NHL Playoffs 2014


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    @Young:

    Yep, I hear ya, Niemi for Rask… I made the same mistake. Not that Rask isn’t a good choice, but I have Rask and Price and they which would give me one goalie going on because they might meet in the 2nd round. Shoulda known better to split my goalies 1 per conference, speaking of 2nd round matchups… looks like you and I could be on a collision course.

    Usually I do split my goalies 1 per conference, but I was already betting against LA and felt good about Lundqvist, so I took him. But I am feeling like I should have stuck with Niemi.

    Goalies tend to be the highest or so point producers on the Pool winner’s team, so it is important that you pick the ones who go the distance or at least make it to the conference finals.

    Another calculus in choosing goalies is whether or not they will be getting shutouts. If a goalie has a couple SOs but is eliminated he can have the same number of points as a goalie who gets into the final… so that factored into my decision too. I figured few goalies, if any, in the high-scoring West would get shutouts (even Quick). However, Lundqvist and Rask seemed like the better choices for that, maybe throw Price in there too… he did almost have one last night.

    And what do you know… it is Jimmy Howard who pulls one out.



  • GO KINGS GO!



  • Dallas Stars come back!


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    Canucks!! 😄

    ….

    😧

    😞


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    No love for Chicago right now, hope St. Louis takes them down tonight.



  • Montreal Canadiens going for a TB sweep… awesome! GO HABS GO!



  • HABS COMPLETE THE SWEEP…. YA BABY YA!

    BRING ON THE BRUINS!

    AAAAAHHHHHH… or Detroit  😐



  • Stars need to win and make this series best of 3.


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    @Young:

    BRING ON THE BRUINS!

    More than likely I would think.

    I was at the game last night and it really should have been like 4 or 5-0. Boston played solidly, but not in totally dominating fashion. Detroit handed them that win with terribly sloppy play and too few shots taken. Boston did a great job at blocking shots, clogging the middle of the ice and limiting Detroit to perimeter shots (when they actually decided to shoot).



  • @LHoffman:

    @Young:

    BRING ON THE BRUINS!

    More than likely I would think.

    I was at the game last night and it really should have been like 4 or 5-0. Boston played solidly, but not in totally dominating fashion. Detroit handed them that win with terribly sloppy play and too few shots taken. Boston did a great job at blocking shots, clogging the middle of the ice and limiting Detroit to perimeter shots (when they actually decided to shoot).

    Big props for seeking out playoff tickets, and obtaining playoff tickets…. I would do the same for a playoff game in Montreal, but I only have $40,000 equity on my house.


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    @Young:

    Big props for seeking out playoff tickets, and obtaining playoff tickets…. I would do the same for a playoff game in Montreal, but I only have $40,000 equity on my house.

    While I have bought Wings playoff tickets in the past, I very fortunately was able to go for free through some business connections.

    I understand that even regular season tickets in Montreal are very steeply priced. I cannot imagine what playoff tickets cost. You can get Red Wings playoff tickets at a pretty reasonable rate if you want. Plus you live in Toronto, so that makes it even harder… How far is Montreal from Toronto, like 3 hrs driving or something? That would be like me driving to Chicago to watch a game. Not outrageous, but it is nice to only live 45 min from Detroit.


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    @LHoffman:

    How far is Montreal from Toronto, like 3 hrs driving or something?

    More like 5 or 6.  I don’t drive, but I’ve done Montreal-to-Toronto a few times by Via Rail train and that usually takes about 5 hours.

    I’ve been to precisely one Canadiens game in my entire life, which sounds sacrilegious for a Montrealer – but by my own standards that’s huge because I have no interest in sports of any kind.  Hockey is in fact the only sport that I understand and for which I can feel any sort of interest when I watch it…which is almost never, except when I happen to hear that it’s playoff time and the Habs are doing well and that some crucial game is coming up.  That was the case on the 22nd, so I briefly checked on the game a couple of times during the evening.  The second time I happened to tune in during the last three minutes of the third period, so I stayed with it and thus got to see the series-winning goal that came in the last minute of play, which was nice.  Out of curiosity, I turned off the sound on my TV to check whether I could hear any whooping and hollering coming through my walls from other apartments in my building.  (Answer: definitely yes.)


