from a professional roster at some point during the season. Emerging as playoff heroes, they tallied an impressive 19 points in the first three rounds. Despite constant comparisons to the 1994 series, the Devils and Brodeur rewrote history and claimed victory on May 25, 2012, as Henrique scored another series clinching overtime goal in Game 6 to advance the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Facing the Kings in the Finals, the Devils lost two consecutive overtime games at home and then game three in Los Angeles. However, the Devils managed to not be swept after losing the first three games in the series, but still lost the Cup in six games.
|1||z – New York Rangers||82||51||24||7||47||226||187||+39||109|
|2||x – Pittsburgh Penguins||82||51||25||6||42||282||221||+61||108|
|3||x – Philadelphia Flyers||82||47||26||9||43||264||232||+32||103|
|4||x – New Jersey Devils||82||48||28||6||36||228||209||+19||102|
|5||New York Islanders||82||34||37||11||27||203||255||−52||79|
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
|1||AT||z – New York Rangers||82||51||24||7||47||226||187||+39||109|
|2||NE||y – Boston Bruins||82||49||29||4||40||269||202||+67||102|
|3||SE||y – Florida Panthers||82||38||26||18||32||203||227||−24||94|
|4||AT||x – Pittsburgh Penguins||82||51||25||6||42||282||221||+61||108|
|5||AT||x – Philadelphia Flyers||82||47||26||9||43||264||232||+32||103|
|6||AT||x – New Jersey Devils||82||48||28||6||36||228||209||+19||102|
|7||SE||x – Washington Capitals||82||42||32||8||38||222||230||−8||92|
|8||NE||x – Ottawa Senators||82||41||31||10||35||249||240||+9||92|
|10||SE||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||38||36||8||35||235||281||−46||84|
|13||NE||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||35||37||10||31||231||264||−33||80|
|14||AT||New York Islanders||82||34||37||11||27||203||255||−52||79|
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division; z – Clinched conference.
Schedule and resultsEdit
Preseason: 3–3–0 (Home: 2–1–0; Road: 1–2–0)
|2011–12 Regular season game log: 48–28–6 (Home: 24–13–4 ; Road: 24–15–2)|
October (Games: 9; Home: 4; Road: 5) (Record: 4–4–1; Home: 2–1–1; Road: 2–3–0)
November (Games: 14; Home: 6; Road: 8) (Record: 8–6–0; Home: 3–3–0; Road: 5–3–0)
December (Games: 14; Home: 7; Road: 7) (Record: 9–5–0; Home: 5–2–0; Road: 4–3–0)
January (Games: 12; Home: 7; Road: 5) (Record: 6–4–2; Home: 3–3–1; Road: 3–1–1)
February (Games: 13; Home: 7; Road: 6) (Record: 8–4–1; Home: 3–2–1; Road: 5–2–0)
March (Games: 17; Home: 8; Road: 9) (Record: 10–5–2; Home: 6–1–1; Road: 4–4–1)
April (Games: 3; Home: 2; Road: 1) (Record: 3–0–0; Home: 2–0–0; Road: 1–0–0)
|2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs|
Win Loss Win Playoff Series
This season would be Steve Cangialosi's first season as a regular television play-by-play announcer for the Devils. Deb Placey and Ken Daneyko did color and studio analysis commentating. Radio coverage was still on WFAN (AM) 660 with Matt Loughlin and Sherry Ross as usual.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
†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.
- 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 recordsEdit
|Adam Henrique||NHL Rookie of the Month||December 2011|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||NHL Second Star of the Week||February 6, 2012|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||NHL Second Star of the Week||March 12, 2012|
|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|
The Devils have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.
Free agents signedEdit
Free agents lostEdit
Claimed via waiversEdit
Lost via waiversEdit
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, selected Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson fourth overall. This was the Devils' highest pick in the draft since selecting Scott Neidermayer third overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
|Round||#||Player||Pos||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||4||Adam Larsson||D||Sweden||Skellefteå AIK (Elitserien)|
|3||69[Note 1]||Forfeited pick|
|3||75[Note 2]||Blake Coleman||C||United States||Indiana Ice (USHL)|
|4||99||Reid Boucher||C||United States||U.S. National Team Development Program (USHL)|
|5||129||Blake Pietila||LW||United States||U.S. National Team Development Program (USHL)|
|6||159||Reece Scarlett||D||Canada||Swift Current Broncos (WHL)|
|7||189||Patrick Daly||D||United States||Benilde-St. Margaret's High School|
- 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.
- 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.
Updated June 6, 2012.
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