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  1. I don’t understand why it took 50 games into the season for McGill to finally start putting an emphasis on this in practice.
    6 points
  2. I take back every negative thing I ever said about Dougie. His defensive lapses are totally worth what he brings with that shot. I miss him so much.
    5 points
  3. I know it will never happen but when Seigenthaler and Smith come back, based on performance, Hatakka has to be higher in the pecking order than both Smith and bAHL, right? Miller coming back and Hataaka drawing into the lineup has given us a really stable pairing. I hope the old man doesn't f with that.
    5 points
  4. 5 points
  5. So Lindy starts Vanecek coming off possibly the worst game of his career and to absolutely no one’s surprise he gives up a terrible goal in OT that costs them the 2nd point. We were also treated to Jack playing wing, Timo on the wrong side, and Holtz on the 4th line…Again. And it seems no matter who runs the PP (Brunette, Recchi, Green, etc) it continues to underperform despite being absolutely stacked with offensive talent. Maybe there’s a common denominator here… I’m just so fvcking done at this point. This team is cooked. They’re absolutely not making the playoffs. And that is nothing short of a catastrophic failure. Sleepy Fitz got his extension and went on an extended vacation. What an absolute disaster of a season.
    4 points
  6. I know it's blown up in his face but I will say I agreed that it was the right move to go into this season with a tandem of his 30 game winner and a young guy who absolutely shut down the Rangers. In hindsight, I think Fitz f'ed up by not signing another veteran to stash in Utica in case this situation with the goalies happened, especially once Daws went under the knife in early summer. I realize any goalie willing to sign to start the year in Utica probably wasn't going to be our savior, but at least it would have given us another serviceable option and this might be a slightly less desperate situation. I'm pretty bullish on most of what Fitz has done as GM for us but we've now had 2 out of the last three seasons be completely sabotaged by beer league level goaltending. The Corey Crawford thing probably couldn't have been foreseen but you just can't be pissing away whole seasons like this. I'm not sure any other GM is going to throw him a lifeline yet this season that doesn't have some insane price attached to it but he needs to get this sh!t figured out before next year or I will really start to lose faith in him to get us where we want to go.
    4 points
  7. The hate and anger I carried about '94 was all released in a single moment. I don't really give a sh!t about it anymore, especially with the embarrassing way that franchise carries on like the '94 stanley cup was somehow superior to all the other cup winners.
    4 points
  8. It would be nice if Lindy would show that kind of emotion.
    4 points
  9. That’s a cool trivia question. I knew about Dineen but I had no idea the same guy scored the last goal against the Whalers and the first against the Canes. Trying to remember Tampa players from the mid 90s…
    4 points
  10. Missing 2 top 4 d, and playing 2 rookies. Yet the coaches have done nothing (before last night) to tighten up the defensive system to make things any easier for them.
    3 points
  11. If Ruff is fine keeping our highest paid forward on his off wing just cause he wants Toffoli to fit in, then he is dumber than we all think (man I keep saying that phrase a ton about this coach, weird). one has a guaranteed future here, the other is playing for his next contract. He cannot possibly be doing a big brain move of “I’m going to play him where he’s best to showcase him,” 3LR isn’t that smart. the fact he maintains he is the smartest man in the locker room and not matching Jack’s speed with more speed is also damning. Sure, give Jack Haula to be “responsible” on defense. Now you double down and strap a slower Toffoli to his wing and all teams have to do is cue to Jack, force him INTO coverage when he breaks out all alone with his wingers trailing, and boom, turnover. You could see it from about midway through the second, Jack being about two strides ahead of his partners, then Jack tries to do too much and goes right into the defensive triangle. They were really only effective when they had established the zone. but we don’t adjust when it’s painfully obvious to the armchair coach. We keep forcing the same system. the only true adjustment into last night was they finally collectively showed some responsibility in the defensive zone. No fewer than two shots got through VV and the defenders cleared them from the crease. Rebounds were mostly cleaned up by them as well. we also ran into a guy who channeled the ghost of Jaques Plante last night so that sure didn’t help. sorry, I’m ranting again…
    3 points
  12. Agreed. I’ve said this a few times. His lack of any speed at all just doesn’t mesh with the rest of the group. He picked off a pass it OT that looked like it was going to lead to a prime chance but he can accelerate and just looked stuck in molasses. Also, you have to think his presence is a big reason why our top paid forward is constantly forced to play his off wing. Just trade him or let him walk this summer and sign another top 9 Left wing in cases Holtz falters in a bigger role.
