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04-27-2013, 08:46 PM
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Minnesota just got 5-on-3, didn't score. 7:30 left

Edit wow, Varlamov saved breakaway
It's gotta happen now.

Minny had a chance to put it away, and they couldn't do it.

Avs win it in OT just to make it as dramatic as possible.

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04-27-2013, 08:48 PM
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WOWOWOW the Caps' Backstrom can fire 15 shots into an empty net in 15 seconds. Holy crap human beings are amazing.

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There should be 0 chance that Reaves doesn't play against LA. They should have him in the lineup the entire series without a doubt.

Cracknell will probably sit which is a shame. Schwartz or Tarasenko could be options, but with them being such big parts of our future they will probably need the experience.

Blues have home ice. Elliott is looking stellar. So is Stewart, Bouwmeester, and Russell, IMO.

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04-27-2013, 08:51 PM
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Russell is another one that will sit unless Jackman is not ready...guess these are good problems to have if we play the Kings cause you know they will injure at least one of our players in the series.

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I can see the reasoning for sitting out Tarasenko once Oshie comes back, but I have to believe that the Blues are going to want this guy to get some ice time in the playoffs (even if it's just 4th line minutes).

I'm sure they consider him to be a big part of their future. Seems likely they're going to want to get him all the playoff experience he can get, both so that they can see how he responds and so that he's a more productive player moving forward.

Besides, it's not like he hasn't earned the shot with his play this season, and he's been wonderful for his KHL teams in the playoffs.
I think the forwards and line combos will be a very fluid situation with every single able body healthy come Game 1.

I just think it's clear that Hitchcock trusts Tarasenko the least of our top 9 forwards so he's an automatic option to be sat.

But yes, he will get his opportunity.

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04-27-2013, 08:52 PM
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So....are the playoff D pairings really going to be

jbo pie
leopold shatty
jax polak?

Leopold has been pretty.....something. Given Russell's play last playoffs(I get it, he was pretty below average most of the season), but he's picked it up recently. Polak and Russell have solid chemistry, and 5 and 22 have played their best hockey this year while they were playing together.

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04-27-2013, 08:53 PM
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Don't think that Tank will flourish on the 4th line. The style of play is so different that I don't think that he would be effective down their. The players down there know that they are 4th line players and know what their role is and how to play that role to the max.

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04-27-2013, 08:55 PM
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Tarasenko won't be on the 4th. Schwartz will IMO

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Schwartz will start on the 4th since he can play that type of style, and the moment someone in the top 9 isn't playing well, he will take their spot.

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04-27-2013, 08:58 PM
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Empty net for Avs, 100 secs left

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04-27-2013, 09:01 PM
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That's exactly why Schwartz isn't going anywhere. Not only is he friggin good but he's responsible and much more versatile than Vlad.

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Depends on who we play, IMO, but I can't shake the feeling that Hitch is going to do something retarded, like sit Cracknell and Reaves and put in Nichol (especially if we play the Kings).
I think we scratch Cracknell as much as I hate to say it. Might be a platoon with Porter. Nichol looks to be scratched no matter what.

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Minny scored an empty netter. Sorry, Lumbus

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04-27-2013, 09:03 PM
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Avs lose.

Poor Blue Jackets.

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Neither of our new division rivals worry me. Wild win. Jackets cheated by NHL.

Just like last year, winner of Sharks-Kings starts in STL, loser starts in Vancouver.

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04-27-2013, 09:05 PM
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Schwartz will start on the 4th since he can play that type of style, and the moment someone in the top 9 isn't playing well, he will take their spot.
I love Schwartz's intensity and level of play. I think that like Sobotka with their skill level and intensity that they should probably be at least 3rd line. I think for what a 4th line should do, coming out with energy, making some big hits, and knocking the other team off their game, that Cracknell, Porter, Reaves is probably better. Porter actually probably has the talent to play on higher lines. Reaves has more skill than anyone that we have had as a so-called "enforcer" in years. He can skate, checks effectively, has showed that he can score, and doesn't take stupid penalties. 4th line scoring is a bonus in the playoffs. Moving playmakers and scorers down to the 4th line won't make us a better team.

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04-27-2013, 09:06 PM
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Neither of our new division rivals worry me. Wild win. Jackets cheated by NHL.

Just like last year, winner of Sharks-Kings starts in STL, loser starts in Vancouver.
Isn't Columbus's former GM Scott Howson responsible for the ROW rule change that bumped Columbus. Or am I misunderstanding something.

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04-27-2013, 09:13 PM
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Glad Columbus did not get in. They have given enough cheap shots to our players over the years.

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04-27-2013, 09:13 PM
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04-27-2013, 09:17 PM
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Isn't Columbus's former GM Scott Howson responsible for the ROW rule change that bumped Columbus. Or am I misunderstanding something.
NHL said an Avs goal that would've put them up 2-1 was kicked in, and it was horrendous by the War Room.

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Let's kill off this penalty. A 2 goal lead is precarious enough. A shorty would go well, here.

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Another great kill!

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I have a feeling Schwartz could be the "fernando Pisani" of this years playoffs. (I know he's more skilled then pisani but i think u guys know what i mean)

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The Blues need to avoid trying the "defensive shell". They need to play with offensive energy, keep the puck in The Hawks' zone, and get a lot of chances. They need to score again, to keep a comfortable lead, and not let The Hawks into the game.

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