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    @CWO:

    @LHoffman:

    How far is Montreal from Toronto, like 3 hrs driving or something?

    More like 5 or 6.  I don’t drive, but I’ve done Montreal-to-Toronto a few times by Via Rail train and that usually takes about 5 hours.

    Makes sense. Not sure what I was thinking with 3 hrs. It is about 100 miles farther than Chicago-Toledo.

    @CWO:

    Out of curiosity, I turned off the sound on my TV to check whether I could hear any whooping and hollering coming through my walls from other apartments in my building.  (Answer: definitely yes.)

    That’s cool. We don’t have that here in the US.


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    @LHoffman:

    @CWO:

    Out of curiosity, I turned off the sound on my TV to check whether I could hear any whooping and hollering coming through my walls from other apartments in my building.  (Answer: definitely yes.)

    That’s cool. We don’t have that here in the US.

    And that was just in an apartment building, so you can just imagine what the reaction would have been like in a downtown sports bar.  Hockey is the closest thing there is in Quebec to a state religion.



  • Toronto playoff tickets are much worst, there’s a reason why the Maple Leafs are the richest team in the league and it has nothing to do with winning. There’s only one thing you need to know about the contrast of hockey ticket pricing between Montreal and Toronto, when you’re watching games in each city… count the number of children under 12 yrs old sitting in good seats at the Bell Center vs. the ACC…

    …and there you have it.



  • That was the one Detroit needed… now all they can do is prolong the series by winning at least one more in Boston.


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    @Young:

    That was the one Detroit needed… now all they can do is prolong the series by winning at least one more in Boston.

    A shame because they played so well…



  • @LHoffman:

    @Young:

    That was the one Detroit needed… now all they can do is prolong the series by winning at least one more in Boston.

    A shame because they played so well…

    I know, but trust me… you don’t want anything to do with Montreal this year anyways.


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  • Go Blackhawks!

    That’s the way to repeat St. Louis playoff history and beat them four straight after looking the first two.

    Colorado (assuming they win) should be another great series.  Probably much less hitting!



  • Blame it on Miller…. why not?


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    @axis_roll:

    Colorado (assuming they win) should be another great series.  Probably much less hitting!

    IF Chicago plays Colorado, I hope they lay down the law physically.


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    @Young:

    Blame it on Miller…. why not?

    While it was not solely his fault, he did not play very well. Surely not as he is advertised to play. I am beginning to think that his penchant for great play in games that matter is not accurate. He has had some bog game success, but for the most part he just seems to collapse. Too bad for him, but not sure what else to say.

    I don’t know how he let in that Sharp goal yesterday (he tried to poke check, but even so). Never, ever should have gone in…


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    The Miller trade should be a cautionary tale for contenders “going all-in” in the future. Unless you’re getting someone like Domenik Hasek, don’t bother overpaying for a veteran goalie. It’s not like Miller ever carried a team very far in the postseason. He’s had some Olympic moments, but those do not equate to the North American game. I know all too well: Lundqvist is great international goaltender but does not perform at the same level every spring. Still lets an occasional softie in.

    Of course stability in the position is important, look at the endless odyssey for a consistent netminder the Flyers have been on…



  • @General:

    The Miller trade should be a cautionary tale for contenders “going all-in” in the future. Unless you’re getting someone like Domenik Hasek, don’t bother overpaying for a veteran goalie. It’s not like Miller ever carried a team very far in the postseason. He’s had some Olympic moments, but those do not equate to the North American game. I know all too well: Lundqvist is great international goaltender but does not perform at the same level every spring. Still lets an occasional softie in.

    Of course stability in the position is important, look at the endless odyssey for a consistent netminder the Flyers have been on…

    Best way to shore up the organizational strength of the goal position is to draft and develop. The Flyers always trade for other team’s goalies and are well know for their failures in net, the Leafs have traded Rask, Scrivins, and are about to ship Riemer, all of whom were draft products of their own organization. On the other hand, Montreal stuck with Price when some wanted the Habs to trade him and keep Huet, or Halak. Montreal most recently drafted the #1 goalie in last year’s draft, and the chances of Montreal trading Fucale even when they have Price is next to zero, because they understand the importance of not only strength in the position, but also the power of a young player’s loyalty to a team that drafts them.


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