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Since: 14.1.02
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Thanks to tsn.ca, here are the first round of the playoffs:


EASTERN CONFERENCE
(1) Montreal vs (8) Boston
Start Date TBA

- Of all the teams to face, should we be happy to face Boston? As much as I like how much we've beat them (a lot), they need to win sooner or later. Also, our awesomely awesome (of awesomeness) power play won't be as useful in the playoffs, due to less calls. That said, we're clicking at the right time, have a young goalie whose used to pressure situations, with a coach (and GM) who know a thing or two about the playoffs. I'll say Habs win this round as the Drive for 25 starts NOW.

(2) Pittsburgh vs (7) Ottawa
Start Date TBA

- I want Ottawa to win so I can grab tickets to a Habs/Sens match up, but the Pens (much like Montreal) are going into the playoffs with momentum. A young team who got some experince last year, I think they'll make a good run, assuming their goalies perform. Of course, Ottawa has their own goalie problems as well.

(3) Washington vs (6) Philadelphia
Start Date TBA

- All I know is Huet is still playing lights out. And Washington has one player who seems like he could be a player who takes over games by hismelf. I'll take the Caps.

(4) New Jersey vs (5) NY Rangers
Start Date TBA

- Should be a close series. As much as I like Broduer, this is Henrick's chance to make a name for himself. I'll say Rangers for this round.


WESTERN CONFERENCE
(1) Detroit vs (8) Nashville
Start Date TBA

(2) San Jose vs (7) Calgary
Start Date TBA


(3) Minnesota vs (6) Colorado
Start Date TBA

(4) Anaheim vs (5) Dallas
Start Date TBA



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Schedules, some TV info (nhl.com)

Action gets started on Wednesday night, with Devils/Rangers, Penguins/Senators, Sharks/Flames, and Wild/Avalanche

Here's to another postseason of overtimes until 2 in the morning, game 7s, and all of Canada getting shafted in the end by a team from California, North Carolina, or Florida.

I'm actually saying it'll kind of happen again...Wild over Canadiens in the Finals, though losing to a team from Minnesota HAS to be better than the above mentioned locales.



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Since: 4.1.02
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Habs over Bruins
Pens over Sens
Caps over Flyers
Devils over Rangers

Wings over Preds
Flames over Sharks
Wild over Avs
Ducks over Stars



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Since: 2.1.02
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Red Wings over Predators - some injuries to the Wings, but I can't imagine they'll have much trouble from Nashville, who no one expected to even be close to the playoffs this year.

Flames over Sharks - no prognosticator (not even Maggie the Monkey) is picking the Flames, but Aisling Slattery, who is on Breakfast Television here in Calgary, picked the Flames in 4, and she's pretty, so I'll go with her.

Avalanche over Wild - should be a good series, but I think the offensive firepower of the Avalanche will be too much.

Ducks over Stars - Oh, yeah.

Canadiens over Bruins - Les Canadiens are just fun to watch play these days.

Penguins over Senators - I think the Senators will do better than most people expect, and may even upset the Penguins here, but the smart choice is the Penguins.

Capitals over Flyers - This should be another fun series to watch-Ovechkin, Richards, etc. Hopefully the Flyers will keep the goonery down.

Rangers over Devils - I don't really have a good sense for either of these teams, I'm just a big Brendan Shanahan fan.
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Since: 2.1.02
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There always ends up being a series that everyone is wrong on something that seems so right.

What the heck, I will try this again...

Detroit over Nashville in 5

Detroit always seems to make it interesting, but I just don't see it from Nashville this year. (now if they were playing Edmonton....)

San Jose over Calgary in 6

The Flames might take a couple, but SJ is playing as well as anyone else right now.

Colorado over Minnesota in 7

Call it the Forsberg-Sakic factor. Colorado has the experience to pull this one out.

Anaheim over Dallas in 7

I can see Dallas winning this, but I see the Ducks experience pulling this out in the end.


Montreal over Boston in 5

This could easily be a sweep. A really good way to get a rookie goalie used to the playoff atmosphere.

Pittsburgh over Ottawa in 5

I think Gerber blinks before Fleury. The Sens are undermanned without Alfredsson and Fisher and won't be able to do much...

Washington over Philadelphia in 5

Washington has been playing playoff games for a while now and are rolling. Huet comes up big for them.

NY over NJ in 7

Brodeur will keep this one close, but I think the overall talent of the Rangers is better. I can't believe what the Devils have done with the talent they have, but it should end here...



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Eastern Conference:
1. Montreal Canadiens vs 8. Boston Bruins -- habs in 5
2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs 7. Ottawa Senators -- pens in 5
3. Washington Capitals vs 6. Philadelphia Flyers -- flyers in 6 (sadly)
4. New Jersey Devils vs 5. New York Rangers --Rangers in 6


Western Conference:
1. Detroit Red Wings vs 8. Nashville Predators -- wings in 6
2. San Jose Sharks vs 7. Calgary Flames -- sharks in 7
3. Minnesota Wild vs 6. Colorado Avalanche -- wild in 6
4. Anaheim Ducks vs 5. Dallas Stars -- stars in 6



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HOLY CRAP! John Kelly's calling the Av's telecast!

A Google search explains...He's on loan from the Blues because current Av's announcer Mike Haynes is undergoing surgery for an aneurysm later this week.

Sorry to hear that.

But I still completely geeked out when I heard Kelly. (Kelly was the Av's announcer from their move to Denver up until the strike).

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Since: 2.1.02
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The (soon to be) MVP came in big tonight for the Caps.

Go Ovie Go



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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    The (soon to be) MVP came in big tonight for the Caps.

    Go Ovie Go


If you want to get a little nitpicky though, that probably should have only been the tying goal, for this reason (and an unfortunate joke that must be made):

Just how intense are the NHL playoffs? They may cost a Flyers winger one of his testicles (tsn.ca)

Right before Washington scored to tie it at 4, Patrick Thoresen went down and blocked a shot in a rather uncomfortable place. Listening to the highlight, I'm farily sure that if he was wearing a cup, it was destroyed. He went down to block the shot, and for obvious reasons, stayed down afterward, and the play probably should have been blown dead, he was in no position to defend himself with the play happening around him. My guess is, he's not exactly a happy camper at this point:



    "He's going to the hospital to get an ultrasound done on his testicles. It's bad enough they may have to remove one," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "Right now, we're not sure how serious it is, but there's a chance he may need surgery."






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