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  1. Odds Of Winning The Cup

    I think when they feel their back is against the wall, they have responded very well this season. Sure there were some let downs. But they definitely showed up against very good teams.. The chances are really good. Wity Brodeur in net, healthy defense, we have what it takes to win...
  2. Odds Of Winning The Cup

    http://msn.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/marrape...cy/1512825.html Quarter report: Solid Sens, deep Devils lead East -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell Special to ESPN.com The final quarter of the regular season is upon us. ESPN.com takes a look at each team at the three-quarter pole and projects each team's conference finish and Stanley Cup odds: Ottawa Senators (38-16-7-1) Questions about the Senators' grit have always followed them into the postseason. They've been accused of not being mean enough, not being tough enough, not being built for anything other than the regular season. But it's hard to argue with what they've accomplished this year, despite a rare loss -- 4-3 to Florida on Thursday -- which is only a hiccup. Patrick Lalime, heading into the weekend, had a 2.12 goals-against average and .915 save percentage, and Daniel Alfredsson and Marian Hossa were leading the club (Nos. 1, 2) in scoring. Some of the team's thunder this year has been stolen by their financial problems and the distractions that followed, but their record continues to speak for itself. Just ask Toronto. When the clubs played recently, the Senators had no problem mixing it up, especially defenseman Wade Redden, who is having his best NHL season. They win at home, they win on the road, they beat good teams, they beat not-so-good teams. They've consistently been among the highest-scoring teams in the league, if not the highest scoring. Coach Jacques Martin recently joined the ranks of active coaches who have been behind the bench for 750 games. Will this be the year he finally gets his club into the Cup final? Their chances are better than they've ever been. Grade: Expected conference finish: 1st Odds of winning Cup: 5-2 New Jersey Devils (35-16-4-4) They've been accused of being boring -- i.e. too defensive, which was a charge that had coach Pat Burns spitting tacks -- but despite injuries and a couple of bumps in the road, they continue to stay one of the conference's best clubs. They have arguably the best goaltender in the game right now in Martin Brodeur, who could be a finalist for both the Vezina and Hart trophies. The Devils have had some struggles winning at home lately and they miss Sergei Brylin (right wrist fracture), but they're too disciplined and deep not to finish strong. Defenseman Scott Stevens continues to be a force and center Joe Nieuwendyk has finally kicked it into gear. But Brodeur is the star of this team. After a 12-0-1-1 stretch, the club stumbled a bit -- admitting they stunk against Pittsburgh last week and were dropped by Ottawa on Wednesday -- but they have the talent and experience to go a long way. Grade: Expected conference finish: 2nd Odds of winning Cup: 2-1 Washington Capitals (28-24-7-3) This has been one of the most Jekyll-and-Hyde teams in recent years. That unpredictability -- and infuriating inconsistency -- cost coach Ron Wilson his job and has provided a supreme challenge for new bench boss Bruce Cassidy. No one would argue that Jaromir Jagr isn't one of the greatest talents in the league -- and in history -- but when he doesn't feel like playing, the whole production falls apart. That's what happened early in the year. Jagr has since found his game, but many of his teammates have lost theirs. Heading into the weekend, the team had dropped two in a row and three of four, scoring just six goals in that span. And they're 2-14-1-1 against teams ahead of them in the standings. Goalie Olaf Kolzig's play has dipped of late, which can't happen if this club is going to go anywhere. "We've got some guys out there who want to make a difference," said Cassidy. "And we've got some guys to me who look like they don't want to make a difference. They just want to play their game and let someone else do it, and at some point, when you're a guy who is at the top of the pay scale or is considered a star on your team, you've got to step up in those games." Grade: Expected conference finish: 3rd Odds of winning Cup: 8-1 Philadelphia Flyers (31-16-11-2) General manager Bob Clarke loves to tinker with his roster. But whether he can pry a talented forward from a selling team at the deadline, or whether he wants to try to, remains to be seen. Because of their inconsistency, it's difficult to determine if the club has overcome its goal-scoring woes. After tallying just eight goals over a nine-game stretch -- their second extended drought of the season -- the club has 13 goals in their last four contests heading into the weekend. This is a veteran team but they have had more than their share of injuries. Left wing John LeClair continues to be snakebitten, although the Flyers should be used to not having him by now, and Simon Gagne is battling a groin problem. But the Flyers continue to nip at the heels of the Devils. Goaltender Roman Cechmanek, who was in net for the team's impressive 5-0 win over the Kings on Thursday, has dropped his goals-against average to 1.97, and the team is unbeaten in four games (2-0-2). They acquired talented, but underperforming, forward Sami Kapanen from Carolina, but he's goalless in six games since scoring in his Flyers debut. You have to think Clarke's not done. Grade: Expected conference finish: 4th Odds of winning Cup: 18-1 I think we are back to where we deserve to be... With some trade by the deadline, I think we have a very good chance of going all the way. In Lou we trust. Bring the cup back to where it belongs...
  3. Predictions @ Philadelphia

    Devils 3 Flyers 1
  4. Predictions - Tuesday At Colorado

    Devils 4 Avs 3.. Devils have been notorious for doing the good things that makes them win. Once they are on a roll, I feel it is difficult to stop them... By the way, Madden will do an awesome job on Forsberg tonight.. book it
  5. Game Thread - Devils @ L.a. Kings 1/25

    He made a couple of unbelievable saves.... Kings on 5-on-3 PP
  6. Game Thread - Devils @ L.a. Kings 1/25

    Kings miss a golden opportunity in front of the net all alone. Devils missed two similar chances...
  7. Game Thread - Devils @ L.a. Kings 1/25

    By the way, I have metro and hoping that Devils will win this game...
  8. Game Thread - Devils @ L.a. Kings 1/25

    Just heard that Jeff Friesen has flu.. He wont be in the lineup. Berglund will take his place...
  9. Devils @florida Game Thread

    I do believe that Devils will win this tonight. I'm not sure about tomorrow though...
  10. They Sick Of Bobby Yet

    What's with this Larry Brooks guy anyway. When the Ranger$ really suck usually around the Christmas time, the Devils are the best team in the east for almost 10 years. Let the Ranger$ put together a win streak, he starts all this crap about Lou, Devils needing more offense. Make up your mind IDIOT....
  11. What Were The Lines Last Night?

    Elias-Bicek-Brylin Turner-Scott G-Friesen Gionta-Joe N-Berglund Maddenbrunner line. Of course the Maddenbrunner line looked good.
  12. If The Sharks Don't Wake Up For The New Coach..

    Stop trading Nieds.. He is very good. He will be important in playoffs. Trade away others if you need to...
  13. Game Thread

    Devils are very good today.... Lot of energy. Lot of scoring chances.... Nik is very good so far...
  14. Fantasy Tipsheet: Elias Talking About Wanting Out

    I think he will come around. Like some other poster said, we have not played enough games and there is definitely a lot of lay-off between games. That has a lot to do with it. I think he is going to break out once the Devils start the road trip. He is not going anywhere.
  15. Warning

    I will abide by the rules and I love the Devils.. There is no reason for me to complain... Let's Go Devils