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    Posted: Apr/11/2011 at 6:50am
I'm very excited for Bruins/Habs, Hawks/Van city, and Sharks/Kings

Bruins/Habs especially will be a wild affair, mark my words.  They haven't forgotten about the Pach/Chara hit, but they should.  It's hard to make a 7 footer pay.  

Battle of Cali should be interesting, I would love to catch some of those games too, but I doubt they'll be playing over here in Ontario.
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Oh, and one other thing.  If the Sharks get beaten by the Anze-less Kings, management is going to get BLOWN UP in San Jose.  Enough is enough.  Constantly over 100 pts in the regular season and yet no finals, do something Sharks!
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/11/2011 at 7:15am
At least the Wings finished the season on a strong note, beating the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Now, on to the first round vs. Phoenix.  Didn't we do this last year?  It's deja vu all over again.
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Dallas couldn't beat the Wild and missed the playoffs...that's the end of my season...

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I'm taking Wash, Buf, Tampa, and Boston for the East. And West I'll go Van, SJ, Det, Nsh.
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I give hockey 3 seasons of life left, MAX.  Maybe they could combine with baseball and make both sports far more appealing.
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I give hockey 3 seasons of life left, MAX.  Maybe they could combine with baseball and make both sports far more appealing.
The lockout is what really screwed over the NHL
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Originally posted by odoyale rules

Originally posted by carebear

I give hockey 3 seasons of life left, MAX.  Maybe they could combine with baseball and make both sports far more appealing.
The lockout is what really screwed over the NHL
 
The interest level dropped dramatically in Colorado after that happened.  You used to see Aves jerseys everywhere, now they are few and far between.
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Originally posted by timpiper

i'm so amped for the playoffs. is there anything better than playoff hockey??


no.  nothing.  except two chicks at the same time WITH playoff hockey on the TV.  that's the only thing better. 



hahah i was just about to say how there really is nothing more exciting, but you beat me to it hahaha

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Zakk's predictions:
Blackhawks in 6
Sharks in 5
Phoenix in 7
Preds in 6

Washington in 6
Buffalo in 7
Boston in 5
Tampa in 7
Like the picks, mine are very similar, the only major difference is i think the wings will beat Phoenix, even though i hope they dont
Blackhawks in 7
Sharks in 7
Wings in 6
Preds in 5

Washington in 5
Buffalo in 6
Boston in 5
Tampa in 7
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Originally posted by richardvoyageur

Oh, and one other thing.  If the Sharks get beaten by the Anze-less Kings, management is going to get BLOWN UP in San Jose.  Enough is enough.  Constantly over 100 pts in the regular season and yet no finals, do something Sharks!


Sharks fans are already expecting a bad loss.  I know how you feel though, they seem to have top talent every year just to lose to an inferior team in the playoffs.
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/11/2011 at 9:37am
Canucks in 6
Sharks in 5
Wings in 7
Preds in 7

Caps in 5
Flyers in 6
Bruins in 6
Pens in 7
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  Quote richardvoyageur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/11/2011 at 9:39am
Just to throw mine in:

Canucks in 5
Sharks in 6
Wings in 6
Ducks in 7

Bruins in 6
Sabres in 7
Caps in 5
TB in 7


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i'm surprised to see so many prediting blackhawks over canucks...

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Originally posted by carebear

I give hockey 3 seasons of life left, MAX.  Maybe they could combine with baseball and make both sports far more appealing.


The popularity of hockey is suspect in some areas... but the fanbase is diehard in just as many areas. I don't think I need to mention Canada. Heck, Vancouver (where I'm from) has sold out every game for the last ... I don't know how many... seasons. Even in America though, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia to name some big ones have huge hockey fanbases. Hockey will never die in these areas.

I don't see the death of hockey ... not in my lifetime... but I DO see contractions happening. The NHL has way too many teams. Columbus? Really? The NHL could lose 4 teams easy.

Enough of that, I'm pumped for the playoffs. Obviously rooting for the Canucks in the west but if not the canucks, I see the Ducks making it out. East...Boston! If Crosby returns, then the Pens. Hell, even without Crosby, I'm guessing it's the Pens or Bruins.
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  Quote richardvoyageur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/11/2011 at 10:21am
Originally posted by bugsbunnymydad

Originally posted by carebear

I give hockey 3 seasons of life left, MAX.  Maybe they could combine with baseball and make both sports far more appealing.


The popularity of hockey is suspect in some areas... but the fanbase is diehard in just as many areas. I don't think I need to mention Canada. Heck, Vancouver (where I'm from) has sold out every game for the last ... I don't know how many... seasons. Even in America though, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia to name some big ones have huge hockey fanbases. Hockey will never die in these areas.

