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04-04-2004, 02:44 PM
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Eastern Conference ready for first round matchups!

#1 - Tampa Bay Lightning
vs.
#8 - New York Islanders

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#2 - Boston Bruins
vs.
#7 - Montreal Canadiens

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#3 - Philadelphia Flyers
vs.
#6 - New Jersey Devils

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#4 - Toronto Maple Leafs
vs.
#5 - Ottawa Senators


Any predicitions?

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#1 - Tampa Bay Lightning
vs.
#8 - New York Islanders

Tampa in 6

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#2 - Boston Bruins
vs.
#7 - Montreal Canadiens

Boston in 6

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#3 - Philadelphia Flyers
vs.
#6 - New Jersey Devils

Devils in 7

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#4 - Toronto Maple Leafs
vs.
#5 - Ottawa Senators

Leafs in 6


Any predicitions?

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Tampa in 7, Montrealin 7, Flyers in 5, Leafs in 6

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Isles in 7
Habs in 6
Sens in 6
Flyers in 5

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04-04-2004, 02:48 PM
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Tampa vs. Islanders - Isles in 7

Boston vs. Montreal - Habs in 6

Philadelphia vs. New Jersey - Devils in 5 (Cant beat Brodeur)

Toronto vs. Ottawa - Cant wait for this one, its like the Yankees and Red Sox. I will say after the 6-0 beat down, Ottawa will be pissed. Ottawa in 7.

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#1 - Tampa Bay Lightning
vs.
#8 - New York Islanders

Tampa in 6

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#2 - Boston Bruins
vs.
#7 - Montreal Canadiens

Boston in 7

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#3 - Philadelphia Flyers
vs.
#6 - New Jersey Devils

Philly in 6

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#4 - Toronto Maple Leafs
vs.
#5 - Ottawa Senators

Ottawa in 7


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My predictions:

Bolts in 6
Bruins in 6
Devils in 7
Leafs in 7

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04-04-2004, 02:51 PM
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I find it amazing that at least two of Toronto, Ottawa, Philly, or New Jersey will be eliminated from the playoffs by round 1. Also at least one of Colorado or Dallas will be gone in the West.

I can't remember so many of the most talented teams that we know for sure will be gone by round 1.

This doesn't even take into conisderation potential upsets.

Wow...

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I forgot to add my own predictions :

Tampa Bay in 5
Montreal in 6
New Jersey in 7
Ottawa in 7

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#1 - Tampa Bay Lightning
vs.
#8 - New York Islanders
Lightning in 5

#2 - Boston Bruins
vs.
#7 - Montreal Canadiens
Bruins in 7

#3 - Philadelphia Flyers
vs.
#6 - New Jersey Devils
Jersey in 7

#4 - Toronto Maple Leafs
vs.
#5 - Ottawa Senators
Ottawa in 7
In my personal opinion though, Jersey and Philly will be the most hardfought and close series of them all. If for no other reason than Martin Brodeur.

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Tampa in 6
Boston in 6
Phily in 6
Toronto in 5

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I find it amazing that at least two of Toronto, Ottawa, Philly, or New Jersey will be eliminated from the playoffs by round 1. Also at least one of Colorado or Dallas will be gone in the West.

I can't remember so many of the most talented teams that we know for sure will be gone by round 1.

This doesn't even take into conisderation potential upsets.

Wow...
If they were REALLY that talented, this situation would have been avoided but since it's not then it's safe to assume those above teams aren't necessarily 'the most talented'. Most expensive maybe. Most highly touted maybe. But 'on paper' means very little in hockey, especially come playoff time. After a couple of months, the Sharks could have been a fluke. But not after 82 games and a No. 2 seed out west. Tampa Bay is totally deserving of the No. 1 seed in the east, as well.

I understand what you're saying. It's the teams we've grown accustomed to annointing as the top contenders that are now kinda lumped together in the middle of the playoff pack. Hopefully, it's a sign that there is a changing of the guard, of sorts.

As for predictions:

Lightning in 5 over Isles
Habs in 6 over Bruins
Devils in 4 over Flyers
Leafs in 5 over Sens

Preds in 7 over Wings


I'm still wavering on the other three series.

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Tampa Bayin 5 vs Long Island
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Montreal in 7 vs Boston ( yes I'm blindle biased)
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Philadelphia in 6 vs New Jersey
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Ottawa in 7 vs Toronto


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Tampa Bay in 6
Montreal in 6
Toronto in 5
Philly in 7

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Tampa vs. Islanders - Islanders in 6

Boston vs. Montreal - Montreal in 7

Philadelphia vs. New Jersey - New Jersey in 6

Toronto vs. Ottawa - Ottowa in 6

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If they were REALLY that talented, this situation would have been avoided but since it's not then it's safe to assume those above teams aren't necessarily 'the most talented'. Most expensive maybe. Most highly touted maybe. But 'on paper' means very little in hockey, especially come playoff time. After a couple of months, the Sharks could have been a fluke. But not after 82 games and a No. 2 seed out west. Tampa Bay is totally deserving of the No. 1 seed in the east, as well.

I understand what you're saying. It's the teams we've grown accustomed to annointing as the top contenders that are now kinda lumped together in the middle of the playoff pack. Hopefully, it's a sign that there is a changing of the guard, of sorts.

