Zone exit types are broken up into three main categories: successful exits with possession, successful exits that result in a turnover in the neutral zone and failed exits that result in a turnover in the defensive zone. Exiting the defensive zone successfully with possession is obviously the ideal scenario, and is covered by the acronyms C (Carry Success) and P (Pass Success). In the chart below the total of these scenarios are called "Total Succ.".
Exiting the defensive zone successfully but without solid control of the puck, often resulting in a neutral zone turnover, is delegated by the acronyms CH (Chip), FC (Failed Carry), FP (Failed Pass) and X (Misc.). These scenarios are summed up in the "Total Clear" column in the chart below.
Zone clear attempts that result with a turnover inside the defensive zone are the worst outcome, and are dictated by the acronyms CT (Carry Turnover), PT (Pass Turnover) and T (Turnover) and are summed up in the "Total Turn." column. Additionally, note that I consider an Icing (I) a turnover as well.
C = Carry Success / P = Pass Success / CH = Chip / FC = Failed Carry / FP = Failed Pass / X = Misc. / I = Icing / CT = Carry Turnover / PT = Pass Turnover / T = Turnover
-The Devils had a total of 100 zone exit attempts, with 45, or 45%, resulting in secured puck possession in the neutral zone.
-The Devils turned the puck over in the defensive zone on exit attempts 12 times, a 12% rate.
-The Devils showed dramatic improvement from their first game against Vancouver this season, which featured 123 zone exit attempts, 41 (33%) successful clears, 57 (46%) neutral zone clears and 25 (20%) turnovers. They spent less time in their zone overall, and when they did move the puck out of the zone, it was in a much more efficient manner.
-Make Fayne had the worst game among New Jersey defensemen, with a measly one successful clear in eight zone exit attempts. Fayne also turned the puck over three times.
-Andy Greene had a mediocre game, exiting the zone a total of six times, with two successful clears, three neutral zone clears and one turnover.
-Kudos to Eric Gelinas for looking very strong in his first NHL game of the season. Gelinas showed confidence with the puck, successfully skating it out of the zone twice and passing it out twice. His one lone error came in overtime, when he lost the puck while skating out of the zone.
-Adam Henrique had an odd game. In eight attempts, Henrique only had one successful zone clear, however he blocked several shots that exited the zone (measured by the "X" category), which should not really count as negatives.
-Jaromir Jagr had five successful zone clears on seven zone exits, with his two neutral zone clears coming on chips off the boards. All in all it was a very clean game for Jagr while exiting the zone, and an improvement on some of his earlier games.