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Is it safe to say that the Cup winner will be from the WC?

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02-05-2013, 10:39 PM
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No I'm serious. They were extremely unlucky last year. PS. Are you Pierre McGuire?
No ..I am just someone with some common sense....Montreal in a couple years may be a challenger but they sure are not now...when you guys finish out of the playoffs this year, we will have a chat to be sure!

Seriously, not wise to base anything on the first 10-15 games.....especially a team that was a lotto squad last year!

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Guys, remember when the Bruins repeated as champions before the halfway point of last season? Or when the Penguins won it all before the playoffs even began? It was a great success!

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02-05-2013, 10:43 PM
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How significantly have they improved form being a lottery team to a cup favourite?
- Healthy Markov
- Healthy Bourque
- Healthy Gionta
- Price is better than last year
- Prust and Bouillon are two great new Habs
- Galchenyuk is a top 5 2013 rookie
- Gallagher is a top 10 2013 rookie
- Emelin and Diaz play better

The only safe thing to say is that the Habs will be this year Stanley Cup winner.

Ça sent la coupe !

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02-05-2013, 10:45 PM
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I might have all day to explain in here, but actually if you disagree on Halak/Elliot > Crawford/Emery, I do not see the use in me trying to.
Elliot is garbage. Trust me I've seen enough Sens games to know. Halak is best of them 4 but he's VERY inconsistent. And Hawks forwards blow St.Louis out of the water. Goals win you games.

Chicago will go further than St.Louis this year.

Just to get beat by the East (superior conference overall)

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02-05-2013, 10:46 PM
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No ..I am just someone with some common sense....Montreal in a couple years may be a challenger but they sure are not now...when you guys finish out of the playoffs this year, we will have a chat to be sure!

Seriously, not wise to base anything on the first 10-15 games.....especially a team that was a lotto squad last year!
I am no where near a Montreal fan. I hate them (I'm a Sens fan if you care). I'm just UNBIAST, something many of you on here should strive to be.

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02-05-2013, 10:47 PM
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- Healthy Markov
- Healthy Bourque
- Healthy Gionta
- Price is better than last year
- Prust and Bouillon are two great new Habs
- Galchenyuk is a top 5 2013 rookie
- Gallagher is a top 10 2013 rookie
- Emelin and Diaz play better

The only safe thing to say is that the Habs will be this year Stanley Cup winner.

Wow...there are going to be a lot of disappointed Hab fans if that kind of thinking predominates in their fan base.....if Montreal even makes the playoffs, that will be a huge surprise.
Ça sent la coupe !
Wow...I see there are going to be a few disappointed Hab fans by the time this season is over.....talk about over rating your team!

Yes..in a couple of seasons you may be there ....but not yet....

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02-05-2013, 10:49 PM
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Can see NJ making a strong run again.

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02-05-2013, 10:50 PM
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You guys are all a bunch of prophets

No sense in making any predictions yet fellas

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02-05-2013, 10:52 PM
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Wow...I see there are going to be a few disappointed Hab fans by the time this season is over.....talk about over rating your team!

Yes..in a couple of seasons you may be there ....but not yet....
The Habs team is so good that Eller is on the fourth line and the Habs have 1 first pick and 3 secound round pick in the 2013 draft + some good prospect that they can deal for another top 6 players or another top 4 d-men. If Price and Markov stay healthy there is no reason that this team miss the playoff and they have a good shot to win the Stanley Cup. The Habs are among the 8 better team in the league this year.

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02-05-2013, 10:53 PM
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Yeah 3 weeks into the season and we have our cup champs

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02-05-2013, 10:58 PM
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Hawks
Sharks
Blues

All looking strong overall. Can't count out the Kings either. Meanwhile the East looks totally random. Heck, even the last place Habs from last season look like they can win it. Something looks off with the Pens and Rangers (goaltending/D?). Tampa has been mulling teams but let's see come playoff time. Bruins seem well-rounded but I'm not sold on Rask carrying the load as of yet. Still early but let's see...
No, it's not safe to say that. Sorry, brah. The Rangers are going to win the Stanley Cup. Most complete team in the leage. Then it's the Hawks. Then the Sharks, who always choke on the water they swim in whenever they make it to the big pond. Next in line is the Toronto Maple Leafs of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, North America, Planet Earth. Kessel will snipe his way into the finals.

