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Well, for many of us, one of the best times of the year is upon us...the 1st rd of the playoffs is always my favorite.

Out of Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh, who do you guys see as the most ripe for an upset?

Without Crosby, I think the Pens aren't as scary as their record. But, forgive me Bruin fans, despite their record, I think the Bruins may be in trouble. I think Lucic has to get it turned around or the B's will go out in the 1st rd.

I think those are the big 3 where it would be a real upset were they to lose, based upon their dominating regular season.

The Canucks will have the 3 seed in the West, but, have looked absolutely horrific at times on defence. They could be golfing early, but their difference maker will be Kesler. If he is back at 100%, the Canucks could surprise. But, if he's just average, the Nucks will be golfing early.

I hope the season is fun for everyone.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:12 AM
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I think the Bruins are most ripe to be beaten in the first round.

It's hard to see any team having a decided edge coming into the playoffs.

Washington is one of the hottest teams but really aren't that good, the bottom half of the west is just abysmal but a team like St Louis could surprise any team.

Chicago looks the best overall, plenty of skill, great defense, and adequate goaltending. I'd say they have some toughness but does that even matter anymore in the playoffs?

I see a SCF with Chicago and Pittsburgh with Chicago winning.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:07 AM
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I think the Hawks are the class of the league, but have some holes...
Crawford has looked much better this yr, but I wonder what happens if the Hawks lose an early game, and the fans and media start looking his way (which always happens in a case like that).

I also think the Hawks may be vulnerable if the refs call less penalties and they come up against a bigger/tougher team that slows the game down.

But, talent wise, they are the class of the league right now. But sometimes it can hurt when you have such a great regular season, esp if you lose game 1.

I'm looking forward to watching the Leafs return to the playoffs for the first time since Keon retired. Young team, with lots of toughness...they could be fun to watch.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:30 PM
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The Eastern Conference playoff picture looks far more intriguing to me than the West.

Having Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto make the playoffs for the first time since 2004 has me hoping for at least one all-Canadian matchup sometime, and had me rooting hard for the Jets to make it too.

Having BOTH New York teams make it since 2007 is interesting too - I cannot wait to see how Tavares does in the playoffs with that young team, and the Rangers just barely getting in as Cup favorites to start the season adds more intrigue.

There's the whole Crosby storyline in Pittsburgh and people here in Calgary will be cheering for Iginla to win the Cup with the Pens. Who knows which Bruins team will show up and if Lucic will wake up, if at all. And the resurgence of Ovechkin and the Caps has also been fun to watch.

Lots of great storylines and things to watch for - much more interesting that the West, which looks drab by comparison.

Should be a good post season!
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:44 PM
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Kings, Hawks, Pens. I think it will be one of those three to snag the big prize.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:46 AM
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Don't count out Anaheim. And I hope the Rags implode. Not because I dislike the Rangers but because I hate Torts and I want to see him unemployed.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:11 PM
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Hello everyone.

I would like to tell each and everyone of you thanks for keeping the doors open and the lights on here.

A few months ago the subject came up of what would happen to this thread if something happened to me. I said the thread would go on and grow, as we have some great posters here with not only a lot of great stories and memories, but a lot of knowledge.

I was proven right.

But, my latest absence (this past Monday), wasn't planned the way I wanted it to be. I was gaining strength and feeling pretty good, then had to spend some time back in the ER because of heart related crap. That is now behind me and like that old "Philly Sound" song said, "There aint no stopping us now".

We have the privilege of all of our regular posters here, but, in addition, we can welcome back two of the best fellows around. Welcome canuckfan and Peacemaker2.0. It is really good to see the two of you posting more. Your absence has been felt by all of us.

Give me a bit to go over some of your comments about the teams to beat to get the Cup and I'll add my two cents in, for what its worth.

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Old 04-27-2013, 11:14 AM
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Hurry up and get back to 100% so I don't have to cheer for your Hawks, Mags!

