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1996–97 New Jersey Devils · NHL
Atlantic Division Champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 1st Eastern
1996–97 record 45–23–14
Home record 23–9–9
Road record 22–14–5
Goals for 231
Goals against 182
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Coach Jacques Lemaire
Captain Scott Stevens
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
Team Leaders
Goals John MacLean & Bill Guerin (29)
Assists Bobby Holik (39)
Points Bobby Holik (62)
Penalties in minutes Lyle Odelein (110)
Wins Martin Brodeur (37)
Goals against average Martin Brodeur (1.88)
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The 1996–97 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 15th in the National Hockey League since the franchise relocated to New Jersey. The Devils captured the Atlantic Division title and finished first in the Eastern Conference, but fell in the second round of the playoffs to their arch-rivals, the New York Rangers.

During the regular season, the Devils allowed the fewest power-play goals (28), took the fewest penalties (232) and had the best penalty killing % (87.93%) in the league. Coincidentally, they also had the fewest power-plays (288) scored the fewest power-play goals (40) in the league.

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Regular season[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New Jersey Devils 82 45 23 14 231 182 104
Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 24 13 274 217 103
Florida Panthers 82 35 28 19 221 201 89
New York Rangers 82 38 34 10 258 231 86
Washington Capitals 82 33 40 9 214 231 75
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 32 40 10 217 247 74
New York Islanders 82 29 41 12 240 250 70

