By - HockeyMod
Still a young team with a huge whole at goal tending. No coach or coaches are going to be able to fix that.
I can’t see the “Lindy Ruff Era” lasting too long in NJ. The players look slow, soft, and completely lost on the ice. Would prefer if they got rid of him sooner rather than later
For who? This is a young team still and they played their 4th string goaltender in the last two games. Think you need to see what this team looks like after a few months. Not a few games in.
Its been a few months now mate. How you feeling about your buddy now?
Disappointed in PK’s tactical slew foot move. We were getting fucked that game anyway. I don’t get how you come out the first period worse
would have been a different game with blackwood and hughes
Not if they had another 15 give aways and every missed pass. Same game
Zacha certainly has been right spot right time a good sign. He is going to hit 25 goals this year.
Not exactly 1,800+ posts, but 1,300+ on a Tuesday night? Not too shabby.
I really love how much stronger Mitch got.
I hate how they leave the ice immediately after a loss. Kinda sucks
What do you want them to do?
I enjoy when the team salutes the fans win or lose. Look at the hurricanes
Why is Mercer showing more heart than 90% of the team?
Because he's 19 years old, And it's his first year.
not great with the extra skater
New PA guy is… not it
I wanna know why he’s announcing goals for the opposing team like we’re in Calgary. Only we should get that, don’t be enthusiastic that they scored lol
That was a dick move from Gudbranson...[Now I don’t feel bad about the time he got spit on.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlKBA5gFQLM)
Yeah Mercer is gonna end up better than Hischier
Nico pulls a Zacha and become more effective as a winger. Have a Zacha Mercer Nico line, while Jack centers Hotlz and Shango.
Coleman sucks. Couldn't hit the side of a barn.
Fuck this pos calgary fuckin team and fuck the tchucks and fuck vlad fuck this fucking game. Love u mercer. Gnight. Look to the pens now.
Well I was rooting for pickles to get the goal.
You should root for the Flames!
So...that was definitely Mercer's goal, not Zacha...right?
Yeah I thought it was obviously Pavs
it was Zachas it hit off of many body parts
I could have sworn (on the last replay) the last things it hit was a Flames skate and then chipped off Mercer's stick blade.
After all those bumps, the top of Mercers stick touched it ever so slightly
Right!?!? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills
HANDS OFF OUR BOY 😭
Does anyone else get Claude Lemiuex/Andrew Shaw vibes from Merced?
Nah too fast
Coleman’s soft spot for us is preventing him from scoring ❤️
Get the fuck off Dawson
subban shot that toward row 18
Oh shit Blake’s out there
Those collarbone shots hurt like hell
Okay, I really like Dawson Mercer now.
Dumb shot from pk
It went off a player, it ricocheted off one of the flames and went high.
I mean if someone rushed in and / or tipped it, not the stupidest idea. But yeah not ideal. As much as I think he gets too much shit from most of the fan base, when he starts getting frustrated he gets too reckless and tries to play too offensively. He shouldn’t be taking nearly as many shots as he has been.
Way too high and slow. No one was there. If anything I wish he was more active and closer to reckless. Right now he’s not playing how he used to and not really all that good at this role.
By reckless I mean throwing out shots for the sake of it and out of desperation rather than actually making something happen. I would rather him let some of the younger guys be the reckless active ones but I get where you’re coming from and that would probably be better than what’s happening now
You mean every shot
why exactly did it seem like the ref blew the whistle before vladar even had the puck?
Gudbranson is a cunt
“1 goal in the 3rd otherwise it was a close game”
Nobody else could get in there and help Mercer? Good for Shango but nobody else, Merc getting quadruple teamed
Why the f would you shoot an 8 footer there
rebound, but that was way too high
lmao that flop by Vladar, fuck off
HANDS OFF MERCER YOU FUCKIN ANIMALS
Credit to Nico for keeping that play alive after Calgary intercepted Zacha's cross-ice pass.
It's like they turned line changes off so Mercer can just stay out there.
Gotta pull goalie
zacha gonna demand 9m a year XD
If we had 12 Dawson Mercers we could rule the world.
Hey what do ya know..they did have 2 extra guys out there
I WANT A MERCER HATTY
Flames guy throwing a cheap shot and then pussing out when challenged, what a douche
pudding out to.. Mango who isn’t a fighter at all
Mercer alone makes me feel better about all this
Patrick Kane or Jonathan toeves will be available because of the news. Maybe even Evander Kane.
