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Erik Redburn
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posted 15 February 2007 05:52 PM      Profile for Erik Redburn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
We need a hockey thread, what with the trade deadline loooming and playoff races heating up. (or down, for a few losers -maybe next decade Philly) I see that Calgary has addressed its two biggest weaknesses, Conroy at centre and Stuart on defence, and Ottawa finally added a second line centre again, but is it enough and what about the rest of them of them? Luongo has been performing miracles in Vancouver but unless they can get one good rightwinger and a decent backup in goal I don't think they have a chance to get past the first round. Any other opinions on who stands the best chance(?)

[ 03 April 2007: Message edited by: EriKtheHalfaRed ]

[ 15 April 2007: Message edited by: EriKtheHalfaRed ]


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The Sens, and maybe Calgary, is the only team that has a realistic chance at winning the Cup. The way the Oil has been playing, they won't even make the playoffs, let alone make another run for the Cup like last year.

I think that Buffalo is going to win it, or maybe the Ducks.


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posted 16 February 2007 07:35 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The Habs take home the cup every year. The Stanley Cup that rests in my heart.
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I'll have to have a looky at the injury report after round one to make any predictions. I think the Sabers are looking pretty good. The Sens could be a surprise this year. What the hell happened to my Habs ?. Maybe this new kid from Hamilton can shut the door on Brind'Amour and company.
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posted 17 February 2007 12:45 AM      Profile for West Coast Greeny     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Nashville.

Sadly.


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posted 17 February 2007 07:28 AM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Montreal is a disaster right now. Huet gone, Kovalev out with a pout, our best scorer is a defenceman and somehow we're bad enough that we're tied with Toronto. And it looks like they'll edge us out unless something changes fast.

I'm going to see the game on Tuesday, though, against Washington. That'll be sweet.


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quote:
Originally posted by Catchfire:
I'm going to see the game on Tuesday, though, against Washington. That'll be sweet.

I was supposed to go to that game with some friends. Too bad I had to ditch the tik because of a test.


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posted 17 February 2007 09:44 AM      Profile for dgrollins   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by West Coast Greeny:
Nashville.

Sadly.


The Leafs.

HAHAHAHAHA.

*(cough)*

Sorry...

Yeah, I think Nashville are going to take it. Because everyone knows that the Stanley Cup must be won by communities that could care less. That said, there are worse teams that could win--Nashville plays a wonderful brand of hockey and are a joy to watch. They play the game he way it is supposed to be played.

But, the real question I have is: Who is gonna stop my Raptors!


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What, no Leaf fans brave enough this year to predict that the young Andrew Raycroft is the next Cujo or that 37 year old Mats Sundin can still carry the offence all the way to the Finals? I'm so disappointed. How bout Brian McCabe then?

Actually I thought Montreal had a pretty good young team this year (what with Radek Bonk finally living up to the high expectations...) but without Huet I doubt they can even make the dance either. Still think the Oil could still squeek in like usual, if they can get one really good d-man again. Maybe they got a couple second round picks they can offer Boston.


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I just think the Canucks need someone to play Henrik Sedin to Markus Naslund, the same way that Henrik Sedin sets up Daniel. Or maybe if it's a winger, just someone he can feed off of - and who can score. Naslund's been playing better of late, but he just doesn't have anyone good to play with, if he's not on a line with the Sedins. And if he's with the Sedin's, no one else is all that effective. If they can get that type of player, they'll be set. Even though Nonis keeps saying that he's looking for someone to replace Kesler until he comes back (because Kesler scored so much after all!?!), and another defenceman he'll be set. The Canucks don't have that much offensive talent, that's what you really need, someone who can score. If they can get that, they have the defensive system, and of course Goaltending down pat (so long as Luongo doesn't get injured), and I think in that case they really would stand a chance to go far in the playoffs. Really, they're going to play Luongo like crazy anyways, and most teams that make it far go with one goalie. It would be nice to give him a rest, but they're not going to play that guy more than five games the rest of the way (if they can help it). Maybe I'm just not used of the Canucks having a solid goalie, but Luongo is really, freak'n good - and I think that will make all the difference in the playoffs. Unlike Cloutier, who was good for at least one soft goal a game, Luongo has to be cleanly beaten almost all of the time.

