Sunday, April 06, 2008
All I Want for My Birthday is a Win
I probably hate the Devils as much as you love them (I'm from South Jersey, and down here, we love the Flyers), but we're both in for some real tough work ahead in the weeks to come.
Philly gets to pick its poison, meaning pulling out the stops to get the win over Pittsburgh and get to play Ovechkin and the Caps on the road. Or, roll over and play Crosby, et seq. and the Penguins.
You, my friend, have a different pill. We've at least beaten both of our potential opponents this year. The Rangers own you, and frankly, the play of the Devils has been very uncharacteristelly non-Devils this past month. They'd better figure it out, or they may not be using those toll passes into more than once.
Good luck to you in the post-season. I'd love to see these Atlantic rivals in the finals, but I think the other two players from our division are likely to be there at the end.
Incidentally, if the Devils get a point, they get home ice. More to the point, there's something to be said about how the Rangers have beaten the Devils over and over in the season and they are STILL behind New Jersey in the standings. So if NJ wins today or even Game 1 of the series, the whole Devils-can't beat-the-Blueshirts-in-the-regular-season issue is thrown out the window.
That makes today even more crucial.