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 Post subject: The 2008 National Hockey League Playoffs (Predictions)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:15 am 
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Eastern Conference:
(1) Montreal vs. (8 ) Boston - Habs in 5 (Bruins over-matched)
(2) Pittsburgh vs. (7) Ottawa - Pens in 5 (Ottawa too beat up)
(3) Washington vs. (6) Philadelphia - Caps in 7
*NHL going ga-ga over this series, putting first 6 games on national television
(4) New Jersey vs. (5) New York - Devils in 7

Western Conference:
(1) Detroit vs. (8 ) Nashville - Wings in 5 (Wings on a mission)
(2) San Jose vs. (7) Calgary - Flames in 6 (big series from Kippy)
(3) Minnesota vs. (6) Colorado - Avs in 6 (love Lemaire, Avs have more talent)
(4) Anaheim vs. (5) Dallas - Ducks in 6

Semis:
(1) Montreal vs. (4) New Jersey - Habs in 6
(2) Pittsburgh vs. (3) Washington - Pens in 5

(1) Detroit vs. (7) Calgary - Wings in 7
(4) Anaheim vs. (6) Colorado - Ducks in 6

Finals:
(1) Montreal vs. (2) Pittsburgh - Pens in 6
(1) Detroit vs. (4) Anaheim - Ducks in 6

Stanley Cup Final
(1) Detroit vs. (2) Pittsburgh - Wings in 6

I think Detroit is a team on a mission. They are talented enough to win it all. Watch out for Anaheim and Calgary. The East is really WIDE open. Who knows how the kid Price will handle the pressure in Montreal...

Should be fun.

Oh, and sorry, Softy...


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 Post subject: Re: The 2008 National Hockey League Playoffs (Predictions)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:29 am 
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Eastern Conference:
(1) Montreal vs. (8 ) Boston - Habs in 5
(2) Pittsburgh vs. (7) Ottawa - Pens in 6
(3) Washington vs. (6) Philadelphia - Flyers in 7
(4) New Jersey vs. (5) New York - Rangers in 5

Western Conference:
(1) Detroit vs. (8 ) Nashville - Wings in 7
(2) San Jose vs. (7) Calgary - Sharks in 5
(3) Minnesota vs. (6) Colorado - Wild in 5
(4) Anaheim vs. (5) Dallas - Stars in 7

I'll worry about the 2nd round when we get there.

In the meantime, slugger, really with the Devils in 7 pick? I mean, obviously I'm biased but New Jersey went 1-7 against the Rangers this year with their only win coming after blowing a 2-0 lead and in a shootout. How exactly can you justify them suddenly being able to beat New York four times out of seven? There's just no way. They're toast.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:30 am 
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Well three of the Rangers' wins came in the 4-on-4 and SO too, so they're 4-0 against us in real hockey games. They were 6-0 against us in '94 and look how close that series turned out.

Anyway...

Montreal 4-1 over Boston
Pittsburgh 4-1 over Ottawa
Washington 4-3 over Philadelphia
Rangers 4-2 over Devils :cry:

Detroit 4-1 over Nashville
Calgary 4-2 over San Jose
Minnesota 4-3 over Colorado
Anaheim 4-2 over Dallas

Montreal 4-3 over Rangers
Washington 4-2 over Pittsburgh

Detroit 4-3 over Calgary
Anaheim 4-2 over Minnesota

Montreal 4-1 over Washington
Detroit 4-2 over Anaheim

Montreal 4-2 over Detroit

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Montreal over Boston 4-1
Pittsburgh over Ottawa 4-2
Philadelphia over Washington 4-3
New Jersey over New York 4-2

Detroit over Nashville 4-0
San Jose over Calgary 4-2
Colorado over Minnesota 4-2
Anaheim over Dallas 4-3

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New Jersey over Montreal 4-3
Pittsburgh over Philadelphia 4-2

Detroit over Anaheim 4-2
San Jose over Colorado 4-3

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Pittsburgh over New Jersey 4-1
Detroit over San Jose 4-0

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Pittsburgh over Detroit 4-3


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 Post subject: Re: The 2008 National Hockey League Playoffs (Predictions)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:30 pm 
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In the meantime, slugger, really with the Devils in 7 pick? I mean, obviously I'm biased but New Jersey went 1-7 against the Rangers this year with their only win coming after blowing a 2-0 lead and in a shootout. How exactly can you justify them suddenly being able to beat New York four times out of seven? There's just no way. They're toast.


