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02-13-2013, 06:55 PM
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Unfortunately they can't play any divisional rivals in the playoffs...
Already counting Edmonton and Minnesota out of the playoffs? It seems a little premature considering they're both only one point back.

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02-13-2013, 06:57 PM
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Kings vs Bruins in a bruising 7 game series.

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02-13-2013, 06:59 PM
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Would like to see CHI, STL, SJ in the West....

East obviously would love to see Boston but it can easily be NYR/PIT/NJ/BOS...

Dark horses would be OTT/ANA (rematch of 07? (gross) haha)

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02-13-2013, 07:12 PM
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My Western conference pick is the Blackhawks, but that doesn't really count as a prediction because I'm super biased. As for the East: I'll stick with the Rangers.

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02-13-2013, 07:26 PM
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West will be Vancouver v. Chicago as 1-2 seeds, don't know who will be which one. San Jose has shown weakness, Ducks are a fluke. Blues need to get it together.

East will be Rangers v. Bruins. Penguins are weak on the D and wont out last either of these two teams.

Finals, I refuse to make a prediction due to bias.

The two teams that can upset these 4 are the Blues in the west, and the Devils in the east.

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02-13-2013, 07:27 PM
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Unfortunately they can't play any divisional rivals in the playoffs...


cool story bro.

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02-13-2013, 07:31 PM
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02-13-2013, 07:37 PM
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02-13-2013, 07:59 PM
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Unfortunately they can't play any divisional rivals in the playoffs...
Right because I remember the Nucks in the 11 playoffs beating the Flames in the first round, the Oilers in the 2nd round and the Wild in conference finals before finally losing to the mighty Bruins. oh wait...

Btw, for the last 3 straight playoffs, the Nucks have only lost to the Cup champs.

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02-13-2013, 08:06 PM
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Chicago is taking the cup AINEC

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02-13-2013, 08:10 PM
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02-13-2013, 08:11 PM
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Either 1994 rematch or 2011 rematch.

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02-13-2013, 08:16 PM
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If I had to guess

WC Semis is

SJ, CHI, VAN, and DET


EC Semis

BOS NYR PIT TAMPA/PHIL

Final four teams

CHI-VAN

BOS-NYR

VAN-BOS
with Boston winning in six. Unless Tampa's in. If Tampa's in, switch BOS with Tampa and Rangers go the cup and win it.

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02-13-2013, 08:20 PM
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I am not convinced the Pens are good enough throughout to really make a challenge.

From what I have seen so far...

Hawks/Devils.
I think these are the top teams in their Conferences right now.

I think LA and SJ will drop off but the Ducks are another strong team in the West, imho. I think Vancouver is way overrated. STL is way too inconsistent but if they straighten out the goalie problems, they might callenge the other teams. The Wings could be a dark horse. But, can their star players come through in the playoffs this time?

In the East, the Devils seem to be the most consistent. The NYR are streaky and the Bruins may have question marks in goal. I don't see the Canadiens or Leafs doing much. The Penguins are also up and down and I don't think they have enough secondary firepower at forward although Malkin and Crosby will have a shorter season, at least. Also, Fleury is a big question mark. Tampa has been hot and cold but I think they're a bit overrated, too. If the checking is good enough, I don't see them going all the way.

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02-13-2013, 08:26 PM
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Hopefully it's something lame like Coyotes vs Panthers or Predators vs Hurricanes.

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02-13-2013, 09:31 PM
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Hard to say for the east. I want to say the rangers, but their system is garbage in the playoffs. I could also say the pens, but how will fleury play this time around? The bruins dont have Thomas to steal the show. Its hard for the devils to make the finals 2 straight years.

I'm just going to pick the senators for the hell of it. Anderson's play could take them to the finals.

For the west, I cant decide between the Hawks or Nucks.
Now that Karlsson is (unfortunately) out for the season I'll just pick the rangers to just eke by to the finals

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02-13-2013, 09:47 PM
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Chicago is sure looking like a lock, hahaha.
Fans are so fickle: wasn't it just 2-3 weeks ago that people were saying the Rangers were unstoppable?

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02-13-2013, 09:51 PM
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its interesting that the first game of the finals will be the first game between an eastern and western conference team since the last finals.

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02-13-2013, 10:07 PM
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02-13-2013, 10:20 PM
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02-13-2013, 10:26 PM
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West will be Vancouver v. Chicago as 1-2 seeds, don't know who will be which one. San Jose has shown weakness, Ducks are a fluke. Blues need to get it together.
I know right? No worries though, Perry will get it together and start scoring soon enough. The PK is also a little fluky...it shouldn't be league worst.

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02-13-2013, 10:49 PM
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What I want:

Bruins v. Canucks

What I want besides that:

Bruins v. Blackhawks

What I think it will be:

Rangers v. Blackhawks

What I want it to be if my Bruins are not in it:

Rangers v. Canucks....with the Rangers winning in 7 games, in overtime...on a soft goal, in Vancouver.

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02-13-2013, 10:58 PM
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Sticking with my preseason prediction

Blackhawks vs. Rangers. Although I'm second guessing NYR having home ice

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Why is NJ so underrated? 1st place in East and they have experience going deep into playoffs...

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