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The Devils' Power Play So Far

23 October 2014 - 11:08 AM

Since this forum is mostly bellyaching all the time, I figured I'd single out one positive so far in the Devils' season - how the power play has looked.  I don't think I've seen one person note here how it's changed - the Devils have stopped dumping the puck in on the power play, for the most part.  I'm too lazy to find a screen shot of what's going on, but one guy is coming up one side of the ice with the puck, and if the defenders cheat too much to his side (which they almost inevitably will), that guy will pass the puck diagonally back to a trailer on the other side of the ice who can now take advantage of the PKers cheating on the first guy.   He gains the zone and the PP sets itself up. 


They're not perfect with it yet and I'm curious to see how defenses will adapt to this - if they go too aggressive to take away the pass, the first guy will gain the zone anyway, but it could result in some serious chances against too.  

All Aboard The Severson Train

14 October 2014 - 11:46 PM

It's only been 3 games, and it's going to be a long road ahead, but Damon Severson has the potential to be a star in this league.  And without injury he's at least going to be a pretty good player.


There's his skating - he skates very well, straight ahead, backwards, and his lateral movement is terrific.


There's his passing - he has made several very impressive passes already.  He is not afraid of the high risk play.


In the offensive zone - while he's favored the shot a lot more than the pass, his ability to move the puck on the power play has been quite excellent - he's not wondering about where the puck should go when he gets it, he already has an idea of where it's got to go.


In the defensive zone without the puck - we haven't seen a ton of this, but I've liked his 1 on 1 defense along the boards and on puck carriers.  Obviously it's really early to start saying much about this - we saw how Gelinas progressed from 'he's decent' to 'oh god he's awful' over the course of a season.


We haven't seen much of him pinching in or how he defends 2 on 1s or a lot of critical aspects to playing defense yet, but in the aspects we have seen, he's earning the trust of the coaching staff.  So yeah, hop on board - the Devils haven't had a guy show this much promise at this age in a long time.

Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts - Big Section On Brodeur 10/8

08 October 2014 - 12:13 PM

Everyone should be reading this column every week, it's really the best column in hockey:




Also some quotes from Mike Cammalleri.

Should we be condensing topics on the board?

24 September 2014 - 10:55 AM

We were discussing this the other night in chat - the board has become oddly reliant on a few different threads.  On other boards I've been on (HF and elsehwere) this is the norm - you jam everything into one huge thread.  This makes sense for people who use the board a lot - they know right where to go and they know where the discussion is.  It's especially good for boards that have several different major topics all going at once - where people post about many different subjects, a thread about a particular subject might fall way down and even on to the dreaded page 2 before anyone gets a chance to reply to it.  I've been on a board that is just about sports in general and this is how they do it - there is one gigantic thread devoted to the NHL, the NBA, each week in the NFL, and so on.


The problem with this format is that it is utterly daunting for any newcomer.  If I showed up, having never posted on a message board, and see that most of the threads on the front page have 100 or more replies, it's going to look unwelcoming.  How can I possibly read all this stuff?  Won't my post be lost in a sea of other posts?  And so on.  This board doesn't get tons of post traffic - I don't think we need to be condensing stuff.  There's not twenty threads vying for the top of the board all the time.  I think it makes sense to condense things when there's one particular subject that everyone is talking about - I think on trade deadline day and July 1-2, having one thread is a good idea since that's what everyone wants to discuss.  I don't think we need a free agency thread throughout the off-season though, I don't think we need a general around the league thread during the season, and I don't think RowdyFan42 should feel compelled to bury his good posts about the AHL into a thread I made for minor league transactions.  Even if people agree that condensing threads is better, I say, don't be afraid to start threads.

Nice article on Devils' tactics

17 September 2014 - 08:30 AM

Good look by Justin Bourne about what the Devils are doing defensively: