NHL Metropolitan Division Power Rankings: Capitals Are Elite

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NHL Metropolitan Division Power Rankings: #6 – New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils have a been a tad bit of a surprise this season. Many experts expected the Devils to finish in last place (or at least close to it). So far, the Devils have been better than expected with a 4-3-1 record. Several factors have played a role in this sudden improvement.

Their goaltending, as expected, has been outstanding. Goalies Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid have been excellent so far. They have combined to give the Devils one of the best even strength save percentages (93.8%) in the league. Their goaltending has kept them in a lot of games despite a -3 goal differential (-2 at even strength).

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Their offense has struggled, only scoring 19 goals in their eight games. What has improved regarding their offense is their puck possession. Last season, the Devils were one of the worst puck possession teams in the league. That has changed this season. They have an even strength CF% of 50.3%. That’s the kind of change that the Devils will need to rebuild.

Forward Adam Henrique has been impressive so far for the Devils with six goals and nine points so far in eight games. Forward Mike Cammalleri leads the team with 11 points. Forward Lee Stempniak has been a nice addition with seven points in eight games.

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