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#1 Silver

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:08 PM

Alright, with a week to go until playoffs, the standings still aren't set.

In the East, Florida(3), Washington(8) and Buffalo (9) are fighting for a spot.

In the West, it's Los Angeles(3), Pheonix(7), San Joses(8), Dallas(9) and Colorado(10).

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=39245

All these teams have 2 games remaining in the season and 4 points are all that separate them from golfing and going to the playoffs.

Also, Rangers and Canucks are fighting for top spot in the NHL, with both of them tied in points but Rangers having a tie breaker in more wins. Both teams have 2 games remaining as well and for Canucks to get the Presidents Trophy, the'll need to have 1 win over the Rangers.

Heh, imagine a repeat of the '94 Stanley Cup finals with Canucks and Rangers.


Anyways, what are your predictions for this year? Who do you want to win. I think my choice is obvious from my avatar.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

I want Vancouver to reach the final, only to lose the last game at home :biggrin:

On a more serious note, I want Vancouver to win. i don't support any team in NHL, so I root for the team with the Swedish players I think deserves a win the most, and I really think it is the Sedins turn.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:40 PM

So, all the teams are decided with no upsets unfortunately. Always fun to see a team come in from the back of the pack. Only thing left to do is see where the teams end up in the standings.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:35 PM

Wooo! Canucks are Presidents Trophy winners 2 years in a row!
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:56 PM

Bruins!

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:37 PM

Pens!
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:39 AM

Round 1
Eastern Conference
New York vs. Ottawa> New York
Boston vs. Washington> Boston
Florida vs. New Jersey> New Jersey
Philly vs. Pittsburgh> Philly

Western Conference
Vancouver vs. LA> Vancouver
St. Louis vs. San Jose> St. Louis
Phoenix vs. Chicago> Chicago
Nashville vs. Detroit> Detroit
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

My 2 cents:

Round 1
Eastern Conference

New York vs. Ottawa
- New York has the edge here. Ottawa has had a tremendous season, proving many crititcs wrong with their 8th place finish in the east, and Karlsson on the blueline has been fantastic. However a lack of experience, depth and true up-front scoring ability, which New York surely has, will prove to be their downfall. Also, King Henrik anyone? NYR in 5.

Boston vs. Washington
- I always cheer for Boston, so I have to go for them again. This round should be theirs, but Washington has upset potential (Ovechkin is still a great player). Tim Thomas will have to be huge, but he usually is in the playoffs and Boston's forward power is only better when compared to last year. Boston in 6.

Florida vs. New Jersey
- This one is a tough one for me to call, I think both teams don't have what it takes to make it past the 2nd round, and it's a pretty even match up. Brodeur and Kovalchuk will pull through for the Devils to edge out a close on, NJ in 7.

Philly vs. Pittsburgh
- I don't think I've ever been this excited for a game 1 matchup in the playoffs. Two teams who you have to consider contenders. Pittsburgh has amazing ability up front (Malkin, Crosby, Neal, Kunitz, Staal... even Sullivan, Cooke, Tangradi will all be chipping in), have Letang on the blueline and Fleury in net. Philly has Giroux, Hartnell, Jags etc. I think Philly has a serious physical edge, but it won't be enough to take down the Pens. (But it will leave Pittsburgh hurting hard in the next round!) PIT in 6.

Western Conference
Vancouver vs. LA
- I don't like the Canucks. (Sorry to all the fans out there). That being said, they are a good team, and should be winning this series. However, it won't be easy, and LA is that team that could easily have been a 4th or a 5th seed. They have the ability to beat Vancouver, fingers crossed. (But realistically, Van in 7)

St. Louis vs. San Jose
- STL easily wins in the goaltending department. SJ has the better lineup (imo.). I think every game will be within a goal (discarding empty netters), maybe a few OT games too. STL beats SJ in 7 but only because of amazing goaltending.

