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Garden State of Hockey- Episode 76: Hockey is Back and Useful Percentages

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The NHL is back! We continue to prepare for the year ahead by examining some percentage-based stats while talking about what this format means for the Devils.

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We’ll be covering the helmet ads and the MacKenzie Blackwood (and hopefully eventual Jesper Bratt) contract announced on next week’s episode as this was recorded before either of these events. In this episode, we focus on the new NHL format for 2020-21. John laid out the details here as the Devils prepare for a 56-game gauntlet against many of their usual Metropolitan division rivals.

Additionally, as we talk percentages in today’s episode, check out John’s primer on the subject. We mention some Devils-based examples and talk about what to look for from this year’s Devils. Shooting percentage champion of this year so far, Yegor Sharangovich, was also brought to New Jersey’s training camp so keep an eye out for whether or not he can continue this tear that he has been on.

If you’ve got any questions, comments, or suggestions, let us know in the comments. If any of our discussions need further clarification, be sure to let us know that as well.

Three more weeks until Devils hockey, folks!