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#1861 Neb00rs

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 03:53 AM

I've never seen so many games where teams we need to lose score goals to tie with like 1:30 or less to go.

 

This team might be the unluckiest in the history of sports

 

Selective viewing. The Devils got more than enough help this season but in the end were not able to help themselves. You can't lose your way in.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:12 AM

Oh well...gotta give Columbus credit...they slammed the door shut and did what they had to.  Devils had countless opportunities to make a run and never did it...it was just tease after tease after tease.  We knew a while ago they were going to have to be a .660 point% team over a long stretch to get in, and it just never happened.  And we also all knew 3-game pointless streak post-Olympic break was probably going to kill them and would be nearly impossible to overcome.  Well, it was.   

 

And sorry MB, but this is why continually pointing out the "ease" of the schedule was futile.  As fans continually pointed out, the schedule was never that much of a factor.  I was hoping the home/away imbalance correction would help them, but when the Devils went 2-2-1 in that five-game homestand (where they really needed to go 3-1-1 at bare minimum), that kind of killed that.  Post-break, the Devils went 7-4-1 at home, 3-4-2 on the road.  10-8-3 overall.  Not awful, but simply not nearly good enough, end of story.  Columbus did much better and earned their berth. 


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:37 AM

shut out too many times, couldnt win a SO, never had a real winning streak. oh well at least they kept it interesting until baseball/lacrosse season started. yippee.  merrill got lots of nhl mins, larsson not so much. henrique finished strong.  clowe, ryder brunner ..eh  schnieder is the real deal,    its not all bad but,,


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 07:26 AM

my bad mood has already started after the loss earlier this week... hopefully i get over it sooner rather than later.. just blows, another long off season for these fans...starting to get old now

We've been spoiled.  I hate it and it eats me up inside too, and already I can't wait for September/October now, but the truth is, there are SOOOOO many more teams that go through not just back to back missed playoffs, but handfuls and even dozens.   The Stars, if they don't make it this year, will be 6 years now.  Winnipeg hasn't made it in 3 years in the new city, and dating back to Atlanta, is 4 more years for a total of 7.  Even our neighbors the Islanders went 7 seasons from '93 to 2000, and the Rangers also went 7 from '97 to 2006.

 

For us to miss two back to back, and 3 in 4 years sucks, but it could be much worse.  Hopefully we do well in the draft and some guys in the minors get deservedly more playing time and we're back on track next year.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:28 AM

We've been spoiled.  I hate it and it eats me up inside too, and already I can't wait for September/October now, but the truth is, there are SOOOOO many more teams that go through not just back to back missed playoffs, but handfuls and even dozens.   The Stars, if they don't make it this year, will be 6 years now.  Winnipeg hasn't made it in 3 years in the new city, and dating back to Atlanta, is 4 more years for a total of 7.  Even our neighbors the Islanders went 7 seasons from '93 to 2000, and the Rangers also went 7 from '97 to 2006.

 

For us to miss two back to back, and 3 in 4 years sucks, but it could be much worse.  Hopefully we do well in the draft and some guys in the minors get deservedly more playing time and we're back on track next year.

 

I still can't think of any team who lost that much talent for absolutely nothing. Nashviille with Hartnell and Sutter? and its not really close.... 


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:42 AM

@SportsCenter: Crazy stat of the day: Riley Sheahan's game-tying goal sealed Red Wings' 23rd straight playoff berth.

He wasn't alive when streak began.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:45 AM

I still can't think of any team who lost that much talent for absolutely nothing. Nashviille with Hartnell and Sutter? and its not really close.... 

 

And so it begins continues.

 

I am very curious to see what Lou has to say, in his very guarded and veiled ways.  Even with the 2012 Cup run, this is the first true downturn in his career.  It's truly unchartered territory for him, and he's (hopefully) losing his number #1 rock in Brodeur, and number #2 (Elias) will follow in a couple of years (if not sooner if the team declines further).  Even as the cast has changed, in Brodeur and Elias, they had two guys that just seemed synonymous with Devils hockey.  One will be gone (if he's not, then you can criticize Lou all you want for being stuck in the past, I and many others will be right there with you), and the other is close.  It's an uncertain time for sure, in terms of who the face of this team will be.   


