Win % when leading after 1
Devils: .625 Win % when leading after 2
Devils: .900 Win % when trailing after 1
Devils: .333 Win % when trailing after 2
At first I was like because we are playing so well.
Then I was like .. we are playing the Devils so.. thats never exciting.. but I think this will be a really good challenge for the team.
That is absolutely hilarious!
The Devils are such a tough team to play against in the past few years because they are so disciplined. In previous years, our team and our top ranked powerplay could get nothing against them, because we never had PP chances. They just killed us 5 on 5, and had stellar goaltending. Brodeur has also always had our number.
I think this will be a difficult game despite Brodeur's absence. If we played like we did last night and the first two periods against Atlanta, I think we'll win. 3-2 Habs!
You mean the Devils? They were notorious for their trap defensive style and Brodeur in the net. That's where Jacques Lemaire got his defense-first reputation. Like Tricolore#20 said, they were too disciplined to rely on the powerplay to get offense against them. They would just score a couple to get the lead and strangle you to death.
I don't think it still applies as much anymore under Sutter. I'm not very familiar with this year's version of the Devils so I may be mistaken, but it seems to me the new coach opened up their game a little and let young guns like Parise and Zajak fly instead of just relying on Marty to win 3-2 or 2-1 games.