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03-03-2011, 08:03 AM
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What teams do we fear (Western and Eastern)? Come Playoff Time...

East:
I think that Boston is going to be our biggest threat, and plus they have cap space to have a prime acquistion at the trade deadline. Tampa Bay isn't too much of a worry, because they really do not have the defense (although Roloson has been great for them).

West:
The Canucks are too soft, so they aren't that much of a threat (in my opinion). Detroit hasn't been the same team this year (their defense and goaltending has been up & down all season), although they definitely can show up in the playoffs.

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Bruins and Devils (if they actually make it)

if we beat them and make it to the SCF, I think we will beat whatever team we face

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East:
I think that Boston is going to be our biggest threat, and plus they have cap space to have a prime acquistion at the trade deadline. Tampa Bay isn't too much of a worry, because they really do not have the defense (although Roloson has been great for them).

West:
The Canucks are too soft, so they aren't that much of a threat (in my opinion). Detroit hasn't been the same team this year (their defense and goaltending has been up & down all season), although they definitely can show up in the playoffs.
Already passed, buddy. They got Kaberle and Kelly before then. They're tough, but still rely on Tim Thomas to bail out a mediocre offense in my opinion (although their GF on the season is pretty good...). As a deep team, if we get our PP rolling, they still scare me but I think we could beat them in 6. Tampa does worry me because they're deep offensively, but their defense blows and their trap won't work against a focuses playoff team.

In the West, well, whoever gets there is going to be damn good. Whether its the Canucks, Wings, or someone else doesn't matter. We shouldn't be overmatched in depth on forward or D, but we need our goalie to play very well.

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really don't want to see the devils in round 1 (or at all)

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If the Devils get the 8 seed, I'm worried.

If we play the Lightning deep in the playoffs, I'm worried.

If Tim Thomas catches fire, I'm worried.

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Biggest threats:

Boston and Tampa
Vancover and Detroit

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Biggest threats:

Boston and Tampa
Vancover and Detroit
Pretty much what I was going to post. Tampa scares me more than Boston though, they seem to have our number this year.

Between Detroit and Vancouver, Detroit scares me more.

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really don't want to see the devils in round 1 (or at all)
You won't. They're being cute right now, but they're done.

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The only team I'd be honestly scared to play is Boston. Not that others can't beat us, but that's the one team I want no part of.


Although, that's assuming the Devils don't make it, which if they do make it, I want no part of them either.


People saying the Devils are done, are in denial. They're in this. If 90 points is the number, the Devils need to go 15-4, which is a pace they've been ahead of for almost 2 months now.


The team everyone should be rooting for is Toronto, because that's an easy 5-game win for us.

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People saying the Devils are done, are in denial. They're in this. If 90 points is the number, the Devils need to go 15-4, which is a pace they've been ahead of for almost 2 months now.
Like I said, it's cute, but not sustainable for much longer for a team that's just not that good. And even if they did make the playoffs, a Lemaire coached team still doesn't scare me. Boston is far deeper and scarier.

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You won't. They're being cute right now, but they're done.
Was about to post how it's impossible for them to make it, looking at their remaining schedule it's remarkably weak.

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If the Devils get the 8 seed, I'm worried.

If we play the Lightning deep in the playoffs, I'm worried.

If Tim Thomas catches fire, I'm worried.
Pretty much this. The devils are damn scary right now, and I think they will make the playoffs... trouble is.. they will probably be the 8th seed if they do.. which isn't good.

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Like I said, it's cute, but not sustainable for much longer for a team that's just not that good. And even if they did make the playoffs, a Lemaire coached team still doesn't scare me. Boston is far deeper and scarier.
I'm glad they're doing it because I don't want them to have a high draft pick. But people keep saying they can't keep up the pace and they keep doing it. This is a team that once won their last 15 games and won the division. One thing over the years one has learned about the Devils, is that they always find a way. They're out when there's not enough points available.

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Fear isn't necessarily the prime component to be considered and it shouldn't have a major impact in the equation. The Bruins have Tim Thomas, the impetus in the form of last season's humiliation and have assembled essential elements since. That said, any playoff opponent should be thoroughly respected despite the finish in the standings. Anything can happen and no team should be overlooked and that includes the eighth seed or the first round opponent. Be concerned about any opponent.

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The only team I'd be honestly scared to play is Boston. Not that others can't beat us, but that's the one team I want no part of.
Last season they got great goaltending from Rask and D played well in front of him but they couldn't score.. That's not an issue this year, and if I played for the Bruins I'd relish playing the Flyers to try and rewrite what transpired last year.

