Devils Team Report (Yahoo! Sports)

There's a big game taking place Thursday night at the Rock in Newark.

The Devils against the Islanders.

No. 29 in the NHL standings against No. 30.

This is big.

The Devils lost again Tuesday night, in Washington, and remained two points ahead of the Isles for that 29th spot. The Islanders, however, have three games in hand and could move into a tie for 29th with a home upset of the Lightning on Wednesday night.

Regardless, No. 29 will be on the line when these two New York-area rivals get together in the opener of the Devils' four-game homestand.

The Devils' latest losing streak has reached three games, during which they have scored three goals and allowed 15.

Thoughts from Section 20… eerr… 300, Devils AT Sabres, Dec 7, 2009!

Welcome to 2 Man History!!!! No no no, not the shutout record :p… Hells no not that… we’ll get to that!! Welcome to the first ROAD version of the keeping-this-site-alive sorta commentary on the Devils games I go to live…..it’s been a while since i saw NHL hockey live outside the friendly halls of Newark (no Andrew that Islanders game last year don’t count!)….hell in fact it was that first weekend in January of 2007, thet lead to a “you went out WITH THAT” girl getting a football tossed at her head :p… anyway, that was then and this is certainly NOW…. BUFFALO STINKS!!! And now we got proof!!

the Arena:
— Let me say this… the HSBC ARENA is flat out BEAUTIFUL!!! It has great sidelines… the arena is well-designed… it pays great tribute to the team as you walk in you see EVERYTHING… it’s perfectly designed, the concourse is way unique and takes pride in their team, their players and their history (as jaded as it is)… this is definitely one of the top 5 arenas I’ve been too in my 19 traveled too! I will DEFINITELY be coming back here again!!! (My top 5 I believe is now: Columbus, New Jersey, Phoenix, Toronto and then Buffalo… I culd be wrong and need to think of this better when the asthma headache goes away)
— the sight-line was a little… vertical…. I admit… but it was an excellent place to see hockey from, the Blue color-scheme was awesome
— if you are thinking of seeing a game up here… bring some thermals but GO… it’s a 5-star stop!!!!
— (and of course for more details on my trip… facebook me!!!)

The Good:
— I do really need to thank Melissa and her family for putting up with me this weekend and beyond… and my asthma-induced temper tantrum during that Cowboys debacle on Sunday… this has been quite honestly maybe the best and most stress (and drama)-free vacation I’ve had in a long time and I need to thank them for this… even if they may never read this thank you……
— Well obviously when your goaltender ties the record for the most regular season shutouts of all time… yeah he’s GOTTA be the lead comment right?? Though typical Buffalo douchery….”Sawchuck didn’t wear a mask…” I heard that about 15 times… and i’m sorry… him being TOO STUPID to wear one doesn’t lessen it… he also had no video scouting, less players in the league, a lighter schedule and the average hockey player NOW is way better and capable then they were back then SO SUCK IT and accept the fact you live in the city of fails!!!
— Johnny Oduya looks to be back and in his last year’s form with his effort in the last two games back from injury… hell that time off was maybe the best thing for him it seems….
— Vladimir Zharkov…. I was kinda annoyed that Halischuk got sent down (I thought he was improving and showing he belonged here…)… but now Zharkov is adding points to his resume (and playing time with Elias)… and if he keeps scoring Lou and Jacques look like GOD DAMN GENIUSES again!
— Colin White again a very quiet night and you look up and it’s a +2 night… I’m just saying….
— I was really getting on people’s nerves with the KILL….. KILL…. KILL…KILL!! Chant during Buffalo power plays, hell they coulda scored and shut me up right??? (so I ran it up a little and did it during the last 90 seconds of the game!)
— Zach Parise was buzzing all game long… it’s like he went to score ten points tonight so he could goad Miller all Olympics long about it eh? Was kinda fitting since our room was “909” in the hotel… and it lead to a Lord Krang snarl:
** Lord Krang “Our”?? As in yours and Andy’s??
See, Andy is so good he gets his own hotel room even though he hasn’t yet met the requirements in the CBA to be roommate-less, opening the way for him to share his hotel room with you!
(now let this fuel speculation indeed that the person behind the “Andy Greene” facebook page is an obscure Buffalo sports fan in Youngsville, PA 😉 )

