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!!!!)

Devils/Rangers… 12/12… Thoughts from Section 209!!!

Oh my God, where to start with THIS one?!??! Talk about all the way up and then way back down and to come all the way up again!!! Not the way ya wanna start your 36th birthday trying to run to the therapist to get some xanax! but anyway… so much to get to …..

the GOOD:
— 8 goals on Hernik the PuffyPads (my new name from tonight)… did we get 8 on the Queen ALL LAST YEAR?? I don’t think we did… good to see the Fraud be revealed (though if I was a Ranger fan, well besides having my wrists slit long ago, I’d wonder why the hell he wasn’t pulled at 5-1)

— IT’S A SHORTHANDED GOAL…. fuck you Sam Rosen…. times TWO!!!!

— Was good to finally hear the MAJORITY of the fans in the building stuff the idiot minority….

— 9 for 9 AND a +2 on the penalty kill?? that’s kinda hot in an almost sexual way!

— ya blow a 5-1 lead…but score 11 seconds after you blow the lead?I haven’t jumped that high out of my seat since Jeff Friesen in 2003 (talk about a goal that saved my week and put my birthday back to tolerable levels!)

— Good God even Bobby OneBrow got an assist tonight!

–Brian Gionta… 4 point night “and the Rangers have lost their defense” (and goaltending too Mister Rosen… go call your 4th string football game on FOX!)

the Bad:

— Scott Clemmensieve kinda lived up to the name I was kinda giving him … well cause it was working… but if you know goaltending and you watch it enough you saw this implosion pending (least the other guy was WORSE again!)

— BLOW A 5-1 LEAD.. WHAT THE FUCK GUYS!!! That was bad… this team can NOT sit back and hold on to a lead… EVER…. IT DOES NOT WORK!

— the 5 forward power play MUST go… Rolston looked pathetic trying to play D…

— …. come to think of it Rolston didn’t look much good at all….

— come to think of it the rest aside of goalteniding and Rolston was pretty darned acceptable to even good!!

the non-hockey:
— Seriously… I know you’re scum and douches… but Ranger fans SHUT UP DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM be quiet and respect said country that lets you be the scum sucking fuckface douche you are!!!

— thanks to route 22 for the damn flood in the right lane that killed my whole pre-game walkarounds!! (and that goes double to the Devils resturant staff for hanging up on me trying to reserve a seat for tonight for our mutual birthday thing… all I did was ask… well what happened to my season ticket holder priority…. I expect no less from this franchise :p)

— but the post-game “skate in the practice rink” the Devils offered… 5 stars!! But things to keep in mind…if you rent skates make sure they are SHARP (mine weren’t)… don’t be that moron in the Drury jersey who can’t take two steps without falling on his ass constantly (though it was funny as hell and facebook pics to follow!!!)
— and yes it is kick ass to skate on the Devils practice rink :)…made for some good pre-birthday enjoyment!

Hot damn I’m tired, still kinda numb… and not even sure at what the hell I saw…. the WTF moment of the DECADE to be SURE!!! (and one last side note, happy birthday to Mindy too and thanks for getting my head outta my as during this one when it needed it!!)