Game Night

I’m so buried under schoolwork right now that I don’t even know who the Devils are playing tonight.

The Capitals?  Schmeh.  No Ovechkin, you say?  AWESOME.

If we’re gonna win a home game this year, an Ovechkin-less Capitals is a good way to try.  No, I don’t count the Carolina game because they suck and we still only barely won.  The Capitals sans Ovi are still pretty damn good, but beatable.

I, of course, won’t be watching this game.  Suggestion to the NHL:  Release your schedule before I have to register for classes.  I’m in school very late on Wednesday nights, and of course, the Devils play just about every Wednesday night.  Mostly at home, too.  That is weak sauce.

I know that this post is mostly saying nothing.  That’s because I’m a little distracted, as you may have noticed.  I apologize.  I mostly just wanted to say that those of you who submitted ZubbieCounters for his most recent goal are AMAZING, and I will be posting more than one of them tomorrow sometime.  That’s how good they are.

Look for a Mackie recap later today or early tomorrow.  And maybe something of substance from me in the next few days too.  Better than this pathetic attempt at a preview, anyway.

Mmmm, Victory

Tastes good, don’t it?

That’s a win, kiddies.  That’s a WIN.  Walk into the building of the defending Stanley Cup champions and deliver a good old crotch-stomping to the tune of a 4-1 victory.  Beautiful.

(Side note:  Does anyone else get the feeling that Marty would be pushing 200 shutouts if Chico wasn’t one of our announcers?)

Anyhoo.  Stellar game.  The Devils are now 5-0 on the road (yet 1-3 at home.  Gotta fix that.).  The Penguins came in riding a SEVEN game win streak, and the win was only their second loss on the year.  The first was to the Coyotes.  True story.

Let’s discuss goal scoring for a moment:  Mark Fraser not only notches his first NHL goal, but also the first goal by a Devils defenseman all year.  Bergfors goes from slumping to a hot stick in two games, potting his second in as many games.  Zajac and Parise hook up for a goal and assist each, clearly trying to prove to Lemaire that BFFs on the same line should never be broken up.

The only downsides to this game:  Both Jay Pandolfo and Paul Martin go down with unspecified injuries.  And some might argue the former may not be much of a downside (sorry Super Jay).

Edit 10:47 PM: Tom Gulitti reports that Paul Martin may have a broken forearm and that Jay Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped from the socket on a hit from behind by Mike Rupp.  Both could potentially be lost for awhile.  That could suck.

So the Devils come home to rest and relax for a few days before taking on the Sabres at The Rock on Wednesday.  A good game to head home to.

THE ZUBBIES ARE HERE!

Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the first annual ZUBBIE AWARDS!

Recall if you will, last season (I know it’s hard, pretend late April didn’t happen, that’s what I do).  Go all the way back to the second weekend of December.  It was a glorious time to be a Devils fan.  The Devils were in the midst of one of the wildest games of the year and possibly the most fun game I have ever had the pleasure of attending – a total 80s-style scorefest against the Rangers that the Red n’ Black took by a final score of 8-5.  During that game, one Mr. Dainius Zubrus notched his 21st goal as a Devil.

That evening, rather than waiting to get home and make a new ZubbieCounter update, I wrote it on a piece of paper, snapped a picture with my cell phone, and sent it along to Steve, who posted it on this very blog.  This started a discussion between Steve, Joe, and myself.  We decided to hold a contest, in which you, the 2MA reader, would submit (or Zubmit) your own ZubbieCounter updates.  We’d pick one for each goal, and in the end, you the reader would get to vote on which one you liked best, with the winner getting undetermined prizes.

The contest was a huge success for us – I didn’t realize how many entries we actually got until I went through the ZubbieCounter e-mail address again a few days ago.  There were some absolutely brilliant entries for each of his goals for the remainder of the season.

And then the playoffs happened.  We spiraled into an uncontrollable funk that we’re only just now finally breaking out of.  I’ve promised you the Zubbie awards for months now, and the time has finally come.

Below you will find each of the winners from last season.  On the main page, you’ll see our nifty new poll feature.  Simply go over there and vote for which one you like the best.  Vote only once please (I’m using an honor system here, but if I suspect monkey business, I’ll suspend voting a choose my own winner.  It’s my contest, I can do that, y’know).  Also, two nominees are nominated twice.  Because quite frankly, the two winners for the last goal of the season were both too funny.  Again, my contest, I can do what I want.  Booyah grandma.

Winner gets still-to-be-determined STUFF.  Said stuff will probably not even be determined until I have a box that I have to fill with something.  You will definitely get the Chico Resch autographed 2MA sticker, though, and probably a bunch of other awesome things.

So, without further ado, I present to you, your 2008-2009 ZUBBIE AWARD NOMINEES:

Steven O's Zubmission Steven O’s Zubmission

Wilson L's Zubmission Wilson L’s Zubmission

Jon C's Zubmission 1 Jon C’s Zubmission (24th goal)

Chris S (Rico)'s Zubmission Chris S (Rico)’s Zubmission

Kevin B's Zubmission 1 Kevin B’s Zubmission (26th goal)

Kristyn's Zubmission Kristyn’s Zubmission

Jon C's Zubmission 2 Jon C’s Zubmission (28th goal)

Kevin B's Zubmission 2Kevin B’s Zubmission (28th goal)

So there you have it.  Get to voting!  Since this is a ZubbieCounter contest, I say we let Zubbie decide when voting ends.  We’ll take votes until the end of the game in which Zubbie scores his 33rd goal as a Devil, or until 4 PM on November 15th.  Whichever happens first.  Probably the latter.  Either way, get your votes in now!

The Final Straight-Away

Pre-season is officially wrapped up, folks, and it was a fun one. Where else would you get to see Brian Gionta go toe-to-toe with Mike Comrie?!

We’re officially 5 days away from the season opener on October 10th, and those 5 days will be the most exciting ones. The roster should be primed in the next few days, and we’ll have a bigger idea of who will be taking the ice next week.

Stick with us as we’ll have analysis from the whole crew here at 2MA, as well as some reader-submitted opinions as well! Details to follow tomorrow.

I can smell the ice!!