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quote:
Originally posted by EriKtheHalfaRed:
What, no Leaf fans brave enough this year to predict that the young Andrew Raycroft is the next Cujo or that 37 year old Mats Sundin can still carry the offence all the way to the Finals? I'm so disappointed. How bout Brian McCabe then?

Actually I thought Montreal had a pretty good young team this year (what with Radek Bonk finally living up to the high expectations...) but without Huet I doubt they can even make the dance either. Still think the Oil could still squeek in like usual, if they can get one really good d-man again. Maybe they got a couple second round picks they can offer Boston.


I predicted that Toronto would miss the playoffs this year, and I am a fan. So there. I also predicted that San Jose would win the cup. That will only happen if Cheechoo lives up to his billing and Thornton's recent slide stops. Nashville looks inexplicably anxious for a run this year.

That's not what I want to happen, mind you, but I am a realist. The lack of trade action for Canadian teams (aside from Calgary) really signals that they are not trying to make a serious run this year. The ghost of Harold Ballard, yada, yada, yada.


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Maybe they will make major trades, but they've promised Sportsnet/TSN/The Score that they won't make any major trades until trade-deadline day...that way the networks will have a reason to justify their four hour long talk shows.
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What a game by the Canadiens tonight. Koivu is amazing. 6-5 against Nashville with Samsonov tying it with 50 seconds to go. Koivu got the shootout winner. Awesome.
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posted 23 February 2007 12:06 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
GO HABS GO!
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I love Jarsolav Halak.
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Calgary will have a decent chance at a good run for the cup, but I doubt anything past the 3rd series. Last year at this time, they had a very similar defensive core built up around Kipper in net... And this year that still remains strong, especially on home ice.

The major difference between this year and last year for the flames... We used to ask 'who will score this time?' as the Flames seriously lacked regular goal scorers. This year that has greatly changed and we now ask which one will score first.

Calgary's standings in the West going into the playoffs will make a huge difference... Flames play better in high energy (They were in Dallas when an ice storm hit and the crowd there was empty... What an ugly game that was). I'm not sure how the other stadiums hold up, but the Flames saddledome is silly loud especially into the playoffs (over the course of a playoff game, the sound level remains in the 100 decible range peaking around 130 for a goal or a good hit. They advertise this and ask fans to wear earplugs). If the flames maintain home ice advantage, they are exceedingly difficult to beat at home at will have a decent run (23-3 is their record since november at home? In the course of a 10+ home game winning streak they allowed 14 goals... I think vancouver is the only team with a positive record in the saddledome).

I give the flames their conference, but they'll fall to the ducks or possibly San Jose.


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What Calgary has to do is learn how to win on the road again, even if theyre willing to go to seven games their home ice advantage will likley end after the second round.

In Re to VK, the Canucks need a good scoring rightwinger more than a centre now IMO. They got Henrik and Morrison already down the middle but Noone better than Nelson Pyatt (who admittedly has done better than expected) on the right. (unless theyre willing to play Naslund on his off-wing again) Still think they could use a decent backup goalie too, as even workhorse like Luongo might need a couple more days rest before the playoffs. If he ever gets injured for more than game -- so long Nucks for another year. I'm still pissed at Nonis for giving Willie Mitchell 3.5 million per but refusing to give Anson Carter two. Half a million less for either him or Luongo and they could have helped Roberto out by scoring a few more goals.

Re SanJose, they have some opf the horses but they too need another winger, no point in having Two elite centres but only one elite winger to play with em. Could also use another solid puck handling D-man too since they traded Brad Stuart. Unlike Vancouver though, they got at least one good goalie to spare.


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well,
drop the do-nothing Habs from your Stanley Cup pool ....

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quote:
Originally posted by Geneva:
well,
drop the do-nothing Habs from your Stanley Cup pool ....

If they squeek into the playoffs, anything's possible. Oilers last year eh.


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While I don't share the pessimism of Geneva--I think the Habs will make it into th playoffs, or at least, I pray they do--the Habs simply do not have a goaltender who can take them far in the second season. Halak is awkward and unsteady, and Aebisher is a wash. Huet has some spark, but I still can't shake the feeling that he's a second-string keeper with the odd streak in him. The Habs just don't have a Wayne Roloson to buttress their team to make it far.

We'll see though. Go Habs!


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posted 28 February 2007 01:21 PM      Profile for Lou Arab   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Smitty traded...

SOB!

