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#41 NJDevs4978

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:31 PM

Take a look at Bernier's stats. He's been in 385 NHL games and has 159 points in that span. If that isn't a proven NHL player, I don't know what is. Show me any 4th line player in the NHL who has those kinds of stats and is 26. Maybe there are 1 or 2 that are not coming to me off the top of my head, but it doesn't matter. The point is that Bernier instantly makes the 4th line much better.


He had a lot of top six time earlier in his career because of his draft position and he still never distinguished himself. Maybe he can reinvent himself at this point, but he wasn't exactly great last year playing for DeBoer in a similar role.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:38 PM

Lets hope Tedenby will be ready for the 3rd line after 30 games in AHL to get his confidence back.

Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Elias-Zubrus
Tedenby-Zajac-Clarkson
Ponikarovsky-Josefson-Bernier

That is a playoff group up front.


Why are you putting Ponikarovsky in a 4th line role and Tedenby in a 3rd line role?
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 09:23 PM

Has the potential to be a great addition to the lineup. In my perfect world:

Parise - Henrique - Zubrus
Kovalchuk - Zajac - Clarkson
Ponikarovsky - Elias - Sykora
Zharkov - Josefson - Bernier

Four solid lines. If the D could pull together the Devils have no reason to not make some noise at the dance.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 09:28 PM

Bernier is still miles better than anyone on the 4th line. The Devils literally have 0 goals from their 4th line.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 10:09 PM

Why are you putting Ponikarovsky in a 4th line role and Tedenby in a 3rd line role?


Tedenby has shown to work well with Clarkson to a degree.

Edited by Jas0nMacIsaac, 31 January 2012 - 02:28 PM.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:22 AM

Tedenby has shown to work well with Clarkson so a degree.


Good thing you added "to a degree." I think Teddy has two nice assists on Clarkson goals and that's it. Clarkson plays well with NO ONE. He can't pass, skate, or play with his head up. He has 16 goals and 6 assists and does not play well with others. How many guys like that have long and productive careers?
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:34 PM

Good thing you added "to a degree." I think Teddy has two nice assists on Clarkson goals and that's it. Clarkson plays well with NO ONE. He can't pass, skate, or play with his head up. He has 16 goals and 6 assists and does not play well with others. How many guys like that have long and productive careers?

The rolston-shanahan-clarkson line had good chemistry
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:00 AM

i thought ponikarovski-josefson-bernier had a good night tonight. like what i saw there.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:54 AM

I think Ponikarovsky has the potential to be a HUGE pickup. Josefson looked a lot better last night too. I really hope we can get Zajac back.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:39 PM

i thought ponikarovski-josefson-bernier had a good night tonight. like what i saw there.

Agreed, but apparently that line has been broken up. TG reported earlier that Carter and JJ were swapped in today's practice.

http://blogs.northje...practice_today/
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:22 PM

Bernier is still miles better than anyone on the 4th line. The Devils literally have 0 goals from their 4th line.

Untrue Kovalchuk scored once while being doubleshifted on the 4th line :)
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:39 PM

Agreed, but apparently that line has been broken up. TG reported earlier that Carter and JJ were swapped in today's practice.

http://blogs.northje...practice_today/

JJ was skating strong early in that game then took a few big hits and looked a bit timid late on the boards. I wonder if he aggrevated that shoulder
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:10 PM

Josefson was pushed off the cycle a few times but with Carter as the center the only play is a jam play. This will be a 4-5% shooting line. Not a fan at all.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:38 PM

I think Ponikarovsky has the potential to be a HUGE pickup. Josefson looked a lot better last night too. I really hope we can get Zajac back.


yup, my little poni was a steal. he's been working hard and fitting like a glove.
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 04:20 PM

JJ was skating strong early in that game then took a few big hits and looked a bit timid late on the boards. I wonder if he aggrevated that shoulder

Yeah, I noticed he took a bit of a beating last game. However, since he was skating on the fourth line in practice, I doubt he aggravated the shoulder. If he were not skating at all then I'd be worried, but that obviously isn't the case.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 08:07 AM

The kid looked niiiice with poni these last two games. Keep it up!
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 10:26 AM

I like what he has brought these past few games. He's taking puck to the net and cycling well in the corners. Hopefully he keeps it up as our third line looked strong in both games this weekend.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:06 PM

I like what he has brought these past few games. He's taking puck to the net and cycling well in the corners. Hopefully he keeps it up as our third line looked strong in both games this weekend.


Agreed. I actually get excited when Poni JJ and bernier take their shifts.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:08 PM

Agreed. I actually get excited when Poni JJ and bernier take their shifts.

exactly. although they're unproven together, when they take the ice its like we know they can do big things.

that behind the back pass from bernier to poni and the poni steal, bernier pass to poni (that almost went in) basically updated me on the status of their chemistry
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:59 PM

I live the Ponijosefnier line, they add some size and scoring to the 4th line and the other 3 lines are spread out pretty evenly when Zajac returns.

Kovy-Henrique-Clarkson
Parise-Zajac-???
Sykora-Elias-Zubrus

We have a hole on RW, let's wait and see whether Zharky/Teddy/Napalm/or from a trade can give us a scary team up front.
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