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#181 Colorado Rockies 1976

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:46 AM

This team doesn't need a scorer, just a competent third line, as talked about in chat last night

Henrique zajac kovy
Elias zubrus clarkson
? JJ ?/Anderson
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I liked what I saw from Anderson. Played hard and aggressive. Much better than teddy. Felt like another carter. A Poni like player on that third line would be great


It's still very early, don't want to diminish that, but the Devils have gotten four goals from Clarkson, at a 16.7% shooting%, and he's averaging 4.8 shots per game. Kind of hard to think that will continue, no matter great of a story Clarkson has become. Devils are also averaging 1.6 GPGA (eliminating the phantom goal that goes against them for losing the shootout). I can't expect that to continue either.

There are other guys who can step up when Clarkson cools off a bit (Kovy has a solid 5 points in 5 GP, but hasn't gone on one of his rampages yet...when he does, Zajac will start getting his assists), and like I've said, getting Henrique back is key. And it's like I said, I don't think the Devils necessarily need a sniper, just a guy who can score a bit, pitch in. But I think Henrique has to come back, and more games need to be played before the Devils can accurately assess what is needed where. I maintain that the 8-points-in-5-games start was huge...gives them valuable time to be patient.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:52 AM

Clarkson re: Marchand's nose

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I'm loving Clarkson this year


I was just checking solely to see if anyone else caught this. That's Grade-A trolling by Clarkson right there. :lol:
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:16 AM

It's still very early, don't want to diminish that, but the Devils have gotten four goals from Clarkson, at a 16.7% shooting%, and he's averaging 4.8 shots per game. Kind of hard to think that will continue, no matter great of a story Clarkson has become. Devils are also averaging 1.6 GPGA (eliminating the phantom goal that goes against them for losing the shootout). I can't expect that to continue either.

There are other guys who can step up when Clarkson cools off a bit (Kovy has a solid 5 points in 5 GP, but hasn't gone on one of his rampages yet...when he does, Zajac will start getting his assists), and like I've said, getting Henrique back is key. And it's like I said, I don't think the Devils necessarily need a sniper, just a guy who can score a bit, pitch in. But I think Henrique has to come back, and more games need to be played before the Devils can accurately assess what is needed where. I maintain that the 8-points-in-5-games start was huge...gives them valuable time to be patient.


I agree with most of what you said. It's not so much that I expect clarkson to keep producing at this clip, but that line has wreaked havoc in the o zone. I wonder what their possession numbers look like when together. Elias and zubrus will get going too.

Edited by Devils Pride 26, 30 January 2013 - 08:19 AM.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:21 AM

We've already seen Elias and zubrus do the heavy lifting with sykora, and now they have a guy strong on the puck and in the corners. If I'm deboer, I ride those three out as long as I can

Edit: iPhone from class really sucks for posting here. Fingers are too fat to type

Edited by Devils Pride 26, 30 January 2013 - 08:22 AM.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:04 AM

Volchenkov dont look bad today.... Andy greene cant even control the puck...... i dont what happen with im nerves ??? trade rumor etc....

anyways put larsson in hte lineup quick
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

It's still very early, don't want to diminish that, but the Devils have gotten four goals from Clarkson, at a 16.7% shooting%, and he's averaging 4.8 shots per game. Kind of hard to think that will continue, no matter great of a story Clarkson has become. Devils are also averaging 1.6 GPGA (eliminating the phantom goal that goes against them for losing the shootout). I can't expect that to continue either.

There are other guys who can step up when Clarkson cools off a bit (Kovy has a solid 5 points in 5 GP, but hasn't gone on one of his rampages yet...when he does, Zajac will start getting his assists), and like I've said, getting Henrique back is key. And it's like I said, I don't think the Devils necessarily need a sniper, just a guy who can score a bit, pitch in. But I think Henrique has to come back, and more games need to be played before the Devils can accurately assess what is needed where. I maintain that the 8-points-in-5-games start was huge...gives them valuable time to be patient.


4.8 shots a game - yeah he won't keep that up. 3.5 shots a game, while playing on the #1 PP and with Elias and Zubrus? He just might. Elias and Zubrus's line are the only one not getting killed - in fact, they're way in the black. Hopefully adding Henrique to the top line will shore that one up (though I think DeBoer will for some reason split up Elias, Zubrus, Clarkson and move Zubrus with Kovalchuk)
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

I was just checking solely to see if anyone else caught this. That's Grade-A trolling by Clarkson right there. :lol:


Yeah -- but look where it got us <_< I hate it when that happens. Quality work going to waste like that. At least I dont think it was inspiring ... just confirmation Clarky picked the right target.

Edited by Pepperkorn, 30 January 2013 - 10:49 AM.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:57 PM

NJ had their chances and so did Boston. The bright side is that the mistakes in the defensive zone and that moose hadn't played only bit us once. In the new NHL you can't really be upset when you lose and only score 1 goal. We should send Tyler Seguin a nice thank you card for giving us that one point lol.
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