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Todd Cordell
New Jersey Devils
Location: Toronto, ON
Joined: 09.05.2011

Mar 29 @ 11:53 AM ET
ChrisMS
Joined: 05.02.2012

Mar 29 @ 12:07 PM ET
what happened to butcher? He was in conversations about calder in the first few months of season... did he really drop off or just get lost in the barzal/boesner race?
MannySilvers
New Jersey Devils
Location: ROCK LAND, NY
Joined: 10.07.2010

Mar 29 @ 12:12 PM ET
what happened to butcher? He was in conversations about calder in the first few months of season... did he really drop off or just get lost in the barzal/boesner race?
- ChrisMS


He's been very good. Not as good as the first couple months of the season but that was unsustainable. He actually has four points in the team's last three games.
shvingter88
New Jersey Devils
Location: We are never not our boys, CT
Joined: 10.12.2009

Mar 29 @ 12:20 PM ET
7-1 Pitt
shvingter88
New Jersey Devils
Location: We are never not our boys, CT
Joined: 10.12.2009

Mar 29 @ 12:21 PM ET
what happened to butcher? He was in conversations about calder in the first few months of season... did he really drop off or just get lost in the barzal/boesner race?
- ChrisMS

It’s a point race, he never had a real shot at it.
MartysBetter88
New Jersey Devils
Location: 94Nevermore, NJ
Joined: 07.01.2010

Mar 29 @ 12:24 PM ET
4-3 Pitt
FAZOOL
New Jersey Devils
Location: Where's Your Ring "King" Nothing?!, NJ
Joined: 04.30.2012

Mar 29 @ 12:28 PM ET
👿 GIVE EM HELL DEVILS!! 👿
dragonoffrost
Season Ticket Holder
Location: The East Coast Dump, NJ
Joined: 10.12.2015

Mar 29 @ 12:33 PM ET
I feel dirty....
GO PENS GO!
Queenie_5_hole
New Jersey Devils
Joined: 05.01.2015

Mar 29 @ 12:37 PM ET

I'm not a fan of scratching Bratt.

willschulme
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 07.06.2013

Mar 29 @ 12:40 PM ET
Gotta take advantage of the panthers loss. Doesn't happen often
hockeybocc
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 09.09.2014

Mar 29 @ 12:45 PM ET
Over/Under for tonight's game set at 6 goals - I'm thinking (never a good idea) that 6 goals is a pretty safe bet for tonight. Thoughts?
hockeybocc
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 09.09.2014

Mar 29 @ 12:46 PM ET
Very interested to see how the 2nd line plays together. Each player brings a totally different type of style
chaspav
Season Ticket Holder
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 06.14.2011

Mar 29 @ 12:48 PM ET
Butcher broke the Devils season record for assists by a rookie defenseman this year. He is also the top scoring rookie defenseman in the NHL this year and is third in assists by a rookie this year. I think he is doing just fine.
Devilspep87
New Jersey Devils
Location: Devils Land, NJ
Joined: 05.05.2017

Mar 29 @ 12:55 PM ET
Yeah I don't think we could've expected any better from Butcher coming into this season. It was a blessing Shattenkirk didn't sign with us.
Iggysbff
Edmonton Oilers
Location: Peter Chiarelli is a fking moron, Calgary, AB
Joined: 07.12.2012

Mar 29 @ 1:08 PM ET
Go Flames and Sens!
Devils622
New Jersey Devils
Location: NY
Joined: 08.31.2006

Mar 29 @ 1:47 PM ET
I’m not a fan of scratching Bratt either. He works hard and can keep pace with top line while allowing palmieri to play on line 2. He is not scoring like earlier in season but that is because he is a scratch and on 4th line.
hockeybocc
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 09.09.2014

Mar 29 @ 1:53 PM ET
I’m not a fan of scratching Bratt either. He works hard and can keep pace with top line while allowing palmieri to play on line 2. He is not scoring like earlier in season but that is because he is a scratch and on 4th line.
- Devils622


I tend to agree with you but on the flip side, who do you sit instead?

Nosen and Coleman have solidified themselves the past few games and have earned the trust of coaching staff against top talent.

Gibbons? I don't think it is a coincidence that we have won 6/9 since Gibbons has returned and our penalty kill has been on another level (against great times) since his return as well.
Pomegrant
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 01.18.2010

Mar 29 @ 2:40 PM ET
Very interested to see how the 2nd line plays together. Each player brings a totally different type of style
- hockeybocc

i wouldn't bet an over/under that doesn't have a .5 in the line.
MannySilvers
New Jersey Devils
Location: ROCK LAND, NY
Joined: 10.07.2010

Mar 29 @ 3:05 PM ET
I've been pretty vocal on here against scratching Bratt but I don't mind it when it's not Stafford playing in his place. You can make a solid argument for Noeson, Coleman, Gibbons, Maroon, and anyone else to be playing over Bratt.
TRDevil
New Jersey Devils
Location: Toms River, NJ
Joined: 04.04.2014

Mar 29 @ 3:25 PM ET
I've been pretty vocal on here against scratching Bratt but I don't mind it when it's not Stafford playing in his place. You can make a solid argument for Noeson, Coleman, Gibbons, Maroon, and anyone else to be playing over Bratt.
- MannySilvers


I agree on Stafford, I also don't think it is a bad idea to give the Bratt some rest.
jersey1414
Joined: 05.10.2013

Mar 29 @ 3:57 PM ET
I’m not a fan of scratching Bratt either. He works hard and can keep pace with top line while allowing palmieri to play on line 2. He is not scoring like earlier in season but that is because he is a scratch and on 4th line.
- Devils622


We all know he's part of the long-term plan, but aside from not scoring he's turning over the puck a bunch and he's never been great in his own end. I'm not saying he can't turn it around, but this late in the season the Devils can't let any points slip past them. I think against a deep team like Pittsburgh this is the right move.
Queenie_5_hole
New Jersey Devils
Joined: 05.01.2015

Mar 29 @ 4:04 PM ET
I tend to agree with you but on the flip side, who do you sit instead?

Nosen and Coleman have solidified themselves the past few games and have earned the trust of coaching staff against top talent.

Gibbons? I don't think it is a coincidence that we have won 6/9 since Gibbons has returned and our penalty kill has been on another level (against great times) since his return as well.

- hockeybocc



Yeah, that is the dilemma. Oddly, neither Gibbons or Bratt have good numbers individually over the last 9 games. If you go by production you can't take Coleman or Noesen out either because they're getting more points.
smellmyfinger
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 07.28.2011

Mar 29 @ 4:59 PM ET
Go Flames and Sens!
- Iggysbff



Leniwm1
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Joined: 02.24.2015

Mar 29 @ 5:13 PM ET
There is a good chance the Devils make the playoffs and Penguins miss. How funny would that be?
Pomegrant
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 01.18.2010

Mar 29 @ 5:39 PM ET
There is a good chance the Devils make the playoffs and Penguins miss. How funny would that be?
- Leniwm1

by good chance you mean almost impossible, right?
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