Thanks for the welcome back...also, to you Eric, nice to read your posts again!
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:12 AM
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Good luck to one and all for the playoffs. No matter who wins, i know i'll be happy for a fan or five here
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:11 PM
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NHL First Round Match Ups

Western Conference Quarterfinals
1.Chicago Blackhawks vs. 8. Minnesota Wild
The Wild have a big team and clog the middle, not giving the Hawks the skating room they crave. However, the Wild are not a good come from behind team and can not match the team speed of the Hawks

Hawks advance

2.Anaheim Ducks vs. 7. Detroit Red Wings
The Ducks were overshadowed by the Hawks all season, but, are a damn good team. They are solid at every position and play good two way hockey. They sometimes have trouble keeping consistent pressure in the other teams end.

Detroit’s run to make the playoffs might have taken a lot out of them. Howard in goal and better defense is what got them into the playoffs. I don’t think the Ducks give them room to use their speed.

Ducks advance.

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. San Jose Sharks
Consistent scoring has been a problem for the Canucks this year. The defense has not been what it has in recent years. But, they are a team that still is physical and made some good late acquisitions. They clog the middle and slow down offenses.

The goal tending advantage goes to the Sharks. Antti Niemi is underrated, but I saw what he can do in Chicago. Defensively, the Sharks and Canucks are about the same. I don’t think the Sharks have the fire power to over come what they will face.

Both teams have been inconsistent during the season. The team that makes the fewest errors will win.

Canucks advance (unless Sharks play more error free)

4. St. Louis Blues vs. 5. Los Angeles Kings
This series and the Bruins Maple Leafs series are possibly going to create the most mayhem in the playoffs.

The Blues overcame a lot of injuries to make not only the playoffs, but the position they have. Home ice gives them a big advantage. Did the run to the playoffs take too much out of the team?

The Kings, while a solid team rode the back of Jonathan Quick to get where they are. Offensively they received some surprise contributions, which also helped them, but had some problems with consistency.

In this rough series, it is going to be the team that carves out, literally, the most room on the ice to maneuver and play their game.

This is the closest to a toss up.

Sentimental pick Blues advance

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
1. Pittsburg Penguins vs. 8. New York Islanders
Even without Crosby, this team is loaded offensively, especially with the late season pick ups of Iginla and Morrow. With Murray, they made a good defense better.

The Islanders made the playoffs for the fist time in a long time. They have a young team with a good core in Tavares and Moulson will can some good experience from being in the playoffs.

Pens advance.

2. Montreal Canadiens vs. 7. Ottawa Senators
What a turn around season from last year for the Habs. They are playing good consistent hockey on offense and defense, with a big thanks to Corey Price. If Price is off, as he can be at times, this could be interesting.

With all the injuries to the Sens this year, not a lot of people gave them a chance to make the playoffs. With Spezza out and the team given no chance, this makes them a dangerous foe in the first round. Plus, they can play physically and make rough on the Habs, even after this series ends. Don’t entirely count the Sens out of it

Canadiens advance.

3. Washington Capitals vs.6. New York Rangers
This is one of the most even match ups of the first round. Both teams streaked at the end of the season to get to where they wound up.

The Rangers can not afford to give up Power Plays to the Caps, which will be hard because of the Caps strong offense. The Rangers added Clowe at the deadline, which should be an asset, but will need better scoring. If not thiis puts a lot of pressure on Lundqvist.

If Ovechkin and Mike Green do in the playoffs what they did in the run to get there, it will make it tough on the Rangers. If Ovie gets moody, the Rangers could sneak in.

Capt to advance.

4. Boston Bruins vs. 5. Toronto Maple Leafs
I wish I could be at every game between these two. This should be one hell of a series. Notice, “Mr Buttman, please leave the series alone”.

Boston has had its problems this season, which is no great secret. They looked to be back on track, but at the end of the season seemed to take a step backward. The power play and special teams in general need to improve to advance. A lot of pressure will be put on the goalie and is Tukka Rask equal to the task?

