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Larsson made a good play on Loktionov's goal too - walked the line, found a shooting lane, put it on net. Finally we got to one of our rebounds.

 

If you give Larsson time he'll make good offensive plays, other teams know this so he rarely gets the time he'd like.  When Larsson gets to pick his head up and start looking for shooting and passing lanes from the point, he's dangerous.

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If you give Larsson time he'll make good offensive plays, other teams know this so he rarely gets the time he'd like.  When Larsson gets to pick his head up and start looking for shooting and passing lanes from the point, he's dangerous.

 

Agreed. I think we'll see that Larsson will get a bit quicker with making the right choice with the puck in these situations. Already he's getting better at finding ways to get the puck to the net, whether that means moving to find a lane or making a shot-pass. He may or may not have an elite shot from the blue line, but either way he can use his smarts to find lanes and let the forwards do the hard part.

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Hank didn't play well tonight but I did notice he had a good play against Ovi when he came down the right wing 1 on 1 or 2 on 1. 

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They should try Loktionov as third line center on Saturday, bump Gio down to the 4th with Barch. Maybe try something like this.

 

Butler Henrique Kovalchuk

Elias Zajac Clarkson

Ponikarovsky Loktionov Bernier

Matteau Gionta Barch

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Not in love with this game - Devils did a lot of great things, but too many chances in transition for the Capitals.  They're also two forwards short on the PK and it's beginning to show.  Still, they crushed the Caps at even strength and got the benefit of some refereeing late.  I think we'll see Fayne instead of Tallinder on Saturday.

 

Gotta like Loktionov's play though - the Devils have to find a way to get him some more ice time.  He should be on the 2nd power play unit sooner than later.

 

He should at least get off the 4th line w/ Carter and Zubrus out. Unless Henrique moves to wing though or they fall out of love w/ Gionta, I dunno where they're gonna put him except the 2nd PP unit 

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He should at least get off the 4th line w/ Carter and Zubrus out. Unless Henrique moves to wing though or they fall out of love w/ Gionta, I dunno where they're gonna put him except the 2nd PP unit 

 

Eh, I'd try out these lines:

 

Matteau-Zajac-Kovalchuk

Elias-Henrique-Clarkson

Ponikarovsky-Loktionov-Butler

Barch-Gionta-Bernier

 

late in games when they're ahead, move Ponikarovsky up, and use Matteau with Gionta and Bernier.  

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who was with kovy and zajac tonight?

 

Poni for the first and second period.  The third period things got all jumbled due to some line mixing and the excessive amount of PP time the Devils had. 

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Sorry I said if the playoffs started tomorrow they would be playing the Rags.

They would in fact be playing the Sens who look like they're down a goalie...Bishop is literally a monster though.

Senators certainly finding ways to win.

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i liked Kovy's game a lot as he was going out of his mold, its like there was really a challenge vs him and Ovechkin, like who's gonna be the best.

 

I didnt like the game though, we needed a terribly sh!tty team to get in penalty trouble to find a way to take the lead. Not too impressive. But i hope they can build on that and get another one tomorrow and go on a winning streak

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i liked Kovy's game a lot as he was going out of his mold, its like there was really a challenge vs him and Ovechkin, like who's gonna be the best.

 

I didnt like the game though, we needed a terribly sh!tty team to get in penalty trouble to find a way to take the lead. Not too impressive. But i hope they can build on that and get another one tomorrow and go on a winning streak

The Devils got totally screwed on their second goal though. We outplayed them pretty badly and deserved the win, but our transition defense was awful. Greene, Salvador and Tallinder all got abused on the rush.

As a side note, Ovechkin played a hell of a game. He was banging bodies, pulling off dekes he had no business making and even back checked hard. Don't even get me started on how great Kovalchuk looked. They definitely bring out the best in each other

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Okay, so let's just note the fact that the glass was just broken by a slapshot for the "let's reduce goalie gear" thread. Try getting hit with a shot that hard, even with modern gear.

the heck with the goalie, what about guys like clarksy who have to screen???? no visor no neck guard and flimsy1/2" thick chest padding.  thats crazy!

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The Devils got totally screwed on their second goal though. We outplayed them pretty badly and deserved the win, but our transition defense was awful. Greene, Salvador and Tallinder all got abused on the rush.