I don't see the death of hockey ... not in my lifetime... but I DO see contractions happening. The NHL has way too many teams. Columbus? Really? The NHL could lose 4 teams easy.

Enough of that, I'm pumped for the playoffs. Obviously rooting for the Canucks in the west but if not the canucks, I see the Ducks making it out. East...Boston! If Crosby returns, then the Pens. Hell, even without Crosby, I'm guessing it's the Pens or Bruins.

Bugs is right, there are certain teams that sell out no matter what the product on the ice is (Toronto) and other teams that can't fill the arena with good teams (Phoenix).  A contraction is not necessarily the only result, they just need to concentrate hockey where people actually want it.

Gary Bettman is the only one that wanted to drive the NHL to weird locations like Columbus, etc.  Everyone up here would like to see Hamilton, Winnipeg and Quebec City get franchises.  Hamilton would sell out every game, no matter what.  Why?  Because the normal fans can't afford $400 tickets to the Leafs games and Buffalo is too far.
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  Quote zakk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/11/2011 at 11:29am
Originally posted by lightning80

i'm surprised to see so many prediting blackhawks over canucks...



have you seen the Canucks play in the playoffs? They don't have a team built for it.  Not my fault, blame Gillis

Originally posted by richardvoyageur

Originally posted by bugsbunnymydad

Originally posted by carebear

I give hockey 3 seasons of life left, MAX.  Maybe they could combine with baseball and make both sports far more appealing.


The popularity of hockey is suspect in some areas... but the fanbase is diehard in just as many areas. I don't think I need to mention Canada. Heck, Vancouver (where I'm from) has sold out every game for the last ... I don't know how many... seasons. Even in America though, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia to name some big ones have huge hockey fanbases. Hockey will never die in these areas.

I don't see the death of hockey ... not in my lifetime... but I DO see contractions happening. The NHL has way too many teams. Columbus? Really? The NHL could lose 4 teams easy.

Enough of that, I'm pumped for the playoffs. Obviously rooting for the Canucks in the west but if not the canucks, I see the Ducks making it out. East...Boston! If Crosby returns, then the Pens. Hell, even without Crosby, I'm guessing it's the Pens or Bruins.

Bugs is right, there are certain teams that sell out no matter what the product on the ice is (Toronto) and other teams that can't fill the arena with good teams (Phoenix).  A contraction is not necessarily the only result, they just need to concentrate hockey where people actually want it.

Gary Bettman is the only one that wanted to drive the NHL to weird locations like Columbus, etc.  Everyone up here would like to see Hamilton, Winnipeg and Quebec City get franchises.  Hamilton would sell out every game, no matter what.  Why?  Because the normal fans can't afford $400 tickets to the Leafs games and Buffalo is too far.


I'd go with Hamilton, but Quebec and Winnipeg had teams and couldn't (didn't?) support them.  I can easily see Columbus, Phoenix, Florida (i think TB could make it if it was the only game in town), and Nashville could easily be taken out of the mix with little affect felt through the NHL.

But the counter argument is that the NHL has 3 teams in California that appear to be very healthy and part of a vibrant and budding hockey culture.  I played for what became the Jr. Sharks back in high school and there are still huge adult and kids leagues and the Tank is sold out 99 games out of 100.  Back when the Sharks came here, there wasn't much faith that they'd be here 20 years later, so there are a lot of intangibles, but I don't think CLB, PHX, FLA, NSH, WINN, or those damn Quebeckers have it. 
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Originally posted by lightning80

i'm surprised to see so many prediting blackhawks over canucks...

They got a nice little rivalry going now, but I think the Canucks can pull it off this year. The blackhawks are not as good as they were last year.

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Originally posted by zakk

Originally posted by lightning80

i'm surprised to see so many prediting blackhawks over canucks...



have you seen the Canucks play in the playoffs? They don't have a team built for it.  Not my fault, blame Gillis

Originally posted by richardvoyageur

Originally posted by bugsbunnymydad

Originally posted by carebear

I give hockey 3 seasons of life left, MAX.  Maybe they could combine with baseball and make both sports far more appealing.


The popularity of hockey is suspect in some areas... but the fanbase is diehard in just as many areas. I don't think I need to mention Canada. Heck, Vancouver (where I'm from) has sold out every game for the last ... I don't know how many... seasons. Even in America though, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia to name some big ones have huge hockey fanbases. Hockey will never die in these areas.

I don't see the death of hockey ... not in my lifetime... but I DO see contractions happening. The NHL has way too many teams. Columbus? Really? The NHL could lose 4 teams easy.

