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Oh No! We Suck Again!

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7 hours ago, Martyisth3b3st said:

Are you upset that people responded to your message on a message board?

Nope. I’m good. 

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The Devils get an Islanders team on a back to back tonight that had to play an OT game and had to travel back to NYC.

Plus, the Islanders got THOROUGHLY dominated by Montreal, yet still won. Can't make this sh!t up.

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Gotta start w/ Shneids for sure. The team will play with more swagger/confidence. LGD

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it's important to see the difference between sucking and not getting wins. In most of those losses, we've played just as good or better than some games we won. The results doesn't always tell the whole story. 

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Agree with everyone else - no reason to panic just yet.  Indeed it's been frustrating and disappointing lately, but if we can take advantage of the games we have in hand, we'll be fine.  I think the thing us fans want is a winning streak.  One that's significant.  The reason for that is because even though we have a good record still, we've compiled wins mostly by getting 2 here, and a loss there, 2 more wins here, then a loss there.  That's fine and all, and if you keep that up all season long generally you'll make the playoffs, but the problem is, when there's longer losing streaks sprinkled in the mix of that back-and-forth pattern, and no real long winning streaks to counter-act those losing streaks, then it just seems that much more bleak and disheartening.  Like I said, even if your team never goes on a significant run of 5-7+ wins or so in a row, you'll likely still make the playoffs if you keep up that type of winning percentage, but ideally you want to see them be able to sustain some type of elevated consistency.  The teams that generally excel in the playoffs and put together deep runs are those who get hot, and stay hot, for extended periods of time.  Despite the fact that we have a lot to be pleased with when it comes to this Devils team this year, and we're still quite a bit above 500 in terms of our overall record, we really haven't seen that type of elevated and consistent play from this team yet this year, and I think that is specifically what most of us fans are a little nervous about.  Time to turn it up Devils! 

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It's been tough to do since we're relevant for the first in years, but this team has a ton of issues. The defense is firmly below average and our 2-4 top scorers are 19,19 and 23 (3 rookies). They've gotten virtually nothing from guys like Zajac, Stafford and Zacha and guys like Gibbons and Boyle are producing well above their ability. My hope, aside from a cup win of course, is that they make the playoffs, and show well and draft a blue chip dman at 16-20. They need talented blue liners in the worst way.

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22 hours ago, Nicomo said:

Man, you guys are harsh sometimes. Can’t say anything around here without getting jumped on...

No one's being harsh.  I'm not attacking anyone or name-calling.  Just being honest in my responses.

Here's another way to look at it:  At one point the Devils were 22-9-5.  They were on pace for about 112 points at that point.  Did you think that was going to continue?

The Devils had won five straight just before this six-game slide.  How much longer should the win streak have been? 

Even with this slump, the Devils are still 5-3-3 in their last 11.  That's a 97-point pace.  Basically, I could understand people getting nervous if, say, they Devils had gone winless in four or five games, then won a couple (with only one of the wins coming in regulation), then hit this slump.  Or if they were getting destroyed in the majority of these games.

My beef remains the same with the general reaction here to the Devils losing...it's almost as if they're not allowed to.  All it takes is 4-5 winless games and then seemingly everything is second-guessed, suddenly the players don't have heart and need to soul search, the coach has no idea what he's doing and guys like MB act like they've got everything figured out, the GM better make a deal soon, etc.  I just think it can be incredibly unfair and over-reactionary...here we have a younger team with some exciting players (some of whom who are babies in NHL years), that's been both entertaining and competitive, and that was bound to go through some rough spells...and as we've seen, all teams go through them.  The Caps were 2-5-1 and were outscored 19-32 in a bad stretch earlier this season.  It happens, and it would just be nice to see these things better kept in perspective. 

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3 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

No one's being harsh.  I'm not attacking anyone or name-calling.  Just being honest in my responses.

Here's another way to look at it:  At one point the Devils were 22-9-5.  They were on pace for about 112 points at that point.  Did you think that was going to continue?

The Devils had won five straight just before this six-game slide.  How much longer should the win streak have been? 

Even with this slump, the Devils are still 5-3-3 in their last 11.  That's a 97-point pace.  Basically, I could understand people getting nervous if, say, they Devils had gone winless in four or five games, then won a couple (with only one of the wins coming in regulation), then hit this slump.  Or if they were getting destroyed in the majority of these games.

My beef remains the same with the general reaction here to the Devils losing...it's almost as if they're not allowed to.  All it takes is 4-5 winless games and then seemingly everything is second-guessed, suddenly the players don't have heart and need to soul search, the coach has no idea what he's doing and guys like MB act like they've got everything figured out, the GM better make a deal soon, etc.  I just think it can be incredibly unfair and over-reactionary...here we have a younger team with some exciting players (some of whom who are babies in NHL years), that's been both entertaining and competitive, and that was bound to go through some rough spells...and as we've seen, all teams go through them.  The Caps were 2-5-1 and were outscored 19-32 in a bad stretch earlier this season.  It happens, and it would just be nice to see these things better kept in perspective. 

Fair enough. Some good points being made. 

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37 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

No one's being harsh.  I'm not attacking anyone or name-calling.  Just being honest in my responses.

Here's another way to look at it:  At one point the Devils were 22-9-5.  They were on pace for about 112 points at that point.  Did you think that was going to continue?

The Devils had won five straight just before this six-game slide.  How much longer should the win streak have been? 

Even with this slump, the Devils are still 5-3-3 in their last 11.  That's a 97-point pace.  Basically, I could understand people getting nervous if, say, they Devils had gone winless in four or five games, then won a couple (with only one of the wins coming in regulation), then hit this slump.  Or if they were getting destroyed in the majority of these games.

My beef remains the same with the general reaction here to the Devils losing...it's almost as if they're not allowed to.  All it takes is 4-5 winless games and then seemingly everything is second-guessed, suddenly the players don't have heart and need to soul search, the coach has no idea what he's doing and guys like MB act like they've got everything figured out, the GM better make a deal soon, etc.  I just think it can be incredibly unfair and over-reactionary...here we have a younger team with some exciting players (some of whom who are babies in NHL years), that's been both entertaining and competitive, and that was bound to go through some rough spells...and as we've seen, all teams go through them.  The Caps were 2-5-1 and were outscored 19-32 in a bad stretch earlier this season.  It happens, and it would just be nice to see these things better kept in perspective. 

Well people having those knee-jerks reactions after a loss knowing that this team is year 3 into a long overdue rebuilt (and performing well above expectations) usually have one of these attributes... they are either clearly short-sighted, spoiled, emotionally unstable or entitled... or all of them really lol Not calling anyone out but if the hat fits.... 

It's like spoiled kids whining to their parents that their Christmas gifts suck, months after the family home burned down and that the parents really couldn't even afford gifts. Clear lack of understanding of the bigger picture lol

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Don't panic!!!! This is not last years team. Besides all I need for gratitude is the expectations of this team at the beginning of the year. This is not last years Devils!!!

After 1988 and our glorious playoff run, the years that followed many fans would say here we go again were going to suck! How wrong they were!

LGD!!!!!

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