Game log[edit | edit source]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W Oct 5, 1996 3–1 Detroit Red Wings 1–0–0
2 L Oct 7, 1996 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers 1–1–0
3 L Oct 12, 1996 2–4 Dallas Stars 1–2–0
4 W Oct 15, 1996 3–2 Montreal Canadiens 2–2–0
5 T Oct 18, 1996 2–2 OT Ottawa Senators 2–2–1
6 L Oct 19, 1996 2–6 @ Hartford Whalers 2–3–1
7 W Oct 24, 1996 3–1 San Jose Sharks 3–3–1
8 W Oct 26, 1996 4–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 4–3–1
9 L Oct 29, 1996 2–5 @ Boston Bruins 4–4–1
10 L Oct 30, 1996 1–6 New York Rangers 4–5–1
11 W Nov 2, 1996 2–1 Tampa Bay Lightning 5–5–1
12 W Nov 6, 1996 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings 6–5–1
13 W Nov 7, 1996 4–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks 7–5–1
14 W Nov 9, 1996 4–0 New York Islanders 8–5–1
15 W Nov 12, 1996 3–2 OT Washington Capitals 9–5–1
16 L Nov 14, 1996 0–3 Vancouver Canucks 9–6–1
17 W Nov 16, 1996 6–3 Tampa Bay Lightning 10–6–1
18 W Nov 19, 1996 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators 11–6–1
19 L Nov 22, 1996 1–5 Washington Capitals 11–7–1
20 L Nov 23, 1996 3–4 @ Washington Capitals 11–8–1
21 W Nov 27, 1996 3–2 @ Dallas Stars 12–8–1
22 L Nov 28, 1996 3–4 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes 12–9–1
23 L Nov 30, 1996 1–2 @ Colorado Avalanche 12–10–1
24 W Dec 3, 1996 2–0 Florida Panthers 13–10–1
25 W Dec 5, 1996 2–1 Calgary Flames 14–10–1
26 L Dec 7, 1996 3–4 OT Phoenix Coyotes 14–11–1
27 W Dec 10, 1996 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 15–11–1
28 W Dec 12, 1996 7–4 @ Boston Bruins 16–11–1
29 T Dec 14, 1996 3–3 OT Montreal Canadiens 16–11–2
30 W Dec 16, 1996 5–0 @ Calgary Flames 17–11–2
31 W Dec 18, 1996 2–1 @ Vancouver Canucks 18–11–2
32 W Dec 20, 1996 3–2 @ Edmonton Oilers 19–11–2
33 T Dec 23, 1996 0–0 OT Buffalo Sabres 19–11–3
34 L Dec 26, 1996 1–4 @ New York Islanders 19–12–3
35 W Dec 28, 1996 5–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 20–12–3
36 L Dec 31, 1996 5–6 @ Buffalo Sabres 20–13–3
37 L Jan 2, 1997 1–6 Pittsburgh Penguins 20–14–3
38 W Jan 3, 1997 1–0 @ Ottawa Senators 21–14–3
39 L Jan 5, 1997 3–5 St. Louis Blues 21–15–3
40 T Jan 8, 1997 1–1 OT Colorado Avalanche 21–15–4
41 T Jan 10, 1997 3–3 OT Chicago Blackhawks 21–15–5
42 L Jan 12, 1997 0–3 @ New York Rangers 21–16–5
43 W Jan 14, 1997 4–2 Boston Bruins 22–16–5
44 W Jan 21, 1997 4–1 @ Los Angeles Kings 23–16–5
45 L Jan 22, 1997 1–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 23–17–5
46 W Jan 24, 1997 3–1 @ San Jose Sharks 24–17–5
47 T Jan 29, 1997 1–1 OT Ottawa Senators 24–17–6
48 T Jan 31, 1997 3–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs 24–17–7
49 T Feb 1, 1997 4–4 OT @ Montreal Canadiens 24–17–8
50 W Feb 5, 1997 4–1 New York Islanders 25–17–8
51 T Feb 7, 1997 2–2 OT Florida Panthers 25–17–9
52 W Feb 8, 1997 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers 26–17–9
53 W Feb 12, 1997 3–2 @ Hartford Whalers 27–17–9
54 W Feb 13, 1997 4–0 Hartford Whalers 28–17–9
55 W Feb 15, 1997 4–1 @ Montreal Canadiens 29–17–9
56 T Feb 17, 1997 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers 29–17–10
57 T Feb 19, 1997 1–1 OT New York Rangers 29–17–11
58 T Feb 20, 1997 2–2 OT @ Florida Panthers 29–17–12
59 L Feb 22, 1997 1–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 29–18–12
60 W Feb 26, 1997 5–3 @ New York Islanders 30–18–12
61 W Feb 27, 1997 4–1 Buffalo Sabres 31–18–12
62 W Mar 1, 1997 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins 32–18–12
63 W Mar 4, 1997 3–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 33–18–12
64 W Mar 5, 1997 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers 34–18–12
65 L Mar 8, 1997 1–5 @ New York Islanders 34–19–12
66 W Mar 9, 1997 4–1 @ Buffalo Sabres 35–19–12
67 W Mar 11, 1997 6–1 Edmonton Oilers 36–19–12
68 W Mar 13, 1997 6–0 Hartford Whalers 37–19–12
69 W Mar 15, 1997 3–2 Washington Capitals 38–19–12
70 L Mar 17, 1997 1–4 Florida Panthers 38–20–12
71 T Mar 19, 1997 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals 38–20–13
72 W Mar 22, 1997 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 39–20–13
73 L Mar 25, 1997 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers 39–21–13
74 W Mar 27, 1997 4–0 New York Rangers 40–21–13
75 W Mar 30, 1997 5–2 Los Angeles Kings 41–21–13
76 W Apr 1, 1997 1–0 @ Washington Capitals 42–21–13
77 W Apr 4, 1997 3–0 Tampa Bay Lightning 43–21–13
78 W Apr 6, 1997 2–0 @ St. Louis Blues 44–21–13
79 T Apr 8, 1997 2–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning 44–21–14
80 L Apr 9, 1997 2–4 @ Florida Panthers 44–22–14
81 W Apr 11, 1997 2–0 Boston Bruins 45–22–14
82 L Apr 13, 1997 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers 45–23–14