The Bad:
— IT’S FUCKING COLD AND SNOWING OUT HERE… ok that’s bad for me and all I care about :p
— We’re getting spoiled by andy and his genius if it’s almost a bad night that he only had three nifty plays and assist and was “only even” in 25 miniutes played…. i expected more when I come 400 miles to see ya!!!
— USA hockey takes collective gasp as Montador runs over his own goalie!!! that was a pretty big scare this close to Olympic time….
— the only thing bad about this game I can think of is that Buffalo laid down much like Brett Favre did for Michael Strahan long long ago for another record that was of minimal interest :p

the funny:
— and oh boy we got a LOT here… I made some friends really quick in this game…. hell we even traded Chris Benoit jokes!!
Our new friendship began when they yelled “BORING TRAP DEVILS!!” I reminded them that the Rangers trapped more and somehow Jacques made us into an offensive powerhouse :o… and they returned the favor by telling me that Tim Connolly has a habit and liking to pee on girls after dates…. WHAT??!??!
— and see I wasn’t the only one expecting the irony of mb30 waiting till I travel to the frozen tundra to see him tie that shutout record:
** Brian Paolercio: Since you’re there, Scott, make sure you let the Sabres know that scoring on Marty is easier than kicking
a field goal. Marty will have his precious shutout record in no time. 😛
— I had a bit of a loud cough, but i had to be careful with it… didn’t want Buffalo nation to think I was making some kinda “choke” reference…. damn I needed a Tennesse Titans jersey eh??? Though speaking of painful Buffalo moments in sports history… with 19 seconds left, they stop the play on a Parise goal, and replay it… I turn and yell (some angry fans were annoying me with the Sawchuck comment)… “HEY LOOK THAT REPLAY’S ABOUT TEN YEARS LATE AIN’T IT??”,,,, douche chills ensued :p
** Tammie Hamilton: You need to do more road trips 🙂
(obviously she’s right… anyone wanna start paying for it?? I bring wins like Andy does 😀 )
— Second Intermission…..Random fan yells at me DEVILS SUCK
“Not tonight we don’t
“Well who looked better the game before??… See More
“Well who won cups?? Hell one better who kept brett hull OUT of the crease in the finals??
….Don’t bring rocks to a gun fight boy!!

Well it’s been a GREAT TRIP… off to a random bar for a bit… and then back home and back to normal by Wednesday!!

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Island-ddeeerrrrrssss, Nov 28, 2009

Well that was hardly a contest was it??? Still it’s nice to pound a team like cheap veal that is one, right??? Fret not Islander fans… they should be Kansas City’s problem soon!! Not much time here since we’re going to MSG to see the BU/Cornell game (hey I got it right!) in like an hour… so gotta rip this out!!

The Good:
— ROD PELLEY… he’s ANGRY!!! and INTENSE!!! And he’s GONNA PUNCH A BITCH (or is it “Choke a Bitch” I get my hangups confused) but damn he played ANGRY and that fight was most excellent… maybe there’s hope for ya yet Hot-Rod (no matter how much Rob hates you!!)
— Brian Rolston!! Welcome to the scoresheet… though please… NEVER again do the Lord Krang OMG I SCORED FOR REAL dance of shock ever again!!
— WE SCORED ON A FIVE ON THREE!!!!!!!! Our namesake is restored!!! And I loved the families RUNNING for the door before another “FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN” ensued!!!! 🙂
— Bryce Salvador…. 26 minutes… plus 2 and the job of playing with the young guys to give them confidence.. helluva job Bryce!!!!
— it’s hard on a game like this where just about EVERYONE played good (after of the first period which was gross)… and not a bad effort was to be seen aside of the stiffs who see 4 and 7 minutes of “quality” ice time….so well done for everyone else!!!!

The Bad:
— Matt Halischuk had a pretty good game.. but he had one shift of FAIL I need to bring up again…he gets an empty net (being in perfect position off the Pelley rebound shot) and HITS THE POST CLEAN *ugh*, then falls over trying to hit someone at the Islander blue line trying to come back on defense… d’ohhhhhh
— Taking 5 penalties on the Islanders?? Really?? I guess the pk needed the practice… but cmon guys… a little sloppy!!!
— Well despite his two points and his +2… it really seemed like Langenbrunner was kinda… sucky out there (no this is not to annoy Kristin or however she spells it :p)… and still he should give those points to Halischuk!
— HOW THE HELL ARE YOU A MINUS ONE in a game like this?? Oh yeah… you’re Andrew Peters and the Pikachu… BRING BACK SESTITO!!!!!
— We’re so depleted now that the Rod Pelley bomb that Biron snagged actually looked impressive too…. oiii
— It was good to get Zharkov his NHL debut and the youth is exciting…. but I can’t remember not noticing a guy who had 5 shots like he did…..

