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#41 Devils Dose

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:02 PM

This place seems to be coming up with a probability that more closely resembles fan opinion here (29% to make the playoffs).  At least both seem to be predicting that we stay in the mix right up to the end, so we should have an interesting remainder to the season.


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 07:30 AM

This place seems to be coming up with a probability that more closely resembles fan opinion here (29% to make the playoffs).  At least both seem to be predicting that we stay in the mix right up to the end, so we should have an interesting remainder to the season.

 

Seems fair, in that to make it, the Devils are going to have to play markedly better than they have in the 50 games so far. 

 

Good news is they have some things going for them (Cory likely to start more, lots of home games, some tough opponents out of the way)...but we still have to see if they're capable of doing anything with any of that. 


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:42 AM

Seems fair, in that to make it, the Devils are going to have to play markedly better than they have in the 50 games so far. 

 

Good news is they have some things going for them (Cory likely to start more, lots of home games, some tough opponents out of the way)...but we still have to see if they're capable of doing anything with any of that. 

one other thing is the overall weakness of the division, lets face it, we may not be a strong team, but who is???


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:56 AM

one other thing is the overall weakness of the division, lets face it, we may not be a strong team, but who is???

 

I can't believe how long we've been 1 or 2 points out of a playoff spot. It's pretty unbelievable.


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:02 AM

I can't believe how long we've been 1 or 2 points out of a playoff spot. It's pretty unbelievable.

the problem is if they dont get some points in these next three games we are going to start falling farther and farther away now.. we need to go on a little tear and start actually winning a few games in a row.. i dont think tonight will be a 2 point night against the blues either

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:04 AM

I can't believe how long we've been 1 or 2 points out of a playoff spot. It's pretty unbelievable.

 

It is...but it's also a bit of fool's gold.  Lots of team bunched right round where the Devils are.  The four teams above them have a game in hand, and the team just below them has two. 

 

Chances are one or two of those teams are going to get hot...hovering around NHL .500 is only going keep the Devils involved for so long.  A five or six-game winning streak would work wonders...if the Devils could somehow pull that off, they could probably play slightly better than NHL .500ish hockey (basically what they've done to this point) and still get in. 


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:15 AM

This team is not good enough to make the playoffs.  Very lacking in offensive ability and streaky in that facet, anyway.

 

Plus we continually play the wrong goaltender.  I have been watching Martin Brodeur for 20 years now and  it kills me to see him playing in this state.  Not how I want to remember him.  And not how he should want to be remembered.


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:20 AM

This team is not good enough to make the playoffs.  Very lacking in offensive ability and streaky in that facet, anyway.
 
Plus we continually play the wrong goaltender.  I have been watching Martin Brodeur for 20 years now and  it kills me to see him playing in this state.  Not how I want to remember him.  And not how he should want to be remembered.

i kind of agree...even if the team does make the playoffs with their current level of play they arent making it past the first round.. we need an addition from somewhere and i dont see us getting it
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:40 AM

Well, there are two points that not even the most optimistic of us had chalked up into projections.
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:47 AM

This team is not good enough to make the playoffs.  Very lacking in offensive ability and streaky in that facet, anyway.

 

Plus we continually play the wrong goaltender.  I have been watching Martin Brodeur for 20 years now and  it kills me to see him playing in this state.  Not how I want to remember him.  And not how he should want to be remembered.

 

Schneider has now played in 6 out of the last 9 games.  If PDB doesn't overreact if Cory dares to have a couple of meh starts, that kind of ratio probably continues.  I'm guess Cory will get Friday's start against the Caps, and Tuesday's and next Thursday's starts against the Blues and Stars.  Marty is a lock to start against the Rangers, and probably get next Friday's start against the Predators.  That leaves three games before the Olympic break:  2/3 vs. Col, 2/7 vs. Edm, and 2/8 @ Wash.  I'm guessing Marty gets the one against the Oilers.  So if all of this comes to fruition, then Cory will have started 11 out of 17 games, and will be getting the more difficult opponents (for whatever that's worth).  Under the circumstances, I think that's fair.   

 

After the break, I guess we'll see.  A lot of back-to-backs coming...SEVEN of them. 

 

 

Well, there are two points that not even the most optimistic of us had chalked up into projections.

 

I don't bother with projections myself...just the number of points needed.  The Devils will beat teams like the Blues, but lose to teams like the Sabres, without much rhyme or reason (but possibly due to factors like fatigue, etc). 

 

So the way I see it, the Devils need about 92 points to assure themselves of a playoff spot (could be wrong, but that's the number I'm going with).  So now they need 39 in their final 31 games.   


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