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Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 17 February 2012 - 09:53 PM
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 13 February 2012 - 07:36 AM
That's the trouble with most of you, you equate losing with being half assed. If the Devils came out half assed, explain the first ten minutes? Problem is Florida's not quite the pushover most of you think, once they tied the game and got their own game legs the game changed and once they got the lead they really clamped down. We lost our way a bit, but when you almost need the perfect play to score you're gonna try too hard to make the perfect play. And when they stack four guys up at the blueline once you get there, good luck with that. They put on a clinic on how to protect a lead. A clinic. Not sitting back and getting outshot 15-1 in the third.
Anyone that 'still' thinks Florida would be a pushover matchup in the playoffs just hasn't watched these four games against them this year. They were even for a reason, and we'd at the very least be even in the standings if not for their eleven OT/SO losses and our 12 OT/SO wins.
In bold: yes, some of this board seems to do that a lot. They can't ever give the other team credit, it's that that Devils didn't try enough, the Devils weren't into it, blah blah blah. Or the old classic: "Devils need to play 60 minutes." Like every other team in the NHL plays 60 minutes, except the Devils.
That was just the 8th regulation loss for the Devils in the past 30 GP. That's pretty damned good, especially for a team clearly has some holes. I'll never understand the "every game is a winnable entity" mentality. Even if people want to throw out the "Devils should've gotten up for this game" after a loss (not saying that applies to this particular game), NO NHL team gets up for all 82 games on the schedule. Just doesn't happen. Teams get tired, sometimes check out mentally for a game here and there...some fans will say "They get paid to play hard every sngle game blah blah blah", but it simply does not work that way and it never will, as long as human beings are the ones wearing the uniforms.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 10 February 2012 - 03:45 PM
They've now been involved in 79 shootouts since 2005. Only three teams have played in more.
They have a record of 51-28 in those 79 shootouts. That's a winning% of .646. Only one other team is above .600, and that's Pittsburgh at .620. No other team has as many shootout wins as the Devils.
They boast a lifetime shooting% of 41.4 (108-for-261), including a 55.6 mark this season. The second place team is at 37.5%. That 3.9% gap is by far the widest between teams. The teams beyond the Devils are very tightly packed, which shows how much better the Devils really have been at this thing than everyone else.
They're 8th in lifetime save percentage at .703 (.727 this season)...a good bit behind the 1st-place Rangers (.744), but one of only 9 teams to boast a .700-or-better save% since the shootout's inception.
The point of all of this? As far as this the shootout goes, we really don't have much to complain about. Not one team has performed as well in them as the Devils have.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 06 February 2012 - 08:01 AM
Chico had pointed it out yesterday at multiple times yesterday, talking about how Ilya Kovalchuk has never played any better than he is right now. It really got me thinking. The light originally went on in my head back when he scored shorthanded on a breakaway at Winnipeg. Playing on the kill, waiting for the right time to go and steal the puck is pretty much what was the polar opposite we had expected when we traded for him. Now, plays like that are a huge reason this team is having the season they are having.
I don't know how the advanced stats look, but clearly to the naked eye he's doing the little things at the right times. His positioning has been putting him in much better positions to make plays and he has turned into somewhat of a distributor. Think of the times when he gains the zone before coming to a stop and just waiting to feed a cutter. Or the Rangers game this week where with three minutes to go on two 2-on-1's he sends the pass across rather than take the shot (regardless if it might have been a better idea to shoot). He's fully buying into the team concept. A lot has to be said about Debow getting him to buy in, and it evens extends from Lemaire, part II.
Kovalchuk has a ton of haters, for reasons I will never understand but you cannot deny the way he has been playing lately.
I don't think Kovy really had a ton of haters. I think he had a lot of doubters for a while. Deep down, anyone who's a true Devils fan wants him to succeed...it's pretty counterproductive to want him to suck.
Anyway, here's how I see Kovy's "evolution" process.
1) The trade: impossible to argue. Devils didn't give up a whole hell of a lot...not nearly as much as experts were predicting the Thrashers would get in return. They couldn't pass up that chance.
2) After the trade: put up solid numbers, but didn't seem like a great fit. It was a limited sample, but based on his Devils' body of work, I thought it was risky to sign him to a big deal (which at the time meant 7-8 years to me). Once I saw what he finally signed for, I'll be the first to admit I was like "WTF?!" Kovy's playing great now, but that is STILL an insane deal by any standards. And the whole getting-Kovy-signed process, which came off as flat-out annoying at times, made some Devils fans cool towards Kovy right then, at least initially. Hard to say how much of that process was really Kovy's fault, but it did make it hard to warm up to him initially for some. The penalities doled out for Lou attempting to circumvent the CBA didn't help either.
