Hey Look!!!! We gots us a Devils game!!!!

But damn I miss the Olympics already (curling… women’s hockey, and not to mention the fun of the men’s tournament… it was all great, but hey all good things must end, and we’ll get it again in 4 years right??)… I just feel I picked up some momentum from the Olympics (I’d love to say the site did, but it’s painfully obvious at this point that I’m two-man all alone ain’t it?)… and I just wanna keep the flow going here…. but I’m not recapping tonight’s game…. tonight’s my favoritest of bar nights and all…. I ain’t giving that up, and my deal was always the home games :p…. not to mention I feel there is too much me going on here anyway as is…. so I figured I’d remind you of my “Guest Host” concept…. you write it… I post it here… just keep it about the Devils…. hell I don’t care if you write 1200 words saying what a douche I am (a certain ninja turtle fan out there will say I welcome it!)…. but I want a second voice, at least, speaking up on this damn site…. so CMONNNNN!!!!!

However that rant aside, I have almost a year of pent-up anger to shoot off at old coach prune-face in Calgary so I can see me doing some kinda write-up to shoot off on him now ruining my second favorite team as well….. but if you got something to say… holy hell… just SAY IT, I’d say email it to the 2man email…. but… umm…. I don’t think I know the username and password (again if you knew the awkwardness of being handed the keys to the site but I can’t check under the hood or even open the trunk, it’s kinda weird)
so if you want…. email through the facebook site ( http://www.facebook.com/twomanadvantage ) or just [email protected], I tend to check that enough on my cell phone…. so it’s all good…..

And oh yeah… get the hell back out there Paul Martin (and CMON LOU, we need a defenseman!!!)
Let there be NHL Hockey again!

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs. Sens, 12/18/2009

HAPPY [insert random gift giving holiday you believe in, just not that stupid Seinfeld “holiday”]TO YOU ALL!!!!
… T’was the last home game before Christmas and all through the Rock… Empty Seats were a-smiling, discounted seats went unfilled throughout….(ok I’m done with the bad poetry)….. though the way the Devils just KEEP WINNING now, it almost is kinda poetic… and some days, things just go your way…. well unless your poor cousin of a fake cousin Rob (he does need a better nickname), and you gotta deal with drunk phonies at work, but I guess when your a bouncer… retard customers are more better then an empty bar right? *smack*… can’t keep focus… it’s been too many home games this month… SORRIE!!!!!!!!

the Good:
— Man when luck smiles on you like this game did… the Salvador goal, mb30 with the gift turnover point blank on the empty net and it rolls off the stick… you just KNOW you’re winning in this one….it’s good to be good AND lucky some nights!!
— the 4th line was damn good again tonight…. and with players talking about players coming back soon… these guys need to add something and be useful in the 8-10 minutes they get a night… and they’re doing that… and getting lucky bounces… the POWER OF PELLEY compels the scoresheet… guess no PIST PELLEY for us!
— Brian Rolston is showing signs of jump (this is of course compared to Langenbrunner who I was skating better then in the practice rink after the game)… and another game with a goal…..OMG, you mean NJDevs is gonna need a new kicking toy???
— You know… if you don’t look at the score sheet, you’d almost not realize the massive scoring funk that Zach Parise is in (9 games without a goal)….how many teams in the league can win without their guy being the guy?? (FYI Zach had a great first period and two breakaways… he just needs to keep at it… he’ll be fine)… and speaking of this….12 different Devils had a point tonight… that’s how you get it done!
— Funny side note…. last 6 games lil Nicky been there he’s had to cover his ears for a IT’S POWER PLAY GOAL… FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN… the one game the parents leave him home… no power play goal…. see this is a lesson to all parents… bad language is good for 9 year olds :-)
— *sigh* I should mention mb30’s games played record right?? I know I bag on him and I will hate that mask until it is burnt to a crisp in our next game with the Minnesota Wild (now that’s squeezing a reference in!)…I’m kinda amazed the games played for a goalie is that low, When Gordie Howe has the other record at 1767 (no wonder MB plays so much…he wants that record too :p)…but to play 1031 games, you need to play 70 games a year for 15 years…. so damn that is a lotta hockey… I just wish he’d play 5-10 LESS games a year still…..then he could start chasing that Patrick Roy PLAYOFF record eh???
— and speaking of being taken for granted… I think 2man-nation has taken for granted that I do this after each home game.. y’all got quiet lately… if it wasn’t for this… you’d still have a pre-season preview on the front page kids :p

the Bad:
— Nic Bergfors… actually it’s kinda ironic, as Pierre McGuire was raving about him in the Buffalo/Toronto game (Center Ice replays FTW… speaking of… go you tube the goals Toskala let in this game if you wanna see comedically bad goaltending!)… so anyway, as PIERRE! was talking about Calder Candidates…he mentioned the top 2… 3rd he mentioned Bergfors… and he’s talking about how great he’s been in New Jersey…. go figure at the same time, Jacques cuts and snips his ice time and he was kinda iffy, 9:26 of ice, -1 and no shots on goal in his last two games….but he is a rookie and still what…. second… third in the rookie scoring… it’s all good, Jacques’ ain’t gonna pull a Sutter on this kid!
— Jamie Langenbrunner …. yeah he scored (but that was ALL ANDY :p)…he still sucks at the point (case in point his goal was scored down low).. he still looks kinda slow at times… and after he got called for that late penalty… the CAPTAIN OF THE TEAM CAN NOT HAVE A TEMPER TANTRUM ON ICE and take ANOTHER penalty (he’s lucky Alfredsson bit on it)… that’s NOT leadership and a sulking Captain is NOT an acceptable thing…. I know he’s only keeping the C warm for Parise… but still….gotta lead by example, the two guys before you would not have done that (and honestly Stevens would have killed him with the FIRST HIT :p)
— you know… random side note as I watch “NHL on the Fly”… can the NHL make ONE commerical that is not rip your eyes out annoying??? The Center Ice one makes my eyes bleed and I want to rip my spleen out for the shop.nhl.com one too… yeah really we really need to know that Cindy Crosby jerseys are for sale on nhl.com…. suck it NHL and get a real PR guy!!!

