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01-13-2013, 09:39 PM
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I wanted to start a thread about this but this is the perfect thread on this. NJ was only 4 games over .500 in the regular season. Did they not play the trap in the regular season? If they did, why weren't they that great in the regular season and amazing in the playoffs? If they didn't, why the change?
Their scoring wasn't much of anything, largely due to their unusual inability to go on the power play.
New Jersey was 5th in goals against, but also had far and away the fewest PK chances in the league (149; 2nd place was 183). On the other side, they also had the fewest power play chances in the league. They were also below average in conversion percentages for both.
As the season went on and the officials put the whistles away, it suited NJ just fine. They were actually below .500 going into the 32nd game out of 48, but finished 10-5-2 and then rolled through the playoffs.
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