Thoughts from Section 209….Caps/Lowell (almost close to Trenton!)

That was a nice little train wreck tonight wasn’t it?? Lots to talk and share about here

— I’m disappointed in the season ticket sales guys doing a bad nanananana… LAPMAN song to me (though I like having a theme… CMON LAPMAN…. could be SO MUCH BETTER)… they gotta work on that! Kinda funny to see Dave take breaks too look around every 2-3 laps (re: he can’t hack it!)
— Things I liked tonight:
FIVE GOALS !!! Sweet Christ, that was fun and out of control!! The Devils played a bad goalie and made him LOOK BAD… thank God!
LANGENBRUNNER DIDN’T SUCK TONIGHT!
WELCOME BACK Patrik Elias!!!
Travis Zajac….still wanna trade him people?? (like him and Parise with Elias too FINALLY)
Nick Bergfors is gonna play his balls off till this idiot coach gets it!
Can you say the D played good despite giving up 5 goals??? … More on this in the bad…..
I got to beat a sellout crowd to the car because of the skills competition! (I was still pissed it went to OT though)
Power play was good… well despite the shortie allowed…. the Devils as a whole mostly controlled the play, the effort and the tempo which was nice… they kinda NEEDED this one!
Good HOT crowd that showed up (cheap bastards that you are coming for $1 hot dogs!!) close enough to a sell out for my liking

OK, now the BAD:
$1 hot dogs, means up the price on EVERYTHING ELSE 75 cents (my water was up at least), don’t make me have to start smuggling bottles in assholes!!!!!!
Brookbank for Vrana?? CMON BRENT!!! (and even worse how is Bergfors going to add ANYTHING with Brookbank, who is the first graduate of the David Clarkson school of wraparound I see, and Mike Rupp as his linemates??)
Scott Clemmensen… people will forget you were awful all game because of the one on one post-game skills show…. your first period was HORRID and then some… and watching shots come on you scares me much like a Met fan when a call to the bullpen is made….(and it is a FLAT OUT DISGRACE that Kevin Weekes did not start tonight… you bring the guy in to be a fill-in starter and the guy to be the guy if the guy ain’t the guy (tribute to Tropic Thunder much?)…. and then you throw the guy UNDER THE BUS AFTER A WEEK??? Jesus! I still get annoyed at how unacceptable that is!).. just thank God their sieve was more sieve like then ours!!!!
No Pandolfo on the ice (I’ll get Patrik was put in to get the hat trick with an empty net) and the Devils can’t clear the zone… I know the checking line is failing… but that’s kinda telling isn’t it???
And I was kinda disappointed in 209 tonight… the group of regulars seemed out of it… guess none of us like a packed arena eh?
Madden a -3?? Again… the checking line is epic failing…..

Don’t get me wrong I am happy and feeling this team has bottomed out and can turn this around and my God win the next two home games (and maybe in an actual team sport style, please?)…. but I still see so MANY issues with this team… and I’d like to see us beat someone you know who can.. um… tend goal and play defense?? But I will TAKE IT!!

Time For A Rebound

Sure a loss is a loss — but hey, last night wasn’t that bad. The boys exuded a strong effort in Mo-town and aside from a few unlucky bounces, gave Detroit a bit of a scare. I’d be lying to you if I said I expected much better than what I saw last night.

It’s also a sigh of relief that both Salvador & Gionta are doing fine after they left with injuries last night. Although you never know, both of them could be in a coma at the moment. I guess you never do know until game time.

Speaking of game time, it’s almost that time again. Nothing like a weekend turnaround!

The biggest question going into tonight lies between the pipes for New Jersey. Brent Sutter spoke to the tune that he hasn’t made up his mind as to whether Kevin Weekes or Scott Clemmensen will get the nod for the Devils tonight.

If I may issue a humble statement… Kevin Weekes should — absolutely, beyond any shadow of a doubt, play tonight. (Which probably means he won’t.)

If Weekes is going to be our go-to guy for the remainder of Brodeur’s absence, you have to trust him with the grinds of a season, especially on these back-to-back showdowns. I don’t care if both games are against Western Conference opposition. The man needs to play, sweat off the rust, and feel like he really is the #1 guy — interim or not. If you sit him tonight, you deny him an opportunity at a bounce-back game after a tough loss and send him in cold against the Rangers on Wednesday. Wonderful confidence booster, no?

I could go on for hours and hours about this but the point remains the same. Weekes is our number-one now, and he needs to be treated as such. It’s too early to sit the guy, especially when your other option is Scott Clemmensen. (Sorry, Patricia.)

With that being said, the boys in front of him need to execute the same game plan they did last night — lots of pucks to the net and be a little more responsible defensively.