The Funny:
— the two best signs from warm-ups:
** Greene is better then orange ?
** And DIE GOMEZ DIE!!!!!
(Someone is confused on opponent :p)
— Also from warm-ups we learned that Nic Bergfors HATES KIDS… he fired a head hunter over the boards (almost) that looked intended for some puck-wanting kids in the front row!!!
— Guy in DiPietro jersey walks in to 209… looks around… and sits in the first row… guess the bad hip is contagious and doesn’t let ya up the steps eh??
— That poor kid who had to do that name the song contest….. First of all she’s in a pink jersey (bad enough, WEAR THE TEAM COLORS!!!!), she’s like eight, and then they make her name “single ladies” (really not a song to be rocking to at 8 years old… well unless you’re 28 and still act it…)…and then they give her a gift pack that weighs 800 pounds…cmonnn!!! How the hell was that lil girl gonna carry it???
— the YOU LOVE CHEAP MEAT chant for anyone who bought dollar hot dogs has to be HEARD to really understood and laughed at people… sorry… but I tried!
— The best save of the night… was by ME…one of the 209ers was tossing free hot dogs… the guy behind me had two beers in hand and couldn’t hold on to it… it bounced off him and flew past me… *snap-GLOVE SAVE and cover*… I got skills yo!
— A first ever hat trick within ONE POST… as I was typing….
And its three …one….new jersey!!!!! (Elias[2-pp… fuck you sam rosen!] (Rolston, Zajac) {10:30} )
…oops no it aint, 4 – 1!!! (Parise[15]…aahhhhh (Greene… ANDY!!!, Langenbrunner… still sucked today :p) {11:54}
Wow, 5 – 1…. Will I ever finish this post?? :p (Rolston[8] (Mottau, Bergfors) {12:32} )
The best two minutes you will ever have fully dressed 🙂
— After the fifth goal the section breaks out a BIRON SUCKS chant… 30 seconds into the chant he starts taking to the bench mopig the entire way… the whole timing and the visual of the “skate of shame”… most awesome!
The Almost-going-way-too-far with the Andy Greene Stuff:
— Seems EVERYONE had something to say with Andy Greene’s assist being STOLEN on the disallowed goal on replay….and they all knew I was gonna take it personally…..

** Josh Burnett: Whether it was in or not, you do not tell Andy Greene he has a goal then take it away. Andy Greene does not appreciate such antics.
** Deanna Over: Get some lavender candles and some eucalyptus massage oil for later tonight. Perhaps a strong bottle of red, as well. You can only hope he forgets, and it’s your womanly duty to help him along that path.

— And of course Andy gets one that NO ONE can take away… and…..
** Josh Burnett: Devils goal his 15th of the season scored by number 9, ZAAAAACH PAAARIIISSSEEEE (cue high-pitched tween girl screams)
Assisted by number 6, AAAAANDDYYYY GREEEENEEEE (cue high-pitched Mackie screams)

One more home game then it’s BUFFALO BOUND!!! Hope the lil bloggers up North are ready!!!!!!! 🙂

I Just Couldn’t Resist. Again.

Ya know, it really is funny. It seems like the newest fad in the hockey blogosphere is to grab a keyboard and wax poetic about how the Devils just destroy the game, disappoint hockey naturalists, sport lousy attendance, and simply aren’t getting it done anymore. But as we learned last time, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you have at least…I don’t know… watched a live hockey game before you plunge right in and scrap together a literary abortion. After all, it really isn’t fair to ask someone to resist temptation twice.

Let’s take a little trip over to Arthur Staple’s latest, shall we? Go ahead… I’ll give you a few.

Ok. Changed your underpants? Good, let’s go.

As a Devils’ fan, I’m obviously used to reading such poorly-written, devoid-of-substance attacks against one of the NHL’s most successful teams. However, I must admit that this is the first time I have read a piece focusing on playoff success in November. Really, Arthur? You’re going to sit at your little cubicle and write an article about the NHL Playoffs… in November?!

Brilliant. Well, your first self-contradiction comes with a statement that Lou Lamoriello “has it wrong” and that he’s “had it wrong since the lockout… even though the Devils have won three Atlantic Division titles in those four seasons.” (Could this be a test market for Microsoft’s new “does-this-make-sense?” feature?!) But wait, it gets better: Mr. Staple even makes his very own “trap” comment.

Arthur, seriously — you wouldn’t know the ol’ 1-2-2 if it kicked in your bathroom door and video-taped you reading Parade Magazine while you were waiting for the generous amount of Rogaine you graciously applied to your testicles to dry. I know this because had you recognized any trace of the “trap”, you would have easily detected it when the Rangers, Islanders, Penguins, Flyers, Capitals, Bruins, and Panthers executed it all year long. But no, no criticism of the sexy NHL clubs.

Oh look, kids — Brodeur comments, too?! How original, Arthur. Oh! You realized he got hurt last year, very good!

But Lou didn’t have a backup plan?

Really? I thought Scott Clemmensen came in and won a few games (or twenty-something) for the team and led them to an Atlantic Division championship? But ya know, Lou had no idea what he was doing. After all, Clemmensen was just signed to be a towel boy that happened to be an NHL-caliber goaltender. Who knew.

But when it’s down to the playoffs, the Devils only have Parise, Zajac, and Martin. No other Devils capable of taking a game on their shoulders, you say? My records show Langenbrunner, Pandolfo, Greene, and Clarkson — in addition to Parise and Zajac — all with registered playoff game-winners since 2006. Not to mention many from ex-Devils Gomez, Madden, and Gionta.