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

In the first game of the series against Montreal, on April 17, 1997, with the Devils up by two goals late in the game, Martin Brodeur fired the puck the length of the ice and into the Canadiens' empty net to ensure a 5-2 victory. It was only the second time in NHL history that a goaltender had scored in the playoffs, and the fifth time overall.[1]

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Holik, BobbyBobby Holik C 82 23 39 62 54 24 5 0 6
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk LW 82 27 34 61 48 38 4 1 2
MacLean, JohnJohn MacLean RW 80 29 25 54 49 11 5 0 6
Guerin, BillBill Guerin RW 82 29 18 47 95 -2 7 0 9
Rolston, BrianBrian Rolston C/RW 81 18 27 45 20 6 2 2 3
Zelepukin, ValeriValeri Zelepukin LW 71 14 24 38 36 -10 3 0 2
Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer D 81 5 30 35 64 -4 3 0 3
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas LW 57 15 19 34 46 9 1 0 2
Pederson, DenisDenis Pederson C/RW 70 12 20 32 62 7 3 0 3
McKay, RandyRandy McKay RW 77 9 18 27 109 15 0 0 2
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 79 5 19 24 70 26 0 0 1
Sullivan, SteveSteve Sullivan RW 33 8 14 22 14 9 2 0 2
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 20 7 15 22 22 7 2 0 0
Chambers, ShawnShawn Chambers D 73 4 17 21 19 17 1 0 0
Carpenter, BobbyBobby Carpenter C 62 4 15 19 14 6 0 1 0
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 79 3 13 16 110 16 1 0 2
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 46 6 8 14 6 -1 0 0 1
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko D 77 2 7 9 70 24 0 0 0
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett D 20 2 5 7 6 2 1 0 1
Dean, KevinKevin Dean D 28 2 4 6 6 2 0 0 0
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 17 2 3 5 2 -4 0 0 0
Brylin, SergeiSergei Brylin LW 29 2 2 4 20 -13 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 67 0 4 4 8 0 0 0 0
Simpson, ReidReid Simpson LW 27 0 4 4 60 0 0 0 0
Smith, JasonJason Smith D 57 1 2 3 38 -8 0 0 0
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora RW 19 1 2 3 4 -8 0 0 0
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 18 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 0
Peluso, MikeMike Peluso LW 20 0 2 2 68 0 0 0 0
Rheaume, PascalPascal Rheaume C 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Broten, NealNeal Broten C 3 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Dunham, MikeMike Dunham G 26 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Oliwa, KrzysztofKrzysztof Oliwa LW 1 0 0 0 5 -1 0 0 0
Persson, RicardRicard Persson D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reese, JeffJeff Reese G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sharifijanov, VadimVadim Sharifijanov LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 3838 67 37 14 13 120 1.88 10 1633 1513 .927
Dunham, MikeMike Dunham 1013 26 8 7 1 43 2.55 2 456 413 .906
Reese, JeffJeff Reese 139 3 0 2 0 13 5.61 0 65 52 .800
Team: 4990 82 45 23 14 176 2.12 12 2154 1978 .918

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
MacLean, JohnJohn MacLean RW 10 4 5 9 4 2 1 1
Chambers, ShawnShawn Chambers D 10 1 6 7 6 1 0 0
Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer D 10 2 4 6 6 2 0 1
Rolston, BrianBrian Rolston C/RW 10 4 1 5 6 1 2 0
Zelepukin, ValeriValeri Zelepukin LW 8 3 2 5 2 1 0 1
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 8 2 3 5 4 1 0 0
Holik, BobbyBobby Holik C 10 2 3 5 4 1 0 0
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 10 2 2 4 19 1 0 0
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 10 0 4 4 14 0 0 0
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 10 0 4 4 2 0 0 0
Guerin, BillBill Guerin RW 8 2 1 3 18 1 0 1
Carpenter, BobbyBobby Carpenter C 10 1 2 3 2 0 0 0
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett D 10 0 3 3 10 0 0 0
McKay, RandyRandy McKay RW 10 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas LW 10 1 1 2 18 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Dean, KevinKevin Dean D 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko D 10 0 0 0 28 0 0 0
Pederson, DenisDenis Pederson C/RW 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Simpson, ReidReid Simpson LW 5 0 0 0 29 0 0 0
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora RW 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 659 10 5 5 19 1.73 2 268 249 .929
Team: 659 10 5 5 19 1.73 2 268 249 .929

