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hedberg bit on that play from Byfghliyyglinn so badly... embarrassing 

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Well, Kinkaid definitely shouldn't start because that should go extremely poorly, but even if Marty's feeling great, he can't play until Toronto.

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1pt behind Toronto with 3 games in hand.

3pts behind Ottawa with 2 games in hand.

2pts behind Pittsburgh for the Atlantic with 2 games in hand.

 

I am not freaking out just yet.

Something needs to change though, we wont just... Luck our way out of it. The guys are not playing with the same intensity on the forecheck than last year at all. They are not creating turnovers like they were either. And our d is getting slower and slower.

One thing i noticed this game, our dmen always wait a seconde too long before taking a shot, this game anyway theyd get the puck look up, hesitate a seconde then the opportunity is gone.

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hedberg bit on that play from Byfghliyyglinn so badly... embarrassing 

 

Didn't help that Greene looked like he was 40 years old for the second straight game, watching a Jet player blow by him - and in this case one that really shouldn't be blowing by him.  So much for his Norris candidacy lol

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1pt behind Toronto with 2 games in hand.

2pts behind Pittsburgh for the Atlantic with 2 games in hand.

 

I am not freaking out just yet.

Philly's healthy and breathing down our necks. Other teams behind us are going to win a few.

This seems like a totally different team this year.

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Didn't help that Greene looked like he was 40 years old for the second straight game, watching a Jet player blow by him - and in this case one that really shouldn't be blowing by him.  So much for his Norris candidacy lol

 

Who cares, the goalie was stuck on the opposite side of the net.    Yeah, I'd like a clearout there, but Greene isn't doing it, and the first thing I'd be doing is staring in amazement at what my goalie just did.

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Which devils dman could even.... Come close to do what big buf did? None.

 

Awesome, the Jets must be the better than the Devils then.

 

Where is there this idea that Byfuglien is slow?  He's one of the fastest players in the league.  He just has low acceleration.  Kovalchuk should've been around to at least steer him a bit farther outside in the neutral zone, but he wasn't.

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Nothing worse than running up a huge bar tab only to blow it on the road. Lets win Saturday

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Awesome, the Jets must be the better than the Devils then.

 

Where is there this idea that Byfuglien is slow?  He's one of the fastest players in the league.  He just has low acceleration.  Kovalchuk should've been around to at least steer him a bit farther outside in the neutral zone, but he wasn't.

 

Fat is supposed to = slow, I guess.   The way I see it, Fat = more momentum when you get going and who is going to get in the way of that.

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Awesome, the Jets must be the better than the Devils then.

Where is there this idea that Byfuglien is slow? He's one of the fastest players in the league. He just has low acceleration. Kovalchuk should've been around to at least steer him a bit farther outside in the neutral zone, but he wasn't.

Mmm i dont get the link between what i said and what you replied ? Never said he was slow Edited by SterioDesign

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Fat is supposed to = slow, I guess.   

 

Generally it is unless you're a roided up NFL lineman :lol:

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I dont get the overreaction. Yes its a slump, slumps are pretty damn common for most teams,  better we have one now than later in the year. Ottawa, Toronto are not going to keep their current pace up and the conference is not really running away from us at the moment. Devils are not playing that BADLY, if they could finish any of these last few games they would have won them. Everyone step off the ledge. If they can beat Buffalo and Toronto then thats a successful road trip and a starting point to get over this bad stretch. If not then I will start worrying. Carter should help out a little when he comes back. I also cannot wait for Zubrus to be healthy.

 

EDIT: I apologize for my post before this, NHL standings were all fudged up on nhl.com.

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I dont get the overreaction. Yes its a slump, slumps are pretty damn common for most teams,  better we have one now than later in the year. Ottawa, Toronto are not going to keep their current pace up 

 

Anyone can keep their current pace up in a 48-game season that's almost half over now.  And if you're in it at the trade deadline, hello deadline acquisitions.

 

That's the issue, it's not that the Devils are in a bad position now, but another few bad results and they quickly will be in a free-for-all fighting for the last playoff spot with like seven other teams.

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Mmm i dont get the link between what i said and what you replied ? Never said he was slow

 

The first line was addressed to you - sorry.  The rest was addressed to whoever thought Greene shouldn't be beat wide by Byfuglien.  Byfuglien was FLYING.  

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Wish we had no injuries. :(

 

Henrique Loktionov Kovalchuk

Elias Zajac Clarkson

Ponikarovsky Zubrus Matteau

Carter Gionta Bernier

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Kinkaid won't be playing unless Moose gets pulled.  DeBoer already said Moose was going till Marty comes back early next week.  Moose needs an electric shock collar that will go off every time he leaves the blue area though.

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The fact still remains, Moose played well enough for us to win tonight. I don't blame him at all for this loss, we need to start finishing. The PK showed some signs of life as well. Matteau had a pretty good game, Loktionov keeps impressing, our stars will soon wake up...but Butler doesnt look good at all lately. I always thought in order for him to succeed on this team he needs to be on a line with Zubrus and Elias.

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Butler's done here.  Kovy was double-shifting for him and Pete got testy in the postgame when asked about his benching.  Other than the one game against the Pens I don't think he even has a point in double-digit games.


Lokti earned his way up the food chain, Butler and others haven't.

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Fantastic job by Loktionov for his goal! I'm really liking the speed he has shown to create scoring chances and the way he created space for himself. Great play by Ponikarovsky to chip that puck back to Tallinder behind the net and get himself open for the return pass to break it out of the zone to Loktionov.

I like that Salvador and Zidlicky were broken up but Greene and Larsson were able to stick together. The Devils played better as soon as Fayne and Tallinder could help out Salvador and Zidlicky respectively. Zidlicky was really garbage tonight though.

Byfuglien owned the Devils on the 2nd Ladd goal. Complete domination on that play. At least the Devils PK was good tonight outside of Gionta's penalty. Matteau has shown glimpses of what he is to become in the future. Add more muscle and time to get used to the NHL and he should be a solid player down the road.

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I am one of the posters who always criticize Tallinder but I thought he played a really solid game tonight.

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Wish we had no injuries. :(....

 

Other teams, the Sens for example, are way worse off than we are and still are doing good. However, I thought the game last night was much better than the games before that, so I think we're heading in the right direction. Buffalo is almost a must-win, though. If we don't win against the Sabres, who are we gonna beat?

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