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posted 28 February 2007 02:33 PM      Profile for Jingles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I predict he'll be back after his UFA kicks in. Lowe hinted as much at the press conference. Smitty's been hired out as a mercenary for the rest of the season.
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posted 28 February 2007 02:51 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by dgrollins:
The Leafs.

HAHAHAHAHA.


Hey, this could still be the year! Believe! Belieeeeeve! We're only in tenth...

...oh never mind. I've got nothing.


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posted 28 February 2007 03:38 PM      Profile for dgrollins   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:

Hey, this could still be the year! Believe! Belieeeeeve! We're only in tenth...

...oh never mind. I've got nothing.


Avtually, I think you meant to say BeLEAF!, BELEAF!!!


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Looks like the Globe hasn't given up yet, despite the fact that the Leafs are in 11th place!

quote:
The Eastern Conference-leading Sabres are a whopping 21 points in front of the Leafs. After last night's action, however, in which the Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders all won, the Leafs slipped to 11th in the race.

As much as Toronto wants to succeed in its playoff push, Buffalo, chasing first overall in the National Hockey League, wants to make sure the Leafs miss the postseason.

If the Leafs make the playoffs and finish eighth they would play Buffalo in the opening round. The Sabres don't want this scenario because the Leafs have played better at HSBC Arena than in past seasons and Buffalo doesn't want its building filled by 8,000 or so Leaf fans for each home playoff game.


Heh. I'm ashamed to say I snorted involuntarily when I read the bolded line. I'm sorry! May the Leaf gods forgive me!


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as a Canadiens fan, I would say 3-4 teams are not yet eliminated from that Eastern race, Michelle ...
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/standings/conference/
Rangers .....74 37 28 9 83
Hurricanes ..74 37 29 8 82
Canadiens ...75 38 31 6 82
Islanders ..73 35 27 11 81
Maple Leafs 73 35 28 10 80

a week in NHL is a long time and a 3-game losing streak by someone could turn everything upside-down


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TAT?
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quote:
Originally posted by remind:
TAT?

?

In any case, it seems the Vancouver Luongos are very much in contention for the cup, only 4 points out of first in the conference.


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sure, go Vancouver;
but there are also 5 other division champs, Pittsburgh, Tampa, etc etc, to battle

-- quite a playoff year, I expect !

but this brings up the underlying theme of this thread:
do people here really follow teams by nationality?

if Vancouver Canucks are the only Canadian tream around in the 2nd round, what does that mean for you?

for me, pretty much nothing; I grew up in the 1970s when the Canadiens were fantastic and Canucks lousy, and hence never developed any allegiance at all to the latter;

but even in the Oilers-Islanders heyday, I was first a Bossy fan, then later a Mario Lemieux fan following the Penguins -- which now might be repeated should Sidney and Co. make a charge to the finals

team nationality does not mean too much vs player following, at least for me, when it is not Team Canada ....

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down to the wire: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/standings/conference/

Rangers ..77 39 29 9 87
Canadiens 77 40 31 6 86
Lightning 77 41 32 4 86
................
Maple Leafs 76 37 29 10 84
Hurricanes 77 38 31 8 84
Islanders 76 36 28 12 84

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TAT?
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quote:
Originally posted by Geneva:
but this brings up the underlying theme of this thread:
do people here really follow teams by nationality?

I would rank my loyalty as follows:

1. The Penguins (I live in Pittsburgh, but I've been a Pens fan for much longer, ever since Lemieux's glory days)

2. The Leafs (the team I grew up with)

3. The Buffalo Sabres (the other team I grew up with - a slightly longer drive away but more available/affordable tickets)

4. Any other Canadian team.

5. Any other U.S. team from a place where it actually snows.


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After much deliberation, I would rank NHL teams in the following manner:

1. Montreal.
2-29. Irrelevant.
30. The Leafs.

Oh, I kill me.

But seriously, what a race right now. I am holding out for Montreal and Toronto to nab the last two spots, mostly because I love the Habs more than my mom and hate Ron Brind'amour with all my heart.

And Holy Shit, am I in love with Pittsburgh right now. Everyone was saying at the beginning of the year, "Well, with Crosby, Malkin, Staal and Fleury so young, this team is going to be a dynasty in a few years." And Pittsburgh responds: "Fuck you, we want it NOW." What a bunch of players, and they are getting better every game. Watch out Ottawa. That's all I'm saying. (Go Habs!)


