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3 hours ago, Steven M. said:

I just got to stand at center ice, with that crowd going fvcking insane... with the team right next to me celebrating... and then got to chat with Blake Coleman and take the jersey that he just wore to help us finally go back to the fvcking playoffs.

One of the most surreal moments of my life. For real.

You the guy that took the photo of Blake and himself? Must've been an awesome night for you, one that you will never forget. LGD!

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So glad we are in.

What's even better is that Cory is rested and ready for action. 

Seriously though do we put Cory in against the Caps and give him a chance to get a game under his belt? Or keep Keith rolling. 

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Devs fan since Nagano Olympic games... I was there at first only when we were dominant and a true force... But i was also like all of you during the sad time of no play-off games (except i add the broken English part in my répertoire) 

One thing that change the most between a season like last year and this one.. Is the the amount of sleep i could have! The number of nights i had only 3 or 4 hours of sleep because of one of the maaaany " game of the year that is a must win"... Thanks for all my friends at the live chat that keep me awake (and spoil me goals with 30 sec)! 

This morning i was still nuts and dead tired... I HAD to explain to my kids how ranking was made in NHL (of course i have to)... Putain, we were so late school! 

Me love hockey 

I want my "dedication to the team" award! : ) 

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If they’re playing for seeding at all it has to be KK. There’s also something to be said about going into the playoffs hot. If Cory starts and gets shelled for 5 goals that could hurt their morale. I think KK should start. 

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56 minutes ago, Chimaira_Devil_#9 said:

So glad we are in.

What's even better is that Cory is rested and ready for action. 

Seriously though do we put Cory in against the Caps and give him a chance to get a game under his belt? Or keep Keith rolling. 

That is a really good question.

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So amazing to see them back in the playoffs. I started watching in the early 90's right around the jersey color change and this might be the most excited I've been as a fan since 95 when we were supposed to get absolutely crushed by the Wings. Or the Henrique goal. 

 

This team reminds me on paper of the 1987-88 team. Maybe some of the fans from back then can confirm or deny that, but Daneyko mentioned it on the post game as well. What ever happens happens but win or lose I think we give some team hell next week. 

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1 hour ago, Nicomo said:

If they’re playing for seeding at all it has to be KK. There’s also something to be said about going into the playoffs hot. If Cory starts and gets shelled for 5 goals that could hurt their morale. I think KK should start. 

I am leaning towards Cory. God forbid that something happens to KK either in the last game or in the series and we have to throw Cory in cold with a ten game losing streak under his belt. 

 

I would hope that the fact there is no pressure would help. 

Speaking of seeding who do people want? I wouldn't be adverse to Tampa if that's the way it shakes out. Feel less confident about Boston . So if we are the last wildcard that would be ok. 

Wouldn't want any part of Columbus, and to an extent Washington.  The Pens could go either way. 

 

 

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Years ending in "8" have been good to the Devils franchise when it comes to breaking playoff droughts.  They broke their 6 year drought this year, and made their first playoff appearance in north Jersey in their 6th season in 1988.  Even in their pre-Devils years the franchise made its only playoff appearance during its Scouts/Rockies days in 1978 while based in Denver.

Now I'm personally hoping the Devils draw the Capitals in the 1st round so I can see them play a playoff game or two in my backyard, though in reality I don't care that much about who they play and care more about how they play in the playoffs.

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1 hour ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

This team reminds me on paper of the 1987-88 team. Maybe some of the fans from back then can confirm or deny that, but Daneyko mentioned it on the post game as well. What ever happens happens but win or lose I think we give some team hell next week. 

I'm more of a long-time casual fan, but IMO this team does have some real similarities to the team 30 years ago.  Both teams hadn't made the playoffs in a long time (in the 1988 team's case, it was a 10 year drought stretching back to their time as the Colorado Rockies; like the current Devils the 1988 team also missed the playoffs the previous 5 seasons while playing in north Jersey), both teams went through a youth movement to turn over their roster in the previous 2-4 seasons (though that movement was even more extreme in the case of the 1988 Devils), and both teams played well coming down the stretch to truly earn their playoff spot.  The primary difference is the 1988 team didn't have a league MVP candidate like Taylor Hall.

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1 hour ago, Chimaira_Devil_#9 said:

Speaking of seeding who do people want? I wouldn't be adverse to Tampa if that's the way it shakes out. Feel less confident about Boston . So if we are the last wildcard that would be ok. 

Wouldn't want any part of Columbus, and to an extent Washington.  The Pens could go either way. 

