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Leafs81 Posted - 04/12/2015 : 07:59:22
Let the debates begin.
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markliso Posted - 06/11/2015 : 06:20:56
quote:
Originally posted by Leafs81
I say Chicago in 5. Experience and leadership prevails. Toews or Keith for the Conn Smythe depending on how the finals go.



looks like this is out the window. awesome series so far! TB has really come to play, I feel like from what I have watched, they really have a shot and I was totally one of those people that said whoever comes out of the West will win.
Alex116 Posted - 06/04/2015 : 09:35:27
Leafs/Ryan....It's obviously early, but a road win in game 1 is HUGE. You guys look to have a shot at nailing this one. Tons of pressure on TBay to win game 2 as I can't imagine a long series if they drop the 2 at home to start?

So much for my history making finals. Then again, you just never know......
Alex116 Posted - 06/01/2015 : 09:30:10
I did not know that! Actually a little surprised too. So, let's watch some history!!!
Leafs81 Posted - 06/01/2015 : 08:20:08
quote:
Originally posted by Alex116

I'm a little surprised at how little respect both TB and NYR were getting during the semis. Hardly anyone gives them a chance and all i kept hearing was "doesn't matter who comes out of the East, the Ducks / Hawks winner will win the cup for sure.". I dunno. Crawford still scares me and TB has some really good offense. I think this series will be rwal good and higher scoring than most cup finals! I'm going with a storybook ending. TBay, game 7 at home and lets say OT just to top it off. T. Johnson with the winner in OT!



Nice prediction. Did you know Alex that if this is in fact to happen, it will be the first time in the NHL history that a game 7 Stanley Cup Final ends in OT? That would be something else!!!

I say Chicago in 5. Experience and leadership prevails. Toews or Keith for the Conn Smythe depending on how the finals go.
Alex116 Posted - 05/31/2015 : 19:57:43
I'm a little surprised at how little respect both TB and NYR were getting during the semis. Hardly anyone gives them a chance and all i kept hearing was "doesn't matter who comes out of the East, the Ducks / Hawks winner will win the cup for sure.". I dunno. Crawford still scares me and TB has some really good offense. I think this series will be rwal good and higher scoring than most cup finals! I'm going with a storybook ending. TBay, game 7 at home and lets say OT just to top it off. T. Johnson with the winner in OT!
ryan93 Posted - 05/31/2015 : 18:19:25
I think the Hawks will win the Cup. Here's to hoping they do it on home ice, so I'll say in 6.
ryan93 Posted - 05/28/2015 : 16:44:09
This has been one of the most entertaining Conference Finals in years! So it's only fitting both series' are going the distance. What a weekend coming up for hockey fans. A game 7 on Friday night! A game 7 on Saturday night!

Let's go Rangers & let's go Hawks! An Original 6 final.
slozo Posted - 05/17/2015 : 10:12:13
Forgot to reply to this . . .

Ranger over TB in 6.
Chicago over Anaheim in 6.

Don't Leaf me hanging, Buds!
Leafs81 Posted - 05/15/2015 : 11:19:56
I will say Chicago in 6 Anaheim winning the first two games.

And NYR in 7 NY coming back from a 3-1 deficit yet again!


I'm really looking forward for these two matchups.
Alex116 Posted - 05/14/2015 : 19:29:40
A near perfect 4/4 in round 2 (2 series exact games). Now for semi's....

TBay in 6 - Should be a real good series. Just going with my gut here. Would love to see AV get a cup so will be rooting for Rangers.

Ana in 7 - So tough to call as well and equally as difficult to go against the Hawks and their experience and star power. But, and this prob sways my decision, i am one of few Canucks fans who'd love to see Kesler win a cup and i think he (and that 2nd line that's been deadly), can get the Ducks to the final.
ryan93 Posted - 05/14/2015 : 17:47:27
12/12 for me so far, let's keep it going! I'm sticking with my original predictions...

