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#21 lucifer91

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:16 PM

Tri,, are you sure on the flyers and devs games remaining? Thought they had a game in hand
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:18 PM

never underestimate the devil's ability to play themselves into a bad first round matchup.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:22 PM

Tri,, are you sure on the flyers and devs games remaining? Thought they had a game in hand


you are right. that's good for NJ.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:38 PM

never underestimate the devil's ability to play themselves into a bad first round matchup.


I don't know about that. I think they'd match up pretty good against Pitt.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:43 PM

I will say this, first round ticket prices are going to shock the crap out of you.. STH cost is $46 for uppers an balconies.. The head of ticket sales said they are betting on the Devils not playing the Panthers or Jets, so they priced it to capitalize on a sexier opponent

Obviously winning is most important, but finances are still a concern.. If they have to discount tickets because of the opponent then they better credit the STH or dookie will hit the fan

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:57 PM

I will say this, first round ticket prices are going to shock the crap out of you.. STH cost is $46 for uppers an balconies.. The head of ticket sales said they are betting on the Devils not playing the Panthers or Jets, so they priced it to capitalize on a sexier opponent

Obviously winning is most important, but finances are still a concern.. If they have to discount tickets because of the opponent then they better credit the STH or dookie will hit the fan


$46 is a little higher than I thought, but not by much. You think they are pricing this in anticipation of a first round exit too?
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:16 PM

No to the first round exit. We have pretty decent records against the Flyers, Pens and Rangers this season. Our regular season record against the Rags sucked in 07-08 and sucked against the Flyers in 09-10. Ain't skeered.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:03 PM

The only advantage pricing playoffs in anticipation of an early exit gets you is a 'little' bank interest and a few extra bucks in 2-3 games. Even if you're talking about $6-7 million dollars of potential playoff gate, that's basically a couple hundred thousand interest. I doubt that's going to make or break them either way. If Colin says he was told by someone high up they're pricing for opponent I'd take that at face value but yeah that could backfire badly.

Maybe not too badly if the opponent winds up being the Caps or Bruins, but if it's any other SE team or Ottawa somehow, well the joke'll be on them when they can't even discount tickets because that'll annoy the STH's to no end. Tonight was an example of what happens when you price the sth value so high you can't offer discounts.

Come to think of it, they offered the cheer now, pay later that like 95% of STH's probably took since their 'incentive' for paying now wasn't much of one so it's not like they're getting a lot of money in advance anyway.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 02:50 PM

After the last two wins against the flyers. I'm not worried about them in the playoffs


the flyers will be a different team than what we saw last night - they will have bryz in goal and timmonen and meszaros on defense. that is a better team. that being said, i would be kinda ok playing them.

I will say this, first round ticket prices are going to shock the crap out of you.. STH cost is $46 for uppers an balconies.. The head of ticket sales said they are betting on the Devils not playing the Panthers or Jets, so they priced it to capitalize on a sexier opponent

Obviously winning is most important, but finances are still a concern.. If they have to discount tickets because of the opponent then they better credit the STH or dookie will hit the fan


do the devils "buy" some of the tickets themselves and resell on stubhub? because if they drew the rangers in round 1, they would absolutely make more on that (to a lesser extent with PIT and PHI). i would agree that the 6 seed draws the worst possible opponent from a gate perspective. they would sell out vs every other alternative other than ottawa.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:04 PM

The problem with playing the Flyers is PDB will be compelled to go with the goon line again, especially if Zajac is still in witness protection by the time the playoffs start. We got away with it last night somehow but I still hate the Boulton-Janssen fourth line.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:33 PM

The problem with playing the Flyers is PDB will be compelled to go with the goon line again, especially if Zajac is still in witness protection by the time the playoffs start. We got away with it last night somehow but I still hate the Boulton-Janssen fourth line.


i doubt it - the playoffs are a very different animal. if the flyers want to dress a 4th line of goons, i'll happily throw carter-zajac-bernier at them.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:37 AM

as a Mets fan I will always remember the 1988 playoff loss to the dodgers, we had beaten them 10 of 11 reg season, then scioscia

The Devils have shown the ability to beat any EC team, they've also shown the ability to LOSE to any EC team. be careful what you wish for that 6 seed may be fighting for a PO spot and would come in hardened with nothing to lose.

