Welcome once again to the annual Season in Review. As I have done the past four years, the review will be broken down into three parts: statistics, fun with numbers, and my favorite things from the season gone by.
Here we go with Part 2 and some random numbers from the season:
4,011: Attendance for the home opener, a 3-2 win on October 18th.
4: Goals by Paul Thompson in the season opener October 11 at Adirondack.
6: Shootout losses.
37: Players to appear in at least one game.
2: Players who made their NHL debut (Seth Helgeson & Raman Hrabarenka).
4: Goaltenders to appear in at least one game.
7,012: Season high attendance on January 24th, a 2-1 overtime loss to Worcester.
13: Players who appeared in at least one game for both Albany and New Jersey.
77: Most penalty minutes in one game, on February 22nd at Springfield (a 4-2 loss).
10: Different cities I saw at least one game (Albany, Atlantic City, Newark, Binghamton, Syracuse, Springfield, Worcester, Hartford, Bridgeport, Wilkes-Barre).
2: Penalty minutes in a 2-1 overtime loss at St. John’s on March 6th.
8: Number of times Tim Sestito was either called up or sent back from New Jersey between December 15th and January 27th.
3: Devils to earn their first NHL points (Seth Helgeson & Mike Sislo with assists, Joe Whitney with a goal)
1: Penalty shots awarded (Mike Sislo on 11/26) and also faced (Scott Wedgewood on 12/26).
3: Hat tricks, all by Paul Thompson.
10: Rounds for the longest shootout of the season, a loss to Syracuse on January 2nd.
7: Most goals allowed in one game, on November 8th in Bridgeport and November 22nd in Binghamton.
4: Wins against Lehigh Valley in a series sweep.
5: Total goals scored in 8 shootouts.
33: Times Albany scored the first goal.
6: Power play goals allowed in a 7-2 loss to Bridgeport on November 8th.
5: Wins against Bridgeport, the most against any opponent.
0: Wins against Hershey and Manchester.
33: Goals for Paul Thompson, a new franchise record.
79: Goals scored in the third period.
17: 1-goal victories.
10: Home point scoring streak for Scott Timmins, between October 18th and November 28th.
6: Road goal scoring streak for Stefan Matteau, starting from February 27th through the end of the season.
-5: Plus/minus rating for Raman Hrabarenka on November 22nd in Binghamton.
1: Shot allowed in the second period on January 31st vs. St. John’s.
0: Players to appear in all 76 games (Paul Thompson was the closest with 73).
7: Most goals scored in one game, on October 24th in Hartford (7-3 win), January 3rd in Bridgeport (7-4 win), and February 27th in Syracuse (7-6 win).
6: Shutouts by Devil goaltending.
26: Most penalty minutes by one player…Mike Sislo on February 22nd at Springfield (two abuse of official misconducts for arguing did the trick).
3: Shootout losses for Scott Wedgewood.
13: Majors for Ben Thomson (tied for first in the league among rookies).
42: Most saves in one game, by Scott Wedgewood on 12/30 vs. Providence.
5: Points for Matt Lorito, tying a franchise record, in a 6-2 win over Syracuse on April 15th.
I may add more to this list as I think of them…