New York vs. Tampa Bay...NYR in 6
Anaheim vs. Chicago...CHI in 7
slozo Posted - 05/01/2015 : 09:50:08
My 2nd Round predictions . . . a bit late, and obviously coloured by what happened last night, but this is what I would have picked:

TB over the Canadiens in . . . 6.
Caps over Rangers in 7.

Minny over Chi-town in 6.
Anaheim over Calgary in 6.

Don't Leaf me hanging, Buds!
Alex116 Posted - 04/30/2015 : 15:50:58
Some interesting round 2 matchups!

Ducks over Flames in 5
Hawks over Wild in 6

Bolts over Habs in 6
Rangers over Caps in 5

Hmmm....no game 7's and a couple quickies. Hmmm....

I'm sticking with it!
Alex116 Posted - 04/30/2015 : 15:47:27
quote:
Originally posted by mandree888

quote:

- IF, and that's a big if, you have a new star player or two to lead you.

Probably not likely, but . . . we'll see.

Don't Leaf me hanging, Buds!


Horvat is the new star! i wantched most of the seriers and damn can he play! IF and its a big if the sedins are relagted to second line minutes i say build a line around horvat and watch teams cringe.



Horvat can possibly become a #1 center, but I'm not sure he's going to be elite (top half of all #1's). If Virtanen can produce and another winger be it by trade or a current prospect can do the same, you may see a new #1 line, however, I don't see that happening for at least another 2 seasons! The Sedins turn 35 before the start of next season. By then, they'll be 37/38? While they don't rely on speed so much, the hope will be that they can still be a productive pair up until their 40 and even then, the new window will only be open for a couple seasons at best???
defobust Posted - 04/30/2015 : 14:20:05
NY Rangers in 5 games
Tampa Bay in 6 games

Anahem in 6 games
Minnesota in 6 games

I know Minnesota is a strech but they have been so good the past 6 weeks and I think they will continue to roll.

Sean K
ryan93 Posted - 04/30/2015 : 11:11:27
8/8 in the first round Hopefully I can keep in going. I'm not nearly as confident with these picks. At the start of the playoffs, I had the Rangers/Lightning and Ducks/Hawks making the conference finals, so I'll stick by my picks. I think the Wild will be a tough out.

NY Rangers vs. Washington.....Rangers in 6
Tampa Bay vs. Montreal.....Lightning in 7

Anaheim vs. Calgary.....Ducks in 5
Chicago vs. Minnesota.....Hawks in 7
ryan93 Posted - 04/30/2015 : 11:05:10
quote:
Originally posted by The Duke

Ryan ur killing it
Do you watch many western conference games ?
As you can see I certainly don't .. Lol... I went 0 for 4 in the west.. Horrible



Not a lot, no. I just wasn't feeling the love for the Jets that most seemed to be, especially going up against a powerful team like Anaheim! I loved the way the Flames played down the strectch and liked how they matched up against the Canucks. Chicago were my pick to win the West, and Nadhville didn't look very good the last month or so of the regular season. And finally Minny/STL. The Blues still had the same question marks as their other previous first round exits, and goaltending was an issue. Where as the Wild were the best team in the NHL the second half.
JOSHUACANADA Posted - 04/30/2015 : 10:49:50
round 2

Ducks over Flames in 7
Wild over Chicago in 6

Bolts over Habs in 6
rangers over caps in 5
mandree888 Posted - 04/30/2015 : 09:55:55
round 2

ducks over flames in 6
blackhawks over wild in 5

habs over bolts in 6
rangers over caps in 6
mandree888 Posted - 04/29/2015 : 14:53:37
quote:

- IF, and that's a big if, you have a new star player or two to lead you.

Probably not likely, but . . . we'll see.

Don't Leaf me hanging, Buds!


Horvat is the new star! i wantched most of the seriers and damn can he play! IF and its a big if the sedins are relagted to second line minutes i say build a line around horvat and watch teams cringe.
slozo Posted - 04/28/2015 : 20:48:13
quote:
Originally posted by Alex116



Slozo, apparently the Canucks needed MORE veteran leadership? Lol, I really hope we go young(er) next year. I'm not expecting a Calgary result (this year) next year but they need to give a few more of the youngsters a chance. They're our future!




