Thursday, November 30, 2006
Game: Pittsburgh @ Devils
This leads me to the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Continental Airlines Arena to take on the New Jersey Devils.
GAMETIME: 7:30 PM, EST
Local TV: Fox Sports NY
Local Radio: 660 AM, WFAN
Devils Record vs. Penguins: 1-1-0
It would be interesting to see them try to move around more on the powerplay. Something along the lines of penetrating the box and darting out would disorient the defense. Maybe even return to the powerplay of 2000 with the give-and-go in the corner and option of Langenbrunner's point shot.
If you have read my recent posts about the Devils, the recent articles, and the stats in the prior stats you know what I think the key is to this game. Offensive production. The Devils need to put shots on Fleury, put them on net, and - most importantly put - them in the net and not his sharply yellow pads. Enough talk about working on the offense, now is the time to perform.
I have full confidence that the Devils will bring the effort, I just hope it will yield a win. The Devils will go to Philadelphia on Saturday to play the Flyers afterwards, some positive momentum would be good right about now.
UPDATE: My projected lines:
Martin-White (I'm assuming he's healthy. If not, uh, I'm confused)
TSN.ca has some interesting news in today's Ice Chips for the Devils: Tuomas Philman is on waivers, Richard Matvichuk is getting healthier - leading to another cap decision, and it's still not clear if Martin is healthy or whether Clemmenssen will see some time this weekend. I didn't see any call-ups from Lowell, so I assume Martin is healthy enough and who knows with Brodeur.
Labels: Devils Game
The other suggestion would be to remove the Gionta from the front of the goal; he has great hands but is too easily cleared from the goalie's view (watch the Carolina series last year and you'll see what I'm talking about) and his size doesn't provide the pointmen with the greatest screen. Even Chara has been successful in front of the goal and he has awful hands compared to Gionta. Rupp would be a fine addition to that spot, just like Marshall was.
Try something else because whatever they're doing now isn't working.