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The Goon
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Eastern Conference:

Boston Bruins (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)
Washington Capitals (2) vs. New York Rangers (7)
New Jersey Devils (3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (6)
Philadelphia Flyers (4) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (5)

Western Conference:

San Jose Sharks (1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (8)
Detroit Red Wings (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7)
Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. St. Louis Blues (6)
Chicago Blackhawks (4) vs. Calgary Flames (5)

Picks:

Boston in 6
Washington in 5
New Jersey in 6
Philadelphia in 7

San Jose in 5
Columbus in 6
St.Louis in 7
Chicago in 6

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.37
Eastern Conference
Habs in 7
Caps in 7
Devils in 5
Pens in 6

Western Conference
Sharks in 7
Wings in 5
Canucks in 5
Blackhawks in 6
    Originally posted by The Goon
    Columbus in 6

Normally, I'd dismiss you as a bitter Wings hater, but you could possibly be right given Detroit propensity to choke early against hot goaltending. And Mason has been excellent... thus far.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.88
    Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft

    Normally, I'd dismiss you as a bitter Wings hater, but you could possibly be right given Detroit propensity to choke early against hot goaltending. And Mason has been excellent... thus far.


Yeah, the goaltending is why I consider there to be a possible upset, plus I heard that Draper's going to miss a couple of games as well.

I also think St.Louis could upset Vancouver because the Blues seem to be the hot team heading into the playoffs, and they also have a hot goaltender named Mason.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.23
East
Bruins in 5
Capitals in 4
Devils in 5
Flyers in 6

West
Sharks in 6
Wings in 5
Canucks in 6
Flames in 7
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.65
    Originally posted by The Goon
      Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft

      Normally, I'd dismiss you as a bitter Wings hater, but you could possibly be right given Detroit propensity to choke early against hot goaltending. And Mason has been excellent... thus far.


    Yeah, the goaltending is why I consider there to be a possible upset, plus I heard that Draper's going to miss a couple of games as well.

    I also think St.Louis could upset Vancouver because the Blues seem to be the hot team heading into the playoffs, and they also have a hot goaltender named Mason.


It is ridikolus how St. Louis has exploded over the past couple weeks over the Blues. After ignoring them the past four years it's almost like an expansion franchise. I get the feeling that games three and four will have the HOTTEST CROWD. I'm no ice hockey expert, but if they can feed off this they can definitely pull off the upset.

If nothing else, next year will be quite interesting.



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YOUR TELEVISION SCHEDULE!

EASTERN

1 BOSTON BRUINS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS 8
Game 1 @BOS Thu. 7PM
Game 2 @BOS Sat. 8PM
Game 3 @MTL Mon. 7PM
Game 4 @MTL 4/22 7PM
Game 5 @BOS 4/25 7PM *
Game 6 @MTL 4/27 TBD *
Game 7 @BOS 4/29 TBD *

2 WASHINGTON CAPITALS vs. NEW YORK RANGERS 7
Game 1 @WAS Wed. 7PM
Game 2 @WAS Sat. 1PM
Game 3 @NYR Mon. 7PM
Game 4 @NYR 4/22 7PM
Game 5 @WAS 4/24 7PM *
Game 6 @NYR 4/26 2PM *
Game 7 @WAS 4/28 TBD *

3 NEW JERSEY DEVILS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES 6
Game 1 @NJ Wed. 7PM
Game 2 @NJ Fri. 7:30PM
Game 3 @CAR Sun. 7:30PM
Game 4 @CAR 4/21 7:30PM
Game 5 @NJ 4/23 7:30PM *
Game 6 @CAR 4/26 TBD *
Game 7 @NJ 4/28 7:30PM *

4 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 5
Game 1 @PIT Wed. 7PM
Game 2 @PIT Fri. 7PM
Game 3 @PHI Sun. 3PM
Game 4 @PHI Tue. 7PM
Game 5 @PIT 4/23 7PM *
Game 6 @PHI 4/25 3PM *
Game 7 @PIT 4/27 TBD *