    3 points
  13. I just can’t get over the fact that they had 4 PP’s and a 3-on-3 and couldn’t score a single fvcking goal. That’s not a goalie problem.
    3 points
  14. Jack really really needs to play with wingers who can separate from their defenders with speed. Toffoli is not that guy. And this is some streak for him. Take away the Vegas game and the meaningless goal the game before that, and he’s been a big empty zero for a long time now.
    3 points
  15. Perfect. Thanks ✊️ I came to US in December 1994 and lived in Brooklyn, NY since day one. I can't even remember how I got attracted to Devils, but I always hated Rangers...go figure. I still remember the Detroit - Colorado battles...two great teams of late 90s, but Devils is my team forever.
    3 points
  16. I just had a real diva moment. Now I am calmed down. I am so fcking tired of losing to the Canes.
    3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. A much deserved point. They earned the hell out of this one
    3 points
  19. Vanecek is having a hell of a game so far. I know most people aren’t into these, but I love low scoring, high intensity games
    3 points
  20. Yes, he’s been a bright spot since his call-up.
    3 points
  21. This Hatakka has been really solid. How awesome would it be if he could turn into a solid bottom pairing guy
    3 points
  22. The lack of offense is frustrating, but the Devils’ effort and intensity have been great.
    3 points
  23. I’m not gonna lie, was not expecting this tonight.
    3 points
  24. 3 points
  25. Nice to see the team throwing the body for a change
    3 points
  26. I’ve not posted here that long, so I can’t speak to how things were pre-2023-24, but I’ve generally enjoyed the discussion, even with the Devils struggling. People have been crankier of late, but I’d rather that than no interest at all.
    3 points
  27. He wouldn’t even have to throw them hard under the bus for me to stop griping against him, but stop feeding us sh!t and telling us it’s ice cream.
    3 points
  28. Dano is a company man through and through, I really wish they would just stop pretending the viewers are idiots and speak objectively
    3 points
  29. I wanna say he had hip issues? But if he’s willing to come here and play, I’m literally for everything including a shooter tutor being strapped to the goal in place of VV
    2 points
  30. Which, to me, is a huge red flag. Accountability is always important, but it’s most important when things go badly.
    2 points
  31. Yeah I like Fitz in general but man he really gets quiet when things don’t go according to plan.
    2 points
  32. I hate the loyalty and blind faith. His nepotism is being covered up under the guise of “oh he’s faced injuries and goaltending setbacks.” Meanwhile Torts has an inferior roster to ours playing out of their minds. Sure they’re coming back to earth but they sprinted long enough to ride a wave for now. Edmonton is thriving under Knoblauch Hynes is doing Hynes things in Minnesota, so no surprise there why they suck but they’re even just 3 points behind us. I want so badly for Fitz to face the media. Last year he was in front of the microphones every so often when things were going well, now he’s vanished. I don’t even remember seeing him shown on the broadcasts this season…
    2 points
  33. Bratt was at least generating chances as has become his standard now. Lazar was doino his usual forcing things. My 2024 whipping boy, Bastian, was a dud for sure Fair, I think I see the occasional over pass or turnover and overblow it
    2 points
  34. They played well but for fvcks sake man...couldn't score a single goal on a guy that would be fighting for a backup job on any other team.
    2 points
  35. Classic rebound does him in, almost poetic
    2 points
  36. Nice work defensively by Hischier and Nemec this period.
    2 points
  37. Jack’s knocking on the door. It would be great if he could break it down.
    2 points
  38. I know the board has been pretty hard on him, which has been warranted, but Bahl has played a pretty damn good game tonight.
    2 points
  39. This has been a super entertaining period
    2 points
  40. The Hartford Civic Center was actually a good place to watch a hockey game. A shame they moved to NASCAR land.
    2 points
  41. If they lose tonight….. Fitz make a fvckin move already. If Fitz does NOTHING if they lose tonight, you know Fitz is ok with punting on the 2023-24 season.
    2 points
  42. “The devils… need points…” - Bill, during the opening just now, seemingly in disbelief seeing who is in net. How many fvcking times do the Devils need to bail Vitek out, Dano?! it’s stupid to ask them to score 5 a night to save his ass
    2 points
  43. Rhetoric of this sort, smelly, is why so many on this board are dismissive of you.
    2 points
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