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  1. I know what you mean, to a degree. When I was younger, I used to know every player on every team, and other things like stats and records. I got some books as gifts that I would read on occasion and learn things about the players, teams, and so forth. I also traded cards with friends which helped emphasize the details about them in my head. I definitely had more free time back then for sure, but I think what it comes down to is that I have a pretty good memory. Even to this day, even though I still enjoy reading some articles now and then and I do frequently check the standings of my favorite sports leagues and teams, I can hear stats in passing on the TV, or see players online and highlights quickly online, and the information just kind of sticks with me, to the point where I can usually recall it in conversation, or whenever. This is coming from someone who up until recently had a live-in girlfriend with 3 kids for the past 10 years, not to mention a typical 9-5 job M-F. I guess I really do just love sports I suppose. Holy crap, you watch every single playoff game??
  2. I'm a Devils fan before anything else, but I do love the game of hockey in general too. I would think we all do, right? It makes sense to me, because if I didn't like the sport of hockey as a kid I wouldn't be a Devils fan to begin with. I mean, can anyone here, or anywhere, actually say they just decided to be a fan of their favorite team out of pure love for them, without even knowing what they did or who they were? No, at least for me, I grew up first skating on ice/roller at around age 3-4. I can remember being really young and may parents taking me to ice rinks where I first started to learn to skate. Around age 5-6 was when I first started watching the NHL, and lo and behold the Devils were the first team I can recall watching highlights of in the morning from the game the night before. At age 7 I started playing both ice and roller, but eventually and quickly stuck with just roller and have been playing it ever since. But it was at that time I really loved hockey, and the Devils. I played a ton of other sports as a kid and was good at them too - baseball, basketball, etc, but hockey was and is my favorite to this day, even after living in FL for 19 years now. I wouldn't say I am emotionally invested in any of the other teams at all (well, I have a soft spot for the Lightning since I live in the area and I like to support the hometown team), but even if it's two random teams I couldn't care less about, I'll still tune in now and then because I like watching the sport, and enjoy seeing good competition. It's also something fun to do when you go out to a bar on a Friday or Saturday night, rather than do the same old thing like check out girls, play drinking games, and so forth. It's much more fun when there's sports on TV at the local bar to keep you entertained longer. I guess I'm also just such a sports fan in general which is why I can get into the Cup playoffs even if we're not in. I love watching sports year round, particularly football and hockey. Don't get me wrong, it's a lot less fun when my favorite teams aren't in it, and there's definitely a sinking feeling when the last game of the regular season is played in April and the Devils are packing up and not playing anymore. I know that hockey is still on which will be fun to watch, but a part of me is broken and won't be healed until next October when they hit the ice again and compete in a new season. It's the same reason that, for pretty much the rest of the season, even though we're all but out of playoff contention now, I'll still crack open my laptop on a random weeknight when we're playing, connect to the streaming program I use, and listen to/watch this team. We all <3 the Devils.
  3. Agree with pretty much all of what the two of you said in the last couple posts. And it's what makes the off-season seem even longer than usual, because as CR said, we can't give up and wash our hands with them, so we're left in early April hanging on for 5-6 months waiting eagerly to see what the next year brings, and if that year really will be "their year".
  4. When you put it that way, knowing that 16 teams make the playoffs and seeing that we're 23rd in the league, but also seeing that half of the teams among the 7 teams standing in our way to #16 are in the Western Conference, it's frustrating how close we actually are to a playoff spot, but seemingly will fall just a little short again this year, like we have for the past few seasons.
  5. fvck.
  6. I like Noesen's hockey sense. He's throwing things on net. That's what we need right now.
  7. Atta fvcking boy. Way to respond! I like Palmieri on the PP at the point. I like how Blandisi was patient with the puck down low and actually took it to the net.
  8. Someone wanna tell me why Henrique turned around there and put his back to the player with the puck?
  9. Agree with Dano there. I called interference right away. He tried to go around him and totally just took him out. Stupid.
  10. Good pressure by most of the lines there. If they keep it up I think they'll get one, but it's discouraging to be playing pretty well and getting chances and not being able to find the back of the net. Keep it up boys.
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  12. I hear ya. I guess I just look at the situation we're in now and I can't help but think of our sh&#33;tty rivals to the south....they were right next to us, actually even quite a bit below I believe, way earlier in the season, and then boom, that freak 10 game winning streak occurred and they were not only in the wild card spot, but even up there in the top 3 of the division. Sure, they've come back to Earth now and it looks like they may miss the playoffs themselves, but the point is that we, unlike them, have been .500 for basically most of the season like you mentioned, so if every team, even someone like the Flyers, or us, are capable of an odd, errant, or random fluke winning streak of any real significance, well that's something that, if it happened, would certainly put us in the middle of the playoffs. A guy can dream, right? Also, from a very general standpoint....we come here to talk about the Devils, right? And if we already know what this team is - what they're made of, and what they're capable of - well then there's really two choices right? Either talk positively about them, or talk negatively about them. I wouldn't quite call it "down a case of Sunny Delight" so to speak, but rather just talking positively. It doesn't do me any good, or give me any joy or fun, to sit here and constantly remind myself that we have guys like Bennett and Lovejoy on our team and bitching or sulking about it. There are way too many negative influences in the world outside of hockey. I'm not gonna let hockey/the Devils be one of them.
  13. As I was reading this I was gonna say the same thing. I have always had a policy, if I were a GM or coach, I'd stay clear away from headcases, and if there were any on my team, they'd be dealt with accordingly. No thanks.
  14. Rematch time. Well, not quite, because we get Craig Anderson this time. I hope Cory doesn't have to stand on his head tonight only to get no goal support again. I haven't heard if Cammalleri is back tonight. I kinda expect him to be, but who knows, we did score 3 and 4 goals in the last two games without him. This one isn't gonna be easy to win, but we should still be a confident bunch because they're scoring more lately and realistically they've strung together more wins lately than they have losses, particularly regulation ones at that (and at home, too). I really don't want to see us back to .500 tonight if we were to lose. That would just be kinda deflating to be honest. 26-24-10 would be a little more appealing. 3 days off after today, then we have a pretty touch schedule coming up against the Rags, Canadiens, Caps, and Bruins. That will really tell us what this team is made of. Let's Go Devils.
  15. We have Santini who looks like he may pan out as a 2nd or 3rd line full time NHLer. If we were to get a decent draft pick this year that we could use on a defenseman, then we're not looking too bad. We're just in a terrible situation right now, because if we trade Henrique for a d-man, then all of a sudden we're back to kinda where we were before we got Hall, starved for offense again. I'm not saying Henrique = Hall, but he's one of the few guys who actually does score for us right now. We need to try to land some guys in free agency and see if a draft pick or two pan out. Does anyone think McLeod will be NHL ready next year? Maybe the year after? Would be nice if he blossomed early and we could get rid of a DSP/Bennett type player and solidify the bottom two lines a little more.