By Jay Greenberg in Newark, N.J.
Bring your galoshes
Florida coach Kevin Dineen was not happy with the quality of ice at the morning skate Tuesday
before Game 3.
quality of ice is anything like it was this morning at the skate, I think their
customer service probably will be pretty embarrassed to see that's what they are
putting out there for people to see," he said.
"It made for a pretty sloppy morning.
ice is anything like it was this morning, it will make for a very sloppy
game. No fun for the fans. A lot of water out there."
Change is inevitable
Wojtek Wolski remaining out for extra work following the skate, it would appear
he was being replaced in the Panthers' lineup with Jerred Smithson.
"[Smithson] has given us some good minutes since he has been here," said
"Everybody talks about adversity
but we ran into some amazing injuries situation early, I think we had eight
callups from San Antonio at one time. When you get healthy, you have quality
commonly-held belief -- reconfirmed when the Panthers cashed two power plays to
none for the Devils and won Game 2 -- is that the only way for Florida to win
this series is on special teams. But
that's a fight Dineen insists he does not want to pick.
love to have [Devils' coach Peter DeBoer's] penalty kill," said Dineen. "We have played two games, but you look over
82 that Devils power play has not only been effective but also dangerous.
they have quality special teams on both sides, some of the most talented players
in the world. I will compare [Ilya]
Kovalchuk to [Steve] Stamkos, not only in their setup, but how effective they
are a lot of people frothing at the bit [over Parise's upcoming unrestricted
free agency]. He is a world-class player. I would not like to get into special team vs. special team game, they
have a heckuva squad. We need a more well rounded game, can't rely on special
teams to win us every game."
Just win, baby
Devils, 3-7 in three fast post-season exits since moving to the Prudential
Center, are still looking for a first big moment at their home arena.
to win a series," said Marty Brodeur. "These fans have been waiting. It hasn't
been easy for us as of late. We created
a lot of good moments at The Continental (Airlines Arena) but its important to
start creating some stuff here."
unlike their past custom, slept in their own beds Monday night, and will only be
herded into a hotel only following the morning skates for the games in Newark.
"We just came from spending five days together," said Brodeur. "If it hasn't jelled yet it isn't
seen each other for 82 games, and went on the road for five days. It's kind of nice to stay away from each
other for a little bit and be happy to see each other again."
which teammate he most enjoys getting away from, Brodeur smiled in the direction
of David Clarkson, with whom he has had a fake feud for years.
"Everybody knows who," said Brodeur.
idiot," Clarkson said with a smile. "But I need
some time to think of a reply to that."
Lady Byng dept:
When asked if
this series -- devoid of any fights or remotely suspendable actions through two
games -- was proving that things don't have to get ugly for them to be intense,
Clarkson said: "I like the
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