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NLinfante last won the day on January 11 2012

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  1. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/22025032/nhl-case-toronto-maple-leafs-trading-auston-matthews Not trying to cause a stir here, but this is something I've never really thought about before and I found it interesting. On teams with multiple emerging stars, it may become challenging to pay them all (read: Edmonton). I'm not sure NJ makes sense because they're going to have to pay 13 and, presumably, 8 and 63 in the next few years, but I am pretty in awe every time I watch Matthews play. Discuss.
  2. Uneasy trend

    That's right. While I might agree that this picture shows that MoJo is in the offensive zone entirely, so is the puck. Therefore, it's onside to me.
  3. GDT - Devils vs Rangers 12/21/17

    Great win! Couldn't believe how awesome the top line was in this one. The last 3 or 4 minutes of the game I was screaming at the tv for Hynes to get them out there as much as possible. I also agree with a bunch of you who have already posted, seeing the emotion from Hall and Schneids made me believe in this group. Almost to the midway point of the season and sitting in first feels pretty good.
  4. Rico's Return

    Yeah, that's a good way to put it. I don't really care about numbering lines 1-4, it just seems like SOP for fans and people around the game. Bratt has shown the kind of ability with the puck to warrant reasonable ice time, not "4th line" minutes. That's all.
  5. Rico's Return

    I'm fine with not changing what is working, but Bratt is not a 4th line player. When MoJo gets back, they both need to be in the top 6. Keeping Coleman-Zajac-Gibbons together as a tough shutdown unit is great, but they cannot be expected to contribute offensively long term.
  6. Rico's Return

    I tend to let the coaches do their thing without too much debate...that's why they get paid the big bucks after all, but Bratt on the 4th line and Gibbons on the 2nd seems odd to me. Bratt is a talented NHL player, he has played his off-wing before; he seems a more logical choice for the top-6 at this point in time. Hopefully I eat some crow on this one and I can go back to not nitpicking at Hynes' line combos, but I really want to see a win on Thursday against the team from across the river.
  7. The Devils Can't Score Since Nov. 16th.

    Here's the thing about Zajac: he's always been praised for his defensive play and FO%, but his offensive production has largely been tied to having great wingers ( our old friends 9 and 17 come to mind). With Palms and MoJo out, or just recently returned, Hall-Nico-Bratt occupying the top line and Rico traded, who exactly has Zajac played with who can help produce points? I guess my point is, play him as a shut-down guy? Fine by me, but no one should really complain about a lack of production then. Play him as a top 2-center? Also fine, but at least give the guy some offensively gifted players to work with. I think we need to let this play out just a bit more before we start dreaming about waiving the NTC.
  8. Devils aquire Sami Vatanen for Henrique + Blandisi + '18 3rd

    Fans won't have to wait long to thank Henrique for his time in NJ. Ducks visit in just over 2 weeks. Maybe that will spur some otherwise slow Monday night ticket sales.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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