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

Team's picks at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, held in

Rd # Pick # Player Nat Pos Team (League) Notes
1 10 Lance Ward Flag of Canada Canada D Red Deer Rebels (WHL) [3]
2 38 Wes Mason Flag of Canada Canada LW Sarnia Sting (OHL) [4]
2 41 Josh DeWolf Flag of the United States United States of America D Twin Cities Vulcans (USHL) [5]
2 47 Pierre Dagenais Flag of Canada Canada LW Moncton Alpines (QMJHL) [6]
2 49 Colin White Flag of Canada Canada D Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) [5][7]
3 63 Scott Parker Flag of Canada Canada RW Kelowna Rockets (WHL) [8]
4 91 Josef Boumedienne Flag of Sweden Sweden D Huddinge IK (Allsvenskan)
4 101 Josh MacNevin Flag of Canada Canada D Vernon Vipers (BCJHL) [9]
5 118 Glenn Crawford Flag of Canada Canada LW Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
6 145 Sean Ritchlin Flag of the United States United States of America RW University of Michigan (CCHA)
7 173 Daryl Andrews Flag of Canada Canada D Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)
8 199 Willie Mitchell Flag of Canada Canada D Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)
8 205 Jay Bertsch Flag of Canada Canada RW Spokane Chiefs (WHL) [6][10]
9 225 Pasi Petrilainen Flag of Finland Finland D Tappara (SM-liiga)

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Martin Brodeur - Facts. MartinBrodeur.net. Retrieved on 2006-12-31.
  2. 1996-97 New Jersey Devils Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
  3. Never reported for the Devils; was subsequently redrafted by Florida in the third round (63rd overall) of the 1998 Draft.
  4. The Devils acquired the 1996 second-round pick (Mason) from Vancouver for Esa Tikkanen on November 23, 1995; Tikkanen had been acquired from St. Louis just 22 days earlier.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Devils acquired two 1996 second-round picks, DeWolf (originally Toronto's) and White, from Pittsburgh for San Jose's 1996 second-round pick (used on Pavel Skrbek) on June 22, 1996. The Devils had originally received the pick from San Jose in exchange for Chris Terreri on November 15, 1995.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Devils traded Corey Schwab to Tampa Bay in exchange for Jeff Reese, Chicago's 1996 second-round pick (Dagenais), and Tampa Bay's 1996 eighth-round pick (Bertsch), on June 22, 1996.
  7. Although the Devils made four picks in the second round of the 1996 Draft, none were originally their picks; the Devils' original pick (used on Marek Posmyk) was traded to Toronto in exchange for Dave Andreychuk on March 13, 1996.
  8. Parker never reported for the Devils; he was subsequently redrafted by Colorado in the first round (20th overall) of the 1998 Draft.
  9. No source exists to indicate why the Devils made two selections this round.
  10. Bertsch had previously been drafted by Quebec in the eighth round (191st overall) of the 1994 Draft. Bertsch's profile at HockeyDB.com
New Jersey Devils
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New Jersey Devils coaches MacMillanMcVieCarpenterSchoenfeldCunniffBrooksLemaireFtorekRobinsonConstantineBurnsLamorielloJulienSutter
Division titles 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07
Conference Championships 1994-95, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03
Stanley Cups 1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03
Affiliates Lowell Devils (AHL), Trenton Devils (ECHL)


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