Sure, roster moves and player exits have caused holes to be “plugged” in New Jersey and Brian Rolston and Dainius Zubrus have filled those roles. Why? Because they want to be here. It isn’t about the money or the Broadway lights. It’s about playing a system that year after year proves itself to be one of the best in the league. Sure, the Devils have fallen on dark times in recent playoff years. But as I recall, the same string of disappointments befell the team in the late 90’s. After all was said and done, and numerous carbon-copied recycled bullcrap from “writers” like yourself — the Devils would go on to advance to the Stanley Cup finals in three of the next four seasons, winning the Stanley Cup twice.

Arthur, you can’t look me in the eye and tell me that Lou Lamoriello has no idea what he is doing. While the goal and the philosophy may stay the same year in and year out, master plans aren’t instantaneous in professional sports. Could these Devils be a part of a bigger puzzle? Who knows? I don’t have ESP, and neither do you.

Which is why you shouldn’t be writing this type of crap in November.

Thoughts from Section 209… Devils vs Islanders: Nov. 6, 2009!

Well that was maybe the most bizarre night of my life… (and I’ve had a LOT of bizarre nights before)…..so from running a gambit of unneeded ex-GF memories…. and one showing up in my Section last night (sometimes it’s NOT good to be famous :p )… to a Cory Murphy GOAL being scored…..holy hell it was a strange night last night…..but I’ll try to get to it all… least we can laugh at my insanity in this fine hockey bastion of bad language and Buffalo-hating douchebags!

the Good:
— WELCOME BACK PATRIK ELIAS!!!!!! And holy hell that deke-willie move he made in the first period… looked like he had been here all along!! (though he’s not playing tonight….)… a secondary benefit on Elias being back, Brian Rolston seemed a LOT more loose and comfortable on the ice (maybe he was doing something John Madden was guilty of and trying to hard to fill in for the guy when doing what you do is enough to do it)
— soo… mb30, 8-4 2.38 gaa and a 91%… not bad…. Danis (I keep wanting to type Denis from that “next coming of Patrick Roy” goalie from Colorado who couldn’t stop a school bus in Tampa or Columbus… I’ll learn.. just keep playing him!!), he’s now 2-0 with a 1.00 gaa and a SICK 96% shots stopped ratio…. I smell goalie controversy 😉
— Andy Greene, Colin White, Mike Mottau and Bryce Salvador are simply CARRYING this team defensively at this point and this really can’t be stated enough… if people heard this was our top 4 a month ago (or under Brent Sutter… no I can’t bash him enough either… we’d have 3 wins right now)… people would be AMAZED we’re where we are… so I don’t wanna hear the “well we only beat the Islanders 2-1… stuff it!!!
— And what better place for this….. now… our moment of Andy Greene, sadly it’s an off-ice moment now…(it added to the weird last night… Cory Murphy was good and Andy wasn’t… I guess seeing all the AHL Talent on the Islanders brought out the best in Murphy and made Andy play down to the competition!)… so I am checking my facebook this morning, if you know the social interview app you know I love it and use it often…..
** Kristen gets asked: “What is Scott Mackie’s idea of a great movie?”
she answers ”Andy Greene and Sylar fighting side by side against the forces of Nathan Petrelli, MB30 and the New York Rangers. Oh, and football.”… which made me reply:
** Scott Mackie wow, if Andy Greene ever swung a lightsaber I might have to have his babies!!!
— since I commented on the Rolston goal… I need to comment on the other goal too….hell I was so disturbed by it… it should have it’s own thread…..first comment was I had to make a facebook comment:”
** Scott Mackie Murphy[1] from pikkachu and pelley!!! Really in 2009?? WTF!!!!!!!
** Lord Krang Despite a little recent success, the Islanders are still the Islanders, for now. This is the proof.
(she did nail it eh?)
my secondary comment was, the only thing missing from this was a sympathy point for Andrew Peters (who according to his dad as a grown adult still skates slower the lil Nicky who’s been on skates all of what, 5 months now?)… I wonder if I keep bashing Peters will I get called more nicer insults by our non-friends in Buffalo… oh boy I can’t wait to find YOU guys when I am there!!!! See unlike them when I go… I can wear jerseys from CHAMPIONSHIP teams!!!!

the Bad:
— Brent Russo…. is there a WORSE rendition of the National Anthem anywhere, outside of William Hung or the other awesomely funny “YOU ARE MY BROTHER” dude from American Idol… don’t make me link a you tube video of…. I will!!
— Looks like Rob Niedermayer is gonna be out sometime with the lower body injury, which means he doesn’t get to board Scott and tell him that mommy said to get traded right now (I wondered about Scott’s heart when he was here… but his ABILITY is unquestioned, even when his passion for the game is in doubt, and we are short a few defenders now….)
— Note to the NHL Referee who screwed this up…. I know he doesn’t play it all the time… but our boy Zubbie is like a FOOT taller then Parise, so when you tag him and send him to the box PLEASE do not pull a Cangelosi and call number NINE for the penalty when Zubbie is NUMBER EIGHT (damn you Rob, this was going right into the Zubbie Counter I wanted you to do)
— there’s really not a lot of bad you can say about this one…. Devils played pretty good here… though no points for Parise which kept the teenage Jonas-type screans (are they still relevant?)…. to a low minimum!

