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Ok, now that I've calmed down a bit...

28 April 2009 - 09:51 PM

Hoo boy. That was a tough one.

As soon as they tied the game, I knew it was over. I was stunned when the game was tied, and pissed when it was over.

There's going to be a lot of finger pointing, and really, that's to be expected. But I don't think we can point to a specific mistake that was made that cost us the entire series. We could have (and, frankly, should have) won the series much longer ago. It's easy for a lot of us to say that the series was lost with 90 seconds to go, but if we had won game two or game four, we wouldn't be in this position.

Having said that, my thoughts on the series (and season) as a whole:

1. Brodeur let in two soft goals - the first and the last. But in between, he was pretty solid for most of the game - and even during the series. Yes, he looked horrible in game 6, but he was unbeatable in game 5. He may be getting old, and I know a lot of us aren't very happy with him, but he's still got the goods. He's going to be our goalie for the next few years and frankly, I'm fine with that. If we have to have the best goalie in the history of the game between the pipes, so be it.

2. We saw the emergence and maturation of our young players, particularly Parise and Zajac. Zajac especially improved from last season to this season, and I think they'll only get better.

3. Elias and Gionta look great together, but they desperately need someone to keep up with them. Zubrus has good physical presence, but he can't move the puck and skates as well as my dead grandmother's anus. I think switching his place with Rolston would have made a big difference. Zuber could punish people with Rupp and Clarkson; Rolston can make plays with Elias and Gionta.

4. Some people didn't like Sutter's reliance on Madden and Pandolfo, but boy, they looked great tonight. I just wish that Johnny had scored a goal in one of his million breakaways tonight. I think Pando's got a year or two left in him, but it's pretty obvious he's going to have to retire soon. I hope Shanny doesn't retire for one more season. The man's just too brilliant.

5. I'm frustrated with Havelid. I wanted him to be a great acquisition - and he had so much promise. And I really think he is as good as we thought he is when we first got him...but for whatever reason, he hasn't performed as sharply as needed. But on the other hand, we got to see the emergence of Andy Greene as a viable defenseman.

6. We're not going to get Bouwmeester. Let that idea die.

7. This season had SO much promise and I'm incredibly disappointed it had to end like this. But the Hurricanes are a tenacious team, and I have to give them that much respect.

8. If nothing else, the Rangers and the Flyers are out too.

Chris Terreri on 'special assignment'

17 April 2009 - 09:55 AM


The Devils had an optional morning skate Friday as they prepared for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Defenseman Johnny Oduya, who sat out Thursday's practice for maintenance, took part in the skate.

Also on the ice was former Devils goalie Chris Terreri, a special assignment coach. This must be a special assignment.

The top line of Jamie Langenbrunner, Travis Zajac and Zach Parise were first on the ice, along with Jay Pandolfo, for their usual quick shooting session.

Brendan Shanahan, Rod Pelley, Niclas Havelid, David Clarkson, Scott Clemmensen, Andy Greene, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Jay Leach, Bobby Holik and Mike Rupp also skated.

Brent Sutter did not go on the ice.

I find that interesting. Wonder what he's doing.

Scouting the Devils

14 April 2009 - 02:22 PM

I see a lot of doom and gloom here, re: the Devils chances versus the 'Canes. So I thought this was interesting - figured you guys might appreciate it. This person posts a lot of great statistics and it's actually pretty encouraging, as a Devils fan, to see it all on the page before me.


Here's a snippet from it:

[i] * New Jersey and Carolina rank first and second, respectively, in winning one-goal games. The Devils finished 25-5-4 (.735) while the Canes were 24-8-7 (.615). New Jersey was also tied for the league lead in three-goal wins (18).

* The Devils have a league-best .694 winning percentage when outshooting their opponent (34-15-0) while Carolina ranked 16th (27-20-5, .519). On the flip side, Carolina has a 17-9-2 record (.607, 5th) when outshot, and New Jersey was 11th (16-11-3, .533).

* New Jersey won .951 of the games they led after two periods, second to only Anaheim. Carolina won the third-most games when trailing after two (8-21-3, .250). The Devils also went 37-5-2 (.841) of the games in which they scored first, best in the league. Carolina was third in winning games in which they allowed the first goal (20-20-3, .465).

* As we've documented before, the Canes are the league's least penalized team, spending just 9.8 minutes in the box per game. New Jersey ranks ninth with 12.9 PIMs per game. Part of that can be attributed to a difference in major (see fighting) penalites. Carolina had just 26 (second-fewest in the NHL), less than half of New Jersey's total (58, T-22nd). That could even things out since fighting is always down in the playoffs.

* Carolina and New Jersey each won 51.3 percent of their faceoffs this season (T-eighth).

Assessment: The Devils are at their best when they get ahead

Introducing myself!

02 April 2009 - 07:29 AM

Howdy all!

I've been a Devils fan since 1994. I was 10 years old and up to that point, all I cared about were the Phillies. My father, a huge Flyers fan, hated the Rangers. I remember going upstairs into my parent's bedroom when he was watching the Devils play the Rangers in the playoffs (my mom wouldn't let him watch the game on the big TV).

I had never seen him get so excited over a game before, except when the Phillies were in the World Series the year before. Of course, the Flyers were long gone from the playoffs and it was up to the Devils and their new goalie to stop the Rangers from getting any further. So, I cheered alongside my dad and I decided I'd be a Devils fan, since 1. I'm from New Jersey and 2. Hey, to a 10 year old, Devils are cool!

In two short games, my heart was broken when the Rangers won. But my long loyalty to the team was rewarded next year when they swept the Red Wings for the Cup. But the moment I truly became a fan was when Adam Graves scored that wrap-around goal on Marty Brodeur. Ever since that moment, my love for the Devils and hatred for the Rangers has been firmly cemented.

Go Devils!