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Posts posted by nmigliore

  1. I've been on Bahl a lot but credit where it's due, he's been playing his best hockey the last few weeks. We know he's not going to contribute any offense but it was still neat to see him score on that absolute clapper last night. He's another young defenseman that's had to step into a bigger role (tougher minutes, more PK responsibility) due to the injuries.


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  2. 8 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

    Yeah Luke's going to figure it out.  

    Sometimes some fans second-guess the Devils "decision" to have three kids in the lineup, but they forget that Plan A never called for Dougie to suffer what's damned near a season-ending injury.  And Fitz DID go out and get depth (Miller) prior to the season.

    I would've preferred that he didn't hang onto Smith though.  Also think Hatakka should've gotten more of a look, based on what he did during his call-up.  

    Yeah in a perfect world Luke would've been getting 3rd pair minutes. Instead he (and Nemec) have been forced into top pair minutes with the injuries and underperformances. 

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  3. I watched - the end result was a laugher but Daws had to stand on his head a bit in the late 1st/early 2nd, Sharks could've EASILY went up 2-0 and who knows where this goes if that happens. 

    It's unfortunate the OOT scoreboard didn't give us any help with Pens and Flyers both winning in matchups you'd probably project them to lose.

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  4. 21 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

    File:White Mana Diner, Jersey City NJ.jpg - Wikipedia

    I've driven by this place at least 20 times in my life but never went in.  Is it as good as some say?  May have to put it on the ol' bucket list.

    I came here aplenty in my younger days after HS games at the Ice House. It was always excellent. No clue how it is these days since I've lived out of state for nearly 6 years...

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  5. 1 hour ago, jagknife said:

    worst defensive pairing in the league

    punish the rookie for a good game

     bench miller

    The genius of Lindy Ruff, ladies and gentlemen

    Wait, we're really not going to try Hughes-Smith again, are we? Besides that, Miller potentially sitting for Smith again is awful... what are we even doing here?

    Also lol at Hughes with Lazar and Palat - yeah, uh, let's play our best playmaker with our 2 best defensive forwards?


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  6. 14 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

    Kane just scored the OT winner in his return to Chicago. Bonkers sh!t.

    I thought they would slip given their underlyings but that's now 5 wins in a row, 8 points ahead of the Devils with same amount of games remaining. At this point, even if they do hit a regression wall, it likely won't be enough to catch them. The Athletic has their playoff odds at 72% (TB is at 76%) while the Devils are at 26%. Philly is at 48%, so if the Devils are going to make magic, it'll probably have to come from chasing down the final spot in the Metro, although it's worth noting Pittsburgh now has much better odds than NJ (41%).

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  7. Biggest game of the year and the Devils, trailing against a terrible backup goalie, can only muster 3 SOG in the 3rd period. Amazing. Even the win over Montreal was a pretty meager effort as they were severely outplayed at even strength by an inferior team (and almost choked that one away). I'm not sure how Lindy is still around after this past week, the only explanation I can think of is Fitz has waved the white flag on the season and will just wait until the offseason to make changes. 

    Time to start thinking about what Toffoli will bring in return (2nd round pick plus?)...

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  8. 27 minutes ago, Nicomo said:

    So Jack - Haula - Holtz then…

    Or just move Jack back to center with Meier and Holtz as his wingers. 

    Not pretending that any of this is realistic with Lindy around but I can dream LOL.

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  9. Give the kid another shot playing alongside Jack once Toffoli gets traded. Small sample of minutes but Holtz with Jack has a 62% expected goal share at five-on-five... just sayin'.

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  10. 32 minutes ago, Nicomo said:

    Holy sh!t, I’m not a subscriber so I can’t see it, but if Ryan actually said that he’s my new hero. 

    I love Novo, he's the only one to have balls to ask the tough questions or write great sh!t like this.

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  11. 4 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

    There’s an endless list this season of “egregious and fireable” offenses committed by Lindy.  

    For sure but this one takes the cake. Not only are you forcing he or Bahl to play on their offhand but it shows the clear misunderstanding of current day data/analytics of hockey. Not acceptable. Ugh.


    This game is HUGE - you cannot make mistakes like this in such a significant game.

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  12. 1 minute ago, MadDog2020 said:

    I don’t need to know your abilities…. to know your abilities 🤣

    Thank you to Travis Konecny for that gem 

    I'll be honest, I don't like Smith but that clip still pissed me off. Someone on Twitter summed it up perfectly: he's like the little brother we're allowed to pick on but you [Flyers/Konecny] can't, so fvck off. 😋

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    2 hours ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

    I just hope that Fitz soon takes the approach that barring the Devils winning at least their next five in a row, that it's time to both sell and plan for next season:

    Trade Toffoli (I'll take a second, would love a first, but no sense in losing him for nothing, given the state of the team).  Let Holtz get some top six minutes for the rest of the year...what do the Devils have to lose?  If he gets caved in, they can re-evaluate his future here in the offseason.