I'll take on anyone

BTW Crosby's return can be short lived!! :burn: a little boarding here, a little charging there..

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:59 AM

Rangers, Pittsburgh, Boston.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:31 PM

BIG night in the race for sixth. While I wasn't hoping for a loss, it's pretty good news.

Team Pts GR
PHI 87 13
NJD 85 12
OTT 81 12

Hopefully Bryzgalov can keep up his good play for the time being.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:46 AM

BIG night in the race for sixth. While I wasn't hoping for a loss, it's pretty good news.

Team Pts GR
PHI 87 13
NJD 85 12
OTT 81 12

Hopefully Bryzgalov can keep up his good play for the time being.


Obviously no sure things, but after last night, even though it was just one game, I'm convinced the best chance for the Devils to make any noise in the playoffs is going to be as a #6. No guarantee they win that series either, but I think I'd at least make them the favorite in such a series. I don't think I could do that against the Penguins or Flyers in a first-round series. If I had to make a prediction for those series today, I'd have to say Devils lose either series in 6 games if it's a first rounder...but if the Devils get a series win under their belts and a little playoff confidence going, I'd definitely give them a better chance against whoever they face in the second round.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:13 AM

Obviously no sure things, but after last night, even though it was just one game, I'm convinced the best chance for the Devils to make any noise in the playoffs is going to be as a #6. No guarantee they win that series either, but I think I'd at least make them the favorite in such a series. I don't think I could do that against the Penguins or Flyers in a first-round series. If I had to make a prediction for those series today, I'd have to say Devils lose either series in 6 games if it's a first rounder...but if the Devils get a series win under their belts and a little playoff confidence going, I'd definitely give them a better chance against whoever they face in the second round.



Completely agree…matchups matter A LOT. Look how who we played in ’03 helped us later on vs. OTT. (and the bad match-ups since)

Playing Rangers early would leave nothing in the tank, and Ibelieve the same goes for Philly. Pitt w/ Crosby is a VERY hard out. Boston hasour number. Though a 2 seed vs. 7 seed with Sens vs. Devils is possible if Bosplays like crap much longer.

Give me Florida in Round 1, if we can’t beat them we don’t deserve to move on. (Plus I doubt we would have fared much better against anyother top seed anyway.)

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:53 AM

Obviously no sure things, but after last night, even though it was just one game, I'm convinced the best chance for the Devils to make any noise in the playoffs is going to be as a #6. No guarantee they win that series either, but I think I'd at least make them the favorite in such a series. I don't think I could do that against the Penguins or Flyers in a first-round series. If I had to make a prediction for those series today, I'd have to say Devils lose either series in 6 games if it's a first rounder...but if the Devils get a series win under their belts and a little playoff confidence going, I'd definitely give them a better chance against whoever they face in the second round.

Yup, IT WAS ONE GAME!!! we looked like world beaters on Sunday and they looked great last night. just give 110% against whomever
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:12 AM

Obviously no sure things, but after last night, even though it was just one game, I'm convinced the best chance for the Devils to make any noise in the playoffs is going to be as a #6. No guarantee they win that series either, but I think I'd at least make them the favorite in such a series. I don't think I could do that against the Penguins or Flyers in a first-round series. If I had to make a prediction for those series today, I'd have to say Devils lose either series in 6 games if it's a first rounder...but if the Devils get a series win under their belts and a little playoff confidence going, I'd definitely give them a better chance against whoever they face in the second round.


The Devils similarly spanked the Flyers on Sunday night, so I have no idea why your takeaway from this game would be that the Devils can't take the Flyers.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:28 AM

The Devils similarly spanked the Flyers on Sunday night, so I have no idea why your takeaway from this game would be that the Devils can't take the Flyers.


On Sunday, Philly was not playing their #1 goalie and missing 2 "Dmen" that played yesterday. I think the difference was noticeable. That being said I think we can win any match up or lose any one too if we don't play hard.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:28 AM

The Devils similarly spanked the Flyers on Sunday night, so I have no idea why your takeaway from this game would be that the Devils can't take the Flyers.


A hunch. By the numbers, the Devils were 3-3 against the Flyers, and like you said, they did beat the Flyers convincingly on Sunday. I didn't say that the Devils COULDN'T take the Flyers...I just think the Flyers would win a first round matchup.
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