Yes, it's absolutely pathetic that they're losing to the teams that are very, very good. How dare they.
Dude, come off it. We're not saying they should dominate or be competitive, but it would be at least comforting to know we're a thron in their side. These are the teams we'll face in the playoffs if we make the playoffs. Yes, playoffs and regular season are different ballgames, but the confidence created to play in the playoffs is generated through the regular season and I'm pretty sure if the playoffs happened today and the Devils were set to play one of these 4 teams their confidence wouldn't be high at all. I mean remember 09-10? We didn't have a very good regular season record against Philly and they beat us handily in the playoffs. I'm pretty sure out regular season record against the Flyers, consciously or subconsciously, had something to do with us being beaten like a drum by them in the playoffs.
Well, that's great! The stupid hosts of NHL Tonight spend several minutes going over the Canes/Sabres games but the Cats/Devs game is just a footnote. And to add insult to injury that arsehole old man said that we're just a bubble team that can't crack the top 8. Well we're in 7th right now, Prick!
GS has actually put together a pretty good team and a lot of players would really like to play for GS's organization. Remember it's Lou who made the baffling decision to sign to Goons to play on the 4th line and didn't make any attempt at getting a backup goaltender who isn't on the downside of his career. I mean Hedberg is good but there's no way we should have a goalie tandem that's the equivalent of the two old guys in the balcony of the Muppet Show.
I also would have laughed if you told me in Dec. that they could have been THAT good in the second half.
The reason we turned it around in Dec. is because of Lemaire IMO. He lit a fire under their asses and they got their sense of discipline and work ethic back. I'm not saying DeBoer is Johnny Mac, but he's definitely no Jacques. The purported rumor that he has light practices worries me especially since this current roster has a knack for coming in out of shape and lacking any motivation. DeBoer would be a good coach for a mediocre club, but I don't know about him being coach of a club with tradions of high expectations.