You’re not saying you’d have Evander within 100 miles of this team, are you? That’s insane
Mango proud of his son Mercer from the penalty box
Suter in the Flames timeout: "lol literally do nothing different they're not going to score with right extra skaters"
Can we call that elbow after the fact also?
I get the trend of holding onto timeouts for a challenge but sometimes you just gotta call a timeout and calm the boys down.
Useless timeout in a 5-2 game with 3 mins left. Maybe a timeout after the 2nd or 3rd goal would’ve changed this game.
I think Johnsson dropped his gloves and then realized he doesn’t fight and is way outsized and regretted his decision
Lil.man was goin for it. Big nodd from me there
can we get a PP coach with hair? this dude dont got the sauce anymore
Mercer is just a bright spot of sunshine - both just his whole persona and in this terrible game
Thats the happiest I've ever seen Geertsen.
"JOHNSON? ABOUT TO FIGHT??",
Man, I couldn't stand Johnsson last season, but he's making a case for my favorite Devil this year.
The fuck are the refs doing?
johnsson has been the best devil this season- full stop
who wouldve thought
my favorite player this season so far
literally anyone who went to natural stat trick last season lol
trust me i know i was always a defender
I fucking love Mango. Sets up Mercer perfectly constantly and now standing up for us
Johnsson sure as shit looks a hell of a lot better this season
Fuck yeah Andreas, flames dude waited too long
Good for Johnsson sticking up for himself, what a cheapshot
Mercer looking for that top line center spot permanently
Where did we get 25 shots from they all seem like perimeter low event shots
probably better off not getting a powerplay
But they didn’t call Smiths initially wtf?? Can’t just change the call because tkachuk retaliated
That's what they do when they know the game is out of reach.
sure they can, this is the NHL
but yes the ref was clearly signaling follow thru before the cross check
Haha he was mad about a phantom high stick
Do we have all the players needed to be a legit playoff team….no…are we close yea prob but lemmie tell ya ruff and his staff are not the answer is it just me or dows it seem like the team isnt playing hard for him like i get moral is low cause jacks out but comeon
It’s also ruff’s overly punitive in game coaching, his seeming arbitrariness, and insistence on disallowing any stability or consistency especially for younger players. It all adds up and really hurts morale. When you punish some players for mistakes, don’t apply that approach to everyone, and then force the team to play with down numbers because of the benchings, it’s going to cause resentment and frustration. Having played for him, the players probably realized that Hughes being out meant they were in for a double helping of ruff’s randomness and lack of any stability. That would probably deflate me too tbf.
It's one game.
It’s not just this game though, that’s been his style and approach throughout. I agree that there wasn’t much anyone could have done with our team last year but that doesn’t mean his bad coaching wasn’t still bad
I agree we need to change special teams coaches.
I agree. Ruff is not the answer. They need a real coach for the modern game. Or anyone at this point.
lmao Tkachuk bitching and moaning up 3
also they only called the high stick after the cross check happened, they were going to let it go
ain’t that some shit
imagine being told last year that johnsson would have more points than hischier
I would’ve believed it, his advanced stats are great
I was going to say kind of sad that even when the Devils were playing offense minded to try to make up the 4 goal deficit the only goal they were able to score was just an empty net off of a misplay by the goalie. Thank God they scored an actual goal.
Get off Smitty Tkachuk
I do feel bad for Vladar on that one. Not sure it made a difference, but he did what he could to let the refs know his bucket wasn't secure. Great move by Mercer.
Probs gonna lose 5-4 lol ive seen this one before
Oh man that's rough. Happy for Mercer but that should have been blown dead.
I’m still reeling from a missed call being….in our favor? What ?
man being both a big fan of the ny jets and devils is just downright demoralizing. always lots of hope just for everything to continually crumble
At least the Knicks are good, somehow
Keith Kinkaid used to just shake the helmet right off
Rangers lost 5-1 to the flames last night . We are better
Are we though? Without Hughes and Wood? Idk
Regretting my Sunday tickets, at least I can drink WT101 at the house.
This game is all kinds of tomfoolery...but Dawson Mercer? You I like.
Mercer did a goal
thatd piss me off if i were calgary
not like it’ll matter
Looked like interference on Mercer?
Edit: in the high slot before the goal, missed call
mercer is a god
Please don't take this tiny bit of joy away
It’s only one game but man we got spanked. We are far from being a playoff team
What is this fucking penalty kill. How the fuck does tkachuk get a shot with that much time right in the slot. Embarrassing
Well Mercer is still good
0 effort by Nico on that... shocker
Ppl used to always say he’s a Bergeron-esque center bc he didn’t score a ton. He’s extremely average.