3) First full season: team's slow start and Kovy's slow start made it easy to point the finger at him...he wasn't playing nearly as well as expected, and though he had plenty of company in that regard, in ways it felt like the Devils had truly lost their way, from Lou doing something he had never done before in signing a star player to an all-time deal, to his acquisitions of yet more ex-Devils that weren't nearly as effective the second time around. Once Lemaire replaced MacLean, Kovy clearly allowed Lemaire to tinker with the weaknesses in Kovy's game, and to Kovy's credit, he clearly seemed committed to becoming a better player. But even with a stronger second half, he still didn't seem entirely comfortable, and something just seemed to be missing. His numbers were decent, given his bad start, but he was still a -28, and it felt like he might never live up to the superstar status of his contract...not in a Devils uniform, anyway.
4) Second full season: still prone to "WTF?!" brainfart moments (especially early), and after still looking uncomfortable (partly to playing out of position), finally found some chemistry. He seems to be being truer to himself, like a Kovy 1.5...he'll make his mistakes from time-to-time (I think Lemaire was trying to eliminate these entirely, and I think Kovy was trying his best to become what Lemaire envisioned, but I also think it was probably too much for Kovy to try to take in, at least all at once). But what I see now is Kovy being Kovy, with some of his refinements sprinkled in, and let's face it, yes, he'll do some head-scratching things now and then, but when he's putting up 80-90 points and playing with a ton of emotion, those head-scratchers are much easier to take than when he's putting up 61 points.
And all of this couldn't come at a better time, really...because even though it's Zach who wears the "C", it is really starting to feel like, slowly but surely, this is starting to become Kovy's team, and Kovy's actions not only seem like he knows this, but welcomes it as well. As far as Year 2 goes into a mega-deal like Kovy's, considering how things started, it really can't be going much better for him right now.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 12 December 2011 - 07:38 PM
We might not have a #1 dman but we have 6 #7 Dmen!
From the late George Carlin: "I never f**ked a 'ten', but I once f**ked five twos."
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 01 December 2011 - 10:08 AM
8-6-0 in November
Two decent months record-wise, even if they're a bit bloated by SO wins. And that's with Kovy and Parise not contributing all that much (for them).
Last night sucked, but overall things could be a lot worse.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 30 November 2011 - 07:36 AM
I was hoping that Bergy had learned from his past failures to expand his game. I though Barry Trotz demanding style would give Bergy the guidance that he ignored in the past. Too bad, a lot of potential, but no willingness to learn or listen.
Funny, I wonder what goes through a player like Bergfors' head when his NHL career (for now, at least) comes to an end like this.
I was lucky enough to speak to Merlin Malinowski (former Rocky and Devil) for a while about four years ago, and after he was traded from the Devils to the Whalers early in the '82-'83 season, he struggled mightily with the Whalers...badly enough (a -41) that they released him at the end of the season. And though he was only 24 and had shown potential at the NHL level before (62 points in 69 games during the '80-'81 season), his play was so poor that no one was willing to take a chance on him. He wound up playing in the Swiss leagues from 1983-90, and played quite well there, but never got another shot in the NHL. When I spoke to him I could hear the regret in his voice, that he wished he'd worked much harder on the shortcomings in his game (especially defensively) and had given more of himself as a player...he really seemed to lament his lost opportunity. He had been a second-round pick (27th overall) in 1978, with high expectations...he said he felt like he could have accomplished so much more if his attitude had been better.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 22 November 2011 - 07:41 AM
Oh, and the screechyness is hilarious. Blame everyone time. Probably didn't have a problem with the Buffalo game or the Tampa game or the couple of other times they've gone to the brink of doing this but come back.
To be expected after a loss like this. The worst thing about games like this is the cliche-spewing that gets regurgitated after losses: "Devils need to play 60 minutes" (NO team in the NHL plays 60 minutes night after night), Insert captain here needs to be a better leader, blah blah blah. As if captains are constantly making inspirational speeches and willing teammates to victories. Some fans have such a bloated, romanticized idea of what an NHL captain is.
The Devils are what they are...they probably have a few more points than they really deserve, so as much as losing a game in this fashion sucks, consider this loss things balancing out a little bit. They did go 3-2 to start off this 13 road games in 18 games stretch. Yeah, 4-1 would've been awesome, would've loved to have seen it, but this team is a work in progress, which means they're going to stumble at times, and have us all yelling "WTF?!" at our TVs.
