Continuation of the last article. Instead of trying to re-create the charts, I just took a close-up photo of them so they can be read on here. I hope. If that doesn't work well, I will edit this post and add some real charts.
Next article: A-Line A-mazing, by Randy Holtz, concerning the Devil's potent top line.
Coach: Larry Robinson
2000-01 Recap: 48-19-12-3, 111 points; first place in the Atlantic Division.
Playoff Results: Defeated Carolina 4-2 in the first round, Toronto 4-3 in the second round and Pittsburgh 4-1 in the Eastern Conference finals.
2000-01 Record vs. Colorado: 2-0
Stanley Cups Won: Two.
Coach: Bob Harley
2000-01 Recap: 52-16-10-4, 118 points, first place in the Northwest Division.
Playoff Results: Defeated Vancouver 4-0 in the first round, Los Angeles 4-3 in the second round and St. Louis 4-1 in the Western Conference finals.
2000-01 Record vs. New Jersey: 0-2
Injuries: Peter Forsberg (surgery to remove spleen), expected to miss the rest of the postseason.
Stanley Cups won: One.
Colorado: This is where the series could be won or lost for the Avalanche.
Colorado power play had produced key goals during the playoffs, scoring at a percentage of 21.3. The Avalanche penalty killing has been stead at 84.6 percent. Colorado has killed 33 of the past 36 power plays against it.
New Jersey: Statistically, the Devils rank behind the Avalanche on the power play and penalty killing.
New Jersey's power play has 13 goals on 74 man-advantage situations (17.6 percent), and the Devils have killed 83.8 percent of the penalties against them.
Jason Arnott of New Jersey and Milan Hejduk of Colorado are tied for the playoff lead in power-play goals with four each, and Rob Blake of Colorado and Petr Sykora of New Jersey rank first and second in power-play assists with seven and six, respecticely.
Colorado: Bob Hartley, who has baffled man experts by the way he continues to win, faces the biggest challenge of his NHL career in trying to devise a way to beat the Devils, who played their best hockey of the season in the Eastern Conference finals.
New Jersey: Larry Robinson won it all last year with the Devils. When New Jersey plays his way, the team is very, very good.