A very disappointed Subban was seen walking from the practice facility last night shortly after the end of the 2011-2012 season. Rumors swirled that his sub par season was due to the fact that he had hoped for a trade out of Montreal. He had no comments.
I finished the season 7-3 so hopefully I have some momentum heading into a very tough series against the Pens. It will be a great challenge but I feel up to it. We may not win but hopefully we at least make it interesting. (but I hope we win )
Originally Posted by nyrpassion
thanks RKY for doing this. it's been a blast so far!
Originally Posted by Blueblood9
No worries at all. Thank you all for taking part in it.
I hope everyone, though they may not have enjoyed the outcome, enjoyed the ride and hopefully we can continue to build this into something that will last a long time and we can look back one day and see where we started and where we finished.
I may do all the work, but it's the GM's that make the game obviously. Hopefully I think I've picked out some of the most active and willing and hopefully it will continue.
I see that my Sharks have a conference leading penalty kill at 85.2% trailing only the Bruins in leaguewide stats (Boston's is 0.1% higher); San Jose's powerplay has gone down from 2nd overall since I tinkered with it, so it's time to put it back the way it was.
San Jose went 5-4-1 in the last ten and face a Flames team that has won 7 of its last 10 games. This will be the only series where the home-opening higher seed has a worse overall record than the visitors. Calgary has 88 points while San Jose has 98 points, a full ten points difference, but Calgary is in a comparatively weak division so winning the title locks up the third seed for them.
Will the Shark burn his old Flames?
Call this the Tanguay series, as Alex returns to Calgary in a Sharks uniform to battle against his old team after having been traded to San Jose (for Torrey Mitchell and a couple of picks) just before the season had begun.
The Flames have only three 20 goal scorers (Stempniak, Jokinen, Moss) and no 60 point producers. The Sharks have a top-10 league leader in goals (Nash) and a top-10 producer in assists (St. Louis) plus four others with 60+ points this season: Thornton, Havlat, Selanne and Tanguay. San Jose's top two lines are loaded, and there is depth with Bertuzzi and Greening having streaks this season as well.
What the Flames have is Kiprusoff in net and he'll have to be the difference in four out of seven games for Calgary to advance. That's unlikely. Expect Calgary to steal two games. Prediction: San Jose in 6 games.
New York, NY The history of bad blood runs almost as deep as the Pittsburgh Pirates playoff drought. Let's face it, the Rangers and Penguins absolutely hate each other. There is absolutely no love lost between the two bitter rivals.
As we head to the playoffs we see two teams that have had very different seasons. The Penguins, with a high roster turnover, simply continued to get better and better as the year progressed. Lead by stars such as league points leader Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise, and Kris Letang, the Penguins offense is absolutely loaded. Their defense has a couple of holes and their playoff success is largely dependent on the man between the pipes, Marc-Andre Fluery.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Rangers have had a rollercoaster season. After starting off sluggishly, the Rangers made a couple of roster tweaks. They proceeded to go on a tear for a good month before the major acquisition of James Neal set the team back a couple of notches. The team played sporadically for the reminder of the year until they turned it up for the last month of the year finishing an impressive 7-3 to leap frog the hated division rival Philadelphia Flyers to snag the last playoff spot.
The Rangers don't mind being labelled the underdogs however. They know they have a young team that still has a lot of growing to do. This is going to be an extremely hard fought series in which it really wouldn't be shocking if the series went either way.
The Rangers have the decisive edge in goal which may or may not prove to be the difference in the series. It remains to be seen which Rangers team will show up however. Will it be the team that sputtered along the second half of the year or the team that kicked it into gear when it mattered most?
One thing is for certain, no matter the outcome it is a magical time of year when playoff hockey hits the National Hockey League.