It’s that time again, the annual Year in Review. As I have done the past three seasons, I will break down the year in 3 parts: the stats, some fun with numbers, and a few memories of the season gone by.
Welcome to Part 2, where I have some fun with numbers. All in random order (translation: as I think of them):
9: AHL cities I saw at least one game (Albany, Adirondack, Binghamton, Bridgeport, Hartford, Wilkes-Barre, Worcester, Syracuse, Springfield)
2: AHL Player of the Week awards (Keith Kinkaid in November, Scott Wedgewood in March)
35: Players who made at least one appearance this season.
10: Players who made at least one appearance in New Jersey.
4: Devils who made their NHL debut (Merrill, Boucher, Sislo, Whitney)
53: Shots in a 4-3 loss to Adirondack on April 6th.
1: Shots in the third period in a 4-3 shootout loss to Hartford on February 1st.
14: Combined goals by the Devils and Bridgeport on November 30th (Devils won 8-6).
45: Games in which Albany scored first.
14: 1 goal wins.
4: Wins against the Western Conference (all against Utica).
93: New franchise record for points in a season.
9: Players with 10+ goals.
4: Goalies used during the regular season.
2: Penalty shot attempts for Harri Pesonen on October 25th against Hartford.
2: Successful penalty shots during the season (Tim Sestito and Artem Demkov)
8,026: Attendance for Game 2 against St. John’s on April 26th (a new AHL Albany record)
0: Non-shootout overtime wins.
8: Most goals in a game, accomplished twice (11/30 vs. Bridgeport, 1/17 at Utica)
0: Wins in 4 Atlantic City “home” games.
9: Shutouts by Devils goaltending.
0: Wins against Worcester and Hershey.
7: Most goals allowed (2/16 vs. Bridgeport).
6: Longest winning streak, from December 4-21.
10: Rookies that made at least one appearance.
1: Goal scored on Michael Hutchinson in two games in St. John’s during the first round.
4: Power play goals scored in the first two games against St. John’s.
16: Years since a New Jersey AHL team won a playoff series (River Rats defeated Hamilton in the ’98 CC Playoffs).