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01-18-2013, 03:25 AM
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NHL on TSN predicts Penguins will beat Kings for Stanley Cup

NHL ON TSN PREDICTS PENGUINS WILL BEAT KINGS FOR STANLEY CUP

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1/17/2013 11:21:25 PM

With the puck drop on the 2012-13 NHL season just days away, the NHL on TSN panel put their predictions on the line, as well as listed who their surprise teams were heading into the season.

The panel, which included TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, as well as analysts Ray Ferraro and Aaron Ward, forecast that the Pittsburgh Penguins would overcome the Los Angeles Kings to win the Stanley Cup.

The Penguins were also predicted to finish first in the NHL's Eastern Conference during the regular season while the St. Louis Blues were picked to finish first overall in the Western Conference.


http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=413838

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I would very much like that match-up.

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Some nice accolades. Debated posting this for the jinx factor, but honestly am just not that superstitious. If I had that kind of power I would use it for money and babes.

Other excerpts, the first being fun as we have that game with the Flyers coming up:

The Tampa Bay Lightning were tabbed as the team that could surprise hockey fans in the East while the Philadelphia Flyers, on the other side of the spectrum, may not meet expectations this year.

"When I look at the Flyers' blue line, that's where I begin to have questions about them," said Ferraro.



(but he later does include them in a group of four elite teams in the east):

McKenzie said he felt everybody in the Eastern Conference playoff picture could surprise people and not make the post-season. He did, however, exclude what he believes are the elite four teams in the east: the Rangers, Penguins, Bruins and Flyers.

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I would very much like that match-up.
You and me both!!! Wooooo bring it

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So that means it isn't happening.


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01-18-2013, 07:30 AM
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So that means it isn't happening.
I don't believe TSN predictions too. Never comes true. That's why Pens will beat in the SC final not Kings but some other: Blues, Detroit etc

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I'm really fed up with the pens "constantly" being portrayed as cup winner every year.

Enough with the jinxing already!


With that said, It would be a great series.

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As much as I want that prediction to be right, I don't see it happening, more so the Pens than the Kings. It seems every analyst has ignored the fact the Pens actually got worse in the offseason...

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As much as I want that prediction to be right, I don't see it happening, more so the Pens than the Kings. It seems every analyst has ignored the fact the Pens actually got worse in the offseason...
We have more tradable assets than we have ever had during the Crosby-Geno Malkin era.

Shero has been biding his time for a while, and the two-headed monster is finally healthy for the first time in three years.

The timing just feels right this year.

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As much as I want that prediction to be right, I don't see it happening, more so the Pens than the Kings. It seems every analyst has ignored the fact the Pens actually got worse in the offseason...
Yes, but it depends on other factors too. With current roster we certainly can make SC final. Definitely we are not worse than Kings last season

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"WHY DO THEY ALWAYS PICK THE PENS TO WIN THE STANLEY CUP? FLEURY SUCKS HE'S NOT AN NHL GOALTENDER AND THEIR DEFENSE SUCKS!"


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As much as I want that prediction to be right, I don't see it happening, more so the Pens than the Kings. It seems every analyst has ignored the fact the Pens actually got worse in the offseason...
Did we really get worse? Sutter can do the job Staal did, Sullivan is replaceable and Michalek isn't much of a big loss. And this time around if Fleury ***** himself again at least we have a guy we can turn to now with Vokoun

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We have more tradable assets than we have ever had during the Crosby-Geno Malkin era.

Shero has been biding his time for a while, and the two-headed monster is finally healthy for the first time in three years.

The timing just feels right this year.
I also like the shortened season for this team, I also have a good feeling but then again I had that same feeling going into the post season last year

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The team that won the Cup in 2009 was worse talent-wise than the 2008 team that lost in the finals imo. Talent isn't everything. The team has loads of talent with or without Jordan Staal but they have to play to their potential and they failed to do that on a lot of levels the last few years in the playoffs.

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We have more tradable assets than we have ever had during the Crosby-Geno Malkin era.

Shero has been biding his time for a while, and the two-headed monster is finally healthy for the first time in three years.

The timing just feels right this year.
The two-headed monster was healthy in last year's playoffs too; I think that whole aspect is overhyped honestly. We may have tradeable assets but that theory operates under the assumption that deals for what we need can be made with absolute certainty, which is never the case.


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Yes, but it depends on other factors too. With current roster we certainly can make SC final. Definitely we are not worse than Kings last season
I agree with other factors but looking good on paper doesn't always translate.



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Did we really get worse? Sutter can do the job Staal did, Sullivan is replaceable and Michalek isn't much of a big loss. And this time around if Fleury ***** himself again at least we have a guy we can turn to now with Vokoun
I'm not as worried about replacing Staal with Sutter, but I don't think anyone will ague Staal is better than Sutter. I like the Vokoun signing no questions on that, but I am still wary of our defense. I think we'll miss Michalek more than people think and I'm not expecting Martin to have a bounce back year. So I definitely think our defense is weaker than last year.

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The team that won the Cup in 2009 was worse talent-wise than the 2008 team that lost in the finals imo. Talent isn't everything. The team has loads of talent with or without Jordan Staal but they have to play to their potential and they failed to do that on a lot of levels the last few years in the playoffs.
Talent wise yes cause of Hossa but up front we were a deeper hockey club with the signing of Fedotenko and Satan and the trading of Guerin

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I'm not as worried about replacing Staal with Sutter, but I don't think anyone will ague Staal is better than Sutter. I like the Vokoun signing no questions on that, but I am still wary of our defense. I think we'll miss Michalek more than people think and I'm not expecting Martin to have a bounce back year. So I definitely think our defense is weaker than last year.
I guess we have to wait and see how things start off for us but I really hope the defense isn't as bad cause last year was brutal and it's almost impossible to be that bad again. Young players have a year more off their belt and Martin who rumors were that he was injured is now healthy. See how they perform tomorrow in Philly

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I don't see the Kings making it to another final.

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I don't see the Kings making it to another final.
Not with STL getting Tarasenko.

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I don't see the Kings making it to another final.
I see them fighting for a playoff spot again to be honest especially with no Kopitar to start the year. I think the Blues are a deeper team and may have learned a thing or 2 from last season. They come out of the West IMO

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Playoff matchups will be key. Could see Flyers (or Rangers) in the first round depending on who is 4/5.

Rangers, Boston and Philly will all be tough outs.

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On paper we look like serious contenders just becuz of the guys at the top so Im not surprised to see the predictions.

Disco Dan needs to prove himself in this seasons playoffs. He seems like a good coach, does awesome in the regular season but its hard to let another post season flop go unpunished. Having Sid and Geno in their primes forces you to try an alternative and soon imo.

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On paper we look like serious contenders just becuz of the guys at the top so Im not surprised to see the predictions.

Disco Dan needs to prove himself in this seasons playoffs. He seems like a good coach, does awesome in the regular season but its hard to let another post season flop go unpunished. Having Sid and Geno in their primes forces you to try an alternative and soon imo.
Does he really "do awesome" in the regular season? With the top end talent this team has I find it virtually impossible to believe there aren't 100 coaches that could lead this team to a 4th place finish. That's the least of my complaints with the guy, but 4th or 5th place should be a lock for this team.

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