10-8-1 and still within striking distance of first. No Zajac, no Josefson, pretty much nothing from Tedenby, an .888 save% from Marty, and Zach Parise not really looking much like Zach Parise. And five regulation wins in 19 GP. Could be a lot worse, really.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 22 October 2011 - 07:35 AM
Count me in the glass half empty crowd...one regulation win in five games, and we've gotten smoked by two of the three good offenses we faced (and probably the only reason we dominated LA was their ridiculous travel schedule).
Maybe the fact we had long layoffs before the Philly and Shark games had something to do with the hideous defensive performances, but we'll find out soon enough.
Yeah, agree, Devils are very lucky to be 3-1-1 (last night may be the beginning of that luck starting to run out). I think of them more as a 1-1-3 team (old W-L-T record).
I guess the glass half full crowd can say, hey, the Devils haven't really been that good but have found a way to take 7 out of 10 points. At least they find ways to win, right?
But I'm definitely not in that camp...I get the feeling a downturn is coming.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 08 February 2011 - 07:52 AM
You clearly don't understand the point of an appreciation thread, and I'm thinking you didn't even read what I wrote. It's not that you're not allowed, you just come off looking like an ass... which you did.
Not everyone, just you. Thank you for proving me correct.
In prodigy's defense, I don't think he came off looking like an ass at all. Sure, it's an "appreciation" thread, which I guess means it has to be full of sunshine and love, but let's face it, a lot of people aren't fond of Rolston, and with good reason. And it has nothing to do with people looking at Rolston and saying, "Let's single him out because he's Brian Rolston, and we need someone to pick on." We all know the history...signs a big contract, for a variety of reasons produces very little and appears to care even less, then recently starts to put up some numbers. The recently is wonderful. What came before recently was very hard to take, and is not easy to ignore or forget. I don't think it's such a stretch to expect some members to question this whole appreciation thing, especially when Runnin then started trying to find whatever silver linings he could to somehow make the past sound better than it was, as though Rolston was a victim of unfair expectations.
I appreciate that Rolston is finally putting up some numbers.
I appreciate that he may actually be movable as a result.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 02 February 2011 - 06:30 PM
As some players alluded to, the "rivalry" is in a different place...all I worry about now is the Devils trying to beat whoever's playing them. They're going to have to do a whole lot of that.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 02 February 2011 - 10:33 AM
The Flyers did it last season and I still believe the Devils can do it this year. At least some of the Devils players are now starting to believe too which is a good sign. Carolina also made a good run too in the second half of the season.
The Flyers came back from 19 games under .500 last season? Really? No, they came back from three games under .500, and they weren't even at the halfway point of the season when they hit that low point. Big difference.
As for the Hurricanes, they were as bad as 13 games under .500 at their low point...that's the level the Devils have reached now, and it took a major surge on the Devils' part just to get there. And even though the Hurricanes did play better, they never even got to .500.
You want to be optimistic, fine, but don't use the Flyers as a comparison point. This 7-1-1 run makes this season a little bit relevant again, from a postseason standpoint, but it's like I said in another post...one three-game losing streak and this team is toast. 731's take on this season makes perfect sense.
For further comparison, the Flyers' and Hurricanes' record at the 50-game mark last season:
Flyers: 26-21-3 (18 points better than the Devils at the same point)
Canes: 15-28-7...same # of points as the Devils. They went 20-9-3 from this point on. Assuming the Devils could do the same, if you add this to their current 7-1-1 binge, and that would give the Devils a record of 27-10-4 to close out the season. That would be a hell of a stretch. And it wouldn't even be good enough to get them to .500 for the season...they'd finish two games under.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 21 January 2011 - 07:23 AM
I don't have any delusions about this season being salvagable, but at least they're playing competitive hockey, and look like they belong on the ice against NHL competition. Considering where this team was a month ago, I can't ask for more than that.
I feel for John MacLean. He remains my favorite Devil of all time, a guy who fought and scrapped for everything he got as a player. Though what happened under his tenure wasn't 100% his fault, it's becoming more obvious that he simply wasn't ready to be an NHL head coach, and his failure was so spectacular that he'll probably never get another chance. Makes me sad for him.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 04 January 2011 - 08:23 PM
10 goals almost at the midway point of the year and now back to being a - 28, sorry if I'm not that excited.
Yeah, pretty much.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 03 January 2011 - 08:56 PM
He has been declining since the last cup.
Marty's save% by season, up to the '03 Cup win: .917, .906, .910, .906, .906, .914
For the same amount of regular seasons since: .917, .911, .922, .920, .916, .916
There goes another myth.