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#1 Steven M.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

Discussion on our first round opponent, the Florida Panthers. How does everyone feel about this one leading into it?

Also, I know I've made my travel intentions clear but is anyone else planning on going to the games at the BAC?

It's on fellow Devils fans! The second season!
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:48 PM

Not going to be as big a pushover as we all think...Brodeur will have a shakey series, Elias will have a big series...i see bernier scoring a huge goal somewhere hmmm. We'll prob lose a bad one in OT as usual. All in all Devs in 6
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

i am predicting Devils in 6 but i think it will be scary - i can see clemmer having some very good games but i'd like to think the way the devils have been playing should be able to carry over. i expect to see 15-26-8 on versteeg but we'll see, i guess.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:52 PM

If we can't beat Florida, it's sad. The Devils are a deeper, better hockey team up front, and it's not even close. Florida's D is dangerous though, they bring more offense from the back end than our D. Not that it'll be easy, but I expect them to win this series. Devils in 6.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:53 PM

I am going to say itll be Devils in 5. I am so ready for the Devils to be back in the playoffs after having to go through last season. I am ready for playoff hockey in general.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:55 PM

devils in 5
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

Some storylines:

DeBo versus his old team/first NHL job
Clemmensen/Madden versus former team
Carter versus former team

Okay that last one's a bit of a stretch for a "storyline" but still.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:04 PM

Of the 7 teams, Florida is the one I want the most because the Panthers are just not a playoff team if not for some disappointing seasons from Mtl, Tor, and Buffalo.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:08 PM

Also, if you just call them wins and losses (none of this "NHL .500" jazz), the team records are as follows:

Panthers - 38-44
Devils - 48-34
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:08 PM

LETS GO DEVS!
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:24 PM

Dunno if it means anything, but Scottie Upshall just tweeted:

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Now that tonight was fun! But only the beginning. Panther fans, u deserve playoff hockey and it's finally here! C u all Thursday!


So if he knows something we don't, looks like our series may start on Thursday, not Wednesday. Which makes our home games wonky, since the building's in use next Monday for a Nets game.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:31 PM

Dunno if it means anything, but Scottie Upshall just tweeted:

@ScottieUpshall

So if he knows something we don't, looks like our series may start on Thursday, not Wednesday. Which makes our home games wonky, since the building's in use next Monday for a Nets game.



I hope he's wrong, I don't wanna wait til Thursday for game 1. And I don't wanna wait til Tuesday for game 3. fvcking stupid Nets. Move already.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:45 PM

I hope he's wrong, I don't wanna wait til Thursday for game 1. And I don't wanna wait til Tuesday for game 3. fvcking stupid Nets. Move already.


Thursday works better for me, I can't skip class again Wednesday night after skipping it this week, hah.

Both arenas have pretty open schedules for the next few weeks, so there's few hints there.

Booked dates:
NJ - 4/16, 18, 23 - Nets games
Florida - 4/20 - Rammstein concert

I'm guessing if Upshall does know something we don't, the series is:

Thursday April 12th in Florida
Saturday April 14th in Florida
Tuesday April 17th in NJ
Thursday April 19th in NJ
Saturday April 21st in Florida
Tuesday April 24th in NJ
Thursday April 26th in Florida
***DISCLAIMER: THIS IS JUST ME GUESSING. DON'T BE STUPID AND TAKE IT FOR FACT. THANK YOU.***

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:52 PM

Bring on the one-line wonders.

I'm certainly not an expert on the Panthers, but I feel like there are two things (and pretty much only two things) the Devils need to do to win:

1. Shut down whatever line that long-haired a$$hole Versteeg is on (I imagine he'll probably be on with Fleischmann and/or Weiss). Because that's the only dangerous line the Panthers will have in the series, imo

2. Prevent Garrison from getting any big shots through.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:06 PM

Also, if you just call them wins and losses (none of this "NHL .500" jazz), the team records are as follows:

Panthers - 38-44
Devils - 48-34


Actually, if you take out the shootouts and only show records from regulation/OT wins and losses, it's quite different:

Florida 32-33 (plus 17 "ties" for shootouts)
Devils 36-30 (plus 16 "ties" for shootouts)
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:08 PM

Bring on the one-line wonders.

I'm certainly not an expert on the Panthers, but I feel like there are two things (and pretty much only two things) the Devils need to do to win:

1. Shut down whatever line that long-haired a$$hole Versteeg is on (I imagine he'll probably be on with Fleischmann and/or Weiss). Because that's the only dangerous line the Panthers will have in the series, imo

2. Prevent Garrison from getting any big shots through.

3. Score early and often on Clemmensen and don't let him become a factor.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:09 PM

Probably the only possible matchup where we know the NHL wants us to win.. Bad calls will still be blamed on NHL wanting a small market team to go all the way (standard protocol) but I really think we have league support on this one, and that's all that matters in the playoffs
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:09 PM


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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:15 PM

Actually, if you take out the shootouts and only show records from regulation/OT wins and losses, it's quite different:

Florida 32-33 (plus 17 "ties" for shootouts)
Devils 36-30 (plus 16 "ties" for shootouts)


Well, yeah. I'm lumping all losses together though for the effect. I feel like it's too easy to look at a team's record when they're 38-26-18 and say "ah, not bad" when in reality, they've lost more games than they've won. "NHL .500" drives me nuts that way - a team that's well below actual .500 can still be a good team record-wise at first glance.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:19 PM

First goal simple and modest. Just win one in Florida.
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