the Funny:
— and do we have it here! I guess I’ll start with this… I have a “fake son” (no not my yet, and before people breath a sigh of relief, my sister has 3 beautiful girls who’s minds I am corrupting and taking over just like I would my own children, so my influence will NOT die with me alone!)…. but anyway… my fake son is much like his dad…. he loves the Cowboys, he’s an arrogant lil ass (though he took growth steroids to get big like the rest of us), and he’s off in Minnesota with his lil internet girlfriend….SEE WHY HE’S MY SON?? So anyway…. my son decides to mouth off about the Devils in the Facebook game status… and I unleashed a comment even I won’t repeat here…. so he comes back with…ummm… “Well Fuck the Giants then??” … and that we can allow and my son is safe from the Chris Benoit treatment when he gets back home!
— I thought about this last night as I was eating in the Devils restaurant (and hey if you play the Islanders… gotta eat some flounder right??? The food was MUCH better then it was last year FYI)… and I do believe it was Joe (yeah one of the “where the hell is he” two-man’ers in limbo right about now)…. he made a comment… well didn’t the Islanders win like 4 in a row coming into tonight… which simply prompted…. “well that’s the glory of the Islanders… they win four in a row, they sit back… they sigh about 1981 and then just simply give up on life again and cry in their crusty and moldy old banners!!”
— Even during the game things were a little out of whack….the cotton candy guy (who must be qutting, getting fired… or knowing this team: getting promoted)… was walking around carrying his wares… and instead of the sales pitch (also on that note, if you’ve never heard “the Candyman” work it to sell his candy, you are missing a show!!)…. he simply mumbles in a “I’m gonna jump off a bridge” tone….. “Get your overpriced food HERE… overpriced cotton candy… who wants some??”…. Dude, you are a hero in a night full of weird-o!
— And thank you Josh for not sitting with us and catching this one:
“Please tell me you saw Pelley diving headfirst into the boards to avoid a too many men penalty? It was quite possibly the greatest thing I’ve seen Rod Pelley do since drawing the double-double high sticking minors. It was like someone checked him into the bench, only that someone was himself.”
— so after the game I get invited to a birthday party of one of my Sun Tavern bartender friends, I figure… why not? Go hang out and have some fun…. get to the place…try to find everyone… go past the wine and beer stand…. and load up on Argentine wine and Coors Light… those who really know, understand how funny and fucked up that is in the same night of having another ex invade my section (and thanks guys… I really needed the “you dated THAT” looks and comments… oh BOY!!)… and nothing like taking the dude’s picture and ten seconds later he falls out of the chair!!! I still owe him for my 36th party last year :p

Well that was fun, albeit wholly BIZARRE all in one… and I am sure I did a lousy job of relaying the bizzarre, but I gotta get to the hockey game Josh is setting up in Woodbridge… and for all you haters… be at Ford’s Field at Noon… and come try to shut me up with a little hockey game…. I DARE YOU :p…. not like I won’t be back with Wednesday with a team I hate like the Rangers… PONDSCUM!!!!!!!

News galore!

Today, my friends, is a big day in Devils fandom.  Something that hasn’t happened all season is about to happen.

Yep, user-generated ZubbieCounters!  (What, you were thinking something else?)

Oh, and that Elias dude is playing in tonight’s game or something.

Let’s get to it:

Patrik Elias makes his season debut tonight after missing the first thirteen games of the season with various surgical repairs.  Dude’s gotta be bionic now.  Welcome back Patty, we miss-ed you and your super groin (wait, that didn’t sound right).

Elias’ return means someone has to be a healthy scratch tonight, right?  WRONG!  It means someone else joins the rank of the Ouchies club.  Rob Niedermeyer this time.  He has the ever-ubiquitous Upper Body Injury and won’t play at all this weekend.  PLcubed looks like he loses the “Goon of the Game” contest to Andrew Peters and will therefore be tonight’s Goon in a Suit.

Enough news for ya?  TOO BAD, HERE’S MORE!  Jay Leach was put on re-entry waivers yesterday.  Which means, right around…now, the Devils should be finding out if he is available to play against the Islanders tonight of if the team is on the hook for half of his salary while he goes and plays for someone else.  If he survives re-entries, will he play tonight?  Who knows.  Who comes out if he does play?  Also uncertain.

Edit 12:49 PM: French language site RDS seems to suggest that Jay Leach was claimed off waivers by Montreal.  I’m not certain as my ability to speak French is limited to being able to say “Yes, it is a book”.  Two years of high school French and it doesn’t help me when I need it!  Anyway, it looks like Jay Leach is heading north of the border, with the Devils on the hook for half of his salary.  That sucks.

