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NLinfante last won the day on January 11 2012

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  1. If Zajac came back today...

    Regardless of what line he's on, I'd be most inclined to put him with at least one defensively solid winger to match lines with the other team's best option. That should free up the offensively gifted guys, in theory, in most home games.Maybe playing Zajac with Gibbons and Bratt would be an option.
  2. The Devils' Penalty Kill So Far

    In terms of defending an opponent's PP once they have possession, the general consensus is that you must pick one position not to pressure/attack when that player has the puck. It helps solve the problem on the PK'ers running around too much. For example, younger teams tend to let the man on the halfboards dictate the play, but they pressure both points and the man behind the endline if they have the puck. This is because he's the man least likely to put a dangerous shot on net. In the NHL, this changes for each opponent. You obviously wouldn't want Backstrom from Washington (who seemingly always QB's the PP from the halfwall) have time and space because he'll pick you apart. Similarly, you wouldn't let Shea Weber have time from the point because he has a cannon. I haven't watched the Devil's PK enough to see what position they typically don't chase, but I wouldn't be surprised if it changes nightly. However, the bright side is that when the Devils killers do put pressure on opponents in zone, they've been fairly successful at taking the puck away, and even generating a bit of shorthanded offense.
  3. GDT: Devils @ Senators, 7:30 PM

    None of this is sustainable, right? I cannot believe what I've seen in the last two third periods from this team. I was all about tempering expectations to start the year but this is just too much fun. Let's just hope they put together as many points as possible now so they have a bit of a cushion when there's a dry spell or an injury. It's still very early. On a slightly different note, my fantasy league is made up of 10 rangers fans, 1 wings fan, and me. I keep telling myself not to talk too much trash and jinx this. Watching them wallow in basement makes me absurdly happy.
  4. Best and worst moments in the first decade at the Rock

    I'll stick with the ones that I was actually there for, which seem to be already mentioned. - All of the jersey retirements have been special - Rico's goal against the Rangers was the best Devils moment I've ever been in the arena for by far -Marty's record setting night against the Hawks was great. Patty with the Green hat after, especially memorable. - Zajac scoring in OT against Florida in game 6, 2012 -Ponikarovsky scoring against Philly (I may have been politely asked to leave the arena that night after getting into it with some D-Bag from Philly) also in 2012 Obviosuly very 2012 playoff heavy but those are my memories from the Rock. I also loved the pregame from games 1 and 2 from the SCF despite the close losses. Arena was electric. Lots of other memories from Continental including my first game, first playoff win, etc.
  5. GDT: Devils @ Toronto 7:30 PM

    I agree 100%. As a fanbase we have to get a little tougher with regards to this. We watch the team season after season, game after game. These guys watch other teams instead and are looking to fill airtime. We know they're wrong about the trapping nonsense, but let it go. To be fair, what do I know about the Leafs? Their fans love Wendall Clark and they recently hired Babcock and Lou and other than that they've pretty much sucked for 15 years before drafting Matthews. That's about all I've got. It goes both ways.
  6. GDT: Devils @ Toronto 7:30 PM

    I agree that I would have signed up for 2-2. The Matthews line is awfully tough to defend.
  7. GDT: Devils @ Toronto 7:30 PM

    I just addressed that Martin is a goon, but how is that on the refs? Martin hit Gibbons and then Noesen attacked him from behind. Deserved the instigator if you ask me even though he was sticking up for a teammate. Plus they just put the Devs on PP for a slash. Refs have been fine so far, in my opinion
  8. GDT: Devils @ Toronto 7:30 PM

    It's actually hard to believe Matt Martin is an NHL'er at this point, especially on a team as talented as the Leafs. 9 points in 82 games last year is probably more than I would have guessed....full blown plug
  9. GDT: Devils @ Buffalo 3:00 PM

    Wow, the goal total speaks for itself. D-zone coverage still looks a bit shaky but the scoring is hot. These guys are fun to watch.
  10. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    That was obviously an interesting draft for the Devils, considering we ended up not picking in the first round (and for good reason). I seem to remember Shinkaruk's name being thrown around regularly on this board before that draft though. I think most people had him much higher than #24, at least initially.
  11. GDT: 9/25/17 NJ Devils @ Senators @ PEI @ Hockeyville

    When will teams learn that boating trips before big games are a bad idea...
  12. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    McLoed was invisible tonight, while Bratt was excellent again. I'm still not on board with trading the farm for Duchene, but we clearly are weak at C because MM is not an option this year.
  13. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    Right, and I'm not necessarily advocating for a deal, but it's not because of our depth at center; it's due to the cost. Zajac is hurt, we don't know what's going to happen with Boyle (although we all wish him the best) and McLoed has been outperformed in the preseason by other youngsters. I think there is more than enough room for a top 2 center on this team right now. I agree though, losing Severson doesn't seem to make sense.
  14. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    Speaking of Duchene, one of the Colorado writers mentioned that the Devils were one of several teams who had a scout at the game last night. We are clearly hurting at center but you'd have to imagine that the deal would include Severson (who is now on a friendly long-term deal) or a first rounder next year (which has the potential to be a lottery pick). Doesn't seem likely in either regard, but I'd be interested to see what Shero could do considering TZ's extended absence. Sorry if this has been brought up ad nauseam elsewhere, but I thought it was interesting that a NJ scout was at the game.
  15. GDT: 9/18/17 Washington Capitals @ NJ Devils

    I've never seen faceoff violations called like this in my 31 years on earth. Luckily, I'll put money on the fact that it's some BS initiative that won't actually be called in the regular season.
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