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  1. GDT: Devils @ Senators, 7:30 PM

    I simply see no concrete evidence that suggests the Devils will be any worse than 81-1 by the end of the season. LGD! First goal for Nico tonight in front of his former coach Guy Boucher!! Lineup tonight: Hall-Hischier-Stafford Johansson-Henrique-Palmieri Gibbons-Zacha-Bratt Wood-Coleman-Noesen Greene-Severson Moore-Santini Butcher-Prout Schneider Healthy scratches: Mueller, Lovejoy, Hayes Would have liked to see Mueller in again tonight, because I thought last game he was better than he was in previous games. Gibbons is being rewarded by moving up to the third line so he can play on supreme enforcer Pavel Zacha's wing.
  2. 2017-2018 Out of Town Thread

    I imagine their plan is to begin the process of phasing Shestyorkin into being their starter over the next several years, starting next season if he's ready. As much as I like to imagine the imminent downfall of the Rangers' goaltending, Shestyorkin could be the real deal. He has put up a really good save percentage both this season and last season in the KHL. Before that, he has had good numbers in the Russian junior leagues. Thankfully, there is some hope for us as Devils fans. From what I know, save percentage is generally higher in the KHL. This season, there are 8 players with a SV% > .930 who have all played 10+ games. Also, Shestyorkin is playing on SKA St. Petersburg, the most stacked team in the KHL. Maybe those impressive numbers don't translate to the NHL well.
  3. Patrick Roy Appreciation Thread

    Quite the roller coaster of emotions starting from seeing the thread title to actually reading the post. Thanks Roy!
  4. GDT: Lightning @ Devils, 7:30 PM

    "The points will come for Nico" Meanwhile, he had a great game and ended the night with two points.
  5. GDT: Lightning @ Devils, 7:30 PM

    Zacha should get an assist for taking Stralman out of the play
  6. GDT: Lightning @ Devils, 7:30 PM

    This reminds me of the season opener vs. the Avs when Bernier was making Hasek level saves. Is it just me or has Santini been our best defenseman this year? Last season, he was the kind of defenseman that you don't really notice, because he was all about playing a sound defensive game. This season, he looks like a new player, pinching at all the right times, contributing on offense, and showing he's got good vision with some of the passes he is making. He's actually got some speed, too. I'd like for Zacha to start playing with some more focus and intensity. This season has been a lot of good and a lot of bad from him. Unfortunately, it seems that the bad has outweighed the good. It's frustrating because the potential is all there, but he seems to be playing nervous and timid. Maybe he should get some time with MoJo so that they can figure things out together.
  7. GDT: Washington @ Devils 7:00 PM

    Believe it or not, that's how he wants it pronounced now (with the English "J" sound). He recently requested that the announcers pronounce it that way.
  8. GDT: Colorado @ Devils 2:00 PM-Opening Day at the Rock

    Might be tough to send Bratt to London after 9 games. Some observations from this game, beyond what has been mentioned about Bratt, Hischier, and Butcher: The first line, if it stays intact, will be very good IMO. They'll need a bit of time to build chemistry, but you can tell that they compliment each other well. While they sometimes seemed to be playing the game at different speeds, I thought each player was reading the plays well and was working nicely with each other. It'll be cool because there isn't a dedicated playmaker and finisher (e.g. Kuznetsov/Backstrom and Ovechkin), but each player can assume a different role, depending on the situation. I think Hall and Zacha are both underrated playmakers. I thought Santini played a great game. He's just so strong defensively, and he's starting to pitch in on offense, too. He has taken some steps forward since last season. Hoping to see more out of Johansson in the next few games. He had some nice flashes, but I found that Nico was by far the best part of that line today. I really liked the energy of the fourth line. They weren't generating a ton of quality chances, but they were tough to play against, and were winning some battles. It reminded me a bit of CBGB. Gone are the days of having an aging, slow 4th line. Mueller had a couple of tough moments, but I expect there will be some growing pains for him this season. I still have pretty high hopes. As a whole, it's always nice when talented players like MacKinnon and Duchene can't seem to get much going.
  9. Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2017-18 New Jersey Devils