the Funny:
— Scott Mackie: So Arlette does Canadian national anthem in french…nice touch, and it sounded really awesome… however as the song goes on, she then sings “god keep our land” part …idiot down the row to our right then yells “YOU CAN HAVE IT!!!”… I turn and look, because frankly it’s disrespectful and it annoys me… I love our foreign hockey loving countries (and working on one that ain’t :p) so I’m ticked… and then I see the SAME IDIOT IS WEARING A BRODUER JERSEY…. I think I yelled out, “Hey retard you know the GUY ON YOUR JERSEY IS CANADIAN RIGHT”… not to mention I never got shitting on the anthem… when you PAY MONEY to see a hockey game 58% of the damn lead is from CANADIA!!! It just pisses me off :p
— now for those who don’t know Brian… you just sit back and accept the fact that Mister Paolercio eats like a pregnant woman on crack bitching and craving for both… and on occasion he eats gross shit in public (case in point he put WHIPPED CREAM on his pizza at my birthday party… ewww)…. so when I get this text message, shocked not I was…….
Brian Paolercio: I was dipping sour patch kids in mustard when Rolston scored. Let’s see if that helps again in the o-zone.
… all I can say back is one day he’s gonna knock up that fiancee of his and he’s gonna mock her food cravings and I don’t wanna be around to see that
— Jane sat with us tonight… this is a good thing, because when she sits with us and Colin White makes a good play I can tell WHITE POWER on the top of my lungs, cause she does too…. and having a black lady yell WHITE POWER with you… just makes it funny again… so take that and shove it in your perfectly made BEST SANDWICH EVER OLD LADY!!!!
— McAmmond gets called for hooking… lil Nicky looks around and goes….”But he’s not a hooker”…. he’s 9… it’s cute, accept this!!

the ANDY:
(yes we’re trying not to run this puppy into the ground, but JESUS… that pass was so good even Langs had to finish it off… it was damned near Parise-ian!)
— Doug Mecca: Andy Greene could stop a snowstorm if he wanted to
** Steve LaFlamme: Andy Greene isnt scared of the snow!
** Scott Mackie: Andy Greene can skate over snow and slush..with a STICK!!! (if you don’t know the reference go youtube the new PS3 commercials, they’re as amazing as the game system!)
** Steve LaFlamme: Who are you kidding, he touches the snow and it melts for him so he never HAS to skate over it
** Scott Mackie: So in essence andy skates on water ?
** Steve LaFlamme: In the Bible, Jesus turned water into wine. But then Andy Greene turned that wine into beer.
— Steve LaFlamme: Andy Greene and Mr. T walked into a bar. The bar was instantly destroyed, as that level of awesome cannot be contained in one building.
** Chris McCabe: MOHAWK GRENADE MOTHAFUCKAH!!!!!!!!

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs. Panthers 12/11/2009

Damn what a slow and un-exciting way to start off the weekend of what’s been a pretty awesome near two-week-celebration of my birthday (on Sunday mind you…. Sun Tavern may never be the same again :p)… though I feel bad for my friend and long-time reader Barry from Scotland, he’s been out here for two games… and seen TWO DUDs so far… least he gets the Flyers tonight….there was about one thing and one thing alone that was worthy about tonight’s match-up… it was the mildly anticipated duel between mb30, and last season’s most unlikely savoir of season in Scott Clemmensen…. (and even though I’m not feeling it today and I have no energy and this game sucked… I am a person of my word… I said I’d cover the home games… well…. here I am :p)

the Good:
— I have to say I was VERY happy for the reception that Scott Clemmensen got from the fans… we as a fan base (and be honest most sets of fans are this way too) can get bagged on for being classless assholes…. we boo’ed Niedermayer (I know I did), we don’t care when Rafalski is back…. Gionta’s reaction should be interesting if he’s healthy for the second Montreal game… but last night… all the yelling of SUCKS for the opposing team STOPPED when Clemmensen was introduced as the goalie… hell he got a bigger ovation then most of the Devils intro’ed after (well except Andy)…. and it was good to see that we as a fan base can at least have a memory that extends one season :)… hell even Pete who would yell at his own mom if she wore the other team’s jersey was yelling:
“Hey clemmensen…we miss you!!!…………… And we hope you live!!”
Awwww :) (see I have a heart, fuckers!!)
— I also thought Rod Pelley had a nice little game….dare I say… PIST PELLEY POWERFUL!!!!!!!! Hell that line even got double-digit ice time… and McAmmond’s goal (which was the first since like color TV was invented) was pretty shifty and again he reminds me way too damn much of John Madden…..
— Brian Rolston… the offense has been back in the last six weeks, and we’re actually getting the player advertised for here in him at last!
— and no matter how dead, or empty the arena can be… or how out of it the fans are…. lil Nicky brings his shit and his A GAME every night… tonight’s just one of those nights you can really love and appreciate that kid’s passion and there ain’t much else good to talk about tonight….
— though it was a fitting tribute tonight to Scott Clemmensen as well… he scares the shit out of you… bad goals go in….his technique is clumsy and borderline WTF-worthy, but hot damn he played in this building and HE WON, just about every time… I’ll call that a positive as I can actually remember a lot of the FUN that last season was (until that miserable March and April….)

