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I adore Ken Daneyko for what he did for this franchise, but his voice is so frustrating I feel like he could ruin narrating a Kate Upton sex video.

Man, switched on MIN feed to see the reaction, those guys got depressed real quick. LOVE IT

Cmon Moore do your thing

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12 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

That's how you know you're a confident team when you're asking your goalie to let in a late goal just to crank Moore's OT stats or just for the lolz

mrw I saw "SterioDesign"

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15 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

That's how you know you're a confident team when you're asking your goalie to let in a late goal just to crank Moore's OT stats or just for the lolz

Holy sh!t sup 

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2 minutes ago, Mike Brown said:

RECAP

  • For the first half of the game, they looked sluggish and out of sync.
  • They definitely picked it up in the 2nd half of the 2nd period.
  • This game should hopefully bring home the point that keeping the puck to the outside does not work.
  • Every shot attempt should be considered dangerous.
  • 5 of the 6 regulation goals were scored simply by throwing the puck on net, and finding its way into the net.
  • The 5 on 6 strategy at the end there cost them the regulation win.

POSSESSION

  • ES CF: 40 to 57
  • ES FF: 30 to 39
  • ES SF: 19 to 27
  • ES SCF: 19 to 22
  • ES HDCF: 12 to 3
  • All CF: 52 to 73
  • All FF: 37 to 52
  • All SF: 25 to 36
  • All SCF: 23 to 29
  • All HDCF: 14 to 6
  • The 5 on 6 strategy at the end there cost them the regulation win. Gotta win those D zone draws
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Just now, Steven M. said:

Hell yeah. I was on his ass for sure, a three point night will shut me the fvck up real quick. Excellent game by Rico.

Protecting Cory, and bringing the grit too. Hell of a game for 14. 

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Watched this via the Minnesota feed, man I thought the Devs  coverage was bad at times and being hard on; Chico, Dano, Deb, Sherri, Matt, Cang, Johnny MAc, but man the Minnesota Wild have these worse coverage team in the league, esp. the two live play clowns.; Anthony Lapanta and that total loser Greenlay.

 

PS: Hynes needs to turn Rico into Shanahan... he plays much better on the edge.

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Suffice it to say that opposing teams seem to know that the Devils struggle when their opponent pulls its goalie...teams seems to be doing it earlier and earlier, with no apparent fear.  One of these days the Devils will figure out how to get through a 6-on-5 without looking like a trainwreck plowing through a dumpster fire.  

That being said, this team battles and they came away with five points on a tough trip.  There's obviously plenty that needs work, but hell of a job.  As far as the results go, no complaints.

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1 minute ago, Martyisth3b3st said:

Solid avatar. Great show

Oh it's just the best, it feels like that show was made for me for my birthday or something, its hitting every notes for me lol Actually turns out i'm born on the same exact day than the Duffer brothers who created the show. 

Actually met the kids from the show few months ago, Gaten (Dustin) was in NJ the day before watching Green Day and met them backstage lol which is awesome

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Just got back from the game in St. Paul. I had fun seats, row 6 from the ice but near the goal where the Devils shot at during periods one and three. As such, a lot of the action was on the other end of the rink all three periods so I'm pretty sure everyone who saw the game on TV has a better overall analysis than what I have. From my vantage point, however, I did notice a couple of things: For starters, Henrique seemed ready to rumble at any moment from the middle of the second period on. Not really sure what got under his skin (demotion to fourth line?) but he was a hockey player clearly on a mission. Nico looked like a rookie for a good portion of the night; seemed more tentative than I've seen him look in the past. There were at least four good brawls and I honestly can't remember an early regular season game against a non divisional opponent where the Devils seemed so motivated to throw down on a continual basis - especially since the Wild really aren't a goon type of team - so that really surprised me. Butcher played smartly and is a calm, intelligent hockey player but really can get knocked off the puck when he's pressed. Nice goal though by the Butcher, arguably the most important goal of the game. Didn't notice Zacha, Stafford, Palms making too many memorable plays. Severson and Santini were fun to watch, played with a bit of an edge. As for the game flow itself, when the Devils took that crucial penalty in the third (Devs up 3-1 at the time) I turned to my 12-year-old daughter and said, "The Wild are going to score, tie it up in the final minutes and send this game will go into overtime." My daughter looks at me and says, "Dad, you need to stay positive." So, during the break before overtime starts, my daughter turns to me and says, "Dad, how did you know?" You guys all know the answer I gave her.

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Devils are 12-5-3 at the quarter mark, on pace for about 111 points.  No, I don't see them getting there.  But at least 90+ feels like it's doable, as long as they don't suffer too many injuries, and can improve in their own end. 