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yeah, me too:

if/when Montreal is out,
it is Pittsburgh all the way for me ...

Penguins-T.O. on HNIC tonight should be great, then a week later, Habs-Leafs in what could be the clincher for either/neither team in the East

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Q: Where is the red light district in Toronto?
A: Right behind the Leafs' net.

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holy cow, tighter than a Tory budget:

Rangers 78 40 29 9 89
Canadiens 79 41 32 6 88
Maple Leafs 78 38 29 11 87
Hurricanes 78 38 32 8 84


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Habs looked pretty good last night. They beat the Sabres at their own game. Of course, they were resting Miller. I see Buffalo's online poll says the Leafs won't make the playoffs. I guess they really don't want to play Toronto in the first round.
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Huh. Well, I'll be. Toronto's still got a chance.

ALL THE WAY, I TELL YOU! This is the year!

(Did I sound convincing enough? )


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I can play a Leaf's fan too. Check it out:

Pound for pound, Darcy Tucker is the best forward in the NHL.


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quote:
Originally posted by Catchfire:
I can play a Leaf's fan too. Check it out:

Pound for pound, Darcy Tucker is the best forward in the NHL.


The best April Fool's joke of the year!


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The Vancouver Canucks are holding on to first place quite nicely, thank you!
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Ranger 7, Toronto 2. Not that I ever liked the Leafs' chances, but I like them even less after last night. That was the game to show up for, boys.
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I think it was their third game in four days. That's gruelling. The Habs games are nicely spaced with a few days rest inbetween. Recovery time between games means a lot. The average person would be dragging their asses for a week after that much physical exertion, legs and wrists hacked and being flattened against the boards.
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posted 02 April 2007 04:33 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Toronto-based teams that will be in the playoffs (or have not yet been eliminated from the playoff contention):

The Raptors (clinched a playoff berth)
The Blue Jays (1-0 on the season)
Toronto FC (haven't started their season yet)
The Argos (won't start their season for months)

You can scratch the Leafs off that list.


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You forgot the Toronto Rock (currently 6-7 and still in playoff contention).

Seriously, though, where are all the Leaf fans who should be busy telling us what a lame-bo Alfredsson is? I can't remember the last time I was able to shoot off so many Leaf jibes without comeuppance (I hope it comes in verbal form and not karmic form).

Scout? Anyone?


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[Bad, old joke]
Q. Why won't the NHL expand and put a hockey team in Hamilton?
A. Because Toronto would get jealous and want an NHL team too!

[/Bad, old joke]


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a wild ride for Habs, Leafs:
http://tinyurl.com/2keau8

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This is a huge night in the playoff races. All seven teams on the bubble in the east play, including two games (Rangers-Islanders and Carolina-Tampa) where two on-the-bubble teams play against each other.

Montreal and Toronto should win, both playing at home against eliminated teams, although Boston tends to be a pretty tough opponent for the Habs. A Montreal win eliminates Florida. As well, if Montreal wins, Carolina and the Islanders will be eliminated with a single loss.

As for the original question in this thread (now that I'm done my anti-Toronto trolling ) watch out for Montreal in the playoffs, especially if Huet returns healthy. Calgary has suddenly found its game. Vancouver is a good hockey club -- probably the best Canucks squad ever. I'm not a fan of Ottawa, mostly because we've seen them disappoint in the playoffs so much in the past few years. If Montreal folds (then please disregard this entire paragraph ) and Toronto gets in, I don't particularly like their chances. Their goaltending has bee hit and miss all year. Raycroft has shown a propensity to be just plain awful.

Vancouver is certainly the best Canadian bet to be in the final. Montreal is my dark horse. Wouldn't it be nice to have an all-Canadian final?