    The reason I'm bothered by the Blandisi situation is because I really do believe he has been good, and that he has actually done something with the opportunities he has been given. I don't think I'm in the minority when I say that his big OHL season is not an indicator that he's a definite NHL player, and even less so, a good one. In fact, I tend to watch those players even closer than prospects with a less impressive junior resume, since these are the guys with potential, but a lot left to prove. With Blandisi, I was not a huge fan when he was first signed. He did not look NHL ready to me, he didn't play much of a smart game, and he seemed to become invisible a lot of the time. But I thought with his call up last season, he actually showed progress. He was playing harder, making smarter player, and really putting together some nice passes while showing some offensive instincts. His production was not great, but it's not like anyone he played with had decent point totals while he was around, anyway. Blandisi came to training camp a different player, in my opinion. This was also reflected in the maturity in his comments during interviews, putting full blame on himself and showing determination to make this team through the hard work he has put in, rather than giving those generic NHL player answers. Obviously he's not going to make the team over the NHL regulars on the roster, but I did think he outplayed a couple of them. He looked confident, and finally was playing like an experienced player. I thought his preseason games showed several steps forward, and definitely warranted a few games to start the season, at the very least. I don't expect him to ever be a top 6 player now, or ever. Shero made some comments about how he and Q didn't make the team because they would be stuck on the 4th line and PK, roles where they would be replaceable with the bottom 6 depth the organization has. It is better for their development that way, which makes sense. I think I just feel the vicarious frustration for someone who did everything right this time but didn't get rewarded for it.
  10. 2017 Training Camp thread

    I thought it could have gone either way with Quenneville, but I fully expected Blandisi to make the cut. I thought he played better than a few of those guys. Bratt will start the season in NJ, but if he gets sent down after 9, I imagine Blandisi is the first to get called up. Otherwise, sending Blandisi down could just be a move on paper, though I'm not sure why they would do this. Blandisi could technically still be in Saturday's lineup if he gets recalled. With Butcher making it, could that possibly mean that Lovejoy isn't a regular anymore? There will have to be 2 scratches each night if they aren't going with 7 D. You can make an argument for each one of those 8, including Prout, over Lovejoy for a roster spot.
  11. GDT: 9/27/17 NJ Devils @ Washington - Preseason Finale

    Zacha really will have a monster season, especially if he sticks with Hall and Palmieri for the majority of the season. Loving what I'm seeing from Nico tonight. If he continues to work on his shot over the next couple of years, he will score a ton of goals.
  12. GDT: 9/27/17 NJ Devils @ Washington - Preseason Finale

    Compared to most other teams, I really do like the Caps announcers. They both seem to know quite a bit about the opposing teams, and don't shy away from giving praise to standout players, whether they're on the Caps or not. They've spoken highly about Nico as well as some other Devils in both of these preseason games vs. the Caps.
  13. GDT: 9/25/17 NJ Devils @ Senators @ PEI @ Hockeyville

    I was kind of bummed that Mueller didn't stand out as much to me tonight, but then I realized that none of the D had much of an opportunity to stand out, since the play was so dominated by the Devils' offense. There really isn't too much to say that hasn't been said already. There's no question Bratt is starting the season in NJ, in my opinion. He has made countless smart, quick plays, and is so composed all the time. His awareness is amazing, and he seems to know exactly when he should hold on to the puck and when he's got to dish it out quickly. In a weird way, he seems like everything I hoped Tedenby would be and everything I hoped Josefson would be, in one package. He'll get his hand full of games, and then tear up the OHL. What a steal of a pick he's looking like. I was not expecting this. I think I've always misjudged Johansson when I've watched Washington games in the past. I always thought he was more of a passenger on that team. But he is really a complete player, and a great veteran presence. It's awesome to watch him get to work on the PP. He plays a nice, controlled game, definitely a threat when he's on the ice. While Quenneville may not be completely ready to be a full time NHL player, he showed that his shot will most definitely be an asset, with those two goals tonight. It was almost the exact same shot, twice within 30 seconds (and a great play by Bratt for one of them). Hall-Zacha-Palmieri will be a great line this season. I cannot wait to play the Flyers so that they'll finally shut up about Konecny and Provorov being such better picks than Zacha. And that Palmieri play on the second Zacha goal reminded me of McDavid or Ovechkin. He has been possessed so far this preseason. I need to control the hype. It's only preseason...
  14. GDT: 9/25/17 NJ Devils @ Gorton's Fishermen

    It'll be a good opportunity to evaluate McLeod and Speers, two guys I'd like to see a bit more from for the remainder of the preseason. Not many locks to make the team on forward, so these guys will be fighting.
  15. GDT: 9/21/17 NJ Devils @ Les Habitants

    Most San Jose fans were not too upset to see Mueller go. They said he took too long to make decisions, he played nervously, and he often froze up in high pressure situations. I'm really not seeing much of that in these preseason games. I'm not sure if he'll put it all together perfectly when he's an NHL regular, but he is really showing his potential so far. He can speed up the game. He has really made great defensive and offensive plays tonight. I really wish Lovejoy was no longer on this team, so that both Mueller and Butcher could be locks on D this year. Also, Nico is just a pleasure to watch. He seems more confident in this game, and he's showing showing off his skills more.
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