The Devils have played well against Tampa Bay in their last couple of games against the Lightning, so I wouldn't mind seeing them.  The Capitals are a team that always finds ways to lose playoff series in the 1st and 2nd round, so even though the Devils often struggle against Washington, I don't think a matchup with the Caps would be all bad.  Pittsburgh concerns me because of their playoff success, even though the Devils played well against the Pens this season.  Boston and Columbus are the teams I'd least like the Devils to play in the 1st round.

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3 hours ago, Chimaira_Devil_#9 said:

So glad we are in.

What's even better is that Cory is rested and ready for action. 

Seriously though do we put Cory in against the Caps and give him a chance to get a game under his belt? Or keep Keith rolling. 

You ride the guy who brought you to the promised land. He wasn't just keeping the seat warm. IMO unless KK sh>t's the bed somewhere along the line, CS will not see that net shy of an injury/unraveling to Keith

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So happy for our players and fans. Especially that Taylor Hall will see the playoffs now, and the youth and potential of a long term contract here in New Jersey, there will be nothing more important than signing him long-term before he becomes a UFA.

I’m most happy for that next generation of fans, too young to remember 2003.  This is my kid who is 20. She and her friends celebrating last night was right out of the “Priceless” commercials.

Yeah, she was old enough for Henrique, it’s over… and the Zach stick tap OT breakaway in Montreal was her other favorite goal.

But new memories are here. The reg. season was so thrilling. Filled with so many exciting moments. Comebacks, OT wins, Taylor Hall, Nico, Palms, Noesen, Coleman, Boyle, and all the others, you all contributed to wins this year. KEITH, I bow down to, too.  This is why I tear up every time I watch Dano’s intro video at the games. I was there for all that glory, in my 20's and 30's. Now it's time again.  All great stories have no end, only NEW BEGINNINGS! 

LGD Playoffs 2018!!!   Now We Rise!

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3 hours ago, Nicomo said:

If they’re playing for seeding at all it has to be KK. There’s also something to be said about going into the playoffs hot. If Cory starts and gets shelled for 5 goals that could hurt their morale. I think KK should start. 

But what kind of seeding is it really though?  It's only the difference between brackets unless the Pens and Blue Jackets somehow lose (and the Pens in regulation) to respectively, Ottawa and a Nashville team that's already clinched top overall and will be resting guys themselves.  That would put home-ice on the table in which case, go for it.  Really though picking your road series isn't that big a deal - as much as people want to make about the difference in points between playing Tampa/Boston and playing Washington/Pittsburgh, the difference in points is in large part cause of the extra games those teams get to play against the chaff in their division.

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3 hours ago, Chimaira_Devil_#9 said:

So glad we are in.

What's even better is that Cory is rested and ready for action. 

Seriously though do we put Cory in against the Caps and give him a chance to get a game under his belt? Or keep Keith rolling. 

You have to keep KK in. The Devils still need to win another one or we risk falling back to 8th. 

Then again, it'd be nice to give KK a quick rest.

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2 hours ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

So amazing to see them back in the playoffs. I started watching in the early 90's right around the jersey color change and this might be the most excited I've been as a fan since 95 when we were supposed to get absolutely crushed by the Wings. Or the Henrique goal. 

 

This team reminds me on paper of the 1987-88 team. Maybe some of the fans from back then can confirm or deny that, but Daneyko mentioned it on the post game as well. What ever happens happens but win or lose I think we give some team hell next week. 

As far as the 1987-88 team goes, there's definitely some similarities.  The 87-88 team got off to a strong start too, then was fighting it for a while...in the case of the 87-88 squad, they struggled for so long that their head coach (originally Doug Carpenter) was canned and replaced by Jim Schoenfeld.  KK basically became this team's Sean Burke (though Burke didn't join the Devils until March 1), and for now Schneider has become as forgotten as Alain Chevrier.  Both teams went on scorching hot runs to close out their seasons too, though it was more necessary in the case of the 1988 group...like Burke once said, though his team was in it, they're weren't really IN it...they needed to win damned near every game to get in, and needed a little help too.  And though they're very different players, and Hischier had a far more successful rookie year, each team saw their talent levels bolstered by a teenaged future young stud (Hischier this year, and Shanahan back then).

And of course, both teams have had to fight for and earn respect, from a lot of circles.  