the Bad:
— Wow, even yahoo screwed this one up: “Florida’s Michael Frolik (R) beats New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who was denied in his first try at record shutout No. 104.” … someone wanna tell the guy writing on the FRONT PAGE, that the Devils had a game Wednesday too… so it was the 2nd try??? Thanks, K-BYE!
— This is kinda all you need to know about it being a bad night….. (A. Greene 20:02 0 0 -2)… it’s actually kinda funny because I thought he was kinda GOOD with the stick checks and the little plays that kept the puck away from the Panthers and took away 4-5 good chances, and stopped an empty net with a slick little stick move….or am I covering too much for my man? :p
— the Devils had just gotten back into the game and it was 3-2 after the sweet McAmmond goal, and it looked like they were about to crank it up and get going again…..and they let Frolik rumble, bumble and stumble in CLEAN on that damn breakaway, and yes it was a sweet perfect move and abusrd finish over the pad… but you CAN’T DO THAT right when you got shit back your way, I know they’re human… they’re allowed a stinker between two rivalry games in Phily and Carolina but…. aw….. shit, this just took what was a revived crowd out of it too…. uugghhhhh

the Funny:
(not much here either…. we’re saving it for tonight)
— I saw a tiny, really skinny young lady walking into the ice lounge with a Langenbrunner jersey… and you’re going “ok, so what’s your point?”… well when you’re such a tiny lil girl like that and the name is SO DAMN LONG it gets all mooshed up in the back and you can’t read the thing and it makes ya even look more tiny and dainty then y’are… don’t do it… it make you look brittle and shit… stick with the small names… go Pairse (AHHHHH), Zajac….hell go Andy… we all should!!! Or even customize… I saw a MOM jersey… CMON MOM JERSEYS!!!!!
— My lone facebook contributor:
Steve LaFlamme …there is no ‘ctrl’ key on Andy Greene’s keyboard. Andy Greene is always in control. (we didn’t have enough for pure Andy Greene worship tonight…. I expect more tomorrow :p) (sorry guys I scrapped the SMS code idea… I didn’t think it was gonna save this write-up)
— but in the theme of it….. I did have an OMG WTF IS THAT MOMENT…. after the 2nd period I make my trip to the bathroom… I hear a weird bouncing sound… and it was that puffed up JS Giguere-sized “Lil NJ” (and I thought my “bastard son was a MESS lookit lil NJ eh??) and he’s bouncing through the hallways running up and down like he’s the freaking stay puft Marshmellow man…. or of course your 2003 Conn-solation Symthe winner as well…..

Damn I got nothin else… this was a stink, the Flyers are in 10 hours or so… I’m done here :p

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Canes, Dec 9, 2009

STAND BACK!! There’s a Hurricane comin through!!! And much like said Hurricane in the WWE, this one’s beat-up.. worn down… injured often… and it don’t win too much… though it does get close enough to give you a legit scare now and then…. and with this being game 2 of a 4 in 6 stretch… and two more home games next week… holy shit I might run out of material!!!!

the Good:
— Another AWESOME first period… hell this game mirrored the Buffalo first period, except Carolina tried and gave an effort to get back into this one….
— Each time we mentioned Andy in the game thread on my facebook status…. Andy would respond with a goal… the timing was beautifully hilarious :)
— Colin White… damn he hit the shit out of people… and that one shift in the second period where he took down Ruutu (I think)… and then kept slamming him on to the ice… and then some other Carolina player came to take a run at Colin… and just BOUNCED OFF…it prompted me to just laugh out stupid loud because the whole thing was hilarious! Dare I even say it.. Colin played PIST!! (not to be confused with a FIST or MIST… or even pissed… this is more an I WANT ATTENTION AND I WANT IT NOW kinda angry… who knew Colin was a fake blonde attention whore?? (Salvador also had a nice physical game when he came back from the boarding incident…thank God… we need him!)
— Rob Niedermayer had another shifty and smart game, and the damndest empty netter you may ever see….
ditto this on McAmmond… he’s a faster John Madden with a bit more sense in the offensive end… pity he’s stuck with some major slug players on that 4th line….
— Brian Rolston too… he’s been better and more a part of this team since his “heart palpitations” (a crack I made on the 2ma FB when Rolston missed a game)… but I think playing with that Elias guy helps too……

the Bad:
— Hey I am a big fan of low attendance turnouts… and you knew this was a who cares kinda game, but man that whole crowd was comatose tonight… it was like they made that drive with me back from Buffalo….
— Jamie Langenbrunner… way to whiff on the open net… and it’s weird… he’s putting up numbers… but something seems WRONG in his game now… I can’t place it…maybe he’s just losing a step… this is not as bad as it could be since Bergfors (and Clarkson when healthy) have done well with Parise/Zajac and he’s not needed on the top line….
— Once again a damn Sutter goes out and screws up a special Devils moment in this building… least this time it was actually his JOB too… and he didn’t run and hide in Calgary after either!
— the Devils did kinda get a little too happy with themselves at 3-0, but least when the game got scary they got back to what they did…. and this team’s never gonna play “a full 60 minutes” most fans cry for (hell most teams DON’T AND CAN’T).. but they have enough moxie to get back into it and win them more often then not… and the right way too….
— Mike Mottau was not good tonight… too much time in the box, and maybe all the excessive minutes are wearing on him…..

