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04-11-2011, 07:42 PM
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Who Will Win the Stanley Cup?

Try to keep your obvious rooting interest out of your selection (I know it's difficult). I'll start by stating that I think the Caps are going to win the cup this year. Lots of learning experience/disappointments, playing much better defense, a stellar penalty kill, and a plethora of top line scorers. Obviously, goaltending is the BIG question mark.

I wish I could say the Penguins, but with the uncertainty around Crosby, a horrible showing in last year's tournament with the full squad, far too many wins in the shootout this season, and no Malkin it's hard to pick them even as a die hard fan.


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No clue TBH.

I think Vancouver can be a really tough team to beat but the West is a gauntlet, not to mention they play the defending Stanley Cup Champs right off the bat.

Out of the East, I'm clueless. A lot banks on if Crosby returns because if he returns and can play even close to how he was earlier in the year, we could be realll tough to beat. Goaltending/defense is huge in the playoffs and ours is very healthy (knock on wood) and working extremely well.

The Flyers and Caps could be tough to beat but they have question marks, just like the Pens. Will both teams goaltending hold up? How will the Caps inexperienced defense fair? Which Alexander Semin will show up? For the Flyers, will goaltending hold up? What about if Pronger isn't at 100 percent? They are ice cold, will this be an issue?

If you put a gun to my head, I'd say this:

With Crosby, its either the Pens, Bruins or Flyers.

Wihtout Crosby, its either the Caps, Bruins or Flyers.

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04-11-2011, 08:01 PM
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I think, with a healthy Pronger, that Philadelphia makes it in the East. San Jose overcomes major choking issues and makes it out West.


Then again, it's probably more likely that both teams choke in the first round... especially now that I picked them.

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04-11-2011, 08:04 PM
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I think, with a healthy Pronger, that Philadelphia makes it in the East. San Jose overcomes major choking issues and makes it out West.


Then again, it's probably more likely that both teams choke in the first round... especially now that I picked them.


In all honesty, this may be one of the toughest years. In other years, you had teams like Chicago, Detroit and our Guins who had REAL good chances to win it all. You want to say that about Vancouver but there first round matchup is even hard to predict.

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Flyers v Caps for the ECF

Ducks v Canucks for the WCF

Ducks v Caps for SCF

Ducks win.

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Flyers v Caps for the ECF

Ducks v Canucks for the WCF

Ducks v Caps for SCF

Ducks win.

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Flyers most likely although they're not playing well right now. If Bob plays well they can do it. I think Vancouver is the new San Jose.

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Washington vs. Vancouver...

Wash wins.
Bah.

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Vancouver looks great. Anaheim is coming on strong but relies on 1 line.

The two complete teams honestly look like Washington and Vancouver. They look the part. They act the part. I think they pull it off. Vancouver wins it in 6.

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As much as I'ld like to say the Pens, I'm not getting my hopes up. But I am pumped about getting to watch at least one good round of playoff hockey, plus all that awaits us in the offseason. I'm very excited about next season.

The Bruins are who I'm rooting for, but Vancouver looks strong. I like the American boy Kessler. But, if the Caps or the Flyers have to win a cup, let it be this year. With the Pens being depleated, it would make one of them winning a lot easier to take.

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I honestly believe the Penguins will win the East. Not sure if they can beat Vancouver or Detroit in the final however.

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Vancouver looks great. Anaheim is coming on strong but relies on 1 line.

The two complete teams honestly look like Washington and Vancouver. They look the part. They act the part. I think they pull it off. Vancouver wins it in 6.
Washington's goal differential isn't even that good. I think they are quite overrated and got lucky to win the conference.


I think San Jose wins it this year. They have a really deep offense and have quietly put together a great year.

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Flyers v Caps for the ECF

Ducks v Canucks for the WCF

Ducks v Caps for SCF

Ducks win.
Now that is one bold pick. I don't completely disagree with it because I live in LA and get to see them play all the time. One thing I'll say about them is that they are never out of a game. They've had one amazing comeback after another this season. They're going to be an extremely tough out.

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I honestly don't really know. Usually there's one or two teams I have my eye on that could win it, but I just don't know this year.

I feel that Vancouver will get stopped, although I don't know who will stop them just yet. Chicago? Detroit? SJ? I think it's definitely going to be one of the Western teams that wins it. Wings, Sharks, Ducks, and even the Preds I would not be surprised to come out of the West (well, the Preds a little). If the Hawks can take out the Canucks they could go deep again too.

I just don't see any team in the East taking the cup this year. It will surely be one of the top 3 seeds who comes out of the East IMO though (or us with a healthy Crosby, unlikely).

Just to pick a team I'll pick Detroit. Never a bad pick.

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Bruins over Sharks

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The west.

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Ducks or Sharks me thinks.

With that said, if we can't do it, as long as the Habs, Craps, or Criers don't win it I'll be happy.

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With that said, if we can't do it, as long as the Habs, Craps, or Criers don't win it I'll be happy.
I share these feelings. Add the Bruins to the list for me, I've never liked them.

Makes it a pretty short list of teams I wouldn't mind seeing come out of the East. If the Lightning beat us, I'd like them to win.

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I share these feelings. Add the Bruins to the list for me, I've never liked them.
Aside from the crap they've given us over the whole Cookie/Savard shamozzle, for the most part I don't mind B's fans.

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04-11-2011, 09:54 PM
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I'll believe in the Pens until they're knocked out. If or when that happens I will give an answer.

After which, I don't really care anyways, but if there was a team I would like to win it beyond the Pens, last year it was the Blackhawks with the Sharks being this years.

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go west

would like to see a canadian team win it. go couv

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With a 90% Crosby (at any point), I think the Pens can reach the ECF.

That being said, I think this year will either go to Wash, Philly, Vancouver or San Jose...

BARFFFFFFFFFF.

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Flyers v Caps for the ECF

Ducks v Canucks for the WCF

Ducks v Caps for SCF

Ducks win.
Holy **** man, I was about to post the same exact thing.

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