Yes and No . . . nut mostly, no. Was just a jab at a previous comment.

Vancouver needs a partial rebuild, except that, it possible they can do it with the Sedins not being dealt. As mentioned previously, they are still productive, and as a future second line, it's veteran savvy and experience you like on your team - IF, and that's a big if, you have a new star player or two to lead you.

Probably not likely, but . . . we'll see.

Don't Leaf me hanging, Buds!
Alex116 Posted - 04/27/2015 : 16:04:58
Joshua..... the 2 wrong but correct series lengths in my mind are simply wrongs! Lol. Look at it this way, had you picked the Jets to sweep the Ducks, would that be "close" since you had the series length but wrong team? In reality, you'd be as far from correct as possible! lol.

Slozo, apparently the Canucks needed MORE veteran leadership? Lol, I really hope we go young(er) next year. I'm not expecting a Calgary result (this year) next year but they need to give a few more of the youngsters a chance. They're our future!

Crock, I too think Roloson would have been easily enough to return the cup to Edm and I was even rooting for them! He was the Conn Smythe favorite at the time and I don't think there was anyone taking that from him. Still have to lean on the side of "accidental" though in the injury. These things happen, unfortunately, that was the absolute WORST time possible for Edm.
JOSHUACANADA Posted - 04/27/2015 : 15:13:00
quote:
Originally posted by JOSHUACANADA

MTL vs OTT - Ottawa in 6
TB vs DET - Tampa Bay in 6
NYR vs PIT - Rangers in 5
WAS vs NYI - NYI in 6

ANA vs WPG - Anaheim in 5
VAN vs CGY - Calgary in 6
STL vs MIN - St. Louis in 6
NAS vs CHI - Chicago in 7



Montreal in 6 - Wrong team right length
Wings/Bolts going to game 6
NYR in 5 - Check and Double check
NYI/Caps Going to game 7

ANA in 4 Check but 1 game too soon
Flames in 6 - Check and Doublecheck
Wild 6 - Wrong team right length
Hawks in 6 - Check but 1 game too soon

4 right with 2 correct series lengths - 2 wrong with 2 correct series lengths, with 2 outstanding results. Not bad so far, except for Ottawas loss. :(
CrockOShight Posted - 04/27/2015 : 13:11:39
I also cannot believe that it was Ladd who skated into Rolosson's leg, and not Justin Wiliams.

Anyway, whatever. He did go a little bit hard into the net; but it does appear that is wasn't intentional. Either way, Edmonton wins that Series if Rolosson doesn't get injured there.

I'm, ah, still bitter about it.
CrockOShight Posted - 04/27/2015 : 13:09:43
Lol.

Good point Slozo.
slozo Posted - 04/27/2015 : 07:43:19
quote:
Originally posted by CrockOShight

Vancouver is sucking btw. No mojo at all. Calgary is skating all over them like faeries collecting berries.

Poor Nashville. Weber out. No game-breakers. I guess it's obvious... But Chicago is really good. Patrick Kane is getting his skating legs back.

I'm surprised that Detroit is taking it to the Lightning. Mzarek is playing out of his mind. Tampa needs to win Game 4.

The Caps are playing like s***. But, they managed to steal yet another one last night. They should be able to take that Series.



Where did Vancouver's veteran leadership go?
lol

Don't Leaf me hanging, Buds!
The Duke Posted - 04/26/2015 : 22:54:43
Ryan ur killing it
Do you watch many western conference games ?
As you can see I certainly don't .. Lol... I went 0 for 4 in the west.. Horrible
ryan93 Posted - 04/26/2015 : 19:02:29
With the Blues being eliminated todday in the first round for the 3rd consecutive season (end of Hitchcock in St Louis??), the Western Conference's second round match ups are set. I'm looking forward to both series.