the Funny:
— a random conversation and a story on ESPN (God help me for even gazing at that channel on accident made me think of this)…but hey if Congress… yes CONGRESS… can sit and actually try to PASS A LAW that College Football needs a national championship playoffs (and we thought the steriod hunt was stupid)…. if our govt. wants to waste their time and our tax dollars…. ya think they can spend a few minutes and REMOVE the shootouts from the NHL game…. please?? really?? For my birthday on Sunday?? CMON!!! Or maybe make the NHL have compitent management?? Ah I dream…. I dream… least I’m not dreaming in Spanish :p
— Poor Cam Ward… the crowd was so dead NO ONE yelled “AND I HOPE YOU DIEEEE” at Cam Ward when Pete would scream “HEY WARD YOU SUCK!!!”…. I guess he gets to live??? Though I did like Lil Nicky yelling “AND YOU’RE HURT!!!”
** Rob Tonnesen: what makes ward so special??? why does he get to live??? i guess somewhere clint malarchuck is smiling
…..i always gotta go the extra mile
** Scott Mackie: You haven’t gone the extra mile till you make a brett hull reference in buffalo!
— this was creepy:
** Rob Tonnesen: did zajac piss someone off?? why is he playing with pikachu (8:29pm)
** Scott Mackie: Zajac with pikkachu and pelley, who did travis make angry?? (8:29pm)
** Scott Mackie: Dude, that’s creepy!! (8:30pm)
** Rob Tonnesen: agreed as soon as i saw that i was like oh wtf

…. still just WEIRD timing….
— Lord Krang: I wanna see a Rod Pelley goal
Me: buy the video game…
Andrew:…and the player editor….

— the Andy Greene worship!!
** Rob Tonnesen: i dont think im going to be having a running commentary anymore its been too weird lol…. stan fishler is interviewing andy and called him an all star
** Scott Mackie: There is no all-star game this year :p
** Doug Mecca: well hes an all star in my mind anyway
** Scott Mackie: They’re renaming the all-star team the all-andy team!
** Rob Tonnesen: is this before or after they rename the norris trophy the greene trophy
— Scott Mackie: Andy Greene doesn’t need a hat trick to bne great, the hat trick needs Andy Greene for validation!
** Doug Mecca: that was my thinking, maybe they should just call it an andy greene ” player x gets his 1st goal then his 2nd AND GOIN FOR AN ANDY GREENE OHHHHH “

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Sens, Nov 25, 2009

Welll… HI!! Dare I even say HEY YOU… or some witty crap like that… this schedule of too many home games and then not enough… it HAS to stop… it kills your writing flow… but hey I always have plenty to tell… something ALWAYS seems to happen in my in-game experiences that makes it worth while…. and hell I’ll write it so easy, even a South American can understand it! Another nice, take care of business feel good kinda win against the Senators and more to snap a 3-game losing streak!!!

The Good:
— Andrew Peters… REALLY… he was damn near Mike Peulso-ian tonight, he hit THE SHIT out of people and I loved it!! It’s funny we were watching him (and the team) in warmups… and man he looked more “emo” then my facebook status (though I still contend quoting song lyrics from a song DAMN NEAR AND DEAR TO ME is not emo… fuckbags!!!)… hell he looked like he had killed mb30’s baby or something last night (I know… I went there…)… but seriously… more games like that and he can stay!!!
— Andy Greene!!! (of course I know)…. I was worried that my “man” (if you’re not on my facebook you don’t get the comment and shame on you)… and I was beginning to worry that Andy couldn’t score and we couldn’t win without me… and there he is… if we needed to beat a goalie to score… Andy made it happen… don’t worry Andy you will still get your section below <3 (yes I am really running with this sick creation of mine… deal with it!!!)
— NO PENALTIES!!! Even better… NO TOO MANY MEN ON THE ICE….. yay!!!!!!!
— Good to see Bergfors score again… and back out there with 9 and 19 again… he belongs there….
— Hell even Elias-Rolston and Langs looked like they had something tonight… and as we put it to Jen most of the night…."He had a lot of almosts… hell he could lead the league in them" (Rolston).. I’ll even give it to the line of Clarkson, Halischuk and Sestito (SANTANNA!!!)… they looked pretty good too… and I liked seeing Halischuk using some “raise hell in front of the net” instincts… I think he’s finally getting comfortable in the NHL.. amazing what getting more then 3 shifts a night does (*coughSUTTERcough*)

the Bad:
— Whoever that non-Arlette announcer was… can she sing the National Anthems any SLOWER??? Christ it was 7:10 by the time she was done!!
— You know I gotta bring it up… and you know this ain't gonna end with me…. so I see that if you don't have season tickets already and you pay in full by tomorrow you can get a SEASON TICKET IN THE ARENA AT HALF PRICE?? I know they wanna fill the fucking stadium and all (and let he/she who wants to call me for whining… pay for MY tickets then thanks!)… so those of us who scrambled, saved (or even paid in parts) over the summer… yeah we got some nifty stuff… but you know what… I'd MUCH rather have had my tickets at HALF PRICE, thanks much… I'm going to write the Devils a nice well written but to the point letter about this tomorrow… I'll probably post it here too so you guys can see… but really… did we as your LOYAL CUSTOMERS need this kick to the face??? Hopefully this is a plan and they will work this somehow in the future (like you know… letting those of us who pay in installments get in on this)… and you'd have MORE STH ANYWAY and not need to do this and shit on your fanbase who shows up every night anyway!
*sigh* I'm getting really tired of being kicked by this team….I'd probably have just as good a time moving my shit down the block to Sun Tavern and enjoying the games at a fraction the cost…..
— Travis Zajac… had a great breakaway chance…. right in front… and he "Cangeloisi's it"… no he doesn't trans-morph into Brendan Shanahan…. he misses short and wide… just like the lil fella!!