The Leafs, who are in the playoffs for the first time in a long time have a bit of a chip on their shoulder to prove they belong. The Leafs forwards have good scoring ability. The Bruins defense has been off.

As far as physical play and what the league will allow, draw.

Bruins advance.

UPSETS WEST
Detroit
Los Angeles

UPSETS EAST
Rangers
Toronto

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Well as the puck is about to drop tonight, everyone who has a team in the final 16 are dreaming of hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup this spring/summer. For myself the playoffs began just over a month ago. I am not talking about NHL hockey thou but junior hockey. With the lockout cancelling the start of the NHL season i decided to devote my attentions to my local team, The Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Anyways i previously wrote about their amazing regular season. Well fast forward to now and the Mooseheads are in the finals against Baie-Comeau. They ranked #1 and #2 in the standings respectively. This is Halifax's 3rd time in the finals as they previously lost in 2003 and 2005 finals. I just got myself tickets to game 1 and 2. Tickets sold out in 20 minutes! The Metro Centre home of the Halifax Moosheads has been electric these playoffs, louder then some NHL rinks with over 10 000 fans enjoying the moment. Game 1 begins Friday night, i can't wait. Halifax is currently 12-0 in the playoffs sweeping their first 3 opponents, Baie Comeau should provide a much tougher test.

Oh yeah and Go Pittsburgh Penguins!
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:06 PM
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I definitely see the Rags as a sleeper going in. To me, they're going in very much the same as the Kings went into the playoffs last year. Badly underachieved during the regular season, top notch goaltending and some trouble scoring. Saw the most I ever have of Nash this year and I was impressed especially in the clutch. He scored some big late game goals that really sunk my Flyers. He reminds me a good bit of Lindros with the size, speed and hands. Doesn't have the edge or hitting of course, but I think they have a favorable first round matchup compared to the other lower seeds.

Obviously I like them in the 1st round along with CHI, LA and PGH. In the other series, I'll go with BOS (playoff experience although I don't like Rask), MTL (have a track record of doing damage if they get in), ANA (DET was lucky to make it)and SJ (they're due) but don't feel as strongly about those series as the others.
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Hello everyone.

I would like to tell each and everyone of you thanks for keeping the doors open and the lights on here.

A few months ago the subject came up of what would happen to this thread if something happened to me. I said the thread would go on and grow, as we have some great posters here with not only a lot of great stories and memories, but a lot of knowledge.

I was proven right.

But, my latest absence (this past Monday), wasn't planned the way I wanted it to be. I was gaining strength and feeling pretty good, then had to spend some time back in the ER because of heart related crap. That is now behind me and like that old "Philly Sound" song said, "There aint no stopping us now".

We have the privilege of all of our regular posters here, but, in addition, we can welcome back two of the best fellows around. Welcome canuckfan and Peacemaker2.0. It is really good to see the two of you posting more. Your absence has been felt by all of us.

Give me a bit to go over some of your comments about the teams to beat to get the Cup and I'll add my two cents in, for what its worth.

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Kings could be bumped by the Blues(sorry NickDoh).
If Price ain't right the Habs could be in trouble.
Boston could have it tough with the Leaf's but may win out.
Lot of talk the Sharks could dust the 'Nucks but I can't see them (Vancity)losing in the first. Second perhaps.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:11 PM
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Love ya' Maggie (but not in a Sean Avery kinda way).
Does this mean no more getting to third base, or, just no more kissing on the lips?


Thanks Guns, you are a valued friend and I appreciate all the good things you have sent my way. As my prayers and thoughts went to you, you blessed me by sending them back.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:54 PM
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I forgot to post this yesterday, when the playoffs got underway.

I wish the fans of all the teams in the playoffs well. I hope each team plays up to its potential and gives its fans their fair share of excitement. I hope the referees let the teams play their game.

Good luck one and all and may the teams that play the best win.
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