I don't mind the Devils being a 6 seed again just as long as the Hurricane don't win that division. Like others have said, we are cursed against that team. Doesn't matter if our team is better like in 02 or 09 or if they are better like in 06. the way the devils have lost playoffs games to this team still amazes me (game 7 in 09 was the worst of all, but it was fitting based on all the other ways the devils lost to carolina in 02, 06 and 09)
I also want to avoid the Bruins and I think they'll finish 1st. Right now I'm hoping for 7, 6 (as long as no canes), or 5. If they devils are on their game I like the chances against Montreal and Pitt and anyone in the 3 spot (other than carolina if the Jets or Caps end up winning)
I know most of us wanted the 6 seed to play Florida last year, but we didn't know how tough that series was going to be. I still think everyone was happy with the results.
I know this thread may seem early, but there are only about 20 games left. I think Boston and Pitt finish 1 and 2. Probably leaves Montreal at the 4th seed. I know they're young, but they scare me a little.
I think the highest we finish is 5th unless we get really hot. The 3rd seed probably ends up with a point total near the 7th or 8th seed.
Still the way it may turn out I would rather them than Bos, Pit, or Mon.
agreed, but even if the devils matched up well I wouldn't want to play them. Our team always finds a way to lose to this team no matter what and until that changes I won't believe any different. I dreaded that 09 series because of 02 and 06 and the devils came as close to beating a team without winning as they ever have. not just game 7, but the way they lost the other games in that series too was in typical devils/carolina fashion. I don't want anything to do with this team. 09 ended up being the worst of the 3.
Carolina is a horrible matchup for us. They have unbelievable team speed...and with 2 forcheckers bearing down on Salvador, Volchenkov, and whatever other slow defenseman we have trying to corrall the puck, they will cause a ton of turnover. And there transition game in general we will have no answer for. There is nothing the Devils can do to reign in Carolina. Zero