the Funny:
— (the comments on the life ending Andrew Peters hit)
Scott Mackie "Wow, now we see why peters was so sad, he was about to committ murder on ice! What a hit!!"
Josh Burnett "Dear NHL: Please suspend Andrew Peters for that hit. I don't care if it was clean. I'm just sick of Andrew Peters. Thanks."
Tammie Hamilton "he's oppressed"
Scott Mackie "Josh, thank you sir! That was an Andy Greene-level contribution sir!!"
— So as the empty net goal was scored… we heard the best blown goal call ever (even worse then any mess that lil gnome fella makes)… the DEVILS GOAL… scored by number FIFTEEN… Jamieee… LANGENBRUNNER…. assisted by number 9…. Travis Zajac…. and number 19…. TRAVIS ZAJAC?? Really?? Only Andy can assist twice on the same goal!!!

the ANDY GREENE worship:
— And yes… when Andy did make that first assist… people did turn look and credit me… I almost teared up, I'm so proud he saved it all for ME!!!
— Hell the Devils first goal PROVES… even an Andry Green dump in is a SCORING CHANCE!!
— Josh Burnett: "ANDY GREENE IS SO AWESOME, PATRIK ELIAS NEEDS HIM TO SCORE GOALS!"
— Scott Mackie "That's two from my honey!!! Go Greene!!! ? ?" (like I said.. the bit is being RUN WITH)
Tammie Hamilton "? it, oh andy"
— "Andy Greene didn't miss that pass… he was trying to make Elias skate faster!!"
— Josh Burnett: "Wow, I just heard "Oh Andy" in my head to the tune of Oh Sherrie by Journey (Steve Perry?). Anyway, extraordinarily disturbing.
Tammie Hamilton: "Oh Andy, Our Love Holds On, Holds On"

Two more home games before I take this little freak show on the road… oh Buffalo I am coming… and I bring with me more Championships then your city of fail has not only seen but can dream of!! (then again, one would do that job too!!)

NJ Devils Month in Review October 2009

One month in the books already??? Wow… Where does the time go?? 5 home games to rant about already…. but now I get to talk
about the games they actually won eh?? 8-4 start with no Patrik Elias and a mish-mosh D corps and 4th line… the NHL’s regular
season Juggernaut rolls on!! (I swear the Devils are the NHL’s version of the Indianpolis Colts…)… and the year is young, even if the
writer ain’t!

Forwards:
#9: Zach Parise-A
AAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! (sorry you can’t say Parise without screaming like you’re front row in a Jonas Brothers concert), but what
the hell else can you say about him?? He’s consistent… plays every night… he’s over a point a game again and showing last year
was no fluke and we should come to expect elite level stats and results out of him each and every year… and all of this without
Elias around to take some of the scoring burden off of him… and even MORE when the bottom 15 guys on this roster COMBINED
have less points then Zach… that’s frightening… and it just goes to show how GOOD Parise is!
Grade: A+

#19: Travis Zajac
Travis HAS ARRIVED!! This month has been the true breakout and emergence of this kid as not only our top center, but the guy
Lemaire puts you with when he wants to get you going… faceoffs, special teams… offense… defense, the kid just does it all
too!! THIS IS WHY YOU SHOW PATIENCE WITH YOUNG PLAYERS and let them grow up in front of your eyes… when you get the
right guy it’s a special thing when they do grow up!!! He’s on the verge of cracking that plateau from very good to borderline elite
player…. and it’s been fun to watch!!!
Grade: A

#23: David Clarkson
Another guy who’s growing up before our eyes (he still needs a nice nasty scar though dammit)… 9 points and 20 PIMs… it’s a
good balance for him, though I’d rather see more offense and less fights….he’s also been a bit stuck in the shuffle with no real
line to stay on and get comfortable with, but it’s hard to get on him about it… look at the centers on this team (I still want to
see him play more with Rolston because Rolston played his best with him last year… I’ll save that for Rolston)… I like the 6 assists…
it means the toe-drag/wraparound specialist is DEAD and now he’s getting closer and closer to a complete player and his stats this
month were actually Patrik Elias-like.. another good sign for now and beyond… good month kid!!!
Grade: A

#15: Jamie Langenbrunner-C
He’s been decent enough… and certainly not bad enough to bash… (Jesus he’s shot % is 6.4 though…)… I expect more then
2 goals a month from the Captain… and no I don’t give a shit what he does in shootouts, they’re NOT hockey I won’t watch
them, and they don’t even count on the stat sheet!), his shortie against the Flyers was a beauty… but that penalty shot try
was the ugly 9way to go making the same FAIL move twice… in a row too…), he’s not the fastest of starters, but with this team
as thin as it is now… they’re gonna need more from the Captain, though an assist every other game is good production… and I
have more players to bash later then he….
Grade: B- (needs more goals)

