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05-16-2010, 10:08 AM
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Cinderella vs Cinderella.

The first Lesbian series in the history of the NHL.

Let the Flyers claim the pants and the fake mustach if they want to. We will prevail by being sneaky, opportunistic and showing a full display of cat-like reflexes.

Go Habs Go!

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This is not paranoid and I'm not accusing anyone of any sort of conspiracy (not yet at least ).

However we all should agree on some basics:

1. The NHL's business plan involves gaining the interest of the American TV networks and public. From this standpoint a series and a SCF with 2 American teams (with large fanbases, like the 3 teams left) would be more effective than if you have a Canadian team there.

2. The approach in selling hockey to the US non-hockey fans that the NHL favors is violence. Violent hits, season ending injuries etc. Remember the post lockout refereeing fiasco that had Walkum resign - sure we control violence during the season, but once the PO start and more casual fans are watching....bring it on baby! We want to see blood!

From this point of view, expecting penalties for violent acts against our "tiny" team is futile. Unless some referee suddenly has an integrity crisis and goes all "Crosby penalty after 10 secs". Happened before.

Not saying that they will rob us. But this could happen and it would make sense.

Anyway - we all know that we are doomed. The flyers will beat us so hard that we will need to hire another 5-6 UFAs just to fill the roster at training camp.

Flyers in 4

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Flyers are not THAT BIG.

Their best offensive players are Richards 5"11, Gagne, 6"0, Giroux 5"11 and Briere 5"10.

Of course there's Hartnell but he's not what he used to be and tends to take bad penalties. And JVR, who is just slightly better than Pouliot so far and Carter is out.


That said, we still have no chance against them.

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I'm pretty sure reffing will be a factor in this game. I cans ee Philly getting away with bloody murder and possibly injuring a player or 2.

4-1 Philly and the game won't even be close. 2-0 in the 1st. Leighton will not be tested and will face no more than 17 shots.

Unlike most of you who are joking around...I actually believe this will happen. I still hope for the best though.

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At least LeClair and Desjardins won't be rubbing salt in our wounds.

8-1 Philly. Halak lit up like my ex, with a bottle of Gin, at a frat party.

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Flyers are not THAT BIG.

Their best offensive players are Richards 5"11, Gagne, 6"0, Giroux 5"11 and Briere 5"10.

Of course there's Hartnell but he's not what he used to be and tends to take bad penalties. And JVR, who is just slightly better than Pouliot so far and Carter is out.


That said, we still have no chance against them.
1 Tampa Bay Lightning 188.12 cm 94.77 kg 26.73 yrs
2 Washington Capitals 187.72 cm 93.76 kg 28.48 yrs
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 187.48 cm 93.32 kg 26.52 yrs
4 New York Rangers 187.16 cm 92.12 kg 27.44 yrs
5 Ottawa Senators 186.77 cm 92.48 kg 27.74 yrs
6 Phoenix Coyotes 186.43 cm 90.83 kg 27.14 yrs
7 Columbus Blue Jackets 186.38 cm 91.63 kg 26.38 yrs
8 New Jersey Devils 186.27 cm 93.58 kg 29.46 yrs
9 Edmonton Oilers 186.17 cm 92.03 kg 26.77 yrs
10 Chicago Blackhawks 186.15 cm 91.38 kg 26.41 yrs
11 Pittsburgh Penguins 186.09 cm 90.91 kg 27.72 yrs
12 Minnesota Wild 186.04 cm 91.32 kg 27.18 yrs
13 Anaheim Ducks 186.00 cm 91.56 kg 28.16 yrs
14 Los Angeles Kings 185.92 cm 93.58 kg 27.46 yrs
15 Vancouver Canucks 185.85 cm 90.71 kg 27.44 yrs
16 Florida Panthers 185.78 cm 91.94 kg 27.83 yrs
17 Dallas Stars 185.67 cm 91.75 kg 28.04 yrs
18 Atlanta Thrashers 185.64 cm 91.52 kg 27.72 yrs
19 St. Louis Blues 185.52 cm 92.89 kg 27.48 yrs
20 Colorado Avalanche 185.32 cm 91.84 kg 27.23 yrs
21 Calgary Flames 185.26 cm 92.04 kg 29.57 yrs
22 Philadelphia Flyers 185.21 cm 89.76 kg 26.61 yrs
23 San Jose Sharks 185.18 cm 91.36 kg 27.06 yrs
24 Boston Bruins 185.06 cm 89.41 kg 27.03 yrs
25 Nashville Predators 185.00 cm 90.63 kg 27.25 yrs
26 Buffalo Sabres 184.77 cm 88.90 kg 26.80 yrs
27 Carolina Hurricanes 184.21 cm 89.89 kg 28.58 yrs
28 Montréal Canadiens 184.04 cm 91.42 kg 28.04 yrs
29 Detroit Red Wings 183.78 cm 90.31 kg 29.19 yrs
30 New York Islanders 183.70 cm 89.52 kg 28.17 yrs

