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This is the NHL version of David vs Goliath

ABC won't like the TV Ratings but it will be over quickly

Hard hitting close fought games but experience pays off

Detroit in 5 (I hate typing that)



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I'd love to say ``Carolina in 6'' but having already blown both my previous predictions, I'm going to have to say Detroit in 6.

At least we're getting two very healthy teams at the top of their games (i.e. nobody limped into the finals).

Irbe will make it interesting unless the Carolina defensmen fail to protect the front of the net from Shanahan et al.

Carolina lives and dies by Francis and Irbe, not the BBC line. Carolina also leads the league in faceoffs won: this is a much more important stat than you'd think. They won't roll over, but I don't think they're New Jersey '94 either...




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Detroit in 6.

This series will be closer than most people think for the reasons stated in Tarnish's last paragraph.

Edit:spelling

(edited by evilwaldo on 3.6.02 1404)


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Carolina in 6.

Like Tarnish mentioned, Carolina wins alot of faceoffs. Francis and Brind'Amour have been brilliant in getting the puck to their guys. The key to beating Hasek is to just keep firing. That's what Carolina is going to have to do - throw, throw, throw.

I know I'm completely insane for backing the Hurricanes - but I'm not about to give up on my hockey club. They took out New Jersey, they made Theodore look human, and they humbled the Leafs. Detroit nearly fell to Vancouver early, and was taken to the limit by Colorado. Two very good teams - but Carolina's been fighting the whole way through and hasn't ever looked like a desperate hockey club next.

I think Vacitek said something along the lines of "They have to beat US." THAT is an awesome mindset to have going into the finals.

Come on Carolina - these playoffs have been more than I ever expected. Frankly, when they made it to the second round I celebrated and figured the party was over then.

Don't break my heart in the finals.




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Yeesh, such big numbers.

Carolina is going to get murdered. Sweep, all the way.

And this is from the guy that hates Detroit and hates Brett Hull.

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Detroit Red Wings
Regular Season: 51-17-10-4; 116 points
First Overall/Conference/Division

Carolina Hurricanes
Regular Season: 35-26-16-5; 91 points
Fourth in Conference/First in Division

Detroit swept season series 2-0 (5-2 and 4-3)

20+ Goalscorers
Detroit: 4 (Shanahan, Federov, Robitaille, Hull)
Carolina: 5 (O'Neill, Francis, Kapanen, Brind'Amour, Battaglia)

The West: Tight-checking league, it's harder to win games. Case in point: if Carolina had been in the West, they would not have made the playoffs AT ALL. So, the West is harder. Since the Wings won more games in a tougher conference, they should beat the hell out of Carolina. SHOULD.

Detroit in five.



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Ya NBA and NHL finals don't look much this year... I see the Wings finishing at home in the fifth game




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    Like Tarnish mentioned, Carolina wins alot of faceoffs. Francis and Brind'Amour have been brilliant in getting the puck to their guys. The key to beating Hasek is to just keep firing. That's what Carolina is going to have to do - throw, throw, throw.


yzerman and draper are also very good at faceoffs, and federov isn't bad either. i disagree about beating hasek...the more shots fired at him, the more confidence he gets. the avs were outshot every game they beat detroit(i think). without the shots, hasek gets a bit erratic.
i don't think the wings are going to take the hurricanes lightly...they leave that for the fans and media.
however, even as a wings fan, i live in massachusetts (right on the border of connecticut) and the whale have always been my 2nd favorite team. how can you not root for them? i'm sure aaron ward figured that he'd be playing the wings in the finals, right?

edit: just read this, so i thought i'd pass it along:
Steve Yzerman along with teammate Brendan Shanahan will attempt to be the 2nd and 3rd players to win a Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold medal in the same year...Ken Morrow first accomplished the feat with the Islanders in 1980.

(edited by quagmire on 3.6.02 2236)

(edited by quagmire on 3.6.02 2325)

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Vegas has spoken as well.

Detroit is a 7-1 favorite. So all you Whalercane fans can make some money if you really think they have a shot.

I, for one, do not.



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At 7:1 the Red Wings are a pretty good bet...

EDIT -- If I had any money!!!!!


They are just too talented not to win this series. I hope Carolina can just keep the games interesting, and perhaps squeek one out...

Wings in 5, then all the old guys can retire...

(edited by haz on 4.6.02 0930)


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I don't see this as being much, but then again, I figured the Canes were going to get swept by New Jersey in the first round. So I hope I'm wrong, but I'd say Detroit in 5.
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I was in Vegas last summer and was prepared to put down a couple of bills on the Wings at 6:1 but the in the week before I left the odds dropped to 5:2.

Needless to say I did not make the bet.



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Canes in 6. That is all.

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That was an awesome goal, man he looked ecstatic after it. What about that disallowed goal, I dont know how they could make a clean decision with the water bottle there. Wild in 7 still though.
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