#18: Nicklas Bergfors
Not a bad rookie month for the kid (I know he’s been on the team before, but that didn’t count… see Halischuk later on this)…
his two goals were big ones… and the bar isn’t set as high with him as the people he is ranking with among team leaders in
offense, though a 41 point pace is a welcome start (and you’d HAVE to think those numbers will go up when #26 returns)…
he’s shooting lots…. a sign of confidence (he is 3rd on the team in shots) and I have to say I’ve been pleased with his results
so far! (God damn I wish this team had a #2 center)
Grade: B

#21: Rob Niedermayer
I have to admit he’s been a pleasant suprise to me (in a team in my life I don’t get many happy shocks :p)… he’s slick, he’s
crafty he does a ton of little things that you notice and go… hey that was pretty damn smart… unlike his whipped little brother
he stands up to crazy mama Nieds… I can never find that damn faceoff stats… but I don’t think he’s been too good on those…
but he’s been better then advertised (hell again with the #2 center but if we had one he’d be like awesome!)
Grade: B

#8: Danius Zubrus
ZUBBIE!!!!!!!!!! He’s been better this year… he clears out space… he owns the puck… he does they dirty work (hell there’s a
reason he’s been between Parise and Langs this year)…and if you’re going to only score two goals, better make one a game
winner on the Rangers, and the other one won the Boston game too… call it a crap goal if you want… but you still gotta BE
THERE and able to finish the play! One of many guys who’s been vastly better under Lemaire then under Calgary’s cure for
Insomnia! And you actually almost believe this guy’s turned it around and can get it done! Another feel good guy on a team
that should ne nowhere near as good as it’s been!
Grade: B+

#12: Brian Rolston
Oh boy… this been not so good…2 goals.. WHAT?? 2 assists…. WHATTTT!?!?!?!? This was supposed to be the guy who was
gonna take the slack for Elias being out… this was supposed to be the guy who was begging for Lemaire since he thrived under
him…. ok, I’ll give him that he keeps firing over 4 shots a game at the goalie he’s gonna get better results even off rebound
goals (this is why I would like to see him with Clarkson to pick up some trash points)…at least rip ‘em wide Rolston is hitting
the damn net though… but still… the numbers ain’t so good and he HAS to be better (especially with so many younger… and
dare I play the salary cap card of saying CHEAPER…. players coming of age on this team)… it’s only October though, so we’ll try
to be hopeful he gets his shit on right…but it’s NOT there yet…
Grade: D

#20: Jay Pandolfo
Well he’s not been too awful has he? He’s not setting the world on fire…. and is it coincidence that the pk got better when he
went down?? Hard to tell Doesn’t do very much… but he was decent enough with Lil Niedermommy…. eh, he’s just not one of
the kinda guys I think this team needs anymore…. Veteran presence… really?? I don’t know… we really don’t have anything
better that’s NHL ready… that’s a backhanded compliment eh?? I won’t kill him but I ain’t singing his song either….
Grade: C

#10: Rod Pelley
When you average about 10 minutes a night and you’re a -5… that’s not good…. when you’re there for faceoffs and penalty
killing… that’s not good … it’s really sad that the only good thing I can say about him is I am pleasantly shocked that he’s good
for one hit a night! His faceoffs suck… but go figure he has a power play assist (on that Bergfors goal… life is funny)… but this
is the #1 reason we let John Madden go?!?!?! That’s sad…. couldn’t we have just said because he’s old and a douchebag, really??
Rod thou are NOT god sir!!
Grade: D

#25: Andrew Peters
…oh boy… a key member of the “Pretty Poor Players” 4th line… dude can’t skate… he doesn’t hit or fight much, but at least
he’s “only” a -1, we have guys on the 4th line that are much worser… limited ice time… and even more limited results… I don’t
see much of what he brings to the table, aside of keeping Clarkson from having to fight people…..
Grade: D (I have no expectations of him so he’s not even worth failing!)

#16: Matt Halischuk
Not ready for the NHL yet and it kinda showed (he was as lost as Bergfors was last year… but at least Jacques LETS HIM PLAY…
fuck you again Sutter) Didn’t really show much… had one nifty shot that was about it…. we’re gonna go easy on him though
cause he’s a baby and wasn’t ready to play with men yet, and was forced in there dude to the Elias injury….
Grade: INCOMPLETE

#17: Ilkka Pikkarainen
Eight minutes a game and he’s a -4?!?!?!?! OI VEY!!! (no I’m not making fun of Jewish people so DON’T START!!!) I mean I know
he’s new to the NHL and all but for Christ’s sake… YOU’RE TWENTY EIGHT YEARS OLD… IT’S TIME TO GROW UP A LITTLE (oh
boy I need to walk away from the computer and have some coffee after that one :p)…. anyway… I’m still not getting a good
feel on him, seems to be a 28-year old thing :p…. but so far… not so good, and 8 games is enough to start bashing… maybe
it’s time to change your hair color or something…something needs changing….
Grade: D (I could be a real asshole and say DD, but then I’m pushing it :p)

#22: The man called PL^3
Six games…. ZERO fights… but only a -1… not much ice time either… haven’t noticed him hitting as much as I’d like…
Personally I like the kid and want him in the enforcer role… but he’s gotta drop some damn gloves and whip some candy ass!!!
The Cowboys have (Miles) Austin 3:16, so why can’t PL^3 be out there Layeth the Smacketh Downeth?? CMON PL^3!!!!!!!
Grade: D

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Defense:
#6: Andy Greene
Talk about a feel good story!! I stuck behind this kid and believed in him more then Johnny Oduya (remember that fight two-man
folk??)… though three points is a sorry stat to be leading the Devils in defensive scoring… the kid is a winning machine and each
time they ask him to step up he’s ANSWERED the call this month!!!! And now the Greene MACHINE is getting 20 minutes of ice a
night (due to injuries)… but man if he keeps this up, the Devils defense gets a LOT better… and we never lose on the road :p
Grade: A+++++ (he’s my boy now, deal with it!!)