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I attended the last all-Canadian final:
3rd game of Calgary-Montreal at the old Forum in May 1989

since then, only Montreal in 93 has won the Cup, while Calgary and Edmonton have been in the last 2 finals

** A-OOO-GAH!! update: yes, of course, Vancouver in '94 finals vs Rangers; hell, I was living in NYC but pulling 100 per cent for Messier

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I want the Habs to win, but I think Pittsburgh might go all the way.
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Pittsburgh's still a couple years away, New Jersey and Buffalo are the best bets in the east, Detroit, Nashville or Anahiem in the west --now that were admitting that None of the Canadian teams have a serious shot this year. Ottawa still needs a real number one goalie, Vancouver still needs a real rightwinger and backup, Edmonton needs a bigger budget, Toronto and Montreal -well they need something just about Everywhere. And Calgary? I don't know What they need now... maybe Sean Donovan back. Oh well, next year it'll be exactly fifteen years since Montreal last fluked out.
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Decided to change the heading since the playoffs are almost upon us again. Question now is who's going to go as far as the final four? (finals are still too far away and fields too open this year) Anyone brave enough to make predictions yet? (I figure some Canadian team has a chance to make at least the semis)


And PS: lets please not forget that the lowly Vancouver Canucks came wthin one game of making Messier and the Rangers wait onemore year for a cup, a mere thirteen years ago. That's Two cup finals in a mere thirty six year existence so far. Must be that Eastern bias again....


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corrected my post above for Eastern bias; hard to figure
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get ready for a REAL Hockey Night in Canada this Saturday;

Canadiens 80 42 32 6 90
Maple Leafs 80 39 30 11 89

http://tinyurl.com/2let8a

While the Canadiens play tomorrow night against the Rangers in New York and the Leafs visit the Islanders, it appears that Saturday night's game in Toronto will decide one of the final spots.

"It will be the most important game a lot of the players on this team have ever played," said Koivu, ....

"If you think of the rivalry between us and the Leafs with the game on national TV, you can't ask for anything more."


but first, on to New York:
http://tinyurl.com/39dvza

The Islanders kept the Rangers from clinching a playoff spot, but they still need to win their remaining three games. At 37-30-12, they have 86 points and sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, 4 points behind eighth-place Montreal, which holds the final playoff berth. The Islanders play ninth-place Toronto here Thursday night. Even Islanders Coach Ted Nolan called it a “million-to-one” chance, but it is a chance that Dubielewicz gave them.

“We’re not eliminated yet,” defenseman Brendan Witt said. “We have to take it literally one game at a time. I hate to say that stupid cliché, but it’s true. We have to focus now on Toronto coming in here.”


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I'm going to guess that the final four will be these four teams:

In the west:

Vancouver in 7 vs. Calgary

In the east:

Buffalo in 7 vs. New Jersey

In the final:

Vancouver in 6 vs. Buffalo

Winner is:

Your Vancouver Canucks. Woot...woot. We'll, I think they have the defensive game down in a way that they never have before. Although interestingly enough they seem to have lost much of their offensive punch, but as they say, defence wins championships. If Naslund starts producing, and no one else goes into the tank, because they've been doing it without him, then I'll be more confident.

I may completely change my prediction once the playoffs start, in fact I probably will.

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Pittsburgh will be in the cup final.
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If the two New Yorks lose tonight, we could still see both the Leafs and the Habs in the 7-8th position, yes?

6 TAMPA BAY 80 44 32 4 92
7 NY RANGERS 80 41 29 10 92
8 MONTREAL 80 42 32 6 90
9 TORONTO 80 39 30 11 89
10 NY ISLANDERS 79 37 30 12 86

Habs vs. Rangers and Leafs vs. Isles tonight.

The Rangers play the Penguins on Saturday...a game that has to favour the Pens. If the Habs and the Leafs both win in regulation tonight, and the Rangers lose in regulation on Saturday, while the Leafs win in OT/SO against the Habs, it could happen! Then we'd have 3 eastern Canadian teams playing towards a first round exit!

I don't include Tampa in the equation because the are playing a guaranteed 2 points tomorrow (Florida).


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oh boy, Rangers (and Tampa) in:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/hockey/nhl/04/05/rangers.clinch.ap/index.html

Leafs-Habs game Saturday bigger than ever:

Canadiens ...81 42 33 6 90
Maple Leafs 81 39 31 11 89


[ 06 April 2007: Message edited by: Geneva ]


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Let's see, I'm going to be at my mom's place on Saturday night...hopefully she won't mind watching the game!
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look at these 4 good teams, all Conference finals-worthy:
Ottawa-Pittsburgh
Nashville-SJ Sharks

2 will be gone after the 1st round because of their seeding; I hate that
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/standings/conference/

** on second thought: whatever happens to the Penguins in the 1st round, their season is a triumph, it is only Ottawa that would be really a bust to go that early;
... it's having 2 West Conference Finals-calibre teams like the Sharks and Nashville eliminating each other in the 1st round that bugs me

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Saturday's Habs v Leafs game is going to be a great game (which I could see it but I'll be at the Wild game).