Anaheim - Calgary
Chicago - Minnesota

The West played out as I expected in the first round. As far as the East goes, i thought the Bolts would prove to be too much offensively for the Wings to contain, especially with the Wings goaltending situation. That obviously hasn't been the case through 5 games. If the Lightning can find a way to come back, I would be in awfully good shape in both of my hockey pools
The Duke Posted - 04/26/2015 : 18:34:14
Remember that oiler vs Carolina series well, I'll never forget it #128526;
In a local , live draft pool with friends, ... Once a player was picked once he was off the table....
I picked 6 oilers and 6 hurricanes that playoff
Needless to say I blew all other pools away
Pretty much 3 points on most all goals scored in the Stanley cup final series
Lol. Fun times
Alex116 Posted - 04/23/2015 : 21:53:57
The Canucks came to play tonight and squeaked out a 2-1 victory. They outshot Calgary 43-21 on the night and their best players were their best. The Sedins controlled the puck brilliantly with their puck possession / cycle game and though they only had a point each, it was on the winner and they had a few other very close calls. However, I had to laugh at Daniel's comment after the game when asked "What was different with the Canucks and their game tonight compared to in Calgary"???

Good question, no? His answer though..... "Well, I think we've played really well in all the games for the most part....."

Uh, really Daniel??? Maybe you should watch the game tape from last game??? Lol
Alex116 Posted - 04/23/2015 : 16:01:46
Crock.....Leafs81 is correct, it was not Williams, it was Ladd, however your "INTENTIONAL injuries" bit is even further off than the Williams bit, as Ladd was bodychecked into Roloson by a backchecking Oiler (M.A. Bergeron)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhnCJER5ABg

Not sure how this is Ladd's fault?


As for the Canucks / Flames, I'm certainly not gonna argue with ya! The Canucks look uninterested. The two games in Vancouver were fairly even with the Canucks possibly being slightly better, but Vancouver may as well have saved themselves some airmiles and not gone to Calgary as they looked awful.
I certainly didn't expect a deep cup run from this team, but I did expect a round 1 victory, something that is still possible, but unlikely at this point!
Leafs81 Posted - 04/23/2015 : 08:19:01
quote:
Originally posted by CrockOShight

First of all @ Joshua:

The 2006 Cup Stealing Carolina Hurricanes were ALL Veteran Leadership.

Rod Brind'Amour, Mark Recchi, Ray Whitney, Aaron Ward, Justin Williams... I mean. I don't think I could come up with more veteran Veterans. Rod The Bod was like 98-years-old when he hoisted the Cup.

...And by the way, I just noticed this. Did you know that Andrew Ladd was on that Team as well (I barely remember him)!?

Now. Just to set things straight. Carolina did NOT deserve to win the Cup. Edmonton are the True Cup Winners from that Season. Justin Williams jumping onto Dwayne Rolosson's leg during Game 2 was complete and utter abject horses***. The entire Series should have stopped right then, and they should have rewarded the Cup to The Oilers. It's such garbage watching a Team win because of INTENTIONAL injuries.

Also, Habs' Fans will not forget that same Justin Williams high-sticking Saku Koivu in the eye basically blinding him to win that Series.

Anyway, Carolina has never won the Cup in my opinion. That is a all a figment of our imaginations. The Oilers won The Cup that year. Anyone arguing with me will suffer painful herpes for the rest of this year's Playoffs.

But back to the original point: Veterans trump Young Upstarts in the Playoffs.



Pretty sure it was Andrew Ladd who injured Roloson. And yes Carolina was full of veterans. don't know if anybody mentioned Doug Weight but he was also on that team. LOL Brind'Amour 98 years old. hehe
JOSHUACANADA Posted - 04/22/2015 : 14:19:22
Your point was already conceided in the above rebuttal to Slozo. Didn't remember the other veteran players, just remembered how Staal and Ward became important parts to the cup run. To be honest some of the names on that list were a complete surprise to me altogether, such as Reicchi and Aaron Ward.

quote:
Originally posted by CrockOShight

First of all @ Joshua:

The 2006 Cup Stealing Carolina Hurricanes were ALL Veteran Leadership.