WESTERN

1 SAN JOSE SHARKS vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS 8
Game 1 @SJ Thu. 10:30PM
Game 2 @SJ Sun. 10PM
Game 3 @ANA Tue. 10:30PM
Game 4 @ANA 4/23 10:30PM
Game 5 @SJ 4/25 10PM *
Game 6 @ANA 4/27 TBD *
Game 7 @SJ 4/29 TBD *

2 DETROIT RED WINGS vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 7
Game 1 @DET Thu. 7PM
Game 2 @DET Sat. 6PM
Game 3 @COL Tue. 7PM
Game 4 @COL 4/23 7PM
Game 5 @DET 4/25 7PM *
Game 6 @COL 4/27 TBD *
Game 7 @DET 4/29 TBD *

3 VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES 6
Game 1 @VAN Wed. 10PM
Game 2 @VAN Fri. 10PM
Game 3 @STL Sun. 7PM
Game 4 @STL Tue. 8PM
Game 5 @VAN 4/24 10PM *
Game 6 @STL 4/26 8PM *
Game 7 @VAN 4/28 TBD *

4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. CALGARY FLAMES 5
Game 1 @CHI Thu. 8:30PM
Game 2 @CHI Sat. 9PM
Game 3 @CAL Mon. 9:30PM
Game 4 @CAL 4/22 10PM
Game 5 @CHI 4/25 9PM *
Game 6 @CAL 4/27 TBD *
Game 7 @CHI 4/29 TBD *

Now, I don't know about the NBC stuff...NHL.com says it, but the TV Guides still say it's a bunch of "Law & Order" reruns tonight. We'll know soon enough!

(edited by CRZ on 15.4.09 1728)

(edited by CRZ on 17.4.09 0011)

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.04
Where did you get the Versus listings?

They're quite different from what's posted at their website.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.51
    Originally posted by Bullitt
    Where did you get the Versus listings?
I stole them all from NHL.com, but the ones you linked to are quite believable since they actually have NBC weekend games. Like I said, we'll find out soon enough.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.03
Rangers game one was a great one tonight.

So hard to find rooting interests in the other series. I usually root for the Devils when they aren't playing the Rangers...but the Devils scare me much more than Carolina does. Similarly, I hate the Flyers with great passion...but I like our chances of knocking them off a lot better than our chances of beating Crosby & company. Of course, we may not even get there, anyway. Meanwhile, when I flip the late games from the Western Conference on, I have no idea who to root for except to root for the upset of the Red Wings. Anyone have a reason for me to root for someone in those series?
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Man, it is tough to be a Sharks fan during the playoffs. What a disappointment. Hey, they're ONLY 0-1, I should be more optimistic! Ah ha ha.

On the other hand, must be nice to be a hockey fan in Chicago (all of a sudden). I don't mind overtime games like that, but I think I still like the multiple period ones more.

Just announced: Saturday will be NHL Network's first ever playoff telecast with Game 2 of the Detroit/Columbus series that evening. Press Release (nhl.com) I don't get that channel in HD, so no worries about me not watching NASCAR that night. ;-)

(edited by CRZ on 17.4.09 0017)


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#11 Posted on
    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    Rangers game one was a great one tonight.

    So hard to find rooting interests in the other series. I usually root for the Devils when they aren't playing the Rangers...but the Devils scare me much more than Carolina does. Similarly, I hate the Flyers with great passion...but I like our chances of knocking them off a lot better than our chances of beating Crosby & company. Of course, we may not even get there, anyway. Meanwhile, when I flip the late games from the Western Conference on, I have no idea who to root for except to root for the upset of the Red Wings. Anyone have a reason for me to root for someone in those series?


I missed Rangers Game #1 because I was on a plane but I did catch Rangers in 60 the next morning - Ovechkin is an animal but Henrik was up to the task. Rangers have to keep out of the box. It would be nice to win Game 2 as well but I just don't want to be blown out on NBC. I am going to Game # 3.