Playoff success is largely determined by goaltending. And Minnesota (with Backstrom and Fernandez) has two solid netminders and both Vancouver and Detroit have bona fide superstars in Luongo and Hasek, respectively.

I think those are the three teams to watch in the West.

Personally, I'm hoping for a Western Conference Final of Wild v. Canuckleheads (with the Wild winning it in Game 7, of course!!).


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Sven: Saturday's Habs v Leafs game is going to be a great game ...

I hate to break the news to you, but BOTH the Habs and the Leafs could fail to make the playoffs. The NY Islanders, if they win their last 2 games, could come up the middle and send Koivu, Sundin et al packing. Ouch.

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Montreal can't be caught if they win. They have more wins than the Isles which will put them over the top. Toronto has to win and hope.

Oh God, tomorrow is going to be terrible.


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quote:
Originally posted by Sven:
Saturday's Habs v Leafs game is going to be a great game (which I could see it but I'll be at the Wild game).

Playoff success is largely determined by goaltending. And Minnesota (with Backstrom and Fernandez) has two solid netminders and both Vancouver and Detroit have bona fide superstars in Luongo and Hasek, respectively.

I think those are the three teams to watch in the West.

Personally, I'm hoping for a Western Conference Final of Wild v. Canuckleheads (with the Wild winning it in Game 7, of course!!).


Oh, there won't be a game 7. Todd Bertuzzi will make sure of that. That is, if Detroit meets them.


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quote:
Originally posted by Vansterdam Kid:
I'm going to guess that the final four will be these four teams:

In the west:

Vancouver in 7 vs. Calgary

In the east:

Buffalo in 7 vs. New Jersey

In the final:

Vancouver in 6 vs. Buffalo

Winner is:

Your Vancouver Canucks. Woot...woot. We'll, I think they have the defensive game down in a way that they never have before. Although interestingly enough they seem to have lost much of their offensive punch, but as they say, defence wins championships. If Naslund starts producing, and no one else goes into the tank, because they've been doing it without him, then I'll be more confident.

I may completely change my prediction once the playoffs start, in fact I probably will.

[ 04 April 2007: Message edited by: Vansterdam Kid ]


I doubt Vancouver will get past the 2nd round. I just don't think they have the offensive depth to go far in the playoffs. Only the Sedin line, can score consistently. A lot of the time, even when Vancouver wins, they get outplayed two out of three periods.

Because Vancouver doesn't have the depth, it puts a lot of pressure on The Sedin line to score, and on Luongo not to let in very many goals (since Vancouver really can't play catchup style hockey). The pressure faced by the sedin line, and by Luongo increases the chance that they will crack under the pressure.

Also, in a series, the opposing team has multiple games to figure out how to beat Luongo, and as I said, Vancouver can't play catchup hockey. They get down by a couple of goals, and they're fucked.


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The Maple Leafs are going to lock up 8th place tonight.

And then they'll go all the way and win the cup.....


.....BAAAHAHAHAHA!!!


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Leafs beat the Canadiens 6-5, but they havn't locked up 8th place yet.

New York Islanders also won their game today, and if they win their game tomorrow against New Jersey, they will take 8th place away from Toronto.

Which is why I was rooting for Montreal to win tonight, so the NY Islanders would have no chance to take the final playoff spot. Oh well, we just have to hope that NY Islanders loose tomorrow.

On another note, Vancouver lokced up first place in the northeast division with their win against San Jose. Vancouver will face Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.


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Damn, I missed it, musta been a good one. Too bad for Montreal but good for TO, think the Isles will blow it without their number one goalie, but I wouldn't want to jinx my fellow Canadians so won't make that a bet.

ETA: Canucks are lucky to face Dallas not SanJose, good chance for at least onemnore round now. But then luck has nothing to do with it, we have Roberto in net now....

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The Montreal vs. Toronto game was great, apart from the goaltending. We just have to cross our fingers and hope that the Islanders loose tomorrow.
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My fingers will be crossed, soon as I stop typing.
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go Isles go !!!
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Geneva: go Isles go !!!

Don't be silly. It's way more fun to watch the Leafs lose and guffaw at the interminable hand-wringing of the Hogtown Toronto media afterwards.

