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#41 Satans Hockey

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:22 AM

If I'm the Panthers, I start Clemmensen. He's got insight into the Devils shooting tendencies, he's been very solid recently, he has something to prove against his former team and he's done well against N.J. since he left. I think it's pretty much a no-brainer. But I hope I'm wrong.


Just cause I was bored,

only Parise, Elias, Zajac, Zubrus, Clarkson, Salvador and Greene are still on the team since Clemmensen played his last season in New Jersey in 08-09

Edited by Satans Hockey, 08 April 2012 - 10:23 AM.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:26 AM

Florida fans are tossing the word "payback" around for the 2000 playoffs. :giggle:

That's sad on their part. It was 12 years ago, Marty and Patty are the only guys left. And Madden is on their team now. So payback. Right. :P

Edited by MadDog2020, 08 April 2012 - 10:27 AM.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:50 AM

Why are we in some kind of crazy world where everyone thinks Scott Clemmensen is an amazing goalie?? He has size and positioning, and that's about it. Other than that one year here, he's been a career back up and AHLer.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:52 AM

Clemmensen's better than Damian Rhodes, Kevin Weekes, Robert Esche and Brian Boucher, all of whom have beaten us in the playoffs. He's especially better against the Devils and has a major chip on his shoulder after we didn't play him for years and then threw him out after he finally proved himself for us.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:05 AM

Also, it's nice that they are doing a show to unveil the playoff dates but it's really unnecessary, just give us the dates already!
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:07 AM

I know someone did this earlier, but I'll give it a shot.

Arena Conflicts:

Florida - Rammstein concert Friday Apr 20
New Jersey - Nets games Saturday Apr 14, Monday Apr 16, Wednesday Apr 18


My best guess for the schedule (even though we keep hearing a Thursday start):

Wed 4/11 at Fla
Fri 4/13 at Fla
Sun 4/15 at NJ
Tue 4/17 at NJ
Thu 4/19 at Fla
Sat 4/21 at NJ
Tue 4/23 at Fla

If it's a Thursday start, it pushes the whole series back by 2 days due to arena conflicts, and wouldn't end until Thu 4/25 at the latest (unless they schedule back-to-back games late in the series).
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:21 AM

Clemmensen's better than Damian Rhodes, Kevin Weekes, Robert Esche and Brian Boucher, all of whom have beaten us in the playoffs. He's especially better against the Devils and has a major chip on his shoulder after we didn't play him for years and then threw him out after he finally proved himself for us.


The chip of not being played couldn't have been too bad, since he came back to our minor league team AFTER we didn't play him.(And after he couldn't crack the Maple Leafs!) The reason he didn't get played in his first stint with the Devils may have been because he was terrible... 13 games in 05-06 with a 3.35gaa and a .881%, 6 games in 06-07 with a 3.15gaa and a .889% before he went to Toronto.

Then he had one good half season as a Devil, the end of which was less than impressive. He was losing starts to Kevin Weekes by the time Marty came back. And he didn't get 'thrown out'. He left because Lou wasn't going to give him big money to be a back up. His numbers is Florida are nothing special, either.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:23 AM

I know someone did this earlier, but I'll give it a shot.

Arena Conflicts:

Florida - Rammstein concert Friday Apr 20
New Jersey - Nets games Saturday Apr 14, Monday Apr 16, Wednesday Apr 18


My best guess for the schedule (even though we keep hearing a Thursday start):

Wed 4/11 at Fla
Fri 4/13 at Fla
Sun 4/15 at NJ
Tue 4/17 at NJ
Thu 4/19 at Fla
Sat 4/21 at NJ
Tue 4/23 at Fla

If it's a Thursday start, it pushes the whole series back by 2 days due to arena conflicts, and wouldn't end until Thu 4/25 at the latest (unless they schedule back-to-back games late in the series).


This makes a lot more sense then starting on Thursday but we will find out in less the 40mins.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:26 AM

I'm not saying the Devils were wrong not to play him, I'm saying he probably thinks we stunted his career by making him a four-games a year backup. Remember his 'I don't feel like I'm in the NHL' interview?

I meant him getting thrown out as in being sent back to the minors that season AFTER winning 25 games and being a big part of winning the division. And he's got a .910+ save percentage every year since going to Florida with 20+ starts a year, that's not terrible.

You can dismiss it all you want, he's played spectacular against us in his starts since leaving. I'm not saying we can't beat him, I'm saying we haven't gotten to him yet and that's not insignificant.

Edited by NJDevs4978, 08 April 2012 - 11:29 AM.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:35 AM

Just cause I was bored,

only Parise, Elias, Zajac, Zubrus, Clarkson, Salvador and Greene are still on the team since Clemmensen played his last season in New Jersey in 08-09


Thanks for that, I was going to go back and pull that too. I understand Clemmensen has played well against us, and played well in general, but to think he has some insider knowledge or something is a little silly. New personnel and an entirely new system. I wouldn't put any stock into it. Having said that, he has been playing well and will be a good test for our guys.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:41 AM

I think they start Theodore, but will give him am extremely short leash. He was their horse this year and it'd be a huge slap in the face if he didn't get game 1
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:44 AM

I'm not saying the Devils were wrong not to play him, I'm saying he probably thinks we stunted his career by making him a four-games a year backup. Remember his 'I don't feel like I'm in the NHL' interview?

I meant him getting thrown out as in being sent back to the minors that season AFTER winning 25 games and being a big part of winning the division. And he's got a .910+ save percentage every year since going to Florida with 20+ starts a year, that's not terrible.

You can dismiss it all you want, he's played spectacular against us in his starts since leaving. I'm not saying we can't beat him, I'm saying we haven't gotten to him yet and that's not insignificant.


In fairness, he was an emergency call up. They HAD to send him down once Marty came off the IR.

I don't think he's terrible. He's a decent goalie. But he's also beatable. I think Theodore would be just as much a challenge as Clemmensen would be. The Devils forwards need to get over this 'making average goalies look amazing' thing. I'd love for them to do it this round.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:45 AM

Well Panthers fans are beside themselves with joy down in Florida just lining up for their tickers.


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:47 AM

I meant him getting thrown out as in being sent back to the minors that season AFTER winning 25 games and being a big part of winning the division. And he's got a .910+ save percentage every year since going to Florida with 20+ starts a year, that's not terrible.


He was recalled via emergency recall to avoid waivers when he would be sent back down. He owes his entire career in the NHL to Brodeur's injury and being with the Devils; he'd probably have a day job if not for that.

Florida are the biggest shot overcounters in the league, so his save percentage is probably closer to .906 had he stayed in New Jersey. Not too impressive.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:58 AM

If the Devils advance out of the 1st round the season is considered to be a success. Whether it be in 4 or 7.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:01 PM

In fairness, he was an emergency call up. They HAD to send him down once Marty came off the IR.


Yes they had to send him down immediately, but they didn't have to keep him down through the rest of the season and the playoffs. Especially with how little confidence Sutter actually had in Weekes.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:03 PM

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:04 PM

Yah - friday start - weird!

We get totally boned with no weekend games. fvck the NHL
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:05 PM

Friday it is! I actually like the idea of it starting on a Friday.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:08 PM

Yah - friday start - weird!

We get totally boned with no weekend games. fvck the NHL


the second games on a sunday night, still counts as a weekend game
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