Penalty killing has been a particular fault for the New Jersey Devils within the month of February. After opening the month with a perfect performance in their first four games, they've allowed at least one power play goal in eight of their next nine games. The team has seen their success rate fall all the way to 26th in the league to 76.5% after their Sunday loss to Winnipeg. The PK has been a Problem Killing the Devils in recent games with thirteen allowed over nine games with only one PPGA-less game in that stretch.
According to the 4-on-5 situational stats at Behind the Net, the Devils are allowing 45.1 shots against per 60 minutes, which is decent relative to the rest of the league. Their save percentage is the sixth lowest in the NHL at 83.9%. And those numbers don't include Sunday's last. Compared to last season, where the Devils set a season record for success rate with 89.6%, had the league's fifth best SA/60 rate of 42.7 with a man disadvantage, and led the league by far with an amazing 92% save percentage in 4-on-5 situations. Based on the numbers, it seems the goaltending was non-sustainable to one extreme and now we're seeing other extreme.
However, in looking the goals allowed in their current run of futility while down at least one man, the root issue isn't Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg not making enough saves. Besides, we saw the ugly side of regression in the 2012 postseason. Moreover, only three of those thirteen can be pinned on the goaltender: Brodeur not sliding to his left for a pass to Jussi Jokinen, a Mike Ribiero shot sneaking through Brodeur's right pad, and Hedberg not getting all of Grant Clitsome's shot. None of those goals decided the game, though the second and third tied it up.
The New Jersey Devils Penalty Kill Slump in February
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