Meanwhile, Vancouver and Ottawa will romp.


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Meanwhile, Vancouver and Ottawa will romp.

Romp? I don't think this is the year either team wins their first Cup. You need character to win a Cup. Ottawa is the same bunch of chokers as last year and their going to face a team lead by Roberts a veteran who has won the Cup and can show Sid the Kid how to punk the Sens.


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While I don't share Scout's disdain for Ottawa, they will be going down to Pittsburgh, and much quicker, I think, than they expect.

Oh God, last night's game was awful to watch. Dave Jackson is the best player the Leafs never had. Anyway, I'm ashamed to say that I agree with Geneva. Go Isles Go! and let me taste the sweetness of schadenfreude.

Pittsburgh and Buffalo in the semis. I don't know enough about the West to pick.


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posted 08 April 2007 09:21 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Left Turn:
Leafs beat the Canadiens 6-5, but they havn't locked up 8th place yet.

New York Islanders also won their game today, and if they win their game tomorrow against New Jersey, they will take 8th place away from Toronto.


Well gee, I never thought I'd hear myself say this, but GO DEVILS GO!

P.S. Last night's game was sweet. I was going to babble during, but I am at my mom's this weekend, so we just watched the game together instead. It was a nailbiter all the way through.


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Originally posted by Geneva:
go Isles go !!!

Well, there's no Brodeur in net for the Devils - so they aren't trying to do the Leafs any favours.


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Oh man it's in OT.
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I really feel sorry for the Leafs fans *snerk*; to have their playoff dreams brought back from the dead on a last second goal and then killed once again in a shootout thanks to the goaltending of DiPietro... I mean Dunham... I mean... who was that guy again?

Oh, oh it hurts to laugh. Ha ha!

(Please don't ban me Michelle)


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Islanders won in OT. That means Toronto doesn't make the playoffs.
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Not having either Toronto or Montreal in the playoffs sucks.

Oh well, at least Vancouver won their division title.

Go Canucks Go!


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So I guess we won't need to hear about the Leafs again until Draft Day. I guess we'll probably hear about their inevitable couldn't get Luongo so let's get Raycroft / couldn't get Forsberg so let's get Perrault routine. But I guess that can't be helped. (There you go WCG, I took some heat away from you.)

But in all honesty, it's probably bad for the NHL that both Montreal and Toronto are missing the playoffs. I just hope that another non-Hockey city like Raleigh, or Tampa doesn't win the cup again. And with Nashville in it's possible. Although they don't come across as a real 'playoff' team, and they've gone into the tank in their last ten or fifteen games.

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Originally posted by West Coast Greeny:
(Please don't ban me Michelle)

Oh, I won't.

BTW, did I mention that I've given Scout mod privileges for the day?


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Mmmm, I have always wanted to give a 5 for fighting penalty.
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Originally posted by Left Turn:
Islanders won in OT. That means Toronto doesn't make the playoffs.

Oh good, now Eastern Canada gets to watch Ottawa and Pittsburgh, rather than Buffalo sweeping Toronto.


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no Brodeur:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/hockey/nhl/04/08/isles.devils.ap/index.html

and yes, Ottawa-Pittsburgh, WA-HOO !!
Dany Heatley MVP, you read it here first ...


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Must . . . save . . . TAT.
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I hate being right.

The Leafs-Montreal game, while a goaltending disaster, was one of the most entertaining games I've ever seen. Maybe more so because I was getting progressively more drunk in a bar with a 50/50 split on Habs/Leafs fans, but who doesn't love a 6-5 game where both teams have the lead at some point? Too bad it was meaningless in the end.

And seriously, how does someone with such bad concentration problems convince two consecutive NHL teams to make him the #1 goalie? Sure, he makes highlight reel saves on many tough shots, but that means nothing if he lets 2-3 floaters in.

Re: Brodeur: I don't know if he would've made a difference. Those two Park goals were pretty well placed. Maybe he could've saved the shoot-out, but Doobie really embarrassed the NJ shooters in the end.


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and yes, Ottawa-Pittsburgh, WA-HOO !!
Dany Heatley MVP, you read it here first ...

That's pretty funny stuff - Dany Heatley isn't fit to lick Crosby's skates. And Roberts will make sure Ottawa suffers the shame of choking, again, he's had lots of practice.

