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That was big for us! Hopefully we can take the pens out again tomorrow night. Would be comforting to have a 5pt cushion 

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Ok, time to switch to the Phailures game. Turned it on just in time to see the Avs rip one off the post. Let’s goooooo now Colorado

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fvck, flyers strike first. Ghost with an unreal move/pass and Giroux with an absolute laserbeam.

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The Devils now truly control their own destiny at least when concerning the Panthers.  If COL wins tonight, we control our destiny against Philly as well.  The Panthers also have a tough schedule down the stretch.

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1 minute ago, Mike Brown said:

The Devils now truly control their own destiny at least when concerning the Panthers.  If COL wins tonight, we control our destiny against Philly as well.  The Panthers also have a tough schedule down the stretch.

Panthers have 3 against the Bruins, 1 against Nashville... but then they also have 3 total gimmies (OTT, MTL, and Buffalo). I like our schedule better, obviously.

1 minute ago, TomsRiverDevil said:

Is there a site that calculates our percentage to make the playoffs?

There are plenty, but they won’t be updated until tomorrow morning. Devils will probably be right around 70% tomorrow morning if the Flyers win tonight.

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Colorado is outplaying Philly. 1-0 deficit but I feel pretty ok about this game. Philly will have some heavy legs in the 2nd/3rd

Just now, Devil Dan 56 said:

That Florida game in hand now means nothing if we can keep pace 

Exactly. Finish the season with the same record as Florida (who has a more difficult schedule) and we’ll get in.

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32 minutes ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

Having to bite our nails and stare at the out of town scoreboard really makes me appreciate the days when we locked up a playoff spot in mid march a lot of years. 

It really is amazing but other than 2013-14 (sort of) we haven't had a lot of down to the wire playoff races since freaking 1995-1996...and neither one of them turned out well :P  But generally either we've been in by February or done by early March.

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30 minutes ago, '7' said:

Well the NHL wasn't always an 82 game league.

No but they had some pretty good teams in the Sundin era and before that under Pat Burns (briefly)...of course there weren't as many ways to get a win pre-lockout either.

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Well the Flyers are rolling tonight. Up 2-0 early. Looks like they’ll get at least another point and likely two tonight. Guess we can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice. 

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Hey, if Philly does win the [small] bright side is that if Colorado misses the playoffs, Hall4Hart becomes about 50% more likely.

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39 minutes ago, NJDevs4978 said:

No but they had some pretty good teams in the Sundin era and before that under Pat Burns (briefly)...of course there weren't as many ways to get a win pre-lockout either.

 

They definitely did. And those teams were adored by the Toronto media (and always horribly overrated by them too) They were looked upon as some sort of saviors of hockey because of how wide open they insisted on playing. And they were fun to watch (and could goon it up with the best of 'em) but Cujo could never be trusted in a big spot.

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43 minutes ago, Neb00rs said:

Hey, if Philly does win the [small] bright side is that if Colorado misses the playoffs, Hall4Hart becomes about 50% more likely.

He really deserves serious consideration. When you look at guys on good teams with higher point totals, all of them have a stronger support system. Kucherov, Malkin etc

To take nothing away from Hischier, he's just turned 19 and has a very impressive 49 points. But that's a fat 36 points behind Hall while playing 5 more games than Hall. We just don't have elite secondary scoring, we have not gotten good goaltending. Hall has carried us.

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Just now, '7' said:

He really deserves serious consideration. When you look at guys on good teams with higher point totals, all of them have a stronger support system. Kucherov, Malkin etc

To take nothing away from Hischier, he's just turned 19 and has a very impressive 49 points. But that's a fat 36 points behind Hall while playing 5 more games than Hall. We just don't have elite secondary scoring, we have not gotten good goaltending. Hall has carried us.

If Colorado misses the playoffs, he's a finalist no doubt. If Colorado misses the playoffs and he passes Kopitar in points and is within 5-7 points of the other finalists, he'll probably win it.

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9 minutes ago, '7' said:

He really deserves serious consideration. When you look at guys on good teams with higher point totals, all of them have a stronger support system. Kucherov, Malkin etc

To take nothing away from Hischier, he's just turned 19 and has a very impressive 49 points. But that's a fat 36 points behind Hall while playing 5 more games than Hall. We just don't have elite secondary scoring, we have not gotten good goaltending. Hall has carried us.

Since when do they use common sense and look into situations to make their votes though? lol it's been ridiculous at times

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11 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

Since when do they use common sense and look into situations to make their votes though? lol it's been ridiculous at times

I've read a bunch of NHL writers lately, some who are former PHWA and some who know PHWA writers, and they all seem to prefer candidates who are most valuable to their team over candidates who just have the most points. In many years the Hart winner pretty legitimately has the most points in the league and is the most valuable player. Like McDavid last year and Kane the year before that. When Jamie Benn led the league the year before that but imo was not quite deserving of the Hart, Carey Price won it. The year before that Crosby led the league in points and won the Hart trophy and I don't think anyone would argue there either.

And many of these writers I've been reading seem to think it's between two guys, Hall and MacKinnon, with Kopitar right there too. Many do mention Malkin, Wheeler, and Kucherov too, don't get me wrong but Hall and MacKinnon seem to stand out.

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