I agree, not that much of a difference.

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05-16-2010, 11:03 AM
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I really hate the Flyers.

Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!

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This is not paranoid and I'm not accusing anyone of any sort of conspiracy (not yet at least ).

However we all should agree on some basics:

1. The NHL's business plan involves gaining the interest of the American TV networks and public. From this standpoint a series and a SCF with 2 American teams (with large fanbases, like the 3 teams left) would be more effective than if you have a Canadian team there.

2. The approach in selling hockey to the US non-hockey fans that the NHL favors is violence. Violent hits, season ending injuries etc. Remember the post lockout refereeing fiasco that had Walkum resign - sure we control violence during the season, but once the PO start and more casual fans are watching....bring it on baby! We want to see blood!

From this point of view, expecting penalties for violent acts against our "tiny" team is futile. Unless some referee suddenly has an integrity crisis and goes all "Crosby penalty after 10 secs". Happened before.

Not saying that they will rob us. But this could happen and it would make sense.

Anyway - we all know that we are doomed. The flyers will beat us so hard that we will need to hire another 5-6 UFAs just to fill the roster at training camp.

Flyers in 4

I can't agree on point 2. In fact I've been arguing for years that the NHL should embrace it's violent nature in it's US marketing but the simple fact is it doesn't. It's selling Crosby and Ovy and speed and checking. Blood is unwelcome in the "new NHL". Note that the demise of the professional hockey fighter is no accident. Even Philly's not really carrying a goon. Walkolm's resignation has not led to more violence in the league, except for the head shots and hits from behind that have brought the NHL no good coverage at all, and have disgusted real hockey fans. It's true that the Dan Carcillos of the world get away with murder, but so did the Matthew Barnabies of old. I find the refereeing woefully inconsistent, and much worse sinse Walkolm stepped down, but to argue the game is more violent now, especially in terms of bloodletting than in the past is really unsupportable.

Of course the league would like to see Philly advance to gain US exposure, but if the league imposed it's choices, you wouldn't have the Leafs, Blackhawks and Rangers having two cups total in their last (combined) hundred and twenty-odd seasons of hockey. The evidence is overwhelming that the fix is NOT in for the big-market teams.

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6-0 Flyers. Our little smurfs will be utterly dominated by the Flyers strong and overskilled players.

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I think the habs have to rattle Leighton as early as possible, After that who knows what can happen. The TSN panel makes the flyers seem SO scary. lol. **** em!

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I can't agree on point 2. In fact I've been arguing for years that the NHL should embrace it's violent nature in it's US marketing but the simple fact is it doesn't. It's selling Crosby and Ovy and speed and checking. Blood is unwelcome in the "new NHL". Note that the demise of the professional hockey fighter is no accident. Even Philly's not really carrying a goon. Walkolm's resignation has not led to more violence in the league, except for the head shots and hits from behind that have brought the NHL no good coverage at all, and have disgusted real hockey fans. It's true that the Dan Carcillos of the world get away with murder, but so did the Matthew Barnabies of old. I find the refereeing woefully inconsistent, and much worse sinse Walkolm stepped down, but to argue the game is more violent now, especially in terms of bloodletting than in the past is really unsupportable.

