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  1. The reasons why COVID-19 is considered more serious than the flu (which itself can be dangerous) are 1) COVID-19 is a new virus strain that is relatively unknown and 2) it has had an unusually high severity/death rate for those infected compared to the flu. Now the fatality rate at face value is low, from what I've seen 3%, but a 3% fatality rate for anything is an extremely high fatality rate. Auto racing, which considered probably the most dangerous sport that has wide participation, has much lower than a 3% fatality rate. Getting back to the NHL (and for that matter the AHL and ECHL), I think it is likely we will see an announcement about games played at empty arenas or suspending the season in the next 1-2 days.
  2. Agree on Blackwood, don’t agree on Hall. With the moves the Devils made last offseason, there was no way they were trading Taylor Hall in summer 2019, at least after they made those other moves. On a somewhat related note, Arizona would not be in the playoffs if they started after today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. True, good point. In Kansas City the Scouts' ownership was split too many different ways and didn't have deep enough pockets. In Denver, there were three different owners in six years. In both Kansas City and Denver, there were frequent general manager and coaching changes, and also many trades. (Of course, the Devils still made many coaching changes even after moving to north Jersey and even after they became a serious Stanley Cup contender, so maybe that wasn't a problem, LOL.) Though we make light of it now, these are the reasons why Wayne Gretzky called the Devils a Mickey Mouse organization in late 1983. Even though John McMullen did bring ownership stability when he bought the team and moved it the Meadowlands, it still took a few more years until the Devils finally got true organizational stability after Lou Lamoriello came in as team president and general manager.
  4. For whatever it is worth, you can look at the Devils’ own franchise history to see it often takes time for a youth movement to pay dividends. Including the Devils’ Scouts/Rockies history, for about the first 10 years of the team’s existence, up through about the 1983-84 season, the Devils/Rockies/Scouts didn’t have a clear direction, often went for quick fixes to their problems, and did not really try to implement a youth movement. The team wasn’t very successful either, never finishing with more than 59 points in an 80 game, pre-loser point season. Starting in about the 1984-85 season, the Devils did consciously try to build more through youth. The Devils eventually did get better, but they still had non-playoff, not close to .500 seasons for 3 more years and 4 of the next 5 seasons through the 1988-89 season (and barely made the playoffs and finished above .500 in 1987-88). It wasn’t until 1989-90 the Devils started becoming a regular playoff team and until 1993-94 that they became a serious Stanley Cup contender. The whole process from starting the youth movement to becoming a regular playoff team took 5+ years, and that was during a time when there were a lot more younger players in the NHL, the league generally had less competitive balance, and almost all teams made the playoffs (4 of 6 teams in the Devils’ division and 16 of 21 teams in the NHL as a whole). The process in going from a mediocre team with older players to a younger, ascending team takes time; it doesn’t happen in a couple years. Having said the above, IMO the Devils haven’t done a good enough job selecting and developing young players. The higher talent young guys the Devils have now have to collectively step up their games IMO. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Even though Schneider faced a relatively high number of shots, I thought the defense in front of him was reasonably good, or at least a lot better than it was in front of Blackwood on Saturday against the Kings. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. NICO!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I tell you what - the more NHL arenas I go to, the more I think The Rock is one of the nicest arenas in the league. Among the arenas where I have seen games, the only one I thought was nicer than The Rock was T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (I was in Las Vegas this past November for work and attended a Blackhawks/Golden Knights game.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. My thoughts exactly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Severson IMO has always been an offensive defenseman who is a net negative if he isn’t contributing offensively. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. IMO Zacha should have shot on goal trying to go top shelf right rather than passing on that last play. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Sometimes I’d like to shoot Severson. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. That shot was at the opposite of the arena from what I’m sitting, but I have no idea how Palmieri missed the net on that one. He had about 3 feet of net on the left side to work with. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Jesper Bratt with another nice pass! The power play has showed up tonight. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. They do have elevators here, though I don’t think there are many of them. Incidentally, for the Devils I only went to the Kings game on Saturday and the Ducks game tonight. I did not attend the Devils/Sharks game on Thursday, and won’t be at the Devils/Golden Knights game on Tuesday either. (I also attended the 76ers/Clippers game earlier today and the Arizona State/Southern California college basketball game on Saturday evening on this weekend trip.) Also for what it’s worth, I did not rent a car or use Uber/Lyft/taxis on this trip. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. THAT was a very nice play by Zacha and Bratt. 1-0 good guys. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Yes, I think the Ducks have only had one arena in their history. The Devils fans I talked to yesterday at the Kings game said the SAP Center in San Jose (or whatever it is called) was pretty spartan. I think it opened the same year as the Duck Pond/Honda Center. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Even though the Ducks aren’t good, with the back-to-back (Anaheim last played on Friday night) and Schneider in goal, I’m crossing my fingers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Honda Center has a club/suite level, but no escalators. Ridiculous. Here’s my view in Anaheim: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. At least Blackwood deservedly got the 3rd star. He and Quick for LA both were very good today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Blackwood coming up really big. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. There are three Devils fans sitting in the row behind me doing a weeklong road trip - they went to the game on Thursday in San Jose, and plan to go to Anaheim tomorrow and Las Vegas on Tuesday. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. The Devils can’t have too many more periods where they are outshot 15-4 and expect to win... Then again, I was at the Columbus game a couple weeks ago, so maybe they can as long as Blackwood is in goal, LOL. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. There are a lot of empties today - I’m the only person in my row, LOL. I like sitting high behind the goal - you can see all the ice and see plays develop better IMO. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. My view today: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. I do like the Kings’ helmets - very shiny. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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