Edit 12:53 PM: TSN claims the same thing.  In English, this time.  See ya, Leacher.

One this is certain, though.  It won’t be Andy Greene who comes out of the lineup, because as the league is finding out, ANDY GREENE = WINS.  As Scott mentioned awhile back, has there ever been a guy go from healthy scratch to Chara-like minutes quicker than our own Greene Monster?  I think not.

And I almost forgot (though I don’t know how)…YANN DANIS STARTS IN NET TONIGHT!  La Grenouille himself (don’t ask) gets the nod between the pipes to play his former team, the Islanders.  Let’s hope he’s better for us against the Isles than he was with the Isles.  If he plays like he did against the Bruins, he’ll be golden.

Alright then, we got Elias, Niedermeyer, the Goon race, Andy Greene = Wins, Yann Danis…did I forget something?

Ah, right.

ZUBBIECOUNTER30 USER GENERATED CONTENT!

Some really good ones came in for this most recent goal.  I laughed.  Louder than I should have at 2 in the morning.  Other people in my house weren’t too happy.  So you might wanna refrain from reading the rest of this post unless it’s an hour of the day in which your family or roommates are awake.  Fair warning.

The first one comes from Richard H.  It’s incredibly clever.  (Get it, 30 Rock?  Zubbie’s 30th?  The Rock?)

zubbiecounter30-Richard H

Pop culture baby.  Best way to our collective hearts.

Next up comes a Zubmission from a Mr. Aaron B.  It doesn’t look like much, but it’s indicative of another surefire way to get your Zubmission on our site:  Take a photo yourself.  See, Mr. Aaron was at the game in Boston where Zubbie scored his 30th, and snapped this quickie photo just after Zubbie broke most of the arena’s collective hearts.

zubbiecounter30-Aaron B

That 2 in the 2-1 score?  That’s thanks to the Dainiusaur.

The final two Zubmissions come from ZubbieCounterContest veterans.  Kevin B. actually sent in three hilarious Zubmissions because he couldn’t pick just one.  It was hard for me to pick one, but I think this one was a hair better than the other two.  Made me laugh pretty loud, anyway.

zubbiecounter30-Kevin B

Poor Zach.  Being separated from his BFF Travis Zajac was clearly traumatic.

And finally, we come to Jon C’s Zubmission.  Look, I mentioned before that an instant way into our hearts is a pop culture reference, and this one is possibly the ultimate pop culture reference of the last few months.  Frankly, I’m mad at myself for not having expected it before it came in.  2MA readers, I present to you via Jon C…Interrupting Kanye:

zubbiecounter30-Jon C

That’s almost criminal how good it is.  Thanks Jon, Kevin, Aaron, and Richard for the awesome entries.  God I can’t wait ’til Zubbie nets another goal.  (Also, don’t forget, voting for the ZubbieCounterContest continues on the main page until November 14th, or until Zubbie pots #33.  Whichever happens first.  Probably the former.)

Help 2MA Support Hockey Fights Cancer!

2 Man Advantage supports Hockey Fights Cancer.  And we kinda would like you to support Hockey Fights Cancer as well.  And we’re gonna make it so you don’t have to take a single dollar out of your pocket for you to do so.  AND we’re gonna give you something free at the same time.

Here’s the story (All links open in a new window):

If you don’t know already, we have a Twitter account.  (Follow us:  http://twitter.com/2mablog).  Two of our good friends on Twitter are Carlos, a Devils fan, and Dani, an Islanders fan.  Carlos and Dani made a friendly wager during before the Devils/Islanders pre-season game a few weeks back:  Loser wears the shirt of the winning team at November’s NHLTweetup.  As you may or may not know, the Devils won, dooming Dani to wearing a Devils shirt at said Tweetup.

It could have ended with that, but it did not.  Someone had the brilliant idea of raffling off the shirt (seeing as Dani would probably never wear it again) and donating the raised funds to Hockey Fights Cancer.  Then Dani suggested Carlos wear an Islanders shirt in the name of charity, and he agreed.

If you’d like to get in on this, you can do so by going to the NHLTweetup Hockey Fights Cancer event at ChipIn. (There’s a nifty widget I tried to use, but WordPress doesn’t like it for some reason.  Weak.)

Every $5 donation gets you an entry into the raffle.  They’ve already raised an impressive $850 out of the stated goal of $1,000.

Now I know what you’re thinking.  “Well golly gee Josh, that sounds awesome!  But I don’t have much money, and you said I could support Hockey Fights Cancer without spending a dime, and getting something free in return!”

And you’d be right, I did say that, didn’t I?  Well see, the story doesn’t end there.  Last week, the Twitter user known as StarsScene made an agreement that he’d donate an additional $400 (FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS!) to Hockey Fights Cancer, IF he manages to get 1,000 followers on Twitter and 500 fans on Facebook by the end of the month.  He’s currently hovering around 750 Twitter followers and 150 Facebook fans.  I’m not that concerned about the Twitter followers, I think he can do that.