I think the upstart Pens and Crosby will go to the Cup final. Ottawa just doesn't have the will to do it when the going gets tough and nothing major has changed about this team. Robert's does have the heart to do it, has done it before and he will make damn sure that from Maklin on down that they know what they need to do. Thena gain I wouldn't put some seriously dirty shit past ottawa to try and hurt Crosby or Roberts - that's their style. Dirty losers and even dirtier when they are winning.


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I'm not sure who it's going to be but a Western Conference team is going to will the Cup!! If I were betting hard cash, I'd say either Detroit or Nashville (but I'm hoping--don't laugh too hard--that it's the lowly Wild!!). The East's best chance is Buffalo.
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Oh, I won't.

BTW, did I mention that I've given Scout mod privileges for the day?


Uh oh. Have I mentioned that I've always been a Raptors fan, even before this year?


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It's okay. Cheer for the Marlies, or maybe the Toronto Rock (lacrosse) and maybe you'll fly under her radar.
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Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:

Oh good, now Eastern Canada gets to watch Ottawa and Pittsburgh, rather than Buffalo sweeping Toronto.



Every cloud has a silver lining.

From: Kickin' and a gougin' in the mud and the blood and the beer | Registered: Nov 2002  |  IP: Logged
Left Turn
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posted 09 April 2007 10:34 PM      Profile for Left Turn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I think they should scrap the shootout. I don't think important things like which teams make the plyoffs should be decided by something so arbitrary.

I also miss the days when it ws the top four teams from each division that made the playoffs, and where the first two rounds were against teams in the same division.


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Vansterdam Kid
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posted 09 April 2007 11:15 PM      Profile for Vansterdam Kid   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by West Coast Greeny:

Uh oh. Have I mentioned that I've always been a Raptors fan, even before this year?


Even when the Grizzlies played in Vancouver?


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Coyote
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posted 09 April 2007 11:29 PM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Ah. The Golden Age of Basketball.
From: O’ for a good life, we just might have to weaken. | Registered: Jan 2004  |  IP: Logged
Geneva
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posted 10 April 2007 01:00 AM      Profile for Geneva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
yes, sad Grizzlies gone, but spring is also the time of year to pity us hardcore Expos fans

I love Crosby, but go Senators !

[ 10 April 2007: Message edited by: Geneva ]


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Briguy
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posted 10 April 2007 03:05 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Calgary is my official annual foolish pick for the big first round upset. I've also picked San Jose, Pittsburgh, and the Rangers to "upset" their series', but those are more on the small side.
From: No one is arguing that we should run the space program based on Physics 101. | Registered: Nov 2001  |  IP: Logged
Erik Redburn
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posted 15 April 2007 10:32 PM      Profile for Erik Redburn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Calgary was one of my foolish picks too, and now I'm going to jinx Ottawa by boldly going forth where Torontonians would never dare and predicting...a semifinal exit to Buffalo.

Changed the heading again to generic playoff predictions, first rounds almost over for a few looks like, but most series still close and lots of others to go. I'll now go with a Buffalo and Detroit final, Nashville (sorry Sharks) being the other semifinal loser.

[ 15 April 2007: Message edited by: EriKtheHalfaRed ]


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Fidel
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posted 15 April 2007 11:15 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I predict Ottawa-Anaheim or Sabres-Canucks

Canucks won a close one eh!


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Erik Redburn
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posted 15 April 2007 11:25 PM      Profile for Erik Redburn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Luongo is the next revelation Fidel. Only need that one good rightwinger for next year....every city needs at least one.
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Fidel
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posted 15 April 2007 11:47 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Come on, he only faced 76 shots in game one. Are you sure he's ready ?
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gram swaraj
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posted 16 April 2007 12:55 AM      Profile for gram swaraj   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I say Detroit-Anaheim and Buffalo-Ottawa, then picking with my heart, Ottawa over Detroit for the Senators' first cup since 1927.

And tell Bettman and the 30 GMs to at least look into some real carbon offsets!!!

[ 16 April 2007: Message edited by: gram swaraj ]


From: mon pays ce n'est pas un pays, c'est la terre | Registered: Dec 2005  |  IP: Logged
jrose
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posted 16 April 2007 04:53 AM      Profile for jrose     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'm going to have to close this one...getting a little long - and now that the Leafs are out, does it really matter anyways!?

Feel free to start a new thread...


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