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#261 Devilsfan118

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:43 AM

I don't think the caps are a complete team. Sure, having backstrom back is nice, but I think the Devils' depth is far superior.

Let alone goaltending

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:58 AM

Philly just getting smoked early...but they are a good comeback team
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:33 PM

Philly just getting smoked early...but they are a good comeback team


exactly as you said they just came back down 2-0

hopefully everything stays the same and we play the panthers

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:55 PM

NO ONE begged for either one of those teams. And it matters a lot. Don't sit here and tell me you'd rather play Boston in the first round than Florida.

Of course I'd rather play Florida. But I think this team can stack up with anyone in the league. There's a vibe I've been feeling talking to a lot of other fans that we don't stand a chance to win a round if we don't play Florida. Garbage.

It's been an up and down season, but there is no reason to believe this team can't make some noise. Regardless of who they play.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:03 PM

Of course I'd rather play Florida. But I think this team can stack up with anyone in the league. There's a vibe I've been feeling talking to a lot of other fans that we don't stand a chance to win a round if we don't play Florida. Garbage.

It's been an up and down season, but there is no reason to believe this team can't make some noise. Regardless of who they play.

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I applaud your optimism, but this team isn't beating Pittsburgh or Boston in a 7-game series, and they're probably not beating the Rags or Phailures either. I would love to be wrong. LOVE to, and I would be the very first person to give you props and a high five if we did. But I'm trying to be realistic here.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:08 PM

Devils can beat anybody, If their games is on they can compete and win against any team in the NHL (i dont say thay are favorite)

Pittsburg and the devils are 3-3 this season
Same thing with the Rags 3-3

Philly i dont know and i dont really care....

I dont give a damn who we are facing we just need to beat anybody any way....

So believe in our team cause i do and we may not be favorite... burt the underdog game is what we are good at...
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:19 PM

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I applaud your optimism, but this team isn't beating Pittsburgh or Boston in a 7-game series, and they're probably not beating the Rags or Phailures either. I would love to be wrong. LOVE to, and I would be the very first person to give you props and a high five if we did. But I'm trying to be realistic here.

Sure we could. Anything can happen. It's the playoffs. Nobody is miles ahead of anyone.

Maybe it's just the Giants fan coming out of me come playoff time, but everyone takes this team so damn lightly. We are FINALLY getting back our top line center, perhaps our most important player. The Devils without a doubt have the ability to sneak up on a team, especially since they are no longer feared like they once were.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:24 PM

Of course I'd rather play Florida. But I think this team can stack up with anyone in the league. There's a vibe I've been feeling talking to a lot of other fans that we don't stand a chance to win a round if we don't play Florida. Garbage.

It's been an up and down season, but there is no reason to believe this team can't make some noise. Regardless of who they play.


It's about setting them up for the best chance of success. Do I think we could beat any of the top team in a seven game series? Yes, of course we have a chance to. But our chances of making round 2 are significantly higher against the Panthers or even the Caps than Boston or anybody else we could play. So there's nothing wrong with hoping for a match-up with the Panthers. It's not to say that we will definitely beat them, or that we definitely couldn't beat somebody else. It's just putting ourselves in the best position to win a playoff series.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:24 PM

We are FINALLY getting back our top line center, perhaps our most important player. The Devils without a doubt have the ability to sneak up on a team, especially since they are no longer feared like they once were.


You could say the EXACT same thing about the team we're likely playing in the first round at this point though (the Caps).
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:32 PM

You could say the EXACT same thing about the team we're likely playing in the first round at this point though (the Caps).


Bingo.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:02 PM

I think we can beat anyone in the league.. Except Boston and now the Penguins with Crosby back.. (How long is Letang out btw?) So.. Hoping someone else knocks them out I guess.. :)
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

You could say the EXACT same thing about the team we're likely playing in the first round at this point though (the Caps).


Dude, what? The Devils are way more likely to play Florida than they are to play the Caps. 2 points up with a game in hand is a large lead when there are only 3 games remaining. And that's not even taking into account that Florida, as I write this, is ahead by 1 in their game today.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:41 PM

Damn, Ottawa just ain't going away...they're doing what they can to make Game 82 count. With the Devils up by four points, they're still incredibly likely to snag the 6, but Ottawa will have pulled off an impressive feat if they can actually make that game against the Devils mean something; of course, if the Devils can notch three out their next four points, it won't matter what Ottawa does.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

Damn, Ottawa just ain't going away...they're doing what they can to make Game 82 count. With the Devils up by four points, they're still incredibly likely to snag the 6, but Ottawa will have pulled off an impressive feat if they can actually make that game against the Devils mean something; of course, if the Devils can notch three out their next four points, it won't matter what Ottawa does.


Ottawa winning is only good for NJ. They have done a good job keeping he pressure on and forcing NJ to make the last few games very meaningful. If they kept losing, it be very easy for this team to get very complacent regardless what the coaches kept hammering home. It be easy to take the foot of the pedal. Here, the standings are the message: win or you'll play a team that kicked your butt all year.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:54 PM

Ottawa winning is only good for NJ. They have done a good job keeping he pressure on and forcing NJ to make the last few games very meaningful. If they kept losing, it be very easy for this team to get very complacent regardless what the coaches kept hammering home. It be easy to take the foot of the pedal. Here, the standings are the message: win or you'll play a team that kicked your butt all year.


In fairness to the Devils, I think they've given top effort most games...they haven't always played well, and I think they definitely have matchup issues with some teams, but I don't think complacency is a problem with this group, I really don't.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:58 PM

The races are still good because the teams trying to catch the others have the tie-breakers (Washington over Florida, Ottawa over NJ). Even with only a few games left, it's not unlikely for one team to go 1-2 and the other to go 3-0 and move up. Especially since Washington/Florida and Ottawa/NJ still have head to head matchups.

Strange situation tonight - If Boston wins in OT, the Rangers clinch 1st and Boston clinches 2nd.

And now Clemmensen gives up a goal, tied 1-1 in the third.

Edited by Z-Man, 01 April 2012 - 05:01 PM.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:30 PM

Well, Florida gets at least a point, which is more than I expected.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:31 PM

Dude, what? The Devils are way more likely to play Florida than they are to play the Caps. 2 points up with a game in hand is a large lead when there are only 3 games remaining. And that's not even taking into account that Florida, as I write this, is ahead by 1 in their game today.


Not such a huge lead when one of those three games is a four-pointer in Washington Thursday. Getting at least one out of today was BIG for them.

Edited by NJDevs4978, 01 April 2012 - 05:31 PM.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:39 PM

Not such a huge lead when one of those three games is a four-pointer in Washington Thursday. Getting at least one out of today was BIG for them.


Except that these games aren't automatic four-point swingers anymore, with these charity points.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:45 PM

Except that these games aren't automatic four-point swingers anymore, with these charity points.


Right, and that's why Z-Man's point isn't that relevant either. The Devils, for instance, have played 79 games and have gotten points out of 51 of them. The Panthers have played 79 games and have gotten points out of 54. It's obviously possible to go 0-3, but it is not easy in a low scoring, low power play NHL.
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