#24: Bryce Salvador
Heh, he has 3 assists too…. I did not realize that!! But Bryce also has been pretty good this year! Veteran player with a defined
role under Lemaire, seems to have had a resurgence that looked lost under Coach Grumpy (yes I have many names for Mister
Sutter)… sticks up for his teammates… fights, makes plays amd is going to be a MUCH more important player then expected a
month ago with the injuries on the D… VERY good first month!
Grade: A

#7: Paul Martin-A
Has stepped up his offensive game… was all over the ice before his injury and he’s one of the most irreplaceable guys on the
team (even though it’s not showing in the wins and losses do NOT underestimate how important #7, and his 24 minutes of ice
time is to this team)… I do think the offense is going to come with the way he was playing…it’s just a matter of time… and
him getting back on the ice in the next 3-5 weeks
Grade: A

#2: Mark Fraser
One thing I always try to teach newer Devil fans or people I am getting into hockey….”the forward
who wears #17 sucks (yes I include Suckora in that list)… and the defender who wears #2 is bad (and
good Lord that goes all the way back to Slava Fetsiov), but Fraser’s been pretty decent (playing with
the MIGHTY Andy Greene helps)… and he’s been limited in his minutes which has been wise too… let
him get his feet wet… when he first broke into this team like 3-4 years ago, I liked his hitting game…
he’s not doing that, but he’s got a little offense and he’s not been Cory Murphy-bad either… I’ll call that
a semi-win from the kid….I also believe in this coaching staff to be patient and smart enough to let this
kid grown and not let him get Petr Vrana’ed
Grade: C+

#5: Colin White
He’s been solid… not taking penalties, killing penalties… and he’s a hard guy to really rate because
he’s best when you forget he’s there… and he’s been forgettable (and that is praise), and since less
is more is his game… I’m gonna say more by saying less about him! Good job so far!
Grade: B+

#29: Johnny Oduya
How in the blue hell does he NOT have a point yet?? Geesh… that’s not good… needless to say he’s
kinda struggled mighty this year….the -5 kinda reflects on that too… he’s hurt now, but we’ll see
what happens when he comes back… in a way the time off might be a blessing… let him get his head
back… just is that the timing is kinda bad on it since his offense (when he starts having some) is gonna
be needed more then ever!
Grade: F (yeah he’s been that bad)

#28: Cory Murphy
Was flat out AWFUL in his first three games and was directly responsible for two losses…. oddly
enough some time off and Andy Greene made him better in his fourth game… he’s gonna need to
add some offensive numbers (I do seem to harp on that but when Zach Parise has more points then
THE ENTIRE DEFENSE… it’s a problem!) to be worth it to this team…. and yeah he had 3 BAD
games… but it’s only a 4 game body of work… we’re watching you and we’re not happy…. but you
get a pass this month… and maybe this month alone…
Grade: INCOMPLETE (and yes some of my hate was an Andy Greene denial!)

#27: Mike Mottau
Has made a lot of good, smart and aware plays this season…. still doesn’t have the wheels… but he
has the smarts and with Scott Stevens preaching position and timing … he’s been better this year….
still would like even an accidental assist or two from him… but he’s been decent enough and he’s not
hurting the team, with the D as depleted as it is… that’s a good thing to have there… a nice solid
player who can chomp down some minutes!
Grade: B+

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Goalies:
#30: mb30
Oh boy… this is a tough one… six BAD games… three good games and two okay games…. that’s
not gonna cut it for the guy who’s supposed to be the constant (and hell shouldn’t you be driven by
some other irrelevant regular season stat again?)…I guess we can call it a slow start, you can’t peg it
on injuries since he was better when players started dropping like flies….maybe it’s just a slow start…
but hey I don’t make excuses I just blast em for not performing :p… it always causes a shit-storm…
but what the hell he’s not been good….15th in save %, 7th in GAA, it ain’t awe-inspiring either….
Grade: C

#35: Jan Dennis
I loved his effort in his one game… it’s not easy to come off the bench cold once a month and do
what he did! He didn’t have to lunge or make OH SHIT plays… the team got comfortable with him in
net FAST… and he didn’t make any mistakes!! This guy could be a find and might be the first guy this
team turns too when the big guy with the ego goes to future endeavors and beyond…. and you know
me… I love the backup goalie ’cause we NEVER see enough of them!!!
Grade: A

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Coaching Staff:
I’ve been sitting on this all month because I was saving it for here…. tripe sideways drop passes at
the blue line?? Paul Martin behind the other team’s net making plays?? mb30 out and playing the puck
again??? (I had thought under Sutter it was just our goalie was getting old and wanted to conserve
energy… but now he’s out and playing “closet defenseman” yet again…. guess it tells much about
the second most famous quitter in my life in the last year)…. the results speak for themselves… and
look at the improvement in Travis Zajac, Andy Greene, and even our beloved Zubbie man!!! I was
against this for I thought we’d be in trap-central, but I NEVER doubted the man’s hockey mind and
KNOWING of the game… and that’s proven to be a VERY good thing for the Devils… hats off to ya
Jacques.. you’ve been 5 stars this year!!! 24th on the power play (7/46, 15.2%) and 11th on the pk
(35/43, 81.4%-though this is improved)… these need to get better
Grade: A+

