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04-11-2011, 11:45 AM
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2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Discussion and Predictions

If Law is going to do one, please remove the thread but I figured I would get this started.



Eastern Conference

1. Capitals vs 8. Ranger$
2. Flyers vs 7. Sabres
3. Bruins vs. 6. Canadiens
4. Penguins vs. 5. Lightning

Western Conference

1. Canucks vs. 8. Black Hawks
2. Sharks vs. 7. Kings
3. Red Wings vs. 6. Coyotes
4. Ducks vs. 5. Predators


Who do you think is going to win and in how many games?

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04-11-2011, 12:00 PM
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My hope is that the Caps sweep the Rangers, the Lightening pounds the Penguins and the Sabres destroy the Flyers.

So I have a reason to watch the playoffs, I've chosen the Coyotes as my team to root for. That organization is in a tough situation. They may not even be in Phoenix next year, so I think it would be a great story if they won, considering what they have went through this year.

Imagine if they raised a Phoenix Coyote Stanley Cup banner in Winnipeg next year. How crazy would that be?

Or maybe, a Stanley Cup brings the people in Phoenix together to rally around the team and the Coyotes stay put. Sounds like a Hollywood movie.

HOWLLLL!!!

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My predictions for the first round

Eastern Conference

Caps over Rags in 5
Sabres over Flyers in 7
Canadiens over Bruins in 6
Tampa over Pitt in 7

Western Conference

Canucks over Hawks in 5
Sharks over Kings in 7
Coyotes over Red wings in 7
Predators over Ducks in 5

I'm pulling for a Coyote/Lightning final with Tampa pulling it out. I want to see Rolie win the cup.

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This is what I have chosen in my pool:



1. Capitals vs 8. Rangers Caps in 5
2. Flyers vs 7. Sabres Flyers in 5
3. Bruins vs. 6. Canadiens Bruins in 6
4. Penguins vs. 5. Lightning Lightning in 6

Western Conference

1. Canucks vs. 8. Black Hawks Canucks in 5
2. Sharks vs. 7. Kings Sharks in 6
3. Red Wings vs. 6. Coyotes Wings in 5
4. Ducks vs. 5. Predators Preds in 6


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04-11-2011, 12:35 PM
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#1 vs #8 : Caps in 6

#2 vs #7 : Flyers in 7, Buffalo puts up one hell of a fight.

#3 vs #6 : Bruins in 6

#4 vs #5 : Tampa in as much time as it takes to demoralize and make it stick....(my apologizes to the 4 cool Pens fans that visit here. )




#1 vs #8 : Canucks in 6

#2 vs #7 : Kings in 7

#3 vs #6 : Coyotes in 7

#4 vs #5 : Ducks in 7

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04-11-2011, 04:18 PM
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Caps in 5
Flyers in 7
Bruins in 6
Pens in 5 (I have a feeling this will backfire)
Nucks in 5
Sharks in 6
Coyotes in 7
Ducks in 6

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Caps in 5
Flyers in 6
Bruins in 7
Lightning in 6
Hawks in 7
Sharks in 5
Wings in 6
Ducks in 7

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I will go with

Washington in 4 over the Rangers
Buffalo in 7 over the Flyers
Boston over Montreal in 5
Tampa Bay over Pittsburgh in 7

Vancouver over Chicago in 6
San Jose over Los Angeles in 4
Detroit over Phoenix in 5
Anaheim over Nashville in 7

Cup Prediction is Washington beating San Jose.

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If Law is going to do one, please remove the thread but I figured I would get this started.



Eastern Conference

1. Capitals vs 8. Ranger$
2. Flyers vs 7. Sabres
3. Bruins vs. 6. Canadiens
4. Penguins vs. 5. Lightning

Western Conference

1. Canucks vs. 8. Black Hawks
2. Sharks vs. 7. Kings
3. Red Wings vs. 6. Coyotes
4. Ducks vs. 5. Predators


Who do you think is going to win and in how many games?
Eastern Conference
1. Caps over Rangers in 6
2. Flyers over Sabres in 5
3. Canadiens over Bruins in 6
4. Penguins over Lightning in 5

Western Conference
Canucks over Blackhawks in 7
Sharks over Kings in 4
Red Wings over Coyotes in 5
Predators over Ducks in 6

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04-11-2011, 07:25 PM
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Best time of the year! Well...besides the draft party of coarse.

Eastern Conference

1. Capitals vs 8. Ranger$-Caps in 6
2. Flyers vs 7. Sabres-Sabres in 7
3. Bruins vs. 6. Canadiens-Bruins in 6
4. Penguins vs. 5. Lightning-Pens in 7

Western Conference

1. Canucks vs. 8. Black Hawks-Canucks in 6
2. Sharks vs. 7. Kings-Sharks in 5
3. Red Wings vs. 6. Coyotes-Wings in 6
4. Ducks vs. 5. Predators-Ducks in 7

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I think the refs won't call quite as many penalties against the Islanders in the playoffs, that they did in the regular season. Although Gillies is sure to get a game misconduct or two.

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04-12-2011, 02:17 AM
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East

WSH vs NYR - WSH in 5, and not even because I hate the Rag$... in previous years I'd give them more of a chance (or even go for a possible NYR upset), but I think Washington has learned their lesson about trying a Go-Go-Gordon style come April and will be a viable threat this time.

PHI vs BUF - BUF in 6, Philly has been looking pretty bad lately and Buffalo seems to have an uncanny ability to turn it on in the playoffs no matter where they finish in the standings (kinda like Carolina). If Miller is not 100% then this series could easily go in Philly's favor, but if he is, don't be surprised if Buffalo knocks the Flyers off like they did in '06.