It's not a 100% tit-for-tat comparison...there was no Hall on the 87-88 group, and Mac didn't become Mac until he scored the playoff-clinching goal...he shredded it in the playoffs and then enjoyed three straight terrific seasons, but prior to that, there was a lot of "When is this guy going to start to figure it out?"...especially with his 87-88 campaign being incredibly disappointing prior to that season's final game.  But the 2017-18 Devils often reminded me of the 87-88 group this year, a lot, and I think that they can be better in the years to come...keep in mind that there were some guys (like Aaron Broten) who peaked that year, and unfortunately Sundstrom (who like Mac also killed it come playoff time) broke down physically after the 1989-90 season, which really hurt in the short term (as did Mac tearing his ACL and missing all of 1991-92).  You hand the near-mutiny when Stevens first arrived, which pretty much forced the trade of Muller (though Lou did a great job to get both the more dynamic-but-less-consistent Richer, and the speedy Chorske).  I think this group should be talented enough to avoid a big downturn next season (the 1988-89 team had an awful year, and the Devils spun their wheels for a while and made multiple coaching changes before becoming elite in 1993-94), especially since I don't think this is a fluke season from Hall.  Goaltending will be the biggest question come next season...Burke built up a lot of currency with his big run, and got a ton of chances because of it, but he was more or less mediocre for the remainder of his Devils career.  Is KK really a guy capable of being a full-time starter now?  What happens with Cory?  Not questions to be answered today and they may not be answered until next season, but a big reason the Devils got here is that they got elite-level goaltending when they absolutely had to have it.  They'll need more of that to continue to make the playoffs.  

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14 minutes ago, Neb00rs said:

Enjoy the salt-shaker_1f9c2.pngof Florida Panthers fans everyone. :lol:

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I'm surprised they have enough fans to actually have an online forum, unless those 3 or 4 posters are it.

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5 hours ago, munichdevil said:

You the guy that took the photo of Blake and himself? Must've been an awesome night for you, one that you will never forget. LGD!

Yep, that was me! I still can't believe it... I've been to plenty of season ticket events and met plenty of the guys that have played for this team but I think it will be hard to ever match the feeling of being at center ice with the whole place still going bonkers and the guys celebrating on the ice right there. Just insane. What a night. I'm already fvcking pumped for tomorrow night's game and it's not even the playoffs yet. Let's goooooooo!

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12 minutes ago, CarpathianForest said:

I'm surprised they have enough fans to actually have an online forum, unless those 3 or 4 posters are it.

I am assuming that is HFboards but on reddit anyway, last Saturday in the game they got fvcking stomped by Boston, I was at work and watching the game bored out of my mind so I went to the Florida Panthers subreddit. Place was a friggin' dead zone, their game day thread was started by a BRUINS FAN... honestly fvck that team and their fans, I don't really feel any single shred of sadness for them. Their fvcking game 7 basically versus Nashville the other night and the barn was half empty.

Now, if the Flyers lose tomorrow then... Gooooooooooooooooooo Panthers

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Enjoy the salt-shaker_1f9c2.png&key=f79749eb91aee1618c315738d38fe62ae6a9e62d4840854c59600fc143c56bb5of Florida Panthers fans everyone. :lol:
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fvck those jerk-offs and their loser-ass franchise. Enjoy the golf course fvcktards.


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This team really has a genuine feel to it. Love the mix of  young wide eyed kids, handful of veterans, a genuine star and then toss in some guys who have grinded their way into the NHL. It just feels like every role is filled. I am one of those who finds himself wincing at Kinkaid's style at times and want to superglue his helmet on, but damn did he find a way to step up in 2018. Him and Coleman are the embodiment of Devils Hockey to me; underestimated, grind it out, underdog, just find a way mentality mixed in with a we'll show you attitude. 

 

Shout out to the coaching staff. Great to see Alain Nasreddine showing so much emotion. He did a remarkable job with the defense. The team plays such a good team defense game with the D and Forwards helping each other out, which is exactly what they need due to not having elite talent D on the back end. Alain Nasreddine has a head coach look to him and, with the way he seamlessly brought in Butcher to the NHL, he has the ability too. Hopefully we can get a few more years out of him before he gets poached. 

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Just now, MadDog2020 said:


fvck those jerk-offs and their loser-ass franchise. Enjoy the golf course fvcktards. emoji23.png


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I can't for the life of me find that picture of the Panther's GMs facepalming after the Henrique goal, but imagine I did and posted it right now.

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1 minute ago, NJDevils1214 said:

I can't for the life of me find that picture of the Panther's GMs facepalming after the Henrique goal, but imagine I did and posted it right now.

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I can't for the life of me find that picture of the Panther's GMs facepalming after the Henrique goal, but imagine I did and posted it right now.

I see MB already posted it, but I’m posting it again because fvck the Panthers and their dickface fans: ef50d3df402934ff76a0da1919e43ab8.jpg


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