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01-21-2009, 11:48 AM
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Preferred Playoff Opponent

Assuming we stay above the Atlantic's Conference leader and that those 3 teams continue to battle it out we're looking at these 4 teams fighting over the final 2 spots.

Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Florida and Carolina.

Who would you rather play in the first round?

I'll say it... I want Pittsburgh.... Retribution!

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Whatever. Anyone.

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01-21-2009, 11:55 AM
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Pitt strikes me as a good team to play in the playoffs given the way the team is playing this year. You know we can win the games, although they'll be tougher to beat with Gonchar back, but at the same time you know the team isn't going to take them lightly and throw away some wins.


That said, I don't want the Pens to make the playoffs, at all. I don't care who we have to face to make that happen.

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I'd like to avoid the Atlantic Division, if possible. IMO the Caps match up much better against the NE or SE divisions.

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Would love to get past the Penguin Playoff Complex Disease...so I'd want them first.

But really...doesn't matter much. Whoever.

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Not Pittsburgh.

As much as I'd love to see the Caps finally beat them, it's not worth the risk, especially in the first round.

Bring on the Pens any time after the first round.

Ideally, they don't even make the playoffs. Wouldn't that be the bees' knees...

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I hate playing Buffalo. Assuming we make the playoffs and given a choice between those 4 teams, I pick Carolina. We should be able to beat them and it would inject some life into the Southeast.

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I'd take Pittsburgh:

1.) I don't think they have a good playoff-type team this year.

2.) I'm tired of that monkey on the organization's back.

3.) Beating that team would give the Caps serious momentum.

4.) Balls.

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Pitt->then whoever->then Philly->then Detroit in the Cup Finals. If we win the cup, i want to beat our demons.

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01-21-2009, 12:52 PM
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Pittsburgh. The knee-knocking around here is flaccid and needs to be erased.

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Florida, for the same reasons as BrooklynCapsFan, except I think it's Florida's turn to be top 2 in the division. But honestly, this is something you talk about once you have that "X" next to your team in the standings. Still half a season left.

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Pittsburgh and then Philadelphia.

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01-21-2009, 01:18 PM
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Bring on the Pens...what a rumble that would be.

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In no particular order:

Buffalo-Would love to see Ovechkin score a bucket of goals to the chorus of boos
Philly-This time we beat them so there is no more of this "The Caps are not our rivals" crap from Flyer fans
Pitt-No explanation needed.

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01-21-2009, 02:57 PM
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Depends. If you want an opponent they have the highest chance of beating, it has to be a skilled team and one that doesn't play a disciplined game well enough. The Rangers would probably be the easiest for the Caps to get by, followed by the Penguins or Canadiens (if the Hurricanes get in they'd be the easiest to beat by far, but I'm working with the assumption that they don't). New Jersey would probably be the toughest for the Caps if they have Brodeur back and healthy - they play a disciplined, workaholic game and probably are the second best two way team in the league after Detroit. Philly would probably be tough to get by given the game they play, as well as Carter exploding and Gagne back, but their goaltending and defense can let them down. Boston will be at a very high level but their style doesn't cut into us like Philly's does. Florida is pretty aggressive this year and plays a good cycling/grinding game that's been good against us, and their goaltending is impressive as well as their defense. Don't see the Sabres making these playoffs if Bruins and Canadiens are on a roll.

Assuming the 8 EC playoff teams are Bruins, Capitals, Devils, Penguins, Canadiens, Rangers, Panthers, and Flyers, the best for the Caps to see in the first round would probably be, in that order.

1. Rangers
2. Canadiens
3. Penguins
4. Panthers
5. Bruins
6. Flyers
7. Devils

That said, I'd love for the Caps to obliterate the Flyers in the first round and prove me wrong. But obliterating them in the conference final would be much sweeter.

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Bring on the Pens...what a rumble that would be.
Just a thought. The reason you go to the playoffs is to advance as far as you can with the idea of winning the stanley cup. a first round series described as "what a rumble that would be", is about the worst possible way to start a long playoff run. Its one step above losing in the first round. It sets you up to get KO'd in the second round.

What I want for the Caps is as close to a 4 game sweep/cake walk as they can get in the first round. Not a rumble.

I am fine with squaring off with the Pens. I would just prefer it as late in the playoffs as possible. Not the opener. Same with the Flyers.

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What I want for the Caps is as close to a 4 game sweep/cake walk as they can get in the first round. Not a rumble.
5 games is probably ideal. A loss keeps them humble, and they won't have the super-long layoff you get after a sweep that can kill a team going into the next series. Plus, assuming the Caps have home ice, that clinches the series at home.

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01-21-2009, 03:51 PM
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That's the path I want. I don't want to hear how we're "the worst Cup winner in 15 years"...the same crap people give the Canes.

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That's the path I want. I don't want to hear how we're "the worst Cup winner in 15 years"...the same crap people give the Canes.
Frankly, I'd rather be the worst Cup winners than the best 1st/2nd/3rd round losers. If that means we get a cakewalk, so be it.

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Frankly, I'd rather be the worst Cup winners than the best 1st/2nd/3rd round losers. If that means we get a cakewalk, so be it.
Exactly. A Stanley Cup is a Stanley Cup. I don't give a **** about what other people think about it.

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Frankly, I'd rather be the worst Cup winners than the best 1st/2nd/3rd round losers. If that means we get a cakewalk, so be it.
Oh I agree, I never said I wanted anything less that a Cup winner...I just don't want the grief. The SE takes a beating regularly and I would like to serve up a little crow to the elitest fans who bash the division constantly.

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Pitt or Carolina

I think Florida has our number recently for some reason, or at least it feels that way. But we can take them all on.

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Just a thought. The reason you go to the playoffs is to advance as far as you can with the idea of winning the stanley cup. a first round series described as "what a rumble that would be", is about the worst possible way to start a long playoff run. Its one step above losing in the first round. It sets you up to get KO'd in the second round.

What I want for the Caps is as close to a 4 game sweep/cake walk as they can get in the first round. Not a rumble.

I am fine with squaring off with the Pens. I would just prefer it as late in the playoffs as possible. Not the opener. Same with the Flyers.
I want entrainment and I think Washington wuld beat them. Win Win.

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