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#161 BlueSkirt

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:54 AM

Zach at least showed up, for the most part...but the problem with Zach is he just can't be a difference maker in the postseason. He gets his numbers in the regular season by outworking and outthinking defenders who don't go at playoff speed every game the way he does. But when other players match his work ethic and come up with systems to nulify him in the postseason, he just doesn't have the talent to raise his game. He scores goals one way, with deflections and quick reflex plays in front and everyone knows it.


insightful way to put it.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:08 AM

I think I'll skip watching the DVR of this one...
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:14 AM

I'm going to see what happens in Game 3 before getting too worried.

The positives:

Devils split the first two on the road. Sure, it would've been great if they could've taken two, but 1-1 was a reasonable expectation, and the Devils pulled it off.

Kovy and Zajac scored last night. If I had been told the Devils would lose 3-2, but I could pick the Devils' goal-scorers, I would've picked Kovy and Parise, but Zajac would've been just behind them. All things considered, I think it was pretty important for Kovy to put one home, and in non-garbage time to boot. And Parise is at least getting shots on goal...12 of them through two games. That's why I want to see what happens over the rest of the series before branding him a playoff nonentity.

Series has pretty much gone about as I would've expected...and I still think the Devils can take this in 6.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:32 AM

Another reason I'm worried: Volchenkov's played south of twelve minutes a night the first two games. Clearly he has some issue, if an eight-day rest at the end of the regular season didn't fix it I don't know what will. And their defense is suspect anyway, without him it just becomes far worse.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:41 AM

Another reason I'm worried: Volchenkov's played south of twelve minutes a night the first two games. Clearly he has some issue, if an eight-day rest at the end of the regular season didn't fix it I don't know what will. And their defense is suspect anyway, without him it just becomes far worse.


I think this is part of the reason why I can't get too mad at this team for being about what it is...my expectations simply aren't very high. It's a pretty good team, but clearly one with flaws. Are the Devils better than the Panthers? I believe so, but not by much...I have the Devils winning in six, but it wouldn't surprise me if it took them seven games to do it...at any rate, this was not going to be a cakewalk for the Devils, and we're seeing clear signs of that now.

Beyond that, only the blindest of Devil homers would try to make a case for the Devils getting past Round 2 and beyond...a lot of that will depend on matchups of course, but by my count there are four teams in the East that the Devils don't match up well with, despite what the regular-season records say, and the more "favorable" matchups for the Devils are no gimmes either.
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It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:48 AM

How come the Devils let them et pushed around, a few times I saw Zach go to the net , get pushed over after the whistle and Devils players do nothing about it..... If we play the flyers we are doomed...
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:14 AM

How come the Devils let them et pushed around, a few times I saw Zach go to the net , get pushed over after the whistle and Devils players do nothing about it..... If we play the flyers we are doomed...


Worry about this series first.
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Can the coach do that ? Switch the goalies 5 seconds to go in overtime?
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It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:15 AM

Another reason I'm worried: Volchenkov's played south of twelve minutes a night the first two games. Clearly he has some issue, if an eight-day rest at the end of the regular season didn't fix it I don't know what will. And their defense is suspect anyway, without him it just becomes far worse.


Well, last night it was partially because DeBo went out of his way to play Zid, Greene, and Harrold in the 3rd to generate offense.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:41 AM

Well, last night it was partially because DeBo went out of his way to play Zid, Greene, and Harrold in the 3rd to generate offense.


And Game 1 when we were ahead he didn't play then either.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:15 AM

And Game 1 when we were ahead he didn't play then either.


But neither did Harrold. That is a concern, but I do think the game circumstances dictated it.

How come the Devils let them et pushed around, a few times I saw Zach go to the net , get pushed over after the whistle and Devils players do nothing about it..... If we play the flyers we are doomed...


Yeah, the Penguins haven't let themselves get pushed around, it's worked out great for them.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:19 AM

How come the Devils let them et pushed around, a few times I saw Zach go to the net , get pushed over after the whistle and Devils players do nothing about it..... If we play the flyers we are doomed...


I saw the Panthers getting into good defensive position and clearing Zach and others out of the way of Theodore. That's not the type of play that warrants a response to getting pushed around.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:13 AM

How come the Devils let them et pushed around, a few times I saw Zach go to the net , get pushed over after the whistle and Devils players do nothing about it..... If we play the flyers we are doomed...


Eh, the way to beat the Flyers is execute on the PP. You know you're gonna get them, and if you burn them, you win. Unfortunately, we don't do a good job on the PP.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:37 AM

Its simple really, we just need to stay out of the box. I know some of the penalties were ridiculous, but we havent been as disciplined as usual. Its clear who the better team is 5 on 5
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:52 AM

what album is tonight? how did you score tickets?


Sorry for the delay on this one. Last night was Techno Pop/Electric Cafe. It was pretty cool, the 3D backdrops and graphics were awesome.

I won the tickets through a Volkswagen giveaway someone posted about on Brooklyn Vegan.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:23 AM

I'm not going to be able to watch tonight due to a Kraftwerk concert at the Museum of Modern Art (...man, that almost sounds like a fake BS excuse, but it's real, look it up!).

I will, however, be habitually checking my phone while I watch those German robot-men play with synthesizers and blow minds with 3D imagery.

I expect to see only good things in those updates, Devils. Only. Good. Things.



Dammit how did you get tickets to that? lol I was online on the site the minute they went on sale trying for Trans Europe Express date but it kept crashing and after waiting in the queue for over an hour I just gave up.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Edit: Just saw how you got the tickets lol.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:25 AM

More of a Neu! fan but that sounds boss.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:34 AM

Dammit how did you get tickets to that? lol I was online on the site the minute they went on sale trying for Trans Europe Express date but it kept crashing and after waiting in the queue for over an hour I just gave up.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Edit: Just saw how you got the tickets lol.


It was pretty awesome. I'm not a huge Kraftwerk fan, but the show was pretty incredible. They played stuff from Techno Pop for about a half hour, then an hour and a half of other stuff from all of the other albums. The 3D stuff for Numbers and Boing Boom Tschak/Musique Non Stop were pretty incredible.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:30 PM

I have to say I like the way the Devils are responding to last night's loss. Take the positives out of the third and know that down never means out. I'll be there tomorrow night screaming for a big W and a successful power play. :koolaid: :koolaid: :koolaid:
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

Emotion. Intensity. We need that tomorrow.

lets go devils
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:57 PM

Why I'm not that concerned about this series:

http://jetsnation.ca...scoring-chances
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