I still stand by my assertion that this team turned a corner about a month ago. October was shaky and November looked better than it should have thanks to the shootout, but since Dec. 6th this has been a different team offensively.
First 25 games:
- 57 Goals For, 2.28 G/G
- 11-for-91 on the PP, 12.1%
- 71 Goals Allowed, 2.84 GA/G
Last 16 games:
- 49 Goals For, 3.06 G/G
- 9-for-51 on the PP, 17.6%
- 45 Goals Allowed, 2.81 GA/G
The next three games are big. The Devils aren't traditionally very good on Western trips, so a strong showing here will go a long way before the ensuing 11-game stretch where no game is more than a bus ride away.
Edit: Added Goals Allowed. While they don't appear to have really improved defensively, at least they're scoring more goals than they're allowing in the last 16 games. The same couldn't be said for the first 25 games.
Don't they tech hand to hand combat for our military and police?
1. He was outnumbered. 2. He was suckerpunched. 3. He earned the Purple Heart for a reason. He was hit by a sniper in Iraq, and one story says it "blew apart one of his calf muscles" while another quotes the Woodbridge Mayor (where the victim is a police officer) saying "his leg was nearly taken off."
If any of these Philly pusscakes had the stones to take him 1-on-1, I'd take the one-legged Marine over the Rocky wannabe any day of the week.
I don't believe models predicted a massive rise in C02 coupled with a flattening of temperatures for the last decade. IF CO2 forces temperature rising then an 8-12 year pause in warming during continued increase of CO2 seems unlikely. I know people re-did their models to explain why this pause is happening, but that doesn't mean these models are any better at predicting future events. If we can't come up with models that can predict 10 years into the future then it seems hard to believe the models that predict 100 years into the future.
Reminds me of what happened from the 1940s through '70s? During the post-WWII industrial boom, CO2 pollution was ... well ... booming. Yet temperatures fell for nearly 40 years.
I still think that Lou, as much as he may be past his prime as a GM, is still our best option. Look at who other teams have gone through in recent years. Glen Sather? Neil Smith? Garth Snow? Bobby Clarke? This General Managing thing ain't easy. Lou's recent moves may not have him in the Kenny Holland league anymore, but he's still among the best.
It's his job til he doesn't want it anymore, IMO. In Lou I trust.
I missed last night's game but I don't see a conundrum - kovalchuk is going through a rough patch. But his line has the team's last five goals. He'll get through this, stop turning the puck over so much, and the rest of the team will pick it up as well. We went through this nonsense last year.
Bolded because, IMO, it's the most important part. If the coaches can really hunker down and get him to improve on this one thing, there wouldn't be much left to complain about. He's shooting well, he's passing better than most of us ever really expected he would, his positioning has improved, he's actually been a positive factor when he's out on the PK, only Elias has a better points/game average, so on and so forth ...
Well, that Forbes article seems to legitimize the Post's piece and kinda makes it seem like it's just a matter of time. Which, of course, begs the obvious question ... will the logo's J trade in its horns for pigtails?
Also, I really do not appreciated being constantly asked before and after every game to buy sh!tty candy on the streets as well as seeing a drunk homeless guy literally lying face down next to the arena. My gf and I have called the police for this reason twice in the past year alone for this as we did not want the guy to die out there.
Jeez ... if you think that's bad, I hope you never go to a game at MSG. I've seen a crusty old crackhead jump in front of traffic and flash her growler to unsuspecting drivers. And she wasn't even the craziest homeless person out there that night.
2008-2009 - 209 Goals Against 2009-2010 - 191 Goals Against 2010-2011 - 209 Goals Against Even with our atrocious start.
This years defense and last years defense pretty much rank up with the 08-10 defense, hopefully we will be even better this year. That was a pretty dumb staement from manta
The funny thing is that Manta is actually right. The 2009-10 defense was good enough to help Marty (who put up career average numbers) take home his fifth Jennings. But what makes it funny is that he'll attribute that to the individual players on that blueline way before giving any credit to the coach. Consider that Martin only played 22 games, Mottau logged 22+ minutes/game and Fraser took up space for 61 games. Any logical person is gonna look at that and say "Wow, the coach squeezed a lot out of that barebones defense." But all Manta ever gives Lemaire credit for are player-ruining mind games.
It's still too early to judge this year's blueline on results alone (they're currently 8th in the league in GA/G), but on paper they appear to have better horses, subjective as that may be.
Bottomline: We aren't going to be making the playoffs for the next few years and will probably resemble the Islanders of the past decade. We are probably going to lose Zach, as this is no longer the franchise that drafted him. As the losing continues and the attendance will continue to decline and the rumors about the team moving will become more pronounced.
this is terrible....quickly lets mince his words into something more optimistic
Phew ... that's some serious turd polishing you're looking for. Here goes nothing: