Posted 20 January 2014 - 08:50 AM
was away for 3 days... glad to see you guys are still fighting even when im not around lol
also glad to see we still sucks at SO... sigh...
Sometimes frustrations just boil over. I think it's exasperated by the fact the Devils are often not a terribly pretty product to watch.
I've pretty much boiled it all down to this: Devils somehow need to come up with 41 points in their next 32 games. They do that, I think (hope, really) that will be enough to get them into the playoffs. They don't necessarily need to "win" a ridiculous amount of games to do it (17-8-7 will get it done, and the Devils have at least shown the ability to get some charity points). It basically means they can't have any extended losing/pointless streaks, and it also means they're going to have to go on a winning streak (think 4+ games) or two. Yes, they haven't shown they can pull off the latter...yet (and to do that will almost certainly require the Devils to do the unthinkable...win a shootout!) But the worse of the two goalies has also started more games to this point. They've also faced some tough teams and have played more six road games than home. It will NOT be easy...Devils to this point have a .510 point%. They will have to pull off a .641 point% the rest of the way. That's a significant jump, and there's probably no rental that will be available in a deal that will lead to such an increase. It's going to have to come from within.
So here's what hopefully happens (otherwise Devils ain't getting in):
Cory starts most of the remaining games (say 70% or thereabouts) and plays very well in most of them. Think GAA in the 1.60 range (he's at 1.91 right now, so basically he'd have to find a way to allow one less goal per three GP)
Some of the forward offensive no-shows (like Zajac) come to life, or at least a few of them dare to get hot at the same time.
Hope the home/away imbalance that will favor the Devils for the rest of the season actually means something (for what it's worth, the Devils have a .590 point% at home and a .446 point% on the road).
Hope the "easier" sched (and we know there's no such thing as truly "easy" games for Devils) also actually means something.
It's all based on a lot of ifs and a lot of hope, which probably means it won't come to fruition. But at least there's some reasons to hope.
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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? - Most priceless quote ever posted on a message board.
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.
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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