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12-12-2012, 09:59 PM
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Which matchups are the most unpredictable?

Which two teams seem to defy all logic when they play each other?

For example, the Rangers can be at the top, and the Islanders can be at the bottom of the standings, but pit these teams against one another, and you can have anything from a 7-2 Rangers win, to a 1-0 Rangers loss.

Which matchup would you not put money on?

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Pens-Rangers. We can't seem to beat them, but on paper we're pretty even, and our defense could easily keep their offense in check and shut down Crosby, Malkin, and Neal.

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Pens-Rangers. We can't seem to beat them.
But then that's kind of predictable, usually anyway.

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It does defy logic though.

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Pens-Rangers. We can't seem to beat them, but on paper we're pretty even, and our defense could easily keep their offense in check and shut down Crosby, Malkin, and Neal.
Easy there bud. I don't think any defense in the league can claim to be able to easily shut down Crosby and Malkin.

Leafs-Penguins have been ridiculously close lately despite being opposites in the stnadings.

WED, 7 MAR 2012 FINAL TOR (2) - PIT (3)
WED, 1 FEB 2012 FINAL PIT (0) - TOR (1)
TUE, 31 JAN 2012 FINAL TOR (4) - PIT (5) SO
SAT, 29 OCT 2011 FINAL PIT (3) - TOR (4)

WED, 2 MAR 2011 FINAL PIT (2) - TOR (3) OT
SAT, 26 FEB 2011 FINAL PIT (6) - TOR (5) SO
WED, 8 DEC 2010 FINAL TOR (2) - PIT (5)
WED, 13 OCT 2010 FINAL TOR (4) - PIT (3)

SUN, 28 MAR 2010 FINAL TOR (4) - PIT (5) SO
SAT, 9 JAN 2010 FINAL PIT (4) - TOR (1)
SUN, 27 DEC 2009 FINAL TOR (4) - PIT (3)
SAT, 10 OCT 2009 FINAL PIT (5) - TOR (2)

That's 3 seasons worth of games, the Penguins scored 315 points to Toronto's 239 in that time frame and yet 9/12 games (including 6 straight) have been 1 goal games.

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Devils Leafs had a lot of bizarre games in the last three years. Comebacks, overtimes, shootouts.

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Devils Leafs had a lot of bizarre games in the last three years. Comebacks, overtimes, shootouts.
It seems at least once a year for the last few, we win an OT game up there. Last year we won in OT twice. Clarkson once, and then Fayne. Kovy won it in OT for Lemaire's 600th win. Zajac won a game in OT there, Johnny Oduya won an OT game up there!

The Islanders are interesting for us as well. For years we've always particularly had problems with their backup goaltenders. Either that or we've also made Dipietro look like he's still good when we've played him. 3 of his last 4 shutouts which span 4 or 5 years have been against us. We got shutout by that rookie last year almost twice. We've been owned by Macdonald, Dubielewicz or whatever his name was, and even Yann Danis when he played there. Then other times we crush them like when the actual good goaltender(Nabokov) is in net!

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Oilers Chicago. We have no reason beating them but the games end up in blowouts (both ways)

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Montreal - Boston are typically unpredictable, no matter how far the teams are from each other in the standings.

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Oilers seems to have Nashville's and Chicago's number.

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Devils-Panthers. Pete de Boer was having big time trouble to solve Kineen's transition game all season long.

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Montreal - Boston are typically unpredictable, no matter how far the teams are from each other in the standings.
What I came to say

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hey, did you guys know that any NHL team can beat any other NHL team?

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hey, did you guys know that any NHL team can beat any other NHL team?
I didn't believe that Edmonton could beat Minny for a few years...

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Oilers seems to have Nashville's and Chicago's number.
This is unbelievably true. The Oilers could be 4-26-5 and beat a playoff bound Preds team 5-1 at home. Didn't the Oilers beat the Hawks like 9-2 last season?

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Ottawa - Leafs is always unpredictable. Really the only thing predictable is that Kessel will get some points, and either Alfie/Spezza/Karlsson will get a point.

Last year we were up 5-0 and Kessel had to score a hattrick just to make sure we won. Ended 6-5.

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Rangers v Montreal

Philly versus Tampa

Boston v Pittsburgh

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Canadiens own the Rangers.

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This is unbelievably true. The Oilers could be 4-26-5 and beat a playoff bound Preds team 5-1 at home. Didn't the Oilers beat the Hawks like 9-2 last season?
haha Ya here are last years results

EDM 3 - NSH 1
EDM 6 - NSH 2
EDM 1 - NSH 2
EDM 6 - NSH 3

EDM 3 - CHI 6
EDM 9 - CHI 2
EDM 4 - CHI 3
EDM 8 - CHI 4

So hilarious.

Rinne would have a much better Save% if not for the Oilers.

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The Panthers, and Devils have become a great storyline the last two seasons. When the Devils were on that tear back in early 2011 we were beating everybody, but had two OT period losses to the Panthers during that stretch of dominance.

Then we had last season. First game between us of the season the Devils get off to a 3-0 lead at the end of 1st period. Panthers eventually tie it, and then score a 4th with a couple minutes left in the game. An identical situation happened in game 3 of the playoffs in the first round this year only that game was on home ice, and even worse. The regular season game that happened was in Florida.

The playoff series was insane. There was a huge pattern. In game 1 the Devils start out with a 3-0 lead, and barely hang on winning 3-2, the Panthers in game 2 got off to a 3-0 lead, and barely held on to win 3-2. Game 4 Brodeur shuts out the Panthers, game 5 Theodore shuts out the Devils, games 6, and 7 needing OT which the Devils took after blowing 2-0 leads in both games. I felt bad for the fans of the Panthers after that series too cause it was a big year for them. It was sad to see a little bit. I got to experience all 7 games live so that was an experience.

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One thing I find odd and this might just be me but it seems like since the Devils moved to Prudential Center, they really tend to struggle with Montreal at home, sort of like the tides turning.

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One thing I find odd and this might just be me but it seems like since the Devils moved to Prudential Center, they really tend to struggle with Montreal at home, sort of like the tides turning.
I don't think we've even lost to Montreal in their building since 07/08. We did beat Montreal in a wild game after ASB though. Kurtis Foster was terrible that game, and caused all 3 goals against, and was benched for the rest of the game, and lo and behold we come back, and win!

The first game against Montreal last year at home was one of those typical generic afternoon games last year that were uninspiring, and many times only lost by just a goal.

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I can't check right now, but the Sabres and Kings are very unpredictable and have been pretty lopsided scoring wise for the past couple years

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I don't think we've even lost to Montreal in their building since 07/08. We did beat Montreal in a wild game after ASB though. Kurtis Foster was terrible that game, and caused all 3 goals against, and was benched for the rest of the game, and lo and behold we come back, and win!

The first game against Montreal last year at home was one of those typical generic afternoon games last year that were uninspiring, and many times only lost by just a goal.
You can say that again. I went to that game. They still own them in Montreal but it seems as if Montreal has won quite a few at Prudential Center where they used to hardly ever win in CAA.

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