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I don't think that the East is nearly as good as the West, but there are a couple of very good teams. The Western Conference Playoffs should be tough in every round whereas the East could easily have a couple of cakewalks which can affect things.

Most importantly, the best overall team doesn't always win. It's more about who is hot, the matchup, and who is injured.

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02-05-2013, 11:03 PM
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Since when did Vancouver fall off the face of the earth? Once Kesler and Booth are back, in a few weeks time, they're going to be tough to beat. I like their chances better than Chicago, St. Louis, or San Jose.

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Elliot is garbage. Trust me I've seen enough Sens games to know. Halak is best of them 4 but he's VERY inconsistent. And Hawks forwards blow St.Louis out of the water. Goals win you games.

Chicago will go further than St.Louis this year.

Just to get beat by the East (superior conference overall)
Emery is easily the worst out of them too, so honeslty, I stand by what I said. I am not betting against Chicago getting further than STL this year and I am not betting on it either, that one is a pretty close call. Giving goaltending as the reason STL was inferior was what struck me as funny.

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The Habs team is so good that Eller is on the fourth line and the Habs have 1 first pick and 3 secound round pick in the 2013 draft + some good prospect that they can deal for another top 6 players or another top 4 d-men. If Price and Markov stay healthy there is no reason that this team miss the playoff and they have a good shot to win the Stanley Cup. The Habs are among the 8 better team in the league this year.
Yeah...sure whatever.....

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02-05-2013, 11:21 PM
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Chicago and LA are the only realistic choices in the West. I assure you the Blues aren't going anywhere with their goaltending.

Boston, Pittsburgh or Montreal will take the East.


So much fail. However, if you consider the source....

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02-05-2013, 11:35 PM
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I would say the East will take it.

So it's either you are right, or I am right. We got 50% chance each.

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This thread pops up every year and says the same thing how the West will win the Stanley Cup. In the last 10 seasons it has been 5-5 in wins. Since the lost season west leads by 1 in the 7 cups. So the west has not been this dominant conference.

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I still say Boston is the team to beat...at least per the early season and their previous successes in the last 2 seasons.....

Such a well balanced squad...nice mix of vets and youth..solid goalie....great coach.....

As a Flyer fan, I am chagrined at Boston .....

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02-05-2013, 11:46 PM
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So much fail. However, if you consider the source....
Ok smarty pants over here. How much do you want to bet that one of the 5 teams I mentioned wins the cup over your top 5?

You choose 5 and I got these 5. Vancouver has an outside shot too. Other than that no one will win it.

I want a 3rd party to monitor this too. You act like an expert... How many CBC hockey pools have you won?

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02-05-2013, 11:49 PM
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going through the west to get to the SCF will be a lot harder than in the east as always

hence why eastern teams have decent odds

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going through the west to get to the SCF will be a lot harder than in the east as always

hence why eastern teams have decent odds
It was just so hard for LA wasnt it... they creamed everyone... (had the hardest time with NJ.. who was lucky to make it out of the east

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I love the annual over rating of the West.

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I don't think that the East is nearly as good as the West, but there are a couple of very good teams. The Western Conference Playoffs should be tough in every round whereas the East could easily have a couple of cakewalks which can affect things.

Most importantly, the best overall team doesn't always win. It's more about who is hot, the matchup, and who is injured.
You take your common sense and you leave right now, there's no place for that here.

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Since when did Vancouver fall off the face of the earth? Once Kesler and Booth are back, in a few weeks time, they're going to be tough to beat. I like their chances better than Chicago, St. Louis, or San Jose.
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