Rod Brind'Amour, Mark Recchi, Ray Whitney, Aaron Ward, Justin Williams... I mean. I don't think I could come up with more veteran Veterans. Rod The Bod was like 98-years-old when he hoisted the Cup.

...And by the way, I just noticed this. Did you know that Andrew Ladd was on that Team as well (I barely remember him)!?

Now. Just to set things straight. Carolina did NOT deserve to win the Cup. Edmonton are the True Cup Winners from that Season. Justin Williams jumping onto Dwayne Rolosson's leg during Game 2 was complete and utter abject horses***. The entire Series should have stopped right then, and they should have rewarded the Cup to The Oilers. It's such garbage watching a Team win because of INTENTIONAL injuries.

Also, Habs' Fans will not forget that same Justin Williams high-sticking Saku Koivu in the eye basically blinding him to win that Series.

Anyway, Carolina has never won the Cup in my opinion. That is a all a figment of our imaginations. The Oilers won The Cup that year. Anyone arguing with me will suffer painful herpes for the rest of this year's Playoffs.

But back to the original point: Veterans trump Young Upstarts in the Playoffs.

CrockOShight Posted - 04/22/2015 : 11:22:26
Vancouver is sucking btw. No mojo at all. Calgary is skating all over them like faeries collecting berries.

Poor Nashville. Weber out. No game-breakers. I guess it's obvious... But Chicago is really good. Patrick Kane is getting his skating legs back.

I'm surprised that Detroit is taking it to the Lightning. Mzarek is playing out of his mind. Tampa needs to win Game 4.

The Caps are playing like s***. But, they managed to steal yet another one last night. They should be able to take that Series.
CrockOShight Posted - 04/22/2015 : 11:18:20
First of all @ Joshua:

The 2006 Cup Stealing Carolina Hurricanes were ALL Veteran Leadership.

Rod Brind'Amour, Mark Recchi, Ray Whitney, Aaron Ward, Justin Williams... I mean. I don't think I could come up with more veteran Veterans. Rod The Bod was like 98-years-old when he hoisted the Cup.

...And by the way, I just noticed this. Did you know that Andrew Ladd was on that Team as well (I barely remember him)!?

Now. Just to set things straight. Carolina did NOT deserve to win the Cup. Edmonton are the True Cup Winners from that Season. Justin Williams jumping onto Dwayne Rolosson's leg during Game 2 was complete and utter abject horses***. The entire Series should have stopped right then, and they should have rewarded the Cup to The Oilers. It's such garbage watching a Team win because of INTENTIONAL injuries.

Also, Habs' Fans will not forget that same Justin Williams high-sticking Saku Koivu in the eye basically blinding him to win that Series.

Anyway, Carolina has never won the Cup in my opinion. That is a all a figment of our imaginations. The Oilers won The Cup that year. Anyone arguing with me will suffer painful herpes for the rest of this year's Playoffs.

But back to the original point: Veterans trump Young Upstarts in the Playoffs.
slozo Posted - 04/20/2015 : 21:41:09
What a fantastic Game 3 of Jets/Ducks! That was damn exciting . . . just a shame it had the wrong team winning.

Jets D just isn't good enough . . . and Anaheim's been playing crazy good in the third period. Looks like it's over, unfortunately.

I'm hoping the Caps come back with a solid win to even the series . . . it's the one series I thought might be the best, but it's been a bit disappointing so far. Flames/'Nucks has been awesome though, what little I've caught of it.