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:52 AM

The face of this team will be Cory Schneider the minute his signature is on a long-term extension CR.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:54 AM

And so it begins continues.

 

I am very curious to see what Lou has to say, in his very guarded and veiled ways.  Even with the 2012 Cup run, this is the first true downturn in his career.  It's truly unchartered territory for him, and he's (hopefully) losing his number #1 rock in Brodeur, and number #2 (Elias) will follow in a couple of years (if not sooner if the team declines further).  Even as the cast has changed, in Brodeur and Elias, they had two guys that just seemed synonymous with Devils hockey.  One will be gone (if he's not, then you can criticize Lou all you want for being stuck in the past, I and many others will be right there with you), and the other is close.  It's an uncertain time for sure, in terms of who the face of this team will be.   

 

my post was not to point out that discussion again but its a fact. Other teams go through rough patches but they usually get compensations for sucking or their losses (in general). It's a first time for us in a long time but most teams that sucks now you can always somewhat see a better future within the next few years at least on paper. We don't really, it only seem to get worst. 

 

Can't count much on free agent signings to predict the future cause you never know


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:56 AM

Also- SJ-LA is locked in a first-round matchup. A really good team is going home very early there.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 09:08 AM

The face of this team will be Cory Schneider the minute his signature is on a long-term extension CR.

 

Probably (depending on what else happens)...but it's going to be a lot different (not in a bad way...just different).


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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
Can the coach do that ? Switch the goalies 5 seconds to go in overtime?
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Martin Brodeur: THE MOST ALL-TIME WINS!, 12 straight seasons of 30+ wins, 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina Trophies, and zero respect from too many so-called Devils "fans" who are either too young or too bandwagon to remember the much darker days of Sean Burke, Craig Billington, Bob Sauve, Alain Chevrier, and the talented but overwhelmed Chico Resch, among many others.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:21 AM

And so it begins continues.

 

I am very curious to see what Lou has to say, in his very guarded and veiled ways.  Even with the 2012 Cup run, this is the first true downturn in his career.  It's truly unchartered territory for him, and he's (hopefully) losing his number #1 rock in Brodeur, and number #2 (Elias) will follow in a couple of years (if not sooner if the team declines further).  Even as the cast has changed, in Brodeur and Elias, they had two guys that just seemed synonymous with Devils hockey.  One will be gone (if he's not, then you can criticize Lou all you want for being stuck in the past, I and many others will be right there with you), and the other is close.  It's an uncertain time for sure, in terms of who the face of this team will be.   

 

I'm actually kind of excited for this off-season. The playoffs should still be entertaining, as there's a lot of teams that can take the cup.

 

After that, this is the first off-season where Lou really has some money to toss around in a while. Marty leaving (hopefully) and a Cory extension (hopefully) immediately fix one problem. A Jagr re-signing would be nice for stability at forward. Scary to think what the team would be without him this season. Maybe that CBGB line can be partially discarded finally. They have lived off of 2012 as long as Salvador and Brodeur have. I expect one of Boucher or Matteau to be up next year, and probably someone we don't expect as usual.

 

On defense, Salvador either gets bought out, or worst case scenario, he's in his last year. Hopefully Greene gets extended as well. I assume he's the next captain. I think one of Zidlicky or Fayne returns, leading to a bigger role for either Gelinas or Larsson. Merrill has solidified his spot. Maybe Severson makes a push in camp.

 

Overall, I'm very interested to see just what the Devils do this off-season. And it's not too far out there to think it may be Lou's last. He'll be 72 in October and Marty is on the way out the door. I can't see him staying much longer. Hell, maybe he'll even surprise us and step down at the end of this season.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 10:08 PM

Watching Minnesota v. North Dakota. What an unbelievable ending.

My god though, John Bucciogross is the worst play by play man in history. He makes Matty Loughlin look like Doc.
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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:22 AM

Wont enjoy the playoffs till the flyers are out of it. Can't stand living in this city with them in the playoffs and nj not

About the Minnesota college game tonight.. uhhh wow..
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