I don't know how you can consider them toast just yet. Their goaltender does have a dazzling 1.92 GAA in 164 career playoff games. Lundqvist, meanwhile, does have a losing record in his 13 career playoff games.

I think a big key is whether or not the Rangers' young defensemen step up. Both Girardi and Tyutin did not play all that well (if I remember correctly) in the playoffs last season. I'm not sure that I trust Backman in a big spot. How will Dubinsky respond in his first career playoff series? I know the same arguments can be made for the Devils defense but they do have Colin White back there, a veteran of 94 playoff games.

Listen, the teams are very similar. I'm obviously biased. I do think you're fooling yourself if you are going to place that much weight on the regular season series though.


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 Post subject: Re: The 2008 National Hockey League Playoffs (Predictions)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:25 pm 
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In the meantime, slugger, really with the Devils in 7 pick? I mean, obviously I'm biased but New Jersey went 1-7 against the Rangers this year with their only win coming after blowing a 2-0 lead and in a shootout. How exactly can you justify them suddenly being able to beat New York four times out of seven? There's just no way. They're toast.


I don't know how you can consider them toast just yet. Their goaltender does have a dazzling 1.92 GAA in 164 career playoff games. Lundqvist, meanwhile, does have a losing record in his 13 career playoff games.

I think a big key is whether or not the Rangers' young defensemen step up. Both Girardi and Tyutin did not play all that well (if I remember correctly) in the playoffs last season. I'm not sure that I trust Backman in a big spot. How will Dubinsky respond in his first career playoff series? I know the same arguments can be made for the Devils defense but they do have Colin White back there, a veteran of 94 playoff games.

Listen, the teams are very similar. I'm obviously biased. I do think you're fooling yourself if you are going to place that much weight on the regular season series though.


The Lundqvist losing record in the playoffs is fairly bogus when you consider that in that playoff series against the devils two years ago he was 1) injured and 2) coming off a very taxing run to the gold medal game in the olympic games, which he was superb in. Not to mention that they were playing with a one-shouldered Jagr (as opposed to the Jagr you'll see in this series who's been heating up like crazy lately). Also, the Sabres series last year really turned on that one goal with seven seconds or so left in Game 5 by Drury who now just happens to be a Ranger.

Dubinsky (and Dawes for that matter) have shown up in big games all year, I'm not worried about them. Also when you consider the big names with playoff experience on the team (Jagr, Shanny, Drury, Gomez, etc.) I don't think the Rangers really have to be relying on the young guys all that much.

Here's the thing, the Devils have shown all season (and 8 games is not a small sample size by any means) that they can not find a way to win against the Rangers in a hockey game (coin flip shootouts, while exciting, don't really count as showing anything one way or the other). Plus, take into the account that the Rangers have 1) dominated at home and 2) shown that they can win at the Prudential Center which is pretty much neutral ice when they play there. I really just don't see how the Devils can win this series.

That being said, Devils-Rangers is always fun and I'm really looking forward to it. The NHL really couldn't have asked for more in these eastern conference matchups. Great old rivalries in NJ/NYR, Flyers/Capitals, especially Bruins/Habs and Crosby against a canadian team. Also, say what you will about the "new" NHL but in the short term they have clearly established some parity which is good for the sport (though that's going to go out the window in the next few years as the salary cap continues to bloat).

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:00 pm 
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I hate doing predictions...but...Flames in 6.

Every round.

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 Post subject: Re: The 2008 National Hockey League Playoffs (Predictions)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:17 pm 
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sluger11787 wrote:
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In the meantime, slugger, really with the Devils in 7 pick? I mean, obviously I'm biased but New Jersey went 1-7 against the Rangers this year with their only win coming after blowing a 2-0 lead and in a shootout. How exactly can you justify them suddenly being able to beat New York four times out of seven? There's just no way. They're toast.


I don't know how you can consider them toast just yet. Their goaltender does have a dazzling 1.92 GAA in 164 career playoff games. Lundqvist, meanwhile, does have a losing record in his 13 career playoff games.

