Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Angry White Man: Devils/Rangers edition

So I'm sick of supposed hockey pundits like Scott Burnside of ESPN fame saying that the Rangers will beat the Devils because they have more playoff experience. Yes, the Rangers are going to beat the Devils. No, it's not because of playoff experience. You know who has more playoff experience than the Devils? The Ducks. And probably the Senators. First of all, the Devils as a team have more rings than the Rangers by something like a 3-1 margin. (24-8, though I could be wrong, the Devils might have more rings.)

Dudes who were here for the '00 Cup run:White, Brylin, Madden, Elias, Pandolfo, Brodeur,
Dudes who were here for the '03 Cup run (in addition to those above): Rupp, Gionta, Langenbrunner. That's not all of our team, but that's pretty much everyone on the team that matters, sans Parise, Martin, and a few others. And this doesn't include the fact that most of this team was around the last few years when they got as far or farther than the Rangers did.

And sure, the Rangers have Jagr (who almost showed up in the Devs/Rags series two years ago. Almost.), Shanahan, Drury and Gomez, but what else in terms of playoff experience? Oh, and as great as Henrik is playing, and as much as he proved that he could do it on the international stage in '06, let's not forget that that's the last time that he has played well under pressure.

So game on bitches.

6 comments:

Mahatma said...

Devo, you forget to add all that experience Brandon Dubinsky, Nigel Dawes, Marc Staal, etc. all have...

Experience is such a bs excuse to predict if a team will win. Look at the Ducks last year. I'm sure the Ducks had a crapload last year when half of their team were rookies and other newbs who haven't seen the playoffs in the AHL let alone the NHL.

Solo said...

maybe what he really meant was that the guys on the Devils who have experience suck now (sans Brodeur obvi, well aside from that little mishap last night), as opposed to the guys on the Rangers with experience, who are all still pretty good to great. there's the experience "gap" for ya...

devo said...

Without gomez we win last night's game 1-0.

It's all good though, Mel Gibson taught us what happens to Judas...

Solo said...

i know but saying "without gomez" is like saying "without isiah thomas, the knicks would be 30-52 instead of 23-56." the guy's there, regardless of whether he hangs himself and flies eat out his eyeballs or not. Though funny thing-- in the director's cut, Judas gets jabbed in the chest with one of the disciple's walking staff, gets diagnosed with bruised ribs... but then shows up two weeks later walking around like nothing's wrong with him.

devo said...

I believe it was diagnosed as an 'upper body injury.' Who knew that this was how the phony injury reports started?

Solo said...

hahahahha