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Playoff profile: The Zach Factor

Left winger among the Devils' top clutch performers

Thursday, 04.10.2008 / 9:51 AM ET / Features
By Eric Marin
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Playoff profile: The Zach Factor
 

Zach Parise hopes to get a leg up on the Rangers in Friday night's Game 2.


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newjerseydevils.com – More than just the Devils' leading scorer in the regular season, Zach Parise was also one of the club's biggest gamebreakers.

He'll be one of the players the Devils will look to Friday night when they face the Rangers in Game 2 of their opening-round series with the Rangers at Prudential Center.

Parise was New Jersey's top offensive threat during the 2007-08 campaign, netting career-high totals in goals (32), assists (33) and points (65) in just his third NHL season.

He assisted on the Devils' lone goal in Wednesday's 4-1 loss in Game 1, digging the puck out of the left corner for Patrik Elias along the left boards. Elias found Paul Martin at the right circle for a second-period power-play tally that tied the contest at 1-1.

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Parise then nearly set up the go-ahead tally late in the second, flipping across the front of the net for an Elias one-timer that was stopped by Henrik Lundqvist.

The Devils struggled against the Rangers during the regular season, winning just one of eight meetings. But Parise was among New Jersey's best producers against their cross-river rlvals, tying for the club lead in points (2g-1a-3pts) with Jamie Langenbrunner (2g-1a), Dainius Zubrus (1g-2a) and Johnny Oduya (3a).

It was Parise's shootout backhander in the series finale against the Rangers that extended the extra session to a fourth round, when Elias beat Lundqvist off the cross bar to seal a 3-2 victory. The win secured home ice advantage for New Jersey in the postseason's first round.

Clutch performances were the hallmark of Parise's junior NHL season. The Minneapolis native tied Elias for the team lead in game-winning goals (8), five of which came in his last 30 games. Half of his winners were scored against divisional opponents.

A speedy left winger, Parise also led New Jersey with a career-high 17 multipoint games, including a pair of career-best four-point contests (3g-1a vs. Montreal, Nov. 30; 2g-2a vs. Boston, Dec. 5).

In 2006-07, he led the Devils in goals (31) and added 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in 11 playoff games. He tied a franchise record by scoring six goals in the six-game series win over Tampa Bay in last year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

New Jersey’s 1st-round selection, 17th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft, Parise’s legendary amateur hockey resume includes 340 points in two seasons at Minnesota prep school power Shattuck-St. Mary’s; WCHA All-Rookie and NCAA West All-American in consecutive seasons at the University of North Dakota, and tournament MVP in Team USA’s historic gold-medal win at the 2004 World Juniors.

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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
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11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
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C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59