Enough of that, I'm pumped for the playoffs. Obviously rooting for the Canucks in the west but if not the canucks, I see the Ducks making it out. East...Boston! If Crosby returns, then the Pens. Hell, even without Crosby, I'm guessing it's the Pens or Bruins.

Bugs is right, there are certain teams that sell out no matter what the product on the ice is (Toronto) and other teams that can't fill the arena with good teams (Phoenix).  A contraction is not necessarily the only result, they just need to concentrate hockey where people actually want it.

Gary Bettman is the only one that wanted to drive the NHL to weird locations like Columbus, etc.  Everyone up here would like to see Hamilton, Winnipeg and Quebec City get franchises.  Hamilton would sell out every game, no matter what.  Why?  Because the normal fans can't afford $400 tickets to the Leafs games and Buffalo is too far.


I'd go with Hamilton, but Quebec and Winnipeg had teams and couldn't (didn't?) support them.  I can easily see Columbus, Phoenix, Florida (i think TB could make it if it was the only game in town), and Nashville could easily be taken out of the mix with little affect felt through the NHL.

But the counter argument is that the NHL has 3 teams in California that appear to be very healthy and part of a vibrant and budding hockey culture.  I played for what became the Jr. Sharks back in high school and there are still huge adult and kids leagues and the Tank is sold out 99 games out of 100.  Back when the Sharks came here, there wasn't much faith that they'd be here 20 years later, so there are a lot of intangibles, but I don't think CLB, PHX, FLA, NSH, WINN, or those damn Quebeckers have it. 

There was tons of shit going on there, the buildings were close to full every night and the teams still left (only Bettman knows how it really went down).  The biggest issue was the canadian dollar was super low (cost around $1.50 to get $1 US).  

Canada could support 10 teams.  (the 6 they have now and then, a 2nd team in T.O., one in hamilton (both of these will be squashed by the leafs), quebec and Winnipeg). 
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Looking forward to watching all of the games that start this week.  i wanted to get tickets to the Pens Lightening games but they are selling really fast and don't really have tickets together, just random seats in the middle of sections.
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Gotta give some credit to the Rangers, dont seem to be ANY rangers fans here. Hope they play spoiler to the cocky Caps.
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Zakk I have to disagree with you on the Ducks/Preds series. I think the Ducks are taking that one just based on pure momentum and Corey Perry
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  Quote zakk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/11/2011 at 1:23pm
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Zakk I have to disagree with you on the Ducks/Preds series. I think the Ducks are taking that one just based on pure momentum and Corey Perry


and when you have one goalie with vertigo and the other with a hip that will pop at any moment, do you really want Dan Ellis as the answer?

Rinne is better than most think and Boris Badenov is a hell of a coach. 


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I know it may not seem like it based on the attendance at games in some of these cities, but Columbus and Nashville are really big on hockey from youth on up so it makes sense as to why they were put there.

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Originally posted by lightning80

i'm surprised to see so many prediting blackhawks over canucks...



Can't blame them... hawks have had the nucks' number the last 2 seasons in the playoffs. I know many fans were rooting for Dallas that last game...

But obviously HUGE difference this year. Vancouver has had a miracle season. 1st in goals per game, goals against, powerplay % and 3rd in penalty kill. And Chicago has lost a lot of their key guys from last season. They're a shell of their former selves. But chicago definitely has the mental edge... it'll be a close series. I say Vancouver in 6.


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I really wish the blackhawks hadn't made the playoffs.
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^ I agree with you.  They are a good team.    All and all, I am super stoked for this years playoff run. 

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I really wish the blackhawks hadn't made the playoffs.


In about 2 weeks, most of British Colombia will feel that way too!


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With Byfuglien off the team, I think the Canucks (and especially Luongo) can breathe a sigh of relief.  He was a beast and was a big part of that team last year.  Look at crazy numbers he put up on the D this year in Atlanta.  He was off to a ridiculous start to the season, like 1 pt per game.  I think he finished with over 20 goals too, which is remarkable for a defenseman.
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Zakk, that's true. I wish Hiller was healthy and am really iffy on his recent comments he made where he seems to be afraid to play and has no confidence whatsoever. ray emery was doing so freakin' good when he got hurt. obviously ducks fans would rather have emery or hiller but ellis has been playing well and the ducks have alot of fire power offensively. i guess we'll just have to wait and see. good luck to your sharks-i hate the kings and have been waiting for the sharks to do something in the playoffs.
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Zakk, that's true. I wish Hiller was healthy and am really iffy on his recent comments he made where he seems to be afraid to play and has no confidence whatsoever. ray emery was doing so freakin' good when he got hurt. obviously ducks fans would rather have emery or hiller but ellis has been playing well and the ducks have alot of fire power offensively. i guess we'll just have to wait and see. good luck to your sharks-i hate the kings and have been waiting for the sharks to do something in the playoffs.