Of course the league would like to see Philly advance to gain US exposure, but if the league imposed it's choices, you wouldn't have the Leafs, Blackhawks and Rangers having two cups total in their last (combined) hundred and twenty-odd seasons of hockey. The evidence is overwhelming that the fix is NOT in for the big-market teams.
The bolded part is kinda contradictory. I used "blood" figuratively - I meant players leaving on stretches and aggressors being unpunished.

As for the "no good coverage from head hits" don't fool yourself - there is no such thing as "bad publicity". To prove this : - did you watch the Pens/Bruins game after the Cooke on Savard hit ? Probably yes - I know I did. Would you have watched a random Pens/Bruins game if not for the "murder will happen" atmosphere ? I doubt it.

I would be curious to see what was the coverage and rating of that "marketing move" game, and compare it to regular ratings of Pens/Bruins games.

Building "personal feuds" and "villain characters" that get their way unpunished by referees is move that the NHL took directly out of pro Wrestling.

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I can't wait for all of you doubters to eat crow!

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1 Tampa Bay Lightning 188.12 cm 94.77 kg 26.73 yrs
2 Washington Capitals 187.72 cm 93.76 kg 28.48 yrs
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 187.48 cm 93.32 kg 26.52 yrs
4 New York Rangers 187.16 cm 92.12 kg 27.44 yrs
5 Ottawa Senators 186.77 cm 92.48 kg 27.74 yrs
6 Phoenix Coyotes 186.43 cm 90.83 kg 27.14 yrs
7 Columbus Blue Jackets 186.38 cm 91.63 kg 26.38 yrs
8 New Jersey Devils 186.27 cm 93.58 kg 29.46 yrs
9 Edmonton Oilers 186.17 cm 92.03 kg 26.77 yrs
10 Chicago Blackhawks 186.15 cm 91.38 kg 26.41 yrs
11 Pittsburgh Penguins 186.09 cm 90.91 kg 27.72 yrs
12 Minnesota Wild 186.04 cm 91.32 kg 27.18 yrs
13 Anaheim Ducks 186.00 cm 91.56 kg 28.16 yrs
14 Los Angeles Kings 185.92 cm 93.58 kg 27.46 yrs
15 Vancouver Canucks 185.85 cm 90.71 kg 27.44 yrs
16 Florida Panthers 185.78 cm 91.94 kg 27.83 yrs
17 Dallas Stars 185.67 cm 91.75 kg 28.04 yrs
18 Atlanta Thrashers 185.64 cm 91.52 kg 27.72 yrs
19 St. Louis Blues 185.52 cm 92.89 kg 27.48 yrs
20 Colorado Avalanche 185.32 cm 91.84 kg 27.23 yrs
21 Calgary Flames 185.26 cm 92.04 kg 29.57 yrs
22 Philadelphia Flyers 185.21 cm 89.76 kg 26.61 yrs
23 San Jose Sharks 185.18 cm 91.36 kg 27.06 yrs
24 Boston Bruins 185.06 cm 89.41 kg 27.03 yrs
25 Nashville Predators 185.00 cm 90.63 kg 27.25 yrs
26 Buffalo Sabres 184.77 cm 88.90 kg 26.80 yrs
27 Carolina Hurricanes 184.21 cm 89.89 kg 28.58 yrs
28 Montréal Canadiens 184.04 cm 91.42 kg 28.04 yrs
29 Detroit Red Wings 183.78 cm 90.31 kg 29.19 yrs
30 New York Islanders 183.70 cm 89.52 kg 28.17 yrs

I agree, not that much of a difference.
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I'm scared of Pronger. I can just see him stomping on Cammy's leg in the first. I mean, it's not like he's never done it before??