As for predictions:

Lightning in 5 over Isles
Habs in 6 over Bruins
Devils in 4 over Flyers
Leafs in 5 over Sens

Preds in 7 over Wings


I'm still wavering on the other three series.
As an Ottawa fan, after finishing with 113 points last year I can tell you that you are completely wrong. The regular season means absolutely nothing, contrary to what I formerly believed. I learned quickly when the Devils who sat well behind us beat us at our best game and we were sent packing. The elite teams are looked upon as elite for a reason and that reason is not points. Although we'd like to believe that the players play their hardest all season long, that is nowhere near the truth. The elite teams are the ones who really turn it up in the playoffs, not the ones who finish high in the standings. The Lightning are nowhere near the best team in the east and I have a feeling that they will learn that quickly as Ottawa did years ago. The same thing can probably be said for San Jose, unfortunately. Don't let the standings fool you, they mean very little.

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Tampa(4) vs Islanders(3)
Boston(2) vs Montreal(4)
Philadelphia(4) vs New Jersey(2)
Toronto(4) vs Senators(3)
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Tampa(2) vs Montreal(4)
Philadelphia(3) vs Toronto(4)
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DREAM MATCHUPl
Montreal(4) vs Toronto(2) ->ONLY because the Leafs are dead tired after two huge physical matchups that went to 7 games.
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Montreal(2) vs Detroit Red Wings(4)

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Tampa over NYI in 5
Boston over Montreal in 6
Philly over Devils in 6
Sens over Leafs in 7

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(1)Tampa Bay Lightning over (8)New York Islanders in 7 games
(7)Montreal Canadiens over (2)Boston Bruins in 7 games
(3)Philadelphia Flyers over (6)New Jersey Devils in 6 games
(4)Toronto Maple Leafs over (5)Ottawa Senators in 6 games

Most likely you'll see a series shorter than 6 games somewhere, but I see none to logically predict one. While the Leafs beat up on the Sens pretty bad, that was the regular season, and the Leafs themselves in 2001 showed the Sens the difference between the 2 seasons. The Sens better hope for one of their goalies to pick up their play though...

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Originally Posted by Duff88
#1 - Tampa Bay Lightning
vs.
#8 - New York Islanders

-

#2 - Boston Bruins
vs.
#7 - Montreal Canadiens

-

#3 - Philadelphia Flyers
vs.
#6 - New Jersey Devils

-

#4 - Toronto Maple Leafs
vs.
#5 - Ottawa Senators


Any predicitions?
Bolts
Habs
Devils
Leafs

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Wow! What great matchups!
The Eastern Conference playoffs are going to sizzle.
Three great rivalries:

Montreal vs Boston - historically awesome. This time I see the Bruins winning, although as usual I will be rooting for the Habs.

Toronto vs Ottawa - A hate fest! And we love it! Two powerhouses (over 100 points each) seperated by a single point! I think Ottawa is the better team, but Belfour will outplay Lalime. I really don't have a rooting interest other than that it goes 7 and they annihilate each other like Philly and TO last year.

Jersey vs Philly- Another hate fest! This is the matchup I wanted for my Flyers as We need to bury the stake in the Debbies Hearts and end our nightmares. Look for the Flyers depth at forward to overwhelm the Debs D. This will negate Broduer. Esche needs to play to his capabilities. He must be atheletic and competitive like Hitch says he is. Flyers in 5. Maybe 6 or 7, but I think they will be too much for NJ and they won't let them off the canvass again.

The last matchup - Tampa Bay vs NY Islanders - Interesting as the Islanders won the season series and owned TB the last 3 games. TB does have a far superior record, but will be under enormous pressure ala Ottawa for so many years. We shall see, but I would bet on Tampa Bay if I had to choose.

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Devils in 6 over the Cryers
Leafs in 5 over Ottawa
NYI in 6 over TB
Boston in 7 over Montreal

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If you want my predictions for east...just go look in the leaf boards...Ill post mine for west on here tho

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#1 - Tampa Bay Lightning
vs.
#8 - New York Islanders

T-bay in 7

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#2 - Boston Bruins
vs.
#7 - Montreal Canadiens

Montreal in 6

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#3 - Philadelphia Flyers
vs.
#6 - New Jersey Devils

Flyers in 7

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#4 - Toronto Maple Leafs
vs.
#5 - Ottawa Senators

Leafs in 6
Looks to be a lot of good matchups this year

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East:
#1 TB vs. #8 Isles-The nyi have a 9-3 record against the Lightning since 2001 and are 3-1 record against them this season.Sure you toss out reg season records,but the isles will not be going into this series intimidated about facing the #1 seeded Bolts.DiPi doesn't have Khabby's experience,which is an edge for the Lightening,but their reg season stats are very similar and the isles play well against Khabby.

DiPietro: 2.36 goals-against average, .911 save percentage, five shutouts; Khabibulin: 2.33 goals-against, .910 save percentage, three shutouts
Isles in 7.


#2 Boston vs. #7 Habs-Habs are going into the playoffs on a 1-4-0-1 streak.In 12 games as a Hab,Kovolav's got 1 goal,2 assist.How healthy is J. Thorton?I've read different injury reports.One says he's got a break in his wrist another says his ribs are bruised.Either way I think the Bruins have too much grit/toughness for the Habs to overcome.Bruins in 6.

#3 Philadelphia vs. #6 New Jersey-Months before the gms gathered to discuss changes to increase scoring,Clake gave an interview pushing the goalies rule change.His Flyers can't get past Broduer,so he wants to change the rule.Again Broduer will be the difference maker.Devils in 6.

#4 Toronto vs. #5-I expect this series to get very ugly.The winner is going to come out beaten up physically.I think Tucker's out for the 1st round.Sens in 7.

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