Front Office:
… well they raised my ticket prices… I frown on this :p….let’s see…. I don’t mind Madden and Gio
being gone… Bergfors is coming along… Robbie Niedermommy’s been a FIND I must say… Pika-chu’s
been eh, Andrew Peters sucks, and the next generation of kids ain’t ready yet… I kinda wish Lou could
have gotten one more stop-gap player for a season or two to keep the NHL spots warm while the kids
season and develop…..
Grade: C-

Well okay… back into that writing again… more bad language and Thoughts from 209 to ensue on Wednesday!!!!

Thoughts from Section 209.. Devils/Sharks 2/15/2009

Anyone else kinda think NBC screwed up a little bit this weekend??? I mean yeah… the world needed to see Mike Richards (and every idiot on TV call him BRAD at least once.. morons) score that hilarious 3 on 5 shg on the Rangers… hell I damn near fell off my Sun Tavern Bar Stool!!! But even with that in mind… holy shit that was some game in Newark yesterday wasn’t it???

Again sorry this is so late… when you get any kinda cold it goes right to my asthma… and to say I feel like shit is an understatement… but I didn’t miss one game (I did nothing else all week outside my house)… but I went to all 5 home games…hooray… someone buy me a cookie… or let me cough on you so i can pass this shit on and feel better!!!

the Good:
— CLAUDE LEMIEUX WAS BACK!!! And he got to start the game so we gave him a nice cheer (him and Randy McKay are my all time favorite Devils bar none!)… sucked that he wasn’t announced as the starter so he could get a proper ovation!!
— Secondary scoring… nice to see Rolston, Clarkson and Elias on the scoresheet at last… as great as the top line is they can NOT be getting 3 points a night and we won’t go far that way….
— Power play goals! Any night we can yell fuck off Sam Rosen three times, I wholly approve of (hell even scoring the RIGHT way on a 5 on 3 was nifty!!)

the Bad:
— ….. once the standing ovation was over… Claude… kinda… sucked… maybe the comeback.. not so good idea, pepe?
— NO DAN BOYLE!!!!!!! We spent weeks planning a Section 209 Frontal Assault on mister’s house was burning down… apparently he was burning up with fever!!!
— Paul Martin skates in warmups… then disappears?? (thank God he wasn’t traded… I was almost worried Lou did something batty)
— I was pissed off last year when Nabby was hurt and the ONE GAME he did not play all year was the one in Newark… so finally I get to see him live… and man he was just AWFUL, but I do watch much Shark games and that whole team looks in a funk…. but still nabby and kipper are my two favorite goalies in the league to watch and as a goalie it kinda annoyed me that he sucked… and you knew Clemmy was due for a 5-burger after somehow having a shutout streak… after all.. brian boucher… he… is not!!!!
— Brian Gionts JUST TOO SHORT to get that gimmie pass from Zubrus on the anti-Clarkson wraparound pass!!! *grrr*, though I milk the Gionta short jokes like NBC does Cindy Crosby!

the funny:
— you could tell amongst the season ticket holders that 5 games in what 9-10 days… it’s a bit MUCH… and I think we’re just a little bit sick of each other… it’s like that girl that asks you for a break and some space…. except we’ll actually be ok in 10 days when we see each other again! (wait to see the pissy on the back to back matinee games coming!)
— Sammy walking up and down the aisle by the two nice looking girls in sharks jerseys holding the banister and yelling EARTHQUAAAKKKKKEEEE …. yeah that was a site!!!
— We still had our Dan Boyle moments (after all, he’s still the star for having his house burn down!!)… they played Springsteen’s Dancin in the Dark… [i]Can’t start a fire… can’t start a fire without a spark…..
Dan Boyle’s for hire… even if his house is burning in the dark!![/i]
— 5 on 3 shorthanded goal!!!! I can’t help it… I literally put my head down on the bar before the game turned to Brian and said dude “I am LOL-ing”… tears were shed … really!!

A ‘Stone For The Rock

Stone as in MILE-stone. Those of you who were thinking KIDNEY-stone look pretty foolish right about now.

So does anyone else realize the big milestone? Well, yesterday Prudential Center celebrated its one-year anniversary of Devils hockey. Yup, a solid 365 days had passed since that inaugural drop of the puck. It’s just too bad that said puck-drop was the only thing worth remembering on that night, but I’m not here to split hairs.

I remember walking from Newark Penn Station to the arena for the very first time last October. I had never felt so much anticipation in my life. Once inside, I was awe-struck. I couldn’t believe this incredible building was our new home.

That season seemed to come and go in quite the blur. I caught about fifteen home games last year and I still got that feeling of anticipation every time I made the walk down Market St. Though it may have gone quick, The Rock saw some heavy action and incredible moments in it’s inaugural year.

Now, for all of you out there – regardless of what team you follow – if you had the chance to experience Prudential Center last season, use the comment thread to share some of your favorite memories from the first ever season at the Rock.

Allow me to kick things off with my most memorable moment — Patrik Elias finishing off a beautiful 2-on-1 with Zach Parise to score the OT game winner vs. Boston. The Devils fell behind 3-0 in that game but battled all the way back for the win… December 5th, 2007.

Allow me to refresh your memory: