I HAVE NEVER fvckING SUGGESTED THIS STOP STOP STOP STOP SAYING IT YOU'RE TOO SMART TO KEEP REPEATING THIS
I am in control of my emotions...lol
Seriously though, when the Fenwick/Corsi crowd start throwing those numbers around, the main reason we often hear for not-so-good results not meshing with "good" Fenwick and Corsi numbers is "bad luck". We rarely hear skill level of the shooters acknowledged.
You know when you're arguing with your gf for days about something lets say that she never lock the doors at night but she's always saying. "Bahhhh its fine nobody is gonna try to get in here, relax."
So once you're both standing there in the living room looking at no tv, no nothing and listening to your dog whining cause he got raped and the place is trashed... you know that feeling of wanting to point out that you told her this would happen.
Well I was the one annoyed as fvck by all the denials that "we'd be perfectly fine" back then and people calling me out. So let me have my moments here please. I know i'm coming off negative at times about some stuff but its not as if i'm wrong either.
You just like to snivel and complain a lot. Most weren't saying the Devils would be "perfectly fine". Many dared to say the Devils would be better off without Kovy long-term, based on the contract, and the mixed results in Years 1-3 of that deal, but in the immediate term, no one knew exactly what to expect, especially with the on-the-fly recovery on Lou's part, but yeah, several fans actually tried to think positive, as opposed to bitching in as many threads as possible about Lou's MO and the potential state of the Devils.
You may want to give it more than 19 games before declaring all-knowing victory. The Devils are actually about where I expected them to be...around NHL-.500 at this point in the sched. Are there reasons for concern? Sure. Ryder and Brunner really have to start scoring, Loki looks more like a 5th-round pick every day and not some brilliant steal, etc. Are there reasons for optimism? The goaltending and defense has been improving, and Gelinas is up with the big boys and not looking outclassed. Hopefully Merrill soon will do the same. Elias is back in the lineup.
The Schedule from Hell only has four games left. I really want to see what the Devils do once they get past it.