Huh? Pittsburgh scratched Crosby the last game in 2007-08. A win and they would have faced Boston. A loss and they would have faced Ottawa. They lost, played Ottawa in the first round and swept them en route to the finals. Boston pushed Montreal to 7 games and Montreal was beat up and out of gas in round 2, losing in 5 games. This happens all of the time. You never let pride get in the way of winning.
that's a great point. just heard eddie o on the radio today and he would disagree with you though lol. i don't think the hawks should lose on purpose, but i don't see how playing nashville would be better than playing any of the pacific teams
I don't buy into the theory that pro sports teams tank to begin with, at least not for playoff seeding. Draft picks, maybe.
I am absolutely certain the Preds "tanked" the final game of 07-08(against the hawks, who were already eliminated) in order to avoid a third straight series with San Jose.
Now, I believe this was done as much as to ensure selling out our home playoff games as it was to get a more favorable opponent since by losing we got Detroit(who went on to win the Cup after we chased Hasek out of the net)...
but at the time Dan Ellis was our starting goalie, and that game he didn't even dress... instead we played Chris Mason for half of the game and then we put in some scrub from Milwaukee who had been called up... some guy named Rinne.... and we lost a truly boring game 3-1
Tanking in game #82=Hawks coaching, players, Front Office doesn't believe they are capabable of beating Nashville in a 7 game series i.e. they are AFRAID of them.
Nashville has one more game against Colorado that they have to win. If they dont win, and Detroit beats Chicago, Nashville has to potentially play Detroit on the road 4 times instead of 3.
The Hawks havn't been consistent enough where they can just take off the last game of the year and turn it on for the playoffs. Tanking so you get to play LA, SJ, or PHX is not only incredibly stupid, its incredibly shameful.