Posted 26 September 2013 - 08:30 AM
Good, excellent. I love when the Devils aren't predicted to do well - they almost alway surprise anyway.
Barring any serious injuries, I think this team should be right in the mix for the playoffs. So much depth..sure they lack that dynamic #1 winger and/or center, but they will have 4 absolutely solid lines to roll night in and night out.
To me, this team has an "anything can happen" feel to it, it really does. I remember all of the optimism many of us had going into the 2010-11 season...hoping for good things from Rolston (finally), re-signing Kovalchuk, bringing back Arnott, signing Volchenkov and Tallinder...granted, this team is in MUCH better shape, in nets and behind the bench, then that team was, but we've definitely seen how these things sometimes simply don't come together on the ice.
I'd be stunned if anything close to 10-11 came to fruition, but there's not too much that would surprise me. Only way I see this team really struggling badly is if Schneider isn't stopping pucks, but as long as he plays the way we think he will, the Devils should be in a lot of games.
I think it also has something to do with the fact that some of the people that write these previews still think that Marty is a top ten goalie, on reputation alone, and can't see how much of an upgrade Schneider ought to be.
Probably a lot of truth to that. That author is probably less knowledgable about the Devils than 90% of the posters here. I don't think this guy and other casual NHL observers realize that, if by the end of November, Schneider's around .920 in save% and Brodeur's in the .890s, and Schneider is clearly the guy keeping the Devils in games and giving them the best chance to win, DeBoer is not going let nostalgia get in the way of winning hockey games. The .9046 overall save% Marty's managed the past three years is flat-out pretty bad...heaven forbid the author even mention that Schneider is at .927 for his career...or even mention Schneider at all.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 26 September 2013 - 08:31 AM.
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