BOS vs MTL - MTL in 7, they always seem to find a way against Boston in the POs (even though the Bs crushed them last time around). Price has been playing like the guy the front office prayed he'd become when they decided to trade Halak, and I have a feeling Boston's still shell-shocked from last year's historic choke.

PIT vs TB - TB in 6, the 4-5 matches are always tough to call and this one's no exception. Will the Pens be able to roll forward without Malkin and (maybe?) Crosby, or will the new blood in TB plus the grizzled vet in goal emerge? IMO, if Crosby does not come back, Tampa gets the nod.

West (note: this was my first season in a long time without Center Ice, so my west predictions are probably even worse than usual)

VAN vs CHI - VAN in 5, this Chicago team is a shadow of its former self and a sad victim of the salary cap. The whole western conference is an embarrassing reflection of the "parity" ideal as I find it disturbing that there's a 2-point spread between 4th and 8th, but that's neither here nor there... this might finally be Vancouver's year and I cannot see this Hawks team knocking them off.

SJ vs LA - SJ in 6, another tough choice but I think their experience (including a solid goalie who hoisted last year's Cup instead of choker-ass Nabokov) will give them the edge over the still relatively-green Kings.

DET vs PHX - PHX in 7, getting revenge for last year. I know the Wings have had some injury trouble lately, whereas last year they got healthy just in time for the POs and made for a good sleeper pick. If DET's usual heroes are not 100% then I feel Phoenix will sneak by this time.

ANA vs NSH - NSH in 6, I honestly have no idea here so this is a blatant "homer" pick as I'd really like to see Nashville get past the first round... if only for Barry Trotz.

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Playoff picks

Lets try and pick the winners of round one. Its always fun IMO.
West
1 - VAN
Van in 6
8 - CHI

2 - SJS
SJS 5
7 - LAK

3 - DET
Det 4
6 - PHX


ANA
ANA 7
5 - NSH


East

1 - WSH
NYR 6
8 - NYR

PHI
2 - PHI
PHI 4
7 - BUF

3 - BOS
BOS 7
6 MTL

4 - PIT
TBL 6
5 - TB

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VAN over CHI-7 games
LAK over SJS-6 games
DET over PHX-6 games
NSH over ANA-6 games

WAS over NYR-6 games
PHI over BUF-6 games
BOS over MTL-7 games
TB over PIT-7 games

My predications which will probably be totally wrong.

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Van/Chi -- Van in 6 or 7
SJ/LA ---- SJ in 5
Det/Pho-- Pho in 7
Nsh/Ana - Ana in 6

Wsh/NYR--- Wash in 5
Phi/Buff --- Phi in 5 or 6
Bos/Mont -- Boston in 7
TB/Pitt ---- TB in 6

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Van/Chi -- Van
SJ/LA ---- SJ
Det/Pho-- Det
Nsh/Ana - Ana

Wsh/NYR--- Wash
Phi/Buff --- Phi
Bos/Mont -- Bos
TB/Pitt ---- TB

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West
Chicago
San Jose
Phoenix
Nashville

East
Washington
Buffalo
Montreal
Tampa Bay

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Chi over Van in 6 games
Det over Phx in 5 games
Nsh over ANA in 7 games
SJ over LA in 4 games

Wsh over NYR in 6 games
Buf over Phi in 5 games
Mtl over Bos in 7 games
Pit over TB in 6 games

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West:
Chicago
LA
Wings
Ducks

East:
Wash
Philly
Boston
Tampa

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Washington over NYR - 5 games (Not because they are the NYR, but I just think they're a really bad hockey team. Henrik might steal one game)

Philly over Buffalo - 7 games (I'm kinda cheering for Buffalo. Gerbe/Ennis - love the way they play)

Boston over Montreal - 7 games (Montreal may surprise in this one!)

Pittsburgh over Tampa Bay - 6 games (Roloson will be the best TBay player - but not enough even against a decimated Pens team)
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Chicago over Vancouver - 7 games (Luongo was cursed the day he left the Island)

San Jose over Los Angeles - 6 games (Pavelski is better in the playoffs than reg season)

Detroit over Phoenix in - 7 games (Datsyuk/Zetts/Lidstrom back and healthy. Phoenix may surprise though)

Nashville over Anaheim - 7 games (First ever playoff series win)
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CUP: Detroit over Washington in 7 games.

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I'm putting together individual threads for each series. As you've seen, series kicking-off tonight are already up, ones starting tomorrow will be up by tonight or early tomorrow time permitting.

Could put one big, all-encompassing mega-thread together, but I thought it might interesting to give this a try. This way, we can keep the discussion amongst our board which I'm guessing will mean less trolling, pointless bickering, etc, etc. With the Isles coming off a promising year and seemingly ready to turn the corner next season (), I'm guessing they'll be some increased interest in the post-season around these parts.

And as many of you know, I'm kinda confined to the couch recovering from ankle surgery, so yes, I have too much time on my hands at the moment.

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Eastern Conference

Capitals over Rag$ ..get the brooms out 4 gms
Flyers over Sabres 6 gms
Bruins over Canadiens 5 gms
Bolts over cry babys 5 gms

Western Conference

Canucks over Black Hawks 6 gms
Sharks over Kings 5 gms
Yotes over Wings 7 gms
Ducks over Predators 6 gms

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Caps in 4, don't care about the rest. I actually think the Caps are going to brutally destroy the Rangers.

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West
Nucks in 6
Preds in 6
Wings in 7
Sharks in 5

East
Caps in 5
Flyers in 6
Habs in 7
Bolts in 7

San Jose is my pick to win it all.

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