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10-28-2003, 06:42 AM
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Official Gamethread: New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders (7PM, FSNY)

http://newyorkislanders.com/gameday/pregame.html

Dealing With the Devils (7:00 p.m.)
New Jersey Devils at Islanders (FSNY, ESPN Radio 1050 AM)
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http://newyorkislanders.com/gameday/insider.html

The Insider: The Book on the Devils
New Jersey Devils vs. Islanders

(Oct. 28) The normally-dominant Devils haven't looked like their old selves lately, going 2-3-2-0 to start the season, including an uncharacteristic loss to the Panthers. With their scoring in a slump, their usually-tight defense hasn't been enough to win, especially not in Florida, where two of their three losses came.
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http://newyorkislanders.com/gameday/scoop.html

The Scoop: New Jersey Devils

(Oct. 28) Martin Brodeur and the Champs will be in the house tonight, but they are still looking to find that Cup form from last season. They're still playing quality hockey, but they just aren't scoring goals.

"You have to be worried," said Scott Stevens, the Devils' captain to their local media. "But I'd be upset if we weren't playing well. We're just not getting the goals when we need them. I like a lot of things we're doing. We just have nothing to show for it."
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This should be an interesting game, as the Isles new trapping style could easily test a struggling Devil's team.

It's still a mystery who will start in goal, and hopefull the impressive showings by Bergenheim and Hunter will continue on to this game.

Hope everyone will enjoy the game tonight!!

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10-28-2003, 07:14 AM
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Thanks for starting the gamethread, Tom.

New Jersey has been struggling, going to be interesting to see what the Isles can do against a trap that really shut them down a year ago and which team will be more patient. Isles did win the two pre-season games.

DiPietro had the only point between him and Snow in goal last season but struggled in his final game against the Devils.

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Brodeur,Broduer,Broduer! :mad:

Like Theodore the Isles always have trouble with Marty Brodeur.

Hoping for one point and take it to Pittsburgh.

Go Isles!

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Tonight was my bowling night so I need some help here. Was the game as bad as the score made it look?

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One word: clinic.

As in: a clinic on the trap and how to execute it to perfection.

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Yes

I don't know how a team can be so unprepared to play the most predictible team in the league. Rick was left out to dry by his teammates, who didn't bother to knock people around in front of his net.

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Looked like last year's Isles vs New Jersey and a lot of games in the division where they skated into a wall and could not do a thing.

Coaching change or no coaching change. It was not a good sign.

Few quality chances over sixty minutes, they could not do anything to turn the game or change the momentum. Bates, Jonsson, Papineau seemed to be the only ones who had a quality chance and what little they had were plays where a forward was skating alone against three defenders or just a perimeter shot.

So much for the final preseason game.

Isles were on their game early, hitting, getting some pressure so they had the start they wanted and I did not think they suffered an off-night, credit Brodeur and the Devils because they completely dominated the Isles. No line combo could generate anything for the Isles.

DiPietro made his mistake and as usual it wound up in the net, after that the Devils trapped the Isles and made them go the length of the ice. Niinimaa handed over the puck and somehow skated past the player with the rebound who eventually scored even thought DiPietro stopped the breakaway and the rebound. (Yashin did not exactly make much of an effort to clear the player either)

Aucoin skated past his man on the final goal and Czerkawski left that side of the ice wide-open.

Four games vs this team in December, two straight shutouts by Brodeur against the Isles.

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Looked like last year's Isles vs New Jersey and a lot of games in the division where they skated into a wall and could not do a thing.

Coaching change or no coaching change. It was not a good sign.

Few quality chances over sixty minutes, they could not do anything to turn the game or change the momentum. Bates, Jonsson, Papineau seemed to be the only ones who had a quality chance and what little they had were plays where a forward was skating alone against three defenders or just a perimeter shot.

So much for the final preseason game.

Isles were on their game early, hitting, getting some pressure so they had the start they wanted and I did not think they suffered an off-night, credit Brodeur and the Devils because they completely dominated the Isles. No line combo could generate anything for the Isles.

DiPietro made his mistake and as usual it wound up in the net, after that the Devils trapped the Isles and made them go the length of the ice. Niinimaa handed over the puck and somehow skated past the player with the rebound who eventually scored even thought DiPietro stopped the breakaway and the rebound. (Yashin did not exactly make much of an effort to clear the player either)

Aucoin skated past his man on the final goal and Czerkawski left that side of the ice wide-open.

Four games vs this team in December, two straight shutouts by Brodeur against the Isles.

Devils were coming off a bad game that they lost with Boston scoring 4 third period goals. Devils also get up for division rivals and road games and realized losing this game to NYI would give them a big boost. Therefore Devils coaches and players had them play one of their best games. Friesen's goal reminded me of how he played in the playoffs along with Brodeur's goaltending.

NYI had no excuses since they were rested and healthy but simply did not play with the samr resolve as NJD. That's the difference between a cup champ and a team hopefully on it's way up.

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