The New Jersey Devils have managed to miss the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, defying the statistical odds in the process. Cheap Air Max 97 China . Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Devils team that is likely due for better results, and at least part of that is due to the impending departure of a future Hall of Famer. This past season, the Devils ranked fifth in Fenwick Close (unblocked 5-on-5 shot attempts when the game is within a goal through two periods, or tied in the third), after they were ranked third the year before. The most glaring reason for a team to not have success despite strong puck possession metrics is a bad run with percentages and thats been true with the Devils. This past season, the most obvious run of bad luck for New Jersey was a 0-13 record in shootouts, games that are being decided, effectively, by coin flips. For a team that finished five points out of a playoff spot, even getting 40% of those 13 points would have been enough. The Devils were 2-7 in 2012-2013, too, running their two-year record to 2-20! This after going 12-4 in the shootout in 2011-2012. Those results fluctuate. But, its not just a bad run on shootout winning percentage that has come back to get the Devils. Theyve also had subpar goaltending. Over the past four years, the Devils 5-on-5 save percentage ranks 28th. In 2013-2014, the Devils overall save percentage of .907 ranked 23rd in the league, a step up from being ranked 28th with an .890 save percentage, the year before. These percentages, combined with the bad run in shootouts serve to undermine what is, otherwise, a competitive hockey team. Not likely a Cup contender, their 2012 Cup Final appearance notwithstanding, but good enough to be a playoff team if the percentages arent dramatically awful. This goes back to the premise that the Devils may be looking better in that regard going forward, as it appears Martin Brodeurs run in New Jersey is coming to an end. A four-time Vezina Trophy winner who has won more games (688) and recorded more shutouts (124) than any other goaltender, Brodeur is 42-years-old and the numbers tell the story -- hes no longer a starting-calibre goaltender, so if the Devils move ahead with Cory Schneider handling a true starters workload, that alone will already improve their chances of success. This isnt to suggest that everything will be fine once Brodeur moves on, because thats not the case. The Devils two best offensive players, Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias, are also getting on in years and there dont appear to be any heir apparents among New Jerseys prospects, so while the current Devils roster appears good enough to compete for a playoff spot, there is a ceiling on how good they can realistically expect to be. The TSN.ca Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- Corsi, adjusted for zone starts, quality of competition and quality of teammates, hits, blocked shots, penalty differential and faceoffs. Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be around 70, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. than Martin Brodeur, despite having a .921 save percentage compared to Brodeurs .901. Over the past five years, Schneiders .928 save percentage is near the best in und of 2012, Damon Severson struggled early upon his return to the WHL, but got back on track, finishing the regular season with 30 points in his last 31 games before leading Kelowna in playoff scoring. Picked in the second round last summer, Steve Santini is a rock-solid physical defenceman who had a strong freshman year at Boston College. Doesnt have the puck skills of some other New Jersey defence prospects. Picked in the fourth round in 2011, Reid Boucher is a goal-scorer with a big shot and while he scored all right in the AHL, he managed two goals and seven points in 23 games with New Jersey in his first audition. Powerfully-built Stefan Matteau, a first-round pick in 2012, seems a safe bet to develop into an NHL player, but hasnt scored enough to project him to fit into top half of the depth chart when he does reach the NHL for keeps. Undrafted out of Union College, Keith Kinkaid has put in three seasons in the AHL, with last season the best of the three. While there might be an opportunity to step in as the backup to Schneider, it could require a leap of faith to pencil Kinkaid into that spot. A sixth-round pick in 2011, Reece Scarlett had a solid first pro season, at least when he was healthy, but was limited to 48 games in his first pro season. A good showing next year could put Scarlett into consideration for New Jersey. Texas native Blake Coleman didnt score much in his first two seasons at Miami-Ohio, but broke through for 19 goals and 28 points in 27 games as a junior. Surely the Devils would appreciate if he could build on that with a strong senior campaign. Drafted in the third round last summer, Ryan Kujawinski has good size and can score, but missed time with hand and knee injuries last season. The 19-year-old should have a big year in the OHL next season. A fifth-round pick in 2012, Graham Black had modest production in the WHL, until last season, when he burst through with 97 points in 69 games as an overager. Time for him to make the move to the AHL. Picked in the fifth round in 2011, Blake Pietila has been a solid, if unspectacular collegiate player at Michigan Tech. The 21-year-old needs a strong senior campaign if hes going to be considered a serious prospect. Alexander Urbom is huge and got into 20 games with the Washington Capitals, after he was claimed on waivers last season, but he returned to the Devils organization, remaining a viable depth option on the blueline. Devils advanced stats and player usage chart from Extra Skater DRAFT 30th - Brendan Lemieux, David Pastrnak, Adrian Kempe, Nikolai Goldobin. FREE AGENCY According to www.capgeek.com, the Devils have approximately $53.5M committed to the 2013-2014 salary cap for 15 players. Check out my possible Devils lineup for next season on Cap Geek here. Needs: One top nine forward, depth forwards, one top four defenceman, backup goaltender. What I said the Devils needed last year: Four top nine forwards, two top four defencemen, goaltendingThey added: Jaromir Jagr, Michael Ryder, Ryane Clowe, Damien Brunner, Rostislav Olesz, Cory Schneider. TRADE MARKET Damien Brunner, Michael Ryder, Anton Volchenkov, Bryce Salvador, Adam Larsson. 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Elias scored a power-play goal 40 seconds into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets will try to get back on track Thursday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Toyota Center. The Rockets had a four-game winning streak come to an end with Wednesdays 120-113 loss to the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. James Harden scored 26 points and handed out 10 assists, while former Magic icon Dwight Howard scored 23 points and Patrick Beverley added 17. Trevor Ariza and Donatas Motiejunas scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Rockets, who shot 50.6 percent and turned the ball over 21 times. Howard was back in Orlando and talked about his return. Its always fun to play here, come back and think about those great times we had here, Howard said. Ill always have love for this city. Houston will also entertain Golden State and Indiana on this homestand and is 13-6 as the host this season. 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