I can't imagine a team being more possessed and committed to besting us than the Bruins.

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East:
Bruins- made all the moves to be a tough team to play in the post-season, defensively a better team and better goaltending.
TB-can we beat them, sure, have we beaten them, yes in a shootout, otherwise this team has run and gun the Flyers to death.
Penguins-until they actually win a series there is always a question mark.

Teams to be concerned about are the Caps and Habs. Caps just because the Arnott is going to make them a more experienced team and this team has the players to beat the Flyers. Habs because Price can steal a series. For these above reasons it is very important the Flyers finish strong and nab the #1 seed.

West:
Det- This team has a system and the players to win in the system, they all buy-in.
Calgary- They are playing hot and have a pretty good roster, plus a goalie who has had previous playoffs success.
LA- Goaltending and this team is a tough team, if they get rolling they will be tough to take out.
Anaheim- The moves they made were significant enough to make them a contender, they just a have a lot of tough players to play against and have some size up front. Perry, Selanne, Getzlaf, and Ryan is a tough group to deal with, now include Winchester and Ruutu to the mix. Goaltending a question, is Hiller a playoff goalie?

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Hiller is certainly a playoff goalie, bigger question is his weird injury (Fatigue/ Dizziness/Vertigo)

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What moves did Anaheim make to make them a contender? Beauchemin and Winchester? Dan Ellis? They're not even going to make the playoffs.

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The team everyone should be rooting for is Toronto, because that's an easy 5-game win for us.
When did the change it to a 9 game series?

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The Tampa Bay 'Ning.

St. Loius and Lecavalier kill us in the playoffs, add Stamkos to this mix and were gonna have a tough time.
Goaltending for TB could be an issue, but same goes for Philadelphia.
We dont have the scoring to go tit-for-tat with the 'Ning, believe that.

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I wont address the West right now, altho I will say that Vancouver and Philly are my two favorite teams. And despite everything, I have doubts about the Nucks. Doubts mainly based on a nagging suspicion that their core has problems, ie core being the Sedins. The Sedins IMHO are too fancy by half... and their fancy dancy moves are inappropriate for PO success.

Nucks may be flawed fatally for the same reason San Jose (another team I liked in the past) are screwed.. their core (ie Thornton Heatley and to a lesser extent Marleau) does not have the toughness and is just too fancy.

Having said all this, I am consistently amazed that anyone even mentions the Devils. Who cares that they are hot now? 'Now' is the regular season, and what you are seeing now from NJ is a mirage that cannot sustain itself in the POs.

BOSTON is the only team that can beat an uninjured Philly. Boston's potent weapon is their first line, their Legion of Doom-like line of giant prototypical Philly players Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Big tough and skilled (Krejci on that line is not tough but this year he'll be well protected by the other two).

Guys like Ryder, Seguin, Marchand, Recchi give them good secondary scoring/ depth, but they will live or die by the performance of that massive super line.

Be fearful. I am.

Oh, I wanted to add that I cannot comment on the Caps cuz I really dont know what if any impact Arnott will have on them.

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Already passed, buddy. They got Kaberle and Kelly before then. They're tough, but still rely on Tim Thomas to bail out a mediocre offense in my opinion (although their GF on the season is pretty good...). As a deep team, if we get our PP rolling, they still scare me but I think we could beat them in 6. Tampa does worry me because they're deep offensively, but their defense blows and their trap won't work against a focuses playoff team.

In the West, well, whoever gets there is going to be damn good. Whether its the Canucks, Wings, or someone else doesn't matter. We shouldn't be overmatched in depth on forward or D, but we need our goalie to play very well.
Does that make any sense? How are they mediocre offensively if their GF is pretty good? They've only scored 7 fewer goals than the Flyers and that's without Savard most of the season.

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The Bruins have the best chance of beating the Flyers in a 7-game series. They are the next-best in the East. But the Flyers would have to be made the favorites in any matchup against an Eastern Conference team.

The next would be the Penguins with Crosby.

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All I can say is that the Flyers had better start playing with intensity and ramp up to the playoffs or they'll be ripe for a first round upset no matter who they face.

That said, TB and Boston are the two other best teams in the conference. It'd be swell if someone could knock them off for us...

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Boston - legitimate contender
Tampa - has our number
Jersey - back with a vengeance?
Pittsburgh - back with a Crosby?

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