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post The Devil We Don’t Know

October 28th, 2010, 9:19 am

Filed under: blog — Written by Mike

Is actually better than the Devil we know.  I picked the Devils to make the playoffs this year, and they looked far from that last night.  Their 5-on-5 play was so bad, which is just what the doctor ordered for the Sharks.  The new cap’n drove the Sharks to a pretty easy 5-2 victory, with four of the goals even strength.  Brodeur is aging, and his normal unpredictable style looked like panic instead of athleticism.  There was a flukey goal at both ends of the ice, with a bad luck bounce off the glass leading to a David Clarkson tap-in on one end, and a strange bounce off the boards at the other end led to Jumbo completing his hat trick.  Five point night for Joe, and the Devils had no answer to the HTML line, reunited (and it feels so good).

As far as the other lines go, B-.  Seto is trying awfully hard, but it’s not going his way.  Didn’t see much out of Pavs.  Clowe is really adept now at using his body to protect the puck, but he needs to turn that into scoring chances instead of just zone time at the periphery.  Good to see Boyle at +2.  Vlasic and Wallin were -1 , but I’ll give them a pass, because that goal was the flukiest goal I’ve seen since JR’s 500th.   Not only did it take a ridiculous bounce off the stanchion, it slowed down right in front of the goal for Clarkson.  Nitty didn’t stray far from the crease on dump-ins after that.  I still give Nitty an A- for last night- that goal was more bad luck than anything. The other goal stemmed from a huge penalty kill scramble that eventually kicked out to Andy Greene after about a dozen shots. Barring the disappointing game #2 performance against Columbus, Nittymaki has been over .930 in every game.  Contrast that with Niemi, who was .938 opening night and has gone .857, .839, and .400 since.  Ouch.  Small sample size, yadda yadda, but right now it looks like DW’s initial goalie signing was well targeted.

The Sharks played the worst team in the NHL in terms of goal differential last night, and Saturday, they play the team with the second worst.  The Ducks have given up 33 goals in 9 games.  Let’s see if the Sharks can get some other lines rolling, and I fully expect another Nitty start.  Gotta stay with the hot hand.

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    7 Comments to “The Devil We Don’t Know”

    1. evilducks says:

      In Pav’s defense, he hasn’t slept much in the last couple of days and probably should have been scratched for the game.

      • Ruben says:

        True true Evilducks, considering his past few days I thought he played ok. If the Sharks were 5-2 and coming off a win instead of 3-3-1 and coming off a shellacking, I think he gets the night off.

        And you know what dudes, Wallin looked pretty good last night. Huskins, too.

        No doubt the 2nd best line tonight was the M3 line. Quick to the puck, good chances, smart plays on D and long possession in the offensive zone. McCarthy has also impressed in his role as well.

        • WingsFanInSharkLand says:

          My buddy and his wife had a kid yesterday morning too and they’re in the room next to Pavelski and his wife. He’s going to pass the word on to Joe that he didnt’ play so well last night and then he’s going to have him autograph his newborn daughter’s face.

    2. Tom says:

      I sent this in as a question for the podcast but I’d love to hear others opinions on this…

      Fellas…

      Tell me what you think of the idea of Keith Yandle in teal?

      Rumor is he is being shopped around by Phoenix. Last year he scored 12 goals with 41 pts. He’s only 24 but is set to be a RFA next year and is currently paid 1.2m for 2010-2011. That’s a great cap hit for a player like that.

      First getting over the hurdle of Phoenix trading him within the division, do you guys think that’s a player DW should target?

      Its been discussed and It’s not a popular idea among other sharks blogs, but I think a puck mover on the blue line is more what we need rather than a shut down guy.

      He’d definitely command a larger salary next year, but a young puck moving D man is exactly what I think we need now and in the future…

      What do you think we’d have to give in return? I’m thinking a player and a high pick…

      Love to hear any insights…

    3. Tom says:

      Also among NHL defensmen in 2009-2010…
      Yandle was 11th in goals, 23rd in pts, 19th in +/-…

      Seems like a clear 2nd pairing offensive D man.

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