This team is going nowhere with severson on it, #tradeSeverson.
ITS SO FUCKING EASY FOR THEM WHEN WE LOOK LIKE A FUCKING BANTAM TEAM ON THE PP
DAWSON MERCER WHAT A BEAUTY
What if our pp watches their pp are tries doing that
Thank god I’m at home watching this mess
No wait comeback lmao
Streams like 5 minutes behind.
Turn it off now. Spare yourself.
That was more game management BS
Wide. Fucking. Open.
Nah, my peewees knew to maintain the box
make it easy for em
He needs to suffer the same fate
It’s really refreshing to see that absolutely nothing was done to fix our historically bad special teams last year! Admittedly the pk has looked *a little bit* better, but still quite bad overall
Can’t wait for Wood and Hughes to come back so scrubs like this are off the lineup.
This is exactly what I was saying about this team. Far too often they play a good majority of a game pretty well and don’t score or score 1 and it doesn’t even matter because they allow 4 easy ones in a span of like 10 minutes
just saying, we've gotten crushed both games gauthier and geertsen played together
good thing studenic isnt here and instead geertsen is
our coach makes such good lienup decisions
i liked the part where he ruined everyones chemsitry by swapping rhe lines all around at the first hint of adversity
i hear marchand ends up on the 4th line every few games over in boston too.
What a brain dead play from Geertsen there, just go to the fucking bench
Yeah he doesn't need to be playing in the NHL...Goons are just not a thing anymore! That is all that guy is
We can also talk about a guy with a career .880 save percentage is putting up a .957 right now but to be honest, every single shot is so low danger it makes sense
Where’s Ray Catina?
I’ll take care of your wife, you take care of your car.
God, that commercial is so fucking tone deaf and sexist that it's almost satire.
Maybe Recchi’s pp strat is so good that it’s an auto goal everytime and that’s why he still has a job. We’ve just never seen it because we are physically unable to set up in the o zone
The fucker played for the Flyers so what do you expect..what makes him so good as a coach anyway?
All of that momentum built up to start the 3rd, just *dead* because of a *powerplay*. That had to be a must-score situation.
There's no way that any special teams coaches should leave the building with their jobs tonight.
but they will
glad he’s in the lineup.. fucking useless 5-1
oh so it wasnt the lack of practice that made our PP bad? it was the PP itself?
i am so surprised
I’d like to submit my resumé to coach the pp. I believe I am qualified! Experience: none
Amazing how a powerplay is a momentum killer for this team.
Fire Rechii right now..just tell him to go home
Did we fire the special teams coach yet? Cause he fucking blows
why set up on a powerplay when you can just do absolutely nothing 💀
Nothing like a powerplay to kill any and all momentum we had
Was that a 4 on 2 with no shot?
RECCHI GONE PLEASE JUST PLEASE
stop blind centering the puck without thinking
was that a power play?
I just keep telling myself all these years will be worth it because it'll feel so good when the devils are finally good. Problem is I've been thinking this for too many years now
Every year I think: the young guys will get better, these new guys from trades will make a difference, a FA might put everything together. But in the end the team is eerily the same.
What the fuck is this power play?
our powerplay is a warcrime- boo them loudee
Omg this is just disgusting
SharanGOALvich needs to start shooting more.
Gotta give it up to bratt, that was a great shift. He needs to use that speed and edge work to cut to the net every shift if he gets a chance. He absolutely earned his bench after the first, but he’s responded well.
Holy shit, hit the god damn net
Bratt needs to channel "i was benched for a whole period" energy wayyy more often
Upcoming California road trip?
The Ducks are already bad, the Kings are inconsistent, but the Sharks are in a rebuild where they seem to be kinda better (so far).
If this team can’t win against the Ducks, Kings or Sharks...I dunno.
Amazing how to sharks can turn it around in a year or two
I’ve been watching San Jose games for the last few years, and I think it’s a combination of new rookies, ***totally new goaltending***, and younger veterans.
I know they are legends, but 40+ Jumbo Joe and Marleau were not good fits for the team.
Kane may be talented, but having him away from the organization, means less drama, so that has to be helpful.
Yeah it’s just amazing we been drafting for 10 years and our rebuild is behind the sharks.
Can they score a PP?
Oh boy oh boy a power play! Don’t tell Recchi
It was in Carolina Steve, but I forgive you