As a side note, Ovechkin played a hell of a game. He was banging bodies, pulling off dekes he had no business making and even back checked hard. Don't even get me started on how great Kovalchuk looked. They definitely bring out the best in each other

 

i didnt like Kovy on the PP until he scored though and i don't like the Devils transition game cause i'm watching a lot of hockey and to watch other teams go so often im like... damn the Devils would have never done that.

 

our transition game is so slow compared to a bunch of teams, they have players who can get a dman flat footed with a quick head deke even and boom you go around him... the devils if they don't dump they'll slow down until everyone is in the zone for a pass pretty much.

 

our PP is too slow too it's not making the other team move at all, i hate to say it but MTL's PP is really good with Markov on the back, they move the puck so fast between them and its catching the other team off guard cause they don't have much time to settled and they have to skate around pretty fast to stay in the shooting lane.

 

i know there's reason to slow down the game but we're restraining chances by doing things the same way all the time and thats what pissing me off the most about our system when im watching other teams.

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I have to miss the game tomorrow and that's sad because I'm dying to see another Kovy vs. Ovi game. They really do bring out the best in each other

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Devils PP had a bad night last night but overall has been solid.  They absolutely crushed Ottawa the other day.  And of course one shot per 60 minutes separates Montreal and NJ.  

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Devils PP had a bad night last night but overall has been solid.  They absolutely crushed Ottawa the other day.  And of course one shot per 60 minutes separates Montreal and NJ.  

 

i dont care about the stats have you look at the MTL PP other than against NJ ? 

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i dont care about the stats have you look at the MTL PP other than against NJ ? 

 

Not really, but have you looked at the NJ power play without anti-homer eyes?  Did you see it stomp on Ottawa on Monday?

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Not really, but have you looked at the NJ power play without anti-homer eyes?  Did you see it stomp on Ottawa on Monday?

 

ah you're singling out ONE game now when it goes in your favour but other than that we have to look long term for everything else.... right.... riiiiiight....

 

also Ottawa we're terrible that night we were just worst all around.

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I tried to look it up, but couldn't find it...how many 5-on-3 PPGs have the Devils scored this season, and in how many attempts?  It seems like they've been great at those this season.

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I tried to look it up, but couldn't find it...how many 5-on-3 PPGs have the Devils scored this season, and in how many attempts?  It seems like they've been great at those this season.

 

They've scored 5, most in the league.  I don't know how many 'attempts' they've had, but they've had the 4th highest 5 on 3 time in the league, with 7 minutes or so.

 

Sterio:  Absent numbers, I'm not going to judge power plays subjectively, because they're mostly trying to accomplish the same things, and the only differences are in personnel.  I'm not going to expect Elias to become Malkin off the half-wall because he's not Malkin.

 

The reason I bring up one game is because they looked awesome that game, so if you were a random fan who happened to see that game, you would think 'Wow, NJ's power play is amazing'.  They will look bad in other games.  Much like Montreal, but you are choosing, either intentionally or accidentally, to remember Montreal's good PPs and not remember their bad ones, even though the shooting rate has been about the same, and the success rate has been about the same too.

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5 PPG in 7 mins of 5-on-3...damn. 

 

So I'm going to guess they've had, say, 7 to 9 attempts on 5-on-3.  Means they're something like 9-for-63, 64, or 65 the rest of the time.  Basically around 14%.  The 5-on-3 success is propping up the overall percentage (19.4%) nicely. 

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Wow on the 5 on 3 stat.  For many years it felt like the Devils were terrible 5 on 3, but that is not based on any raw numbers or stats.  This year though they seemed to be a bit better, but I didn't imagine that much.

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They've scored 5, most in the league. I don't know how many 'attempts' they've had, but they've had the 4th highest 5 on 3 time in the league, with 7 minutes or so.

Sterio: Absent numbers, I'm not going to judge power plays subjectively, because they're mostly trying to accomplish the same things, and the only differences are in personnel. I'm not going to expect Elias to become Malkin off the half-wall because he's not Malkin.

The reason I bring up one game is because they looked awesome that game, so if you were a random fan who happened to see that game, you would think 'Wow, NJ's power play is amazing'. They will look bad in other games. Much like Montreal, but you are choosing, either intentionally or accidentally, to remember Montreal's good PPs and not remember their bad ones, even though the shooting rate has been about the same, and the success rate has been about the same too.

One of the most accurate descriptions of StereoDesign's recent decision to hate everything about the Devils.

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