    Trade Smith.  Doesn't matter what you get for him; he has no business being here beyond this season, and I don't want him near the kids.  Bring Hatakka back please.

    I'd consider signing Miller to a one-year deal, if he's interested.  I like the idea of him being a depth guy a hell of a lot more than Smith, but hard to imagine that he can't find a full-time role elsewhere.  

    The day after the season ends, fire Lindy.  Enough.  He is one of the worst head coaches in the NHL, but has enough talent to work with so that his record was only going to be so bad.  Yes, he got some bad breaks, but anyone who watched the team this year saw that this guy has no real system in place and isn't nearly as good as making adjustments as several other coaches.  SO much evidence on display to support that observation.  


    I'm not giving up just yet, even if they don't win 5 in a row, but yeah if things continue to fall apart leading up to the deadline, I pretty much agree with all of this. Toffoli is an easy trade and it gives Holtz another shot at top-6 minutes and at least showcase ahead of a potential trade involving him in the summer. Miller has been the perfect 3rd pair defenseman and I'm almost certain bringing him back on a cheap deal will be better than whatever you'd get for him in a trade. Trading Smith would be an addition by subtraction alone, plus it gives Hatakka another look and I'm sure some team will overvalue Smith's package of toughness/veteran experience/PK ability. 

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  14. 1 hour ago, devlman said:

    If we don’t beat the rags tomorrow then I’m afraid we are done for the season.  Unfortunately, our best player looks scared of late, our power play has been a disaster, our penalty kill not consistent, and many players just look lost. So my hopes are not the highest.

    The numbers behind the PP are just brutal - they're scoring 2.88 goals per hour on the PP since the calendar flipped to 2024. That's dead last in the NHL. For context, the next worst team (San Jose) is a full goal better and nearly half the league is scoring at higher rate than that at even strength on the season. That's wild. I thought getting Jack back would jumpstart things but they've been even worse since his return, somehow (2.73 GF/60). I will say, their PP looked better yesterday (more concerted effort to shoot the puck?) even if the results weren't there. We'll see what happens in the coming games but it's hard to win when your PP unit is doing as poorly as the Devils' is. 

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  15. Hard to read much into the pairings until we know if Marino will play or not. In Monday's practice (without Marino) Lindy was running pairings that were not at all used in the game last night:

    Siegs-Nemec (40 seconds together)

    Hughes-Miller (27 seconds together)

    Bahl-Smith (0 seconds together)


    I know I'm repeating myself from the GDT thread, but my hope is Marino can step back in tomorrow and we get these pairs:




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  16. The Devils actually played pretty well the first 2 periods despite being down but that 3rd period was... woof.

    Brendan Smith needs to be launched into the sun. He had the lowest even strength ice time among Devils' defensemen yet was on-ice for 4 of the Caps' goals and was dominated in pretty much all shot quantity/quality metrics. And what was Lindy thinking pairing him with Hughes? They were quickly broken up, but too little too late after that disastrous 1st goal.

    Once Marino is good to go, the defense pairings should be pretty straightforward:




    (Smith = scratched)

    Bahl has played better of late, and he was very good with Miller last night, but I don't think it's a stretch to say the Devils' 3rd best LHD is sitting in Utica right now...

    I didn't hate Lindy bumping up Holtz to play with Lazar and Meier but it's worth mentioning that line got completely dumped on afterward (outshot 2-10, outchanced 0-6, outscored 0-1). Curious to see if they're given another shot together against NYR. Mercer has been well off last year's point pace and has just 3G/3A in his last 19 games. 

    Overall that was just a brutal loss. What a major letdown after Saturday's high. The out-of-town scoreboard isn't helping either with the Wings winning on Monday, Isles winning yesterday (and handing the Pens a loser point, no less) and the Flyers are gift-wrapped the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. Ugh. 

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  17. 2 hours ago, jagknife said:

    Please keep it this fun, boys…

    Lazar's reaction on the Bastian goal was my favorite, how can you not love the guy?

    Regarding this game, I know I'm late to the party but good lord ESPN needs to better than Sean McDonough for a PBP announcer. He's the NHL's version of Al Michaels (Amazon Prime version) .. so boring, unenthused and horribly late on what's going on. Give Steve Levy the fvcking mic for goodness sake.

    Another thing I didn't like or understand was the Messier '94 highlight in the intro? What the hell did that have to do with this game? Just because it was at the Meadowlands? NHL was really reaching there.

    In any case, thrilled the Devils won (it was the show of the Nicos!) and hope everyone that had the opportunity to go enjoyed! 

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