I don't know about you guys but I'm expecting the Devils to start gooning it up on Wednesday. When we killed Ottawa in game 1 they realized they didn't have much of a chance so the only way they could get back into the series was to disrupt the Rangers with the fights and cheap shots. That definitely threw us off our game but if the Devils try that in game 2 I think the Rangers will definitely be ready for it this time
They don't have to do that to be effective so idk why they would
I agree. Unlike Ottawa, the Devils can roll three dangerous scoring lines that hit hard, and it's not like they got embarrassed in Game 1. A few adjustments and some fortuitous bounces can get them right back in the series.
Besides, who's going to goon it up besides Ryan Carter?
I think I saw a certain look in De Boers' eyes in his postgame presser, he will try to get mucho more physicality and trust his players to be intelligent enough to walk the line (adjusting to the proclivities of the refereeing as required).
I fully expect some of the heavy heavy stuff from NJD.
Well, maybe not 'goon', but definitely more in the Rangers face. I barely noticed Clarkson out there in game 1, but I have a suspicion he will be more noticeable Wednesday. I realize that this is not an earth-shattering prediction I am making, but I think De Boer will want far more push from his guys.
Devils will lose if they goon it up.... They have Clarkson I suppose, but their other fighters don't carry their weight when it comes to playing hockey. The Rangers have solid fulltime roster players that will drop the gloves with anyone.
What? why would the Devils do that? They didn't get manhandled, and they didn't play a poor game for the most part.
Ottawa sort of gooned it up, because that's how they play in the bottom 6. They have legit guys that are in the line-up that like the rough stuff. they didn't dress a bunch of tards and tell them to go Bertuzzi everyone.
The Devils just aren't built that way, unless they try to be something they're not. If they dress janssen or any other knuckleheads, they're crazy. They played a strong game, and changing it up to get into more rough stuff would be the best thing that could happen for US. I don't expect Deboer to make such a bizarre decision.
The option is there for the Devils if they choose to do so. Janssen. Boulton. Neither of them have played yet in the playoffs though and the move would smack of desperation and I don't see it--possibly if some crap happened or a player or two got injured. Janssen at least is a pretty good skater and a heavy hitter not unlike Chris Neil--sometimes a bit on the borderline like Neil and he's got an engine and can go forever in a fight but that's where the comparison to Neil ends as Cam is almost no threat to score or make a creative play or even of any use killing penalties and it would put the Devils in the position of shortening their bench.
The other thing though with these fights this year between the Rangers and Devils--they were mostly just draws--good battles--got crowds pumped up but ultimately of almost no value to the games themselves.