Who's gonna' win it all?

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    Apr 11, 2009 6:19 AM GMT
    Ok, it's that time of year again. Since my lame-ass women's undergarment-wearing vaginal swabs didn't make it to the playoffs for the second straight year, I think I'm pulling for the Caps. What say you all?
  • jockalone

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    Apr 15, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    sharks are going to the cup

    montreal is looking good as well
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    Apr 19, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    I think it actually could be a "Original Six" final. Boston vs. Detroit, with Detroit winning it again in 6.

    Washington looks like they will disappoint again this year. San Jose got off to a bad start at home, but will probably bounce back. The up and coming team for the future is Chicago.
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    Apr 19, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    Washington sure does look disappointing. Ovenchicken is getting plenty of chances but can't quite finish the job.

    The Montreal/Boston series is terrific. Good old-fashioned in your face physical play.
  • shoelessj

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    Apr 26, 2009 6:59 PM GMT
    I agree with sir real -- boston-detroit.
    but watch out, 'here come the hawks, the mighty blaaaaa-ack-hawks...'
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    Apr 28, 2009 8:37 PM GMT
    I haven't seen any evidence thus far that anyone left in the west can beat Detroit. Though Anaheim has a strong enough defense to give it a shot, and Vancouver has a good enough defense along with strong/reliable goaltending to give it a shot. I guess it all depends on Detroit's defense and especially their goaltending.

    The East is tough. Still two teams to be determined, but all four teams remaining in the first round look vulnerable enough. That leaves Pittsburgh and Boston. That's a tough call. I have to go with Pittsburgh on this one. They had a much tougher series with Philly. I'm not sure the Habs even showed up against Boston really. As good as Boston has played, they aren't THAT good. So Boston really hasn't been challenged yet.

    A rematch from last year's finals? Eeek. Hard not to give Detroit the advantage, but Pittsburgh now has more experience in the playoffs, but I still don't think they are tough enough to beat them. I could be wrong, though. Detroit has had some VERY significant defensive breakdowns late in the season, giving up 7 and 8 goals at times. But thus far they have been flawless, but like Boston, they weren't really challenged significantly.
  • hartfan

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    May 03, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    Predictions for the semifinals:

    Boston vs. Carolina: Bruins in 6
    Washington vs. Pittsburgh: Caps in 7
    Detroit vs. Anaheim: Wings in 7
    Vancouver vs. Chicago: Hawks in 6

    Anyone else a little tired of the "dream matchup" between Crosby-Malkin-Ovechkin-Semin rivalry hyped by the NHL?
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    May 03, 2009 4:01 AM GMT
    The games in this round have been terrific so far. They have been very physical, Chicago has had nice comebacks (although one didn't work out) and I've seen a few saves (Varlamov/Luongo) that made me come out of my seat (not really, but close).

    As for the NHL hyped rivalry, meh, they've had their head up Cindy's fanny for so long I guess I just don't think about it, anymore. I love Ovenchicken, aside from some of his goal celebrations I just think he's having so much fun and to me, he's the best offensive player in the league (his defense isn't shabby, either).
  • jockalone

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    May 15, 2009 1:08 PM GMT
    who'd a thunk it. carolina? great series unfortunate outcome.
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    May 15, 2009 1:49 PM GMT
    Many a head is hanging low in Boston today....
  • hartfan

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    May 16, 2009 6:20 AM GMT
    This was an awesome second round of the NHL playoffs. Ducks-Wings and Bruins-Canes were fantastic series that came down to close Game 7s. Caps-Pens was a little letdown when the Caps imploded in the end, while Hawks-Canucks was exciting because of how physical and good the Hawks have become for a young upstart team. The conference finals will be explosive, with an Original Six matchup in the west and two underdog teams in the east.

    Here's my predictions:

    Detroit-Chicago: Wings in 7
    Pittsburgh-Carolina: Hurricanes in 7

    So we'll have the defending Stanley Cup champions play the champions from three seasons ago in the Stanley Cup.

    What do y'all think?
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    May 16, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
    I almost agree with you, but I think Sid the Kid is going to pull through for Pittsburgh and bring the Cup back to the Steel City for the first time since 1992. And that will guarantee him his spot on the 2010 Canadian Olympic team.
  • hartfan

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    May 16, 2009 6:45 AM GMT
    NoSuchPerson saidI almost agree with you, but I think Sid the Kid is going to pull through for Pittsburgh and bring the Cup back to the Steel City for the first time since 1992. And that will guarantee him his spot on the 2010 Canadian Olympic team.


    Yes, Crosby is playing at his absolute best right now, but even if the Pens overcame the stellar defense of the Canes and the amazing Cam Ward (and I agree it's really kinda 50-50 at this point), they'll be playing the Wings in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup final, which the Wings already won in 6 games. I think the Wings are just too experienced, disciplined and talented even for the Penguins. But we'll see how it all plays out. It's gonna be a blast.
  • gr8hands4you

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    May 18, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    I think Detroit Red Wings will get the cup again. I think after that they need to look for a new city because Detroit is the worst place to live and the whole city has been built on corruption for mare than 30 years. I also think the general attitude of so many people in that area is vial and they dont have any respect for anybody or anything. If I were the owner of the Red Wings I would choose to move the team to the suburbs and rename the team.
  • shoelessj

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    May 18, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
    Uh, yeah. "Vial" indeed.

