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, chapin_landvogt@l... wrote:
> I ain't worried. I ain't worried at all.>>>
I don't know, when I'm not worried, that's when our team always
does something to make me worried.
I think what does worry me is if they fall apart and finish ninth,
it's going to be impossible not to call it a major failure. Added to
that it puts the Rangers in the playoffs and that's a huge double-hit
against our franchise.
Some will call it a choke but I cannot say that because this team
has had too many things going against them. They have won some big
games in tough places and never lost to one team that they should have
beaten down the stretch. It cannot be called a choke losing three
times to New Jersey and once to Toronto and Tampa or Boston/Vancouver.
The Isles are where they are because the Rangers were the team that
choked. If they were able to take care of Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Florida
and Buffalo the Rangers would be seventh and the Isles would be ninth
But who cares, we can talk about that if it happens. Atlanta lost to
Buffalo, Carolina lost to Pittsburgh. I know the Isles can win those
games if needed and make a run at seventh.
> Saw the game on TV here in Germany. Watched it from
2 am - about 5 am. They had the MSG broadcast. I won't
say I was disappointed, but I felt a Rag$ comeback in the
works after seeing penalty after penalty being called against
Me too, they could not get that third goal and make the Rangers have
to open up. Dunham was just fantastic and did not give up the goal
that would have changed the game in the Isles favor. And if Niinimaa
does not get take out of sync by the ref, he does not lose the puck to
Nedved and it's cleared out.
> But I ain't worried. I don't even care if the Rags win their last
two games (which I think they will!) because I've got this feeling
we'll win tonight, if not tonight, then one of the next two games.
I sure hope we don't have to wait until the Carolina game, cause
we haven't played well against them this year. But anyhow,
I think we'll win one of the remaining three and slip in.>>>>
I want to think the Isles will come out and do what it takes to win
this game and send a statement, but this team does not do those kind
of things to this point. Detroit is a tough proposition.
I think New Jersey finishes the Rangers. Devils only need a tie to
close out the Rangers and the Devils never lose to them. Brodeur will
be hungry to put them away. The Rangers in a lot of ways are like the
Isles at home, neither team can handle the pressure of playing at home
or putting on a show.
> Then things will get interesting.<<<
Then we have some playoff games, last I looked it starts 0-0.
> To be honest, I'd rather play Ottawa than Jersey. Jersey
just seems to have our number. As bad as we've been against
Ottawa in our history, something tells me a series against them
wouldn't be as hard and grueling as one against Toronto or
Jersey or Philly would be.>>
It's a pick your posion kind of proposition. The Isles just do not
match well with the Devils, but New Jersey is not as star-loaded as
Ottawa. One Islander win can unravel the system and as we saw last
spring they can be upset. I kind of want the Devils because I thought
Brodeur was arrogant Sunday after his win and I think a playoff-series
where the Continental Airlines Arena is half-filled with Isles fans
could rattle them if the Isles get some kind of lead. And because Pat
Burns was bragging about how better the Devils have been compared to
the Isles and Rangers.
He's right to a point, but let's not forget the Isles finished with
more points last season than New Jersey and led wire to wire. And the
Devils are not a small-market operation at fifty million dollars.
Ottawa has some major pressure here. There are no more Yashin
excuses and they are a little like the late-seventies Islanders in
that they must win the Stanley Cup and the know it. Yashin will be
very hungry to shut the critics mouths also and if the Isles upset
Ottawa he will have total vindication for all those Ottawa playoff
In the end this Senators franchise has only one win against
Philadelphia and they folded against the Leafs last spring in a series
the Leafs needed two games to get their legs back.
They do not have a lot of playoff experience on that roster. Plus
Patrick Lalime does not scare me one bit in goal. If Snow get's hot
you can bet he will be talking and getting under the Sens skin and
doing his best Smitty impersonation.
> I would then hope that Boston makes
things hard for Jersey (which they won't, I think they'll get swept)
and I'd hope that Philly and Toronto would have a long, tough,
grueling, injury-filled series that'd weaken both of them incredibly.
That'd be good. Washington and Tampa could go either way,
but I'd CERTAINLY be rooting for Tampa.>>>
Devils-Boston is not a done deal, just yet. Philadelphia is close
enough to catch the Devils and that means Devils-Leafs and
> In any case, that's music for the future. Come on boys, win just
one of the next 3 games. That's all you have to do.>>>
I think it happens Friday night at Msg. I would love to see it in
Detroit on national television. I do not want this to go to the
weekend. I need one or two relaxing Isles games and some players could
use a day or two off.
Isles clinch most of the Isles should not even get on the plane to
Carolina. I know the Tigers are playing but all extras come up and
play a game in the NHL.
> By the way, if things come down to needing a victory in Carolina,
I hope Lavy will dress all of Robitaille, Weinhandl and Papineau
and let them play a bit. But I'm not worrying...... I think the boys
will show up respetfully tonight and end this madness with a
victory in Motown. After all, Detroit isn't playing for much now
and shouldn't be up to a big battle against an out-of-conference
> But I could be wrong!>>>
No one has given the Isles any kind of break so far, I doubt the
Wings do either. Isles do have points in the last three games vs
Detroit but have not played the motor city since the early days of
last season and both rosters have changed a lot since.
> PS) Am I only one who is TIRED of seeing Parrish on the PP?
I like the guy, I do, but he's been those tits on a bull lately. I'd
also get Bates the hell off the point. I'd honestly rather see
Timander or Martinek there. Put Robitaille with Yashin and Kvasha
and then put Peca with Blake and Scatchard/Asham. That's
all there is to it. The PP inefficiency is really hurting. >>>
I think there comes a point (injured or not) where Parrish, Bates
and Michael Peca have to step up or step aside and I am not talking
hard work but tangible results as in goals and points.
These players MUST contribute if they are going to be on powerplays.
I do not understand why Laviolette does not have some faith in
Timmander or Martinek on the point. Plus the Isles have
Hamrlik-Niinimaa/Aucoin-Jonsson for powerplays.