Devils Win Their 100th Regular Season Game Against The Flyers Even Though If Feels Like Their 100,000th
No, but seriously, that number is missing a zero...or two...or six. Is it not? It's okay guys, you can tell me. I know you were just trying to make Flyers fans feel a little better. This can't possibly only be the Devils 100th regular season win against the Flyers. Sometimes I feel like we rack up at least 10 a season. I feel like there's been a year or two where we have made the playoffs solely from aggregating points in wins over the Flyers. These stats aren't adding up. I am just going to go ahead and assume that this is a gross miscalculation. How can the Devils have just hit triple digits in regular season wins over the Flyers when they have (rough estimation) 5,735 playoff wins over Philadephia? Are we only counting games where they have stood a minute chance of beating us? Who is running numbers over there? Better make sure you showed your work if you want full credit. Whatever, I got no problem celebrating milestones wins, especially when they come at the expense of the city of Philadelphia. If this current stretch of success is just veiling us from what this season actually holds then I have no issue attaching more meaning to each and every victory. I hope every single fucking 'W' symbolizes something more monumental. I don't care if it's the 50th win in games that start Sunday at 5PM. Got to add some significance to a season that may turn out to lack it entirely.
Pssssst, guys, bring it in real close. I got a secret for ya. Ready? The Devils aren't all that fucking bad. I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but you're just going to have to trust me on this one. Not saying we are making the playoffs or anything like that, but this team isn't a bottom feeder that is completely void of any hope whatsoever. I know bad teams. I've watched bad teams. They took the ice Prudential Center quite often over the last two years. You know what bad teams don't do? They don't find ways to win. In fact, more often than not they find ways to clench defeat from the jaws of victory. This Devils team has won 5 out of 6 games, and they just may have played some of their best hockey in the one game that they did lose. It's not always pretty. They don't always play the best brand of hockey. However, they have managed to turn whatever brand of hockey that is into wins.
Sure, there will still be stretches where you are convinced that this team couldn't put a puck in a soccer net, but there are just as many times when they will surprise you with some pretty nice plays. Look at tonight for instance, every single one of those goals was pretty. Granted, when the Flyers are on the ice even the 200 pound drunken hog with more mustard stains on her shirt than teeth in her mouth looks pretty. Regardless, they were skill goals nonetheless. Skill goals that we just didn't see nearly as often over the last couple of seasons. Schneider is going to give them a chance to win every game, and unlike last year, they aren't taking those chances for granted. Right now their best players are playing like their best players and they are continuing to ride that wave. I'm not saying that wave can't crash on top of our heads at a moment's notice, but I am saying that I am optimistic with what I am seeing on the ice. Not because it is always high quality hockey, but because it doesn't have to be for this team to walk away victorious. Doesn't matter if you win pretty or you win ugly, just win often. That's the mark of a solid team. Five out of six with a brand new roster learning a brand new style of play. That shit ain't nothing to shake a stick at! That win percentage definitely isn't sustainable, but this team isn't going to develop less chemistry. They aren't going to get worse at running Hynes system. Let's just say they have my attention, and I think that's all we could have asked for entering this season.
They just feel so much better against Philly, don't they? Current mood...
P.S. Legitimately believe that if the Flyers had let Travis Zajac score a hat trick then they should have made their players pack up the entire franchise and carry it up to Quebec for good.