Oh, and Patrik — seriously? I mean… really?! You owe us tonight.

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COME SAY HI! Josh and I will be in attendance tonight — section 120 (Josh) and I’ll be in section 119 Row 6. Oh, and Scott, too. But you can hang out on the concourse and pass him Gatorade cups as he goes whizzing by you.

Shouldn’t be hard to find us, we’ll probably be the only ones there.

Devils/Sabres…thoughts from Section 209

(heh… who knew people READ this crap?? Man posting pressure here too!!)

But before I even get to the game….
— Having a home game against Monday Night Football is about as dumb as asking Chris Berman to ask the questions that are going to make ME CHOOSE WHICH PRESIDENT I WANT TO VOTE FOR TOMORROW … oh yeah… that’s happening ain’t it?? (and damn the Devils I’d have stayed for a shootout tonight to miss that softball tossing at half time!)
— the Devils Den… so I walk in today… wanting to get the jersey I got for donating blood done up… I wanted old school… I wanted the guy who’s goal in game 7 in 1994 sealed the Devils Deal for LIFE… I wanted Valeri Zelepukin…. (if you don’t know who he is…. go away now!)… and it was bad enough I got a “WHO” from the employee…. (not to sound like it sounds… but if he bounced a basketball she’d KNOW)… but they don’t have all the right letters in stock for it… HOW HARD IS IT TO STOCK JERSEY LETTERS??? Anyway… so I go get my annual yearbook…. and show my Devils Legion card…. hey I got season tickets at basically FACE VALUE so I don’t get TEN DOLLAR DISCOUNTS like they had tonight… but I get my nifty 10% discount… OH WAIT… WE DON’T DISCOUNT THE YEARBOOKS!!! No wonder I am still waiting for my best buy coupons!! Thank God the product on ice is so well oiled and deep eh?? (do you really need a sarcasm meter on that one??)
— the place was SO DEAD before the game the season ticket beggars in suits were timing my laps around the concourse (best time… 3:34 beatches!!)
— Scott Clemmensen… why so depressed looking… oh it’s cause you’re back in the NHL, but with more of an AHL Team in front of you then you had in Toronto!!!!! I’ve never seen a guy look so sad for someone who had NO business being in the NHL again (well maybe Christian Berglund, but he was pathetic out of the womb!)

— as for the game….. yeah … they looked BAD… when was the last time a Devils goalie made 20 saves.. in a PERIOD… it’s funny we used to make the other team’s backup look like the Vezina winner… somewhere Marty lit up a cold one or twelve going “thank God I’m off for this”
— Sheldon Brookbank, keep taking penalties… it means you’re off the ice (we bench Vrana and Bergfors when they SCORE GOALS and this stiff gets more shifts then Patrik Elias)
— Jamie, I respect you dearly, but you’re slipping and you looked HORRID again tonight… please vacate the point on power plays forever!
— THE WEEKES WAS UNLEASHED AND IT WAS MIGHTY!!!! (no not the Scum in Anaheim)
— 6 forwards on the ice with an empty net… and NO ONE REMEMBERS TO COVER THE POINT.. well not Jamie… he’s banned from the point… it’s pointless!!
— I know I was asked to watch my F-Bombs but when I see a boxscore and see:
N. Bergfors 04:36, P. Vrana 07:11, J. Langenbrunner 23:47
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!!! Sutter needs to lose his job just for this bullshit on the rookies ALONE
— WEEKES!!!!!
— Oh Patrik… can you miss any better a chance like you did… what.. three times?? *argh* COME OUT OF IT!!!
— I can’t get on Zubrus, Gionta or Parise… they did their jobs… Zajac was ok until that stick broke (but rant #16 tonight… WHY DO PLAYERS WHO HAVE A PEANUT BUTTER SLOW SLAPSHOT USE THE I BREAK IF YOU FART ON THEM COMPOSITE STICKS… it’s like a .220 hitter taking steroids… you still suck if you hit .245!!!!)
— Oh I can’t forget my asshole fan line of the night:
“WE BELIEVE IN YOU RYAN MILLER!!!”
“YEAH… YOU BELIEVED IN JIM KELLY TOO”
The painful cringes I got from the Buffalo fans was only matched by my follow-up Kurt Cobain references!!
— Sorry no Beer Plinko tonight kids…. the family wasn’t there… maybe his wife saw the facebook pics… oi vey!!
— At least if we have this effort on Wednesday… by golly we’ll make it to a SHOOTOUT and that will be SWELL folks!!!! 🙂

(hope this was worth you’re time! Then again… no one else is left here to write eh??)