What worries me is the Facebook fans.  He needs a push.

THIS is where I call on you, loyal 2 Man Advantage reader.  Take pity on the fan of the team we vanquished in 2000 for the Stanley Cup.  Become a fan of StarsScene on Facebook. It’s for a great charity.

Now, as I said, not only will you get help secure a GREAT donation to Hockey Fights Cancer, and not only will it not cost you a dime, but I’M going to give YOU something for doing it.

After you’ve become a fan of StarsScene, go to 2MA’s Facebook page, and click on “Send 2Man A Message” on the left hand side of your screen.  Give us your mailing address, and we will send you a few 2 Man Advantage stickers. SUPPLIES ON THE STICKERS ARE LIMITED AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.  Seriously gang, this is the last batch of 2MA stickers in existence, get ’em while they’re here.  Oh, and I will check to make sure that you’ve actually become a fan of StarsScene before sending out your sticker, so don’t even try it.  All stickers will be sent at the same time, so allow six to eight weeks for delivery yadda yadda and so on and so forth.

So, what have we learned today?

1) Never bet on the Islanders

B) Hockey fans can turn any negative into a huge positive

3.1415) You can donate to Hockey Fights Cancer without spending a dime and still get something free outta the deal.

Never let it be said that 2 Man Advantage doesn’t love every last one of our readers.  And let it always be said that 2 Man Advantage would really like it’s readers to join us in being part of kicking cancer’s ass.  Screw you, cancer.

Thoughts from Section 209…. Devils… Islanders…. last practice game!!

Hey… ARE WE ALIVE OUT THERE??? YES WE ARE!!!!!

Thank God…. I wasn’t ready for hockey when I saw the pre-season games on the schedule (my body clock wasn’t ready to admit October was here and I like enjoying my first few weeks of football too ya know)…. but 3 practice games in… I’m kinda ready to go here…. Gotta warn ya Devil Fans…this year’s gonna be a little different… when you look and you watch the players on this team… yeah the wingers are pretty good…. but the centers (asides of the Zajac’s)… are pretty NOT SO GOOD…. and the answer was Robbie Niedermommy??? Oiiiiii, this team is gonna work hard and press and attack and get chances… but the finish may be fini on this team… basically it’s gonna come down to IF the Parise line is hopping, the Devils will be fine (least till Elias gets back)… so little disclaimer on this season aside… let’s get to the game last night!!

the lines:
Parise-Zajac-Langs, Rolston-Niedermommy-Clarkson
Shanny-Zubrus-Bergfros, Peters-Pelley-PL^3
— the first line is a given and did have two goals, the second line did get the pp goal, but again this was about #21 getting his game legs, the 3rd line didn’t click very good, but they showed you a flash on the 4th goal (I kinda like Zubie better with Rolston and Clarkson)… the 4th line…Pelley is Pelley… Peters kinda sucks… but hot damn PL^3 hit EVERYTHING in sight and there was 2-3 shift he was just a HUMAN WRECKING BALL OUT THERE…. if he brings that energy and contact, he’s gotta play more!!!

Martin-Oduya, White-Mottau, Salvador-Murphy (*argh*, I really hate our D like this)
— Martin had a few oopsies… but as a whole the D played pretty good

MB30 (cause you know he’s GOTTA play all the practice games too)
— his performance is irrelevant to me until the season is on the line :p

the Good:
— 4 goals!!! The Parise goal was some awesome garbage sniffing, after Langs got ROBBED on a beauty one time feed via Zajac….by the time you went SHIT he got ROBBED…. you had to yell SCWAR!!!
Rolston scored on a weird slow curveball knuckler on the power play as he cut into the slot…..Zajac again from ten feet away as Parise lobbed the pass in front NHL 09-style… and Bergfors fed Shanny on a beauty pass that Shanny peppered the one timer that might have damaged the net!!!
— FIGHTS!!!!!!! The main reason you go to pre-season games is you KNOW one of the games is gonna be the dry run for the fighters… and this game delivered… 5 fights, 3 WWE theme songs (gotta get you ready for HELL…. IN A CELL… on Sunday, yes we will be there… no there will not be a thoughts from Section 107 :p)
— this game was a lot more fun and enjoyable to watch once they kicked it into gear in the second period… I’ll be the first to admit the Flyer game was a snore…. this game gave you more hope that this is a playoff team (and I never doubted that)
— I do love that now after each win the ushers high five you and yell YEAH DEVILS… as opposed to the dump in the Swamp that they’re just like ok… game over get the fuck out of the building :p