Phoenix vs. Chicago
- Chicago in 5. PHO wins 1 game because of Smith. The Hawks are too talented as opposed to an inexperienced Phoenix team with no standout players.

Nashville vs. Detroit
- This will be a great matchup also, and really could go either way. Rinne just wins all the time, and Nashville sports some real solid players in their lineup. (oh and acquiring Radulov was a great move!). Anything can happen here, so I will refrain from predicting anything. But I do hope Detroit squeezes by.

Will update after the first round is done! :rolleyes:

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:40 AM

Western Conference
Vancouver vs. LA
- I don't like the Canucks. (Sorry to all the fans out there). That being said, they are a good team, and should be winning this series. However, it won't be easy, and LA is that team that could easily have been a 4th or a 5th seed. They have the ability to beat Vancouver, fingers crossed. (But realistically, Van in 7)


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:30 AM

Disclaimer: I didn't follow this season at all, so I know nothing. I'm picking winners purely on personal preference.

Round 1
Eastern Conference
New York vs. Ottawa> Ottawa
Boston vs. Washington> Washington
Florida vs. New Jersey> New Jersey
Philly vs. Pittsburgh> Pittsburgh

Western Conference
Vancouver vs. LA> Vancouver
St. Louis vs. San Jose> St. Louis
Phoenix vs. Chicago> Chicago
Nashville vs. Detroit> Detroit


Western Conference
Vancouver vs. LA
- I don't like the Canucks. (Sorry to all the fans out there). That being said, they are a good team, and should be winning this series. However, it won't be easy, and LA is that team that could easily have been a 4th or a 5th seed. They have the ability to beat Vancouver, fingers crossed. (But realistically, Van in 7)


That's ok. Nobody likes us. We're used to it. :tongue:


I like Vancouver!

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:44 PM

As long as the Canucks follow the Way of the Leaf, they will never win the Cup.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:08 PM

Go Predators!

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It's all your fault. It's all your fault!"


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

Damn it to hell. The one person everybody was worried about, Luongo, is playing great. But the rest of the damn team is playing like crap. Half the goals on us are from retarded turnovers. The other half with a stale and uninspired special team.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:23 PM

@Silver

Don't worry man, those two losses will spur the canucks to bounce back hard. When you guys get your other sister (Sedin.. :smile: ) back you'll see a huge difference in scoring

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:17 PM

Least you aren't giving up 3 and 2 goal leads and just generally playing horrible defense like the Pens are =(
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:07 PM

Gotta admit though, Pittsburgh-Philly games certainly aren't boring.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:48 PM

Gotta admit though, Pittsburgh-Philly games certainly aren't boring.


That's for sure. Even if you're cheering for Philly here, cheer for the Pens to win a few games so that we can see more of what happened today. What a ridiculous game!

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:35 AM

Quick is better than Luongo or Schneider. Though Schneider really didn't play badly, I wouldn't have pulled him for giving up one goal.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:53 AM

This Pens vs Flyers series reminds me of last year's Nucks vs Bruins series. One team is clearly playing better hockey, and the other team reacts to this with a whole array of cheapshots. The weird thing is, over the past few years Pitt has become the far dirtier team, which used to be a Broad St Bully thing.

Pittsburgh should be ashamed of the way they have conducted themselves this series, especially Bylsma, Crosby, Asham, and Neal.

This is getting damn close to a Wings vs Avalanche fiasco. Yeah, it is entertaining, but the line has to be drawn somewhere, otherwise you are risking serious injury.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:29 AM

This Pens vs Flyers series reminds me of last year's Nucks vs Bruins series. One team is clearly playing better hockey, and the other team reacts to this with a whole array of cheapshots.


Are you saying that Boston was reacting with the cheap shots in last years final? Because then I definitely disagree with you. Remember the Rome hit on Horton? There was a lot wrong from the Canuck side too including Kesler's olympic diving performance (last night too lol)