    Anyways, so much for the impenetrable Luongo, eh?
    The 'Hawks may not get past Detroit, but man, what an amazing season it has been for these kids. Unfortunately at the end of the season they will likely have to say goodbye to Khabibulin...since Huet was brought in as his replacement and they cannot carry two high-paid goalies on the roster and Huet is the one with the contract at this point. Still, i am amazed at how these guys came together this year. After hockey was all but dead in chicago, there is a very bright future now.


  • hartfan

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    May 20, 2009 4:23 AM GMT
    shoelessj saidUh, yeah. "Vial" indeed.

    Anyways, so much for the impenetrable Luongo, eh?
    The 'Hawks may not get past Detroit, but man, what an amazing season it has been for these kids. Unfortunately at the end of the season they will likely have to say goodbye to Khabibulin...since Huet was brought in as his replacement and they cannot carry two high-paid goalies on the roster and Huet is the one with the contract at this point. Still, i am amazed at how these guys came together this year. After hockey was all but dead in chicago, there is a very bright future now.




    It is a travesty that Osgood is only paid a fifth of what Luongo is getting when Ozzie has won 3 Stanley Cups and Luongo has won 2 playoff series. Luongo will probably go on to win many more, but considering the job Osgood has done and will continue to do for the Wings, it's interesting what the Wings are thriving with.
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    May 25, 2009 2:05 PM GMT
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    shoelessj saidUh, yeah. "Vial" indeed.

    Anyways, so much for the impenetrable Luongo, eh?
    The 'Hawks may not get past Detroit, but man, what an amazing season it has been for these kids. Unfortunately at the end of the season they will likely have to say goodbye to Khabibulin...since Huet was brought in as his replacement and they cannot carry two high-paid goalies on the roster and Huet is the one with the contract at this point. Still, i am amazed at how these guys came together this year. After hockey was all but dead in chicago, there is a very bright future now.




    It is a travesty that Osgood is only paid a fifth of what Luongo is getting when Ozzie has won 3 Stanley Cups and Luongo has won 2 playoff series. Luongo will probably go on to win many more, but considering the job Osgood has done and will continue to do for the Wings, it's interesting what the Wings are thriving with.


    Remember that Detroit has the best or second best defense in the league (though you wouldn't know that this year). Osgood is fine in goal, but he is NOT a great goaltender. He generally won't lose the game in the playoffs, but he won't win games either. He'll do his job very adequately. Luongo, on the other hand, has the capability to win games. Having won 3 Cups does not make you a great goaltender. It just means you were good enough. He's never won a Vezina, though he has won a Jennings twice, but again that's more of a team's all around defensive award than an true award for an individual's play.

    Admittedly, Luongo hasn't proven himself, so at this time he is not worth the money he is being paid, but he (supposedly) has much greater potential than Osgood, thus he is being paid a lot more.

    As for the OP's question. About halfway through the first round I predicted a Detroit-Pittsburgh rematch, and it is looking like it might happen. Admittedly, I was stunned by how poorly the Pen's played vs. the Caps, and conversely how well they have played against Carolina (I thought it might go 6 or 7 games). Everything else has been right on target thus far (including the seven game series between Detroit and Anaheim). The only team that has surprised me thus far has been Chicago. Frankly, they haven't played all that well, but they still won two series against teams, with more talent than they, especially veteran talent. Perhaps the Campbell signing wasn't quite as ridiculous as it seemed at the time.

    Based on what I've seen in total, Detroit ought to beat out Pittsburgh. Detroit has overall, looked much better. Though the wild card factor will be which way will the refs call it since they tend to let a lot of crap go for both those teams. Also, Osgood has looked pretty shaky at times during the past two months and the whole defense at times too, so if Pittsburgh can score some goals like they have during the past two series they may be able to do it, but somehow based on Detorit's number of veterans, I doubt they will fall apart.
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    May 25, 2009 2:22 PM GMT
    Detroit all the way.

    I'm planning my trip back to Michigan for the victory parade!
  • shoelessj

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    May 26, 2009 5:21 AM GMT
    Not sure about the effect that Brian Campbell has had on the Hawks playoff performance. People around here hate the acquisition. He's a real pretty skater, but it seems that he just cannot travel with the puck at all. Very easy to take it away from him, it seems.

    And it was disappointing to see the Hawks fall apart sunday and lose their composure [not to mention their coach losing his mind, as well]. But the future is theirs, I believe. I think also the influence of the 'special assistant' scotty bowman will be felt as soon as this season ends [his son might get promoted to GM and we can see some interesting deals].


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    May 26, 2009 5:42 AM GMT
    klondikebar saidOk, it's that time of year again. Since my lame-ass women's undergarment-wearing vaginal swabs didn't make it to the playoffs for the second straight year, I think I'm pulling for the Caps. What say you all?


    i need more specifics:

    1) are you covered in chocolate?

    2) are you loaded big and thick no room for a stick?

    3) what would we do without you?!
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    Jan 17, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    SABRES BABY!
  • noshirt4me

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    Jan 24, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    SHARKS (this is finally our year!)