the Bad:
— Holy shit they took a LOT of penalties… it’s almost like they were busy looking for expert NFL picks with a Sportsbook. And both goals allowed were on the power play….and one was on a 5 on 3 when Robbie Need-that-mommy took a BRUTAL trip (I think)….seconds after a lazy Bergfors holding penalty…..I should cut Robbie some slack, six days ago he was sending resumes to UPS and McFood places everywhere… so he does need to get into game shape…..
— Ah Rod Pelley… I know it’s not his game… and if he gets 10 points (more so with the fist heavy wingers he has)…..it’s going to be a good season for him… but when the islanders cough it up and you get a clean run and look at Roloson and all you can do is unload the Logo-Buster slapper…. all you can do is groan and think of some of your hockey playing friends who do the same 🙂

the Funny:
— the first thing I said during warmups…HOLY SHIT Robbie looks like Scott Niedermommy, kinda skates like him too… without that pesky speed thing…. but he’s a boy down the middle which is BADLY needed
— Islander player turns to fight peters….drops his stick and gloves and is all ready to…..he just forgot to tell peters who already stumbled away! (comment from facebook friend listening to game on the radio…. see if you comment on my FB status and it amuses me I might add ya :p) lol Sherry Ross said it was originally Pelley whom Reckless challenged, and then she said Reckless was half naked because he dropped his gloves/stick…. my comeback….Scott Mackie…. Ah its just been a hundred years since ol’sherry saw a penis :p… FYI… 90 seconds later the fight happened and I wish it had been one of those drunken evenings that you may have been lucky enough to forger and NOT text the other person to find out what you didn’t wanna know……
— One extra great thing about an empty pre-season arena is you get to hear GEMS like Murphy YELLING at the ref… FUCK YOU THAT’S NOT ICING… from all the way up in the cheapest of seats!!!

Well that’s a wrap!! I’m ready to go, the team seems ready to go… CMON BAR CRAWL!!! See ya’s Saturday (and don’t expect my thoughts from till I wake up on Sunday… Saturday’s gonna be a mess!!!!)

Wow. Just, Wow.

Alright, so let’s establish the obvious — last night sucked. The game sucked, the line-shuffling sucked, wasting a house full of Devils fans sucked, and the hoards of obnoxious children sitting in front of me sucked. Oh, and the Islanders trapped us like a bunch of fools all night long. That sucked, too. Seriously — how the frosty hell do you get shut-down by you’re own defensive style?! Jeebus.

Moving on, there’s only one thing I think that sucked more than the aforementioned suck-factors: The way the Islanders are getting shafted by the Town of Hempstead.

It truly was a disgusting display of “affection” by the town at last night’s game. Ok, we all know the situation with the Lighthouse Project, right? Well, if not, you’ll have to do your homework before you can understand this. But, let’s begin with the ceremonial puck-drop preceding the game. Town Receiver of Taxes, Donald X. Clavin, Jr., was greeted to a downpouring of boos as he walked out to drop the puck between Jamie Langenbrunner and Bill Guerin. Later on, during a TV-Timeout, a video played to a packed Coliseum from Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray proclaiming “We’re All Islanders!” and “Hempstead Loves The Islanders!” — her promo was even more ill-received than Clavin’s puck-drop. Not to mention the loyal Islander fans are being teased mercilessly as every game they are shown the preview-promo of the Lighthouse Project before the pre-game warmups.

Just seeing the Town slap the team in the face with that kind of blatant “we’re pretending to give a sh!t” PR-attempt was downright nauseating. I mean, c’mon. Ok, yes, I am a Devils fan. But I live on Long Island and have respect for the Islander franchise — as almost all Devils fans do — and, despite the rivalry, I would love to see the Lighthouse Project become a reality. However, if Hempstead is not willing to pony up the cash to get the project rolling, they should keep their promos and fake-love the hell out of the Coliseum and anything else related to the Islanders. The fans aren’t stupid and don’t deserve to see half-hearted, smile-through-your-teeth “apologies” from the town that is pretty much banishing the franchise from the Island altogether. It’s a bush-league way of giving the proverbial “finger” to one of the Island’s greatest assets – the fans that practically empty their wallets to sit in a Mausoleum and watch the NHL’s worst franchise try to stay alive.

I may not feel your pain, Islander fans, but I feel for anyone that has to take it on the chin like that from their elected officials. Hopefully, the overwhelmingly negative reception of those promos will open some eyes and get something rolling.

Oh, and nice job on the shut-out.

Bastards.

Real life sucks.

So I missed Tuesday’s game.  Probably a good thing.  I’m also going to miss tonight’s game.  Not a good thing.  Especially for, y’know, updating our much-loved blog.  Sorry gang.

I will, however, at very least be WATCHING Saturday’s game against the Islanders.  I may or may not LiveCap it, depending on where I’m watching from.  Regardless, it’s probably going to be slow going around here for the next handful of days or so, so please accept my apologies ahead of time.  Next week is a rough one between school and work, but immediately afterward it should be smooth sailing into Mr. Martin Brodeur’s glorious return to the pipes and the rapidly-approaching trade deadline.

Thanks as always for sticking with us!