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04-06-2012, 02:07 PM
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I just have a feeling about the Sharks. I certainly don't want them in the 1st round.
OOOh, you're suggesting THEY upset a team. Totally possible. Either way, I wouldn't be surprised one bit.

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04-06-2012, 02:08 PM
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No doubt about that, but they have been pretty inconsistent lately falling behind and somehow keep winning games. If they keep playing like that their luck will eventually run out. One way to become on the run last year, as you noted, is gotta start working hard. That's why I have Nashville winning the west, they're one of the hardest and most consistent teams I've seen this season and if they falter then the most consistent team will win it.
I'm not sure you can luck your way to a President's Trophy, and then the following year luck your way to be one of three teams within one game of getting said Trophy again.

Obviously, anything can happen in the playoffs. But it's hardly "puck luck".

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04-06-2012, 02:26 PM
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I do feel like anyone can take the West. As for the East, I'd be prepared to bet my life savings that the Champion will be Boston, NYR, Pitts, or Philly.
Going to quote when a team (perhaps the Senators?) explodes and wins the conference.

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04-06-2012, 03:52 PM
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I'm predicting a Nashville-Pittsburgh final.

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04-06-2012, 04:13 PM
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Want to see a Nashville-Chicago first round series, think Preds win that one this time around. Loved watching Thorton feed Doughty uppercuts last night, too bad they can't meet in round 1 again.

The West is going to kickstart the apocalypse this year, I can't wait.

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04-06-2012, 04:29 PM
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I think the Blues will win their 1st round series against whoever from the Pacific but I don't think they have enough scoring to win 12 games and come out of the West.

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04-06-2012, 04:31 PM
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I'm not sure you can luck your way to a President's Trophy, and then the following year luck your way to be one of three teams within one game of getting said Trophy again.

Obviously, anything can happen in the playoffs. But it's hardly "puck luck".
I was talking about the last couple of months. Before that they were really good.

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I think the West is the very definition of parity. Clearly, teams like Vancouver and STL will be favorites, but it's very possible that they get upset in the first round. Can't imagine anyone not preferring this over the days of powerhouse organizations.

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04-06-2012, 05:47 PM
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I could see any team making out of the west, although I think if Phx makes it to the finals that would surprise me.

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04-06-2012, 06:17 PM
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It was Chicago's hardest series that year.
With the Sharks-Hawks series being the second hardest. Never seen a more evenly played sweep in my life.

Really really hoping for a Hawks-Sharks matchup these playoffs given that I live in the Bay Area. Hoping to troll some Sharks fans

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04-06-2012, 06:45 PM
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any team in the west can defeat any team in a playoff series....parity

overall I think they are only a few teams to go all the way to the SCF

Van,StL,Nas....thought Det but lately they have shocked me with their up and down play

Chi certainly has played well the last mth even without Toews....and 5 gms without keith.but their goaltending leaves me with the feeling that they can win a rd or two but dont have the strength there to go deeper

SJ has been to inconsistent and dpeth scoring an issue again

La still major concerns on scoring ....

Phx still has to show the abilty to maintain a run in the playoffs


Neimi,Quick,Smith Rinne have all played alot of gms........may not be a factor for the first few rds....but later rds?



of course we could see all bottom four seeds defeat the top four and then it would be a whole diffrent puck game, and then the lesser deep teams have the chance to go deep.


and of course the top 4 seeds can have their own problems too....or just struggle in one series

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04-06-2012, 08:54 PM
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This year's West is soooo much better than 2011's from top to bottom.

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04-06-2012, 08:54 PM
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Coyotes winning 4-1 against the Blues.

If the Coyotes win tomorrow, they win the Pacific.

If they lose in regulation, OT or a SO then the Kings can win the division.


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04-06-2012, 08:56 PM
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Coyotes winning 4-1 against the Blues.

If the Coyotes win tomorrow, they win the Pacific.

If they lose in regulation, OT or a SO then the Sharks or Kings can win the division.
Sharks can't win if the Yotes pickup a point tomorrow; they'll have two more ROWs than us. You guys still have a shot if they lose in OT/SO.

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04-06-2012, 09:02 PM
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Yeah, the parity really is amazing this year. Every single playoff seed will be decided on the last day of play for every single team in the conference.

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This year's West is soooo much better than 2011's from top to bottom.
Really? If I had to pick between the 8th seed last year (Hawks) and eighth seed this year (whoever that will be) I'd pick last years Hawks as the better team.

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Sharks can't win if the Yotes pickup a point tomorrow; they'll have two more ROWs than us. You guys still have a shot if they lose in OT/SO.
OH snap, thanks.

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You really could make an argument for any of the eight teams in the West. Even Phoenix with the way Smith is playing as of late.

The truth is I'm just excited for the playoffs to start.

I can't remember a year where I'm looking forward to watching all the games, including the ones that don't feature the Blackhawks.

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04-06-2012, 09:10 PM
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It seems the 'Yotes and Blues are setting the tone for a possible -- yet unlikely -- playoff matchup. Between this game and yesterday's LA vs SJ game, I cannot wait for playoff hockey.

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SJ would get absolutely ran over by the canucks.

Canucks are faster, stronger, have better defense and goaltending.

It's not even remotely close, you can put this in your sig if you want.

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get the playoffs started ! the west will be lots of surprises/shockers.

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04-06-2012, 09:12 PM
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Really? If I had to pick between the 8th seed last year (Hawks) and eighth seed this year (whoever that will be) I'd pick last years Hawks as the better team.
Okay, maybe 2-7 seeds then.

Vancouver was also really good

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The West is disgustingly close from the 1st to 8th seed. Of course the Canucks get an uber-rich owner willing to splash money around after the salary cap era has begun. Womp womp.

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04-06-2012, 09:19 PM
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SJ would get absolutely ran over by the canucks.

Canucks are faster, stronger, have better defense and goaltending.

It's not even remotely close, you can put this in your sig if you want.
Stronger? Better Defence?

What...?

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I'm more concerned about the state of the poor team that comes out of the west for the finals.

Just as a random example, Vancouver could possibly face a sequence of San Jose, Detroit and Chicago as a reward for being seeded 1st in the conference.


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