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I'm scared of Pronger. I can just see him stomping on Cammy's leg in the first. I mean, it's not like he's never done it before??

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Pleks with a big game. He doesn't it like it when people don't know his name.

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Plekanec didn't even bite when a Philly photographer innocently asked him: "And who are you, sir?" a question answered by the NHL's David Keon before the player could reply.

"Next time," I joked to Plekanec, "tell 'em you're Maurice Richard." "I hope," he didn't joke back, "there won't be a next time."
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Flyers in 3. I think we'll be lucky to even keep this series close. The all-star giants of Philadelphia will be too much for our emaciated, small and diving forwards.

I just hope that Jacques Martin can salvage some dignity for our team in this series. We have absolutely no chance ladies and gentleman.

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time fo rthe habs to take the 1st game, but philly will try to hurt our players,

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1 Tampa Bay Lightning 188.12 cm 94.77 kg 26.73 yrs
2 Washington Capitals 187.72 cm 93.76 kg 28.48 yrs
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 187.48 cm 93.32 kg 26.52 yrs
4 New York Rangers 187.16 cm 92.12 kg 27.44 yrs
5 Ottawa Senators 186.77 cm 92.48 kg 27.74 yrs
6 Phoenix Coyotes 186.43 cm 90.83 kg 27.14 yrs
7 Columbus Blue Jackets 186.38 cm 91.63 kg 26.38 yrs
8 New Jersey Devils 186.27 cm 93.58 kg 29.46 yrs
9 Edmonton Oilers 186.17 cm 92.03 kg 26.77 yrs
10 Chicago Blackhawks 186.15 cm 91.38 kg 26.41 yrs
11 Pittsburgh Penguins 186.09 cm 90.91 kg 27.72 yrs
12 Minnesota Wild 186.04 cm 91.32 kg 27.18 yrs
13 Anaheim Ducks 186.00 cm 91.56 kg 28.16 yrs
14 Los Angeles Kings 185.92 cm 93.58 kg 27.46 yrs
15 Vancouver Canucks 185.85 cm 90.71 kg 27.44 yrs
16 Florida Panthers 185.78 cm 91.94 kg 27.83 yrs
17 Dallas Stars 185.67 cm 91.75 kg 28.04 yrs
18 Atlanta Thrashers 185.64 cm 91.52 kg 27.72 yrs
19 St. Louis Blues 185.52 cm 92.89 kg 27.48 yrs
20 Colorado Avalanche 185.32 cm 91.84 kg 27.23 yrs
21 Calgary Flames 185.26 cm 92.04 kg 29.57 yrs
22 Philadelphia Flyers 185.21 cm 89.76 kg 26.61 yrs
23 San Jose Sharks 185.18 cm 91.36 kg 27.06 yrs
24 Boston Bruins 185.06 cm 89.41 kg 27.03 yrs
25 Nashville Predators 185.00 cm 90.63 kg 27.25 yrs
26 Buffalo Sabres 184.77 cm 88.90 kg 26.80 yrs
27 Carolina Hurricanes 184.21 cm 89.89 kg 28.58 yrs
28 Montréal Canadiens 184.04 cm 91.42 kg 28.04 yrs
29 Detroit Red Wings 183.78 cm 90.31 kg 29.19 yrs
30 New York Islanders 183.70 cm 89.52 kg 28.17 yrs

I agree, not that much of a difference.
3 of the 4 remaining teams are in the bottom ten... Goes to show how little size matters.

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I didn't know Mahntreal had a team!?!?!?!

LET'S GO EAGLES!!!

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Well....Habs take the series in six. 4-2 Habs tonight. I BELIEVE! GO HABS GO GO HABS GO!

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In Philly @ skate & hearing Markov gave it a try but his ailing knee isn't strong enough. He's unavailable the rest of series
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