Devils are 3-3-3 in their last nine...doesn't sound impressive, but they weren't going to keep up the pace they were on earlier, and it's not like they've been playing a lot of slouches lately.  It hasn't always been pretty (they've been outshot 357-308 in these nine games), and at times they've looked borderline helpless, but they've found ways to hold their own.  Hope they can come up with 5 or 6 points in their next four games...they have a three-game road trip to start December, but from 12/15 - 12/29, they have a six-game homestand, their longest of the season.  Would love to see them come away with 13 or 14 points in their next 11 before that stand...after that stand is over, Devils will play 22 out of 37 games on the road.  If at all possible, it'd be nice to have banked some points before that stretch.   

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2 hours ago, lucifer91 said:

Probably because Zacha had the lowest TOI of the whole team. I didnt think he played poorly with the time given him.

zacha doesnt play poorly. he has too good a skill set to do that.. hes being graded on a different scale.. fair or not

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1 hour ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Devils are 12-5-3 at the quarter mark, on pace for about 111 points.  No, I don't see them getting there.  But at least 90+ feels like it's doable, as long as they don't suffer too many injuries, and can improve in their own end. 

Devils are 3-3-3 in their last nine...doesn't sound impressive, but they weren't going to keep up the pace they were on earlier, and it's not like they've been playing a lot of slouches lately.  It hasn't always been pretty (they've been outshot 357-308 in these nine games), and at times they've looked borderline helpless, but they've found ways to hold their own.  Hope they can come up with 5 or 6 points in their next four games...they have a three-game road trip to start December, but from 12/15 - 12/29, they have a six-game homestand, their longest of the season.  Would love to see them come away with 13 or 14 points in their next 11 before that stand...after that stand is over, Devils will play 22 out of 37 games on the road.  If at all possible, it'd be nice to have banked some points before that stretch.   

What's very very encouraging to this point (and we ALL know that we could go on a bad streak and still miss the playoffs) is that we've been doing really really really good with a team that technically shouldn't be doing this good at this point PLUS we're doing it through adversity... lots of key injuries on top guys, we're constantly shooting ourselves in the foot with our penalties, very young team with a very average D corp etc etc We certainly won games where we were not the best team but also lost games where we were the best team. always important to realize that results are not always the best indication of success

So looking at that and realizing that once we have an healthy lineup and that our rookies get more experience under their belts, we "should" be doing even better. Look at Keller right now, he was not even in the league last year so if it can be any indication of how strong Nico could come out next season, it's very exciting. 

Plus having so many young guys filling key roles makes a lot of our younger players "expendable" in terms of possibly turning them into assets. At this point Zacha, McLeod, Quenneville could totally be thrown in a package to get a solid D-man that we obviously need. I'd throw any of them in to get Ekman-Larsson (rumours going around right now of the Leafs going after him willing to trade Nylander)

On top of that we have the cap space to make a splash signing someone in the summer like Carlson or De Haan.

We're in really really good shape going forward, dear god sweet baby jesus it's exciting.

 

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10 hours ago, Devilsfan118 said:

THREE points for Adam Henrique, atta boy.  

Big game for him, like he had read this board and he was saying "I'm not invisible, look at this ridiculous fvcking mustache!!"

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2 hours ago, lucifer91 said:

Probably because Zacha had the lowest TOI of the whole team. I didnt think he played poorly with the time given him.

I don't get what people expected with Zacha. He just made it back into the lineup after siting for 4 of 5. Did you think they were going to bring him back into the lineup and give him a ton of minutes? 

He has to earn his way back to that, as well he should. 

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10 hours ago, mikepeluso8 said:

This damn division is so fvcking close.  It's nuts. Going to be high levels of anxiety all season long.  Need 2 points every single night...it feels that way anyway.

 

I was going to say the same thing.  Looking at the standings, even though we're winning at a nice pace, there's still not much of a gap between us and the teams barely out of the wildcard spots.  It's going to be a tall order to ask the guys to play like this all season long since they're quite young and haven't played together very long, but I like the way it's started and I think they have it in them. 

On another note, really happy for Henrique to see him bounce back quickly and have a solid night, and also VERY pleased with the way he handled his scrap with whoever that fool was on Minnesota whacking away at Schneider.  You could tell he was taking his frustration out on him, because I don't think the guy on the Wild even connected with Schneider's pads when he was trying to hit the puck lol.  I'll take it though.  Looks like the attempt to light a fire in Henrique clearly worked.  He also showed some amazing patience with the puck on that drive to the net for the OT winner.  Great vision to catch a streaking Moore as the 3rd man in -- the Minnesota d-men were focused on whoever the other guy  was on the rink for us that was already in the slot.  And of course, major kudos to Moore for coming through in the clutch -- great job jumping into the play and committing to the rush, showing no fear of being the last man back and potentially giving up an opportunity the other way. 

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