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Anyone near the Pittsburgh area going to watch the games outside the stadium on the big screen???  I debated going, but it depends on the weather.  Its been rainy the past few days, so I think its going to be a little moist.
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not in the pittsburgh area but i'm pulling for the pens to do well without syd or malkin-such a bummer but they're still managing to play well.
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I love how pittsburgh does the outdoor viewing on a big screen.  I think that would be awesome to go watch outside if the weather was nice.
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first round starts tonight! can't wait!
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Predictions for tonight's games:

Detroit
Pittsburgh (kills me to pick them)
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Carebear...death of hockey, no way. I agree with the person who said contraction is inevitable (the same with the NBA too). It is definitely a fringe game whereas MLB and NFL have such a massive, deeply ingrained fanbase. Hockey is one of those sports that just can't get people to watch on tv but if you go to the games they're vibrant, packed and alive. The NHL f---in put teams in the most ridiculous places like Atlanta, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Columbus-either hot cities that notoriously follow other sports or cities that are too small to support a pro sports team. It's sad, I miss Quebec, Hartford and Winnepeg.
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  Quote Borsa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/13/2011 at 2:21pm
Pens Bolts are just off the hook.  Smash plays and lots of shots!  Who doesn't love playoff hockey?!?  These guys are all ready to play and win!
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/14/2011 at 3:29am
Originally posted by ctoma

Predictions for tonight's games:

Detroit
Pittsburgh (kills me to pick them)
Washington
Vancouver
Anaheim

I got 4 out of 5 correct (wrong on the Nashville-Anaheim game).  

People do not believe it but Vancouver is for real this year, fo' sho'.

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Boston
Philadelphia
San Jose
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hahah i was 1/5 last night but it doesnt matter the game that matters is the one i got right! Caps were a bit jittery but semin got the game winner in the end, he could be a huge x-factor in the playoffs if he can keep scoring...next time i just hope they dont take it to OT that wore both teams out a lot

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Bruins
Sabres
Sharks
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It seems like the Bruins and Habs play every year.  Hopefully the B's take care of business.
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  Quote richardvoyageur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/14/2011 at 10:28am
Originally posted by timpiper

Carebear...death of hockey, no way. I agree with the person who said contraction is inevitable (the same with the NBA too). It is definitely a fringe game whereas MLB and NFL have such a massive, deeply ingrained fanbase. Hockey is one of those sports that just can't get people to watch on tv but if you go to the games they're vibrant, packed and alive. The NHL f---in put teams in the most ridiculous places like Atlanta, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Columbus-either hot cities that notoriously follow other sports or cities that are too small to support a pro sports team. It's sad, I miss Quebec, Hartford and Winnepeg.

I totally agree with you about the live aspect of the game, it's great, fast-paced action.  When I compare it to the baseball games I've been to it's no contest.  If any non-hockey fan were to go to one of the Boston/Montreal series they would be blown away by the intensity and pace of the game.  Can't wait to watch that game tonight by the way.

You know what I like about hockey the most?  The unpredictability of the playoffs, it's not like the NBA where it's almost written in stone for the first few rounds.  There are upsets every year in the first round of the NHL, look at the caps last year.
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  Quote timpiper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/14/2011 at 10:34am
Ya, I love the unpredictability too. Baseball used to be really bad about knowing year in and year out who was going to take it but I have to admit it has been unpredictable too lately with teams like Tampa Bay, Texas, and a light hitting San Francisco doing well in the postseason. But ya, hockey is truely the best when it gets to the playoffs. Look at the Chicago-Vancouver series. I mean, most likely the Canucks will take it but there is a legitimate chance that Chicago could beat them. That would never happen in the NBA (with the exception of the year Golden St. beat Dallas in the first round). I'm looking forward to the Boston-Montreal series too and I'm really looking forward to the Sharks-Kings series (I'm from California so it's a big one out here).
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Originally posted by grapeape2669

It seems like the Bruins and Habs play every year.  Hopefully the B's take care of business.

I am liking the Bruins in this series, a classic rivalry.
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Pittsburgh Penguins all the way!!!
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The Flyers just got upset at HOME!  Shut out by Mr. Miller.  Just another amazing playoff game!
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Sharks win after yet another awesome goal by Mr. April Clutch, Joe Pavs.  
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/15/2011 at 4:35am
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Tonight's picks:

Boston
Philadelphia
San Jose

Crap, I was only 1 for 3 last night.

Ah well, on to tonight's predictions (my picks in bold):

Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay
Washington vs. NYR
Vancouver vs. Chicago
Anaheim vs. Nashville
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