Don't Leaf me hanging, Buds!
The_Gipper Posted - 04/20/2015 : 05:31:19
I think the Flames-'Nucks series is shocking me most of all. it has quickly turned into a real down right nasty series. twice now in two successive games have they concluded with complete mayhem on the ice.
Alex116 Posted - 04/18/2015 : 08:22:40
A few interesting series so far! Washington with a big comeback last night to keep them from falling down 0-2 heading to Long Island all with their backup goalie in due to Holtby's sudden illness? A huge 3 goal 3rd period for Nashville to pull away from Chicago before the series shifts to the "Windy City" where it's never easy for the visitors! How about the Habs winning an OT squeaker after another tight game and the Canucks coming up with a much better effort in downing Calgary to tie that one? The scrum/scraps at the end of that one will def add some fire to game 3 as that series moves to what will surely be a wild and crazy "red mile" / Saddledome!

Been some good hockey thus far and today/tonight there's a few teams desperate to avoid going down 0-2, esp TBay and StL since they're at home. I think the Blues have to have the most pressure on them due to their recent regular season success vs their playoff struggles?

Should be another good day/eve of NHL playoffs but I'm really looking forward to game 3 of the Ducks/Jets series back in Winnipeg. I would love to be in that building for that one! It will be crazy!
JOSHUACANADA Posted - 04/16/2015 : 17:19:40
Wow not a lot of action on here after game 1 has been played. I was expecting a lot more commentary after a very good 1st day of playoff action.

Not happy with the results for my own team, but they got caught up in the Subban show and went way off there game. I have to admit it was hard to shake the injury to Stone and the non suspension to Subban, but in the end Montreal played a great game outside of the circus show and Ottawa lost focus. Hammond isn't unbeatable, but Price let in a few as well. Cant wait for a heated game 2, but I hope Ottawa doesn't fall into the trap of playing chippy with Montreal.

Liked the Win for the Flames. Nice to see them squeak one in at the bell. This team is starting to be a must watch team like there last cup final appearance.

Chicago surprised me with the come from behind on Nashville and to have Crawford pulled and Darling be the saviour was way off script.

NYI dominating Washington was great for me. I pick them to win this series but game one was awesome. This was the only game last night that didn't end in a 1 goal game.
JOSHUACANADA Posted - 04/16/2015 : 15:55:28
quote:
Originally posted by slozo

quote:
Originally posted by JOSHUACANADA

quote:
Originally posted by CrockOShight

I'm back!

...After hiding my head inside a paper bag all Season... Omg what happened to the Leafs this Season!?!?

Minnesota in 7 - you guys are insane to pick St. Louis. Minnesota is loaded with nails.
Chicago in 5 - Nashville has been trending downwards for far too long here.
Winnipeg in 7 - The Jets beat the Ducks on many different key stats categories. Plus, I have no confidence in Boudreau.
Vancouver in 6 - I think the Canucks will go to the Conference Finals this Season.

Ottawa in 6 - I love the Habs. But this was a bad draw for them. The Sens are rolling.
Tampa Bay in 5 - Easiest Round of the Playoffs.
New York R in 4 - Second Easiest Round of the Playoffs.
Washington in 6 - Veteran Leadership vs. Upstart Rookies. (See: Every Playoff Series since the beginning of time).



Just to the last comment "Veteran Leadership vs. Upstart Rookies." See the Hurricanes cup winning season ;)



I don't get it?
Hurricanes in their cup winning season (2006) was filled with veteran leadership, led by Brindamour, Wesley, Cole, Hedican, and both Adams'. They had Doug Weight on that team too.

They also had plenty of youngblood - led by the young Eric Staal, of course, but also Ray Whitney, Matt Cullen, and Justin Williams.

Bottom line - you need both, youth AND experience. That's why the very good "semi-dynasties" still re-tool and refresh on the fly, to constantly be injecting new blood into the pipeline, and get some young legs out there.

Don't Leaf me hanging, Buds!

You know Slozo, I have to admit I was remembering the rookies and forgot the veterans. I will admit there are a few good names on your list. My memory was filled with Cam Ward and Staal for the Cup run. But that year that team had a team of mostly young guys not suppose to make much of a splash in the playoffs, yet they did and in style. I remember when Gerber got pulled for Ward and everyone was like that's it they are done. The rookies came thru

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