I think a big key is whether or not the Rangers' young defensemen step up. Both Girardi and Tyutin did not play all that well (if I remember correctly) in the playoffs last season. I'm not sure that I trust Backman in a big spot. How will Dubinsky respond in his first career playoff series? I know the same arguments can be made for the Devils defense but they do have Colin White back there, a veteran of 94 playoff games.

Listen, the teams are very similar. I'm obviously biased. I do think you're fooling yourself if you are going to place that much weight on the regular season series though.


I'd be more concerned with your defensive core, considering that the last 3 games these 2 teams played featured 3rd period leads that have been blown by the Devils. The Rangers have shown a resiliency to come back when trailing, the Devils to this point have not. Marty's Marty, but do you agree that Lundqvist has had his number this season? I agree that these two teams are evenly matched, but how can you not at least place some weight on the regular season when evaluating this series? The Rangers have outplayed the Devils at times, have been outplayed at times, and at the very least have been competitive enough to extend games that your team has failed to put away. I'm not saying the Devils can't win this series, because they can. I honestly feel that there's not a team in the Eastern Conference who the Rangers can't beat, but conversely there's no team that can't beat them. I just don't see how anyone can pick the Devils in a seven game series based on anything but seasons past.


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 Post subject: Re: The 2008 National Hockey League Playoffs (Predictions)
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:40 am 
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I'd be more concerned with your defensive core, considering that the last 3 games these 2 teams played featured 3rd period leads that have been blown by the Devils. The Rangers have shown a resiliency to come back when trailing, the Devils to this point have not. Marty's Marty, but do you agree that Lundqvist has had his number this season? I agree that these two teams are evenly matched, but how can you not at least place some weight on the regular season when evaluating this series? The Rangers have outplayed the Devils at times, have been outplayed at times, and at the very least have been competitive enough to extend games that your team has failed to put away. I'm not saying the Devils can't win this series, because they can. I honestly feel that there's not a team in the Eastern Conference who the Rangers can't beat, but conversely there's no team that can't beat them. I just don't see how anyone can pick the Devils in a seven game series based on anything but seasons past.


The Drury goal was entirely Brookbank's fault and he's not going to play in this series. The Dawes goal was a very fluky goal, bounce of the puck...so while the defense for the Devils is a concern, I can only really fault them for one of those three comebacks (Sunday's).

I don't know if I'd say Lundqvist has had Brodeur's number, perhaps more so Dawes has had his number...he seems to always find a way to either score in regulation or the shootout in these games (finally didn't score in the shootout Sunday). I think both goaltenders have played extremely well against each other this season. Perhaps you could say Lundqvist has had his number in the shootouts but then again the Rangers by and large have the better talent for shootouts (Dawes in particular).

Would I be surprised if the Rangers won this series? No. As you said about the Rangers, the Devils could also probably win (or lose) a series against each of these teams. I do think it's going to be a long series as the teams are very similar and pretty evenly matched. Obviously I'm biased and am not going to pick against my team if I feel they have a legit shot to win the series. I do believe they have what it takes to emerge victorious in what should be a very fun series between these two rivals.


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I am adopting the Capitals as my team for this playoffs. I hate the fact that they made it over my Canes, kind of like the Mets of last year, but unlike the Phillies I can root for the Caps.


BTW, This was one of the worst hockey seasons for me as a fan. After pretty much writing off the playoffs due to all the injuries, my Canes went on an incedible, if not impossible, run that put them in the position of winning the SouthEast. So after this, it was even more dissapointing to see them come short.

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I am adopting the Capitals as my team for this playoffs. I hate the fact that they made it over my Canes, kind of like the Mets of last year, but unlike the Phillies I can root for the Caps.


BTW, This was one of the worst hockey seasons for me as a fan. After pretty much writing off the playoffs due to all the injuries, my Canes went on an incedible, if not impossible, run that put them in the position of winning the SouthEast. So after this, it was even more dissapointing to see them come short.


I'm a big believer in the Bill Simmons rule of "if your team wins a championship, they get a complete pass for the next 5 years, you're simply not allowed to complain." :wink:

That being said I don't expect the Caps to go very far, that division is so incredibly weak and when paired with what really is a lack of depth on their team I think they're really overrated.

Also, the people who run the 'Canes know what they're doing. They'll be back.

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