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PLAYOFFS: Who do you want?! /don't want

View Poll Results: Who do you want to see in the playoffs?
Washington 48 32.65%
Tampa 15 10.20%
Boston 11 7.48%
Pittsburgh 27 18.37%
Philly 5 3.40%
ANYONE! BRING EM ON 41 27.89%
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03-23-2011, 08:54 PM
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PLAYOFFS: Who do you want?! /don't want

Okay, let me start by saying if there is a collapse do not blame me for jinxing us because of this post haha.

So with that out of the way.. who do you want to play now that the playoffs are within our sight? Currently if playoffs started today we would face the caps. Recently I have been hearing from many people that it doesn't matter who we face, with probably the deepest team we've seen in the past 10+ years, our superstar goalie, Gaborik heating up, and our young kids playing up to their full potential I do not disagree with this assessment. But I would like to see which team people believe would be our best matchup? Personally I believe that Philly and Boston would pose the greatest threat to us but are ultimately beatable in my mind. No one completely scares me. Anyway rather than flaming me for these thoughts i'd like to hear what you guys think? Who would u want and not want to see?

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Like the current matchup.

Only team(s) I don't want are Philly/Tampa. They've pwned us this season.

My dream matchup is Pittsburgh.

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I'd take Tampa any day in the playoffs. I know they beat us all four times this season, but they don't scare me one bit, especially now with the way they're playing.

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Anyone.

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This. To be honest, it doesn't really matter to me. If you wanna do any damage in the playoffs you're gonna wind up having to go through the teams you don't wanna face anyway. If I had to pick one team though, I'd say Washington since we've had their number this year. No team in the east really scares me outside of Philly and even they've slowed down of late.

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Pittsburgh would be great, but I doubt it would happen.

I would HATE to draw Boston or Philly.

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I'd take Tampa any day in the playoffs. I know they beat us all four times this season, but they don't scare me one bit, especially now with the way they're playing.
It's funny you mention that, because that's what I thought of as soon as I saw this thread after I posted. They look like crap as of now, and Stamkos has like 1 goal in 10 games.

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First off, I'm blaming you if they collapse. But yeah anyone minus Philly and Tampa I'm fine with. I think if go into the playoffs riding this hot streak we could win a round or two.

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Why are people scared of Boston? They might not even be a playoff option, because there's a fairly good chance they drop out of the division lead.

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Tampa really shouldn't be an option either. No way we face them in the first round unless you're talking beyond that. Hell if we keep playing the way we are and they keep playing like they have, we could wind up passing them.

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I say anyone. Don't care who. After no playoffs last year, I'd take whoever is coming as long as the Rangers are in the fight. I would've killed for it last year.

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Why are people so scared of Tampa?

I understand the fact they beat us all four games, but one was in a shootout and another their minor league goalie shut us down (typical Rangers when it comes to that). All three of the four were completely winnable games for us.

Cool, they have more points than us... They have 11 overtime losses. Props to them getting a point out of that, but in the playoffs, wins only count.

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I'd take Tampa any day in the playoffs. I know they beat us all four times this season, but they don't scare me one bit, especially now with the way they're playing.
Really don't like washington right now.....if we get and beat Pitts, they'll think it cuz of injury..no malkin no Crosby (unlikely)...I'd like to take Philly on. We'd beat them clean.. hard nosed, hard working hockey the whole way through....we upset last years come from nowhere finalist and send a shiver of fear down the spine of the entire east, setting up round two.

Then we take what's ours!!!

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I'd be happy with anyone except Philly.

A Philly matchup would really test the mettle of this team, though.

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I want Pittsburgh, and I want Pittsburgh bad. They've faced us in the playoffs four times, and knocked us out all four times. I want some bloody ****ing revenge.

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Really don't like washington right now.....if we get and beat Pitts, they'll think it cuz of injury..no malkin no Crosby (unlikely)...I'd like to take Philly on. We'd beat them clean.. hard nosed, hard working hockey the whole way through....we upset last years come from nowhere finalist and send a shiver of fear down the spine of the entire east, setting up round two.

Then we take what's ours!!!

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haha I don't blame you on Washington... This is the Washington team I expected to be this season. Talk about a right time for them to get that way.

But what the hell.

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Don't know why everyone wants Pitt either. That team plays well without Crosby, God only knows how good they'll be if he's back in time for the playoffs.

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Don't know why everyone wants Pitt either. That team plays well without Crosby, God only knows how good they'll be if he's back in time for the playoffs.
Well they're all good, it's the playoffs. So I don't think it matters in terms of skill. I chose Pittsburgh because it's personal with Pittsburgh. I don't think we have a better chance of winning or losing against any of the 4 or 5 likely opponents.

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On a second note, I'd like to avoid Philly. They are too strong.

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Tampa or Boston. I'd like to see us avoid Philly. Undecided on Pitt. If they play without Crosby I probably want them, if Crosby comes back, do not want.

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Anyone. Everytime has the weakness, and we've shown that we can beat anyone when we're on our game.

But, Philly is the toughest for sure, and for some reason we've been able to dominate the Caps this year.

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Give me Washington and Pittsburgh in the first two rounds.

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I want to play Washington in the 1st Round.

I think there offense is still not where it's supposed to be and there defense is probably the weakest of the top 5 teams.

Definitely don't want Philly and don't really want to play Tampa. Wouldn't mind playing Pittsburgh, even if it was with Crosby, and a Boston series would drain this team because they would all be a blood bath, hard fought, low scoring grinding games (which is our specialty but those games would still be brutal).

Ideal matchup would be Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston, Tampa, Philly in that order.

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All of our potential opponents are good teams. If we're on our game, we have a good chance against any of them. If we're not on our game, we're done against anyone.

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