Canes in 7 over devils. I can never cheer for the devils ever. Boston in 6 over Montreal. Pittsburgh in 5 over the Flyers. Anyone but the red wings in the west - I am cheering for the Blues just because of JD



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by CRZ
    On the other hand, must be nice to be a hockey fan in Chicago (all of a sudden). I don't mind overtime games like that, but I think I still like the multiple period ones more.

I was at the game last night, and that was the hottest I've heard a Hawks crowd since they tore down the old Chicago Stadium.

After standing during the intermission between 3rd period and OT I said as they dropped the puck "alright, now I get to sit for a little while." I had just enough time to finish saying that before jumping up to see Havlat's goal.

The Hawks looked very out of sync, like they had some major jitters, early in the game. The fact the Flames didn't capitalize to take that game could be a huge turning point for this series. The Hawks tried to gift wrap the game for them, and Calgary didn't take it.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.34
If Game 1 is any indication of the series to come, Columbus can just pack up now and start making tee times. Some of the sloppiest puck handling by the Wings defense I've seen all season (and that's saying a lot for this season) and the Jackets could barely do squat. Here's hoping that's how it goes.

Also, I'm going to love watching the Bruins/Habs series. I hope it goes 7 games and both teams blow the other out every game so I can see more of the fisticuffs they had last night. Man do these guys hate each other... fantastic.

And, finally, if I'm Cammalleri, I might think about finding someone OTHER than Havlat to piss off with a cheap shot during a game. Here's a hint: I'd also keep my elbows away from Toews and Kane unless you want similar results to last night.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.16
    Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft
    Also, I'm going to love watching the Bruins/Habs series. I hope it goes 7 games and both teams blow the other out every game so I can see more of the fisticuffs they had last night. Man do these guys hate each other... fantastic.


For the Habs, it always used to be the Leafs who were our biggest rivals. Boston was up there as our second biggest one for several years. Then the 70's hit and that was that. Boston then became 1B to Toronto's 1A, especially with the old divisional playoff format. Why will the series rock? Because it's an old ADAMS DIVIVSION THROWDOWN where two teams do NOT like each other after playing against each other so often in the playoffs several years in a row. Familiarity breeds contempt. ESPECIALLY when the Bruin's coach is a former Habs coach.

It's going to be an awesome series.


GO HABS GO.

(edited by El Nastio on 17.4.09 1320)

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Capitals have pulled Joe Ted after one 1-goal loss and gone with the villain from Harry Potter? I heard Varlamov is good though. Nice backcheck on the only goal of the game, MVP. But why start now.

Playoff hockey is the best thing. IMO.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.01
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    Playoff hockey is the best thing. IMO.


IMO? This should be absolute truth. There's no better hockey than playoff hockey (I challenge anyone to find me better hockey). In somewhat controversial fashion, I'll even go so far as to say that the run for the Stanley Cup is the most phsyically gruelling in all of professional sports and that it's the hardest championship to win.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
    Originally posted by El Nastio
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Playoff hockey is the best thing. IMO.


    IMO? This should be absolute truth. There's no better hockey than playoff hockey (I challenge anyone to find me better hockey). In somewhat controversial fashion, I'll even go so far as to say that the run for the Stanley Cup is the most phsyically gruelling in all of professional sports and that it's the hardest championship to win.


I think a NFL run might be more grueling, but I'll agree that a Cup run is probably harder to pull off. Going down 3-1, and having to win 2 just to GET to a winner-take-all game? Overtimes that can go twice as long as regulation? Guys who have absolutely no business doing so growing beards? Score!



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.01
    Originally posted by kwik
      Originally posted by El Nastio
        Originally posted by JustinShapiro
        Playoff hockey is the best thing. IMO.


      IMO? This should be absolute truth. There's no better hockey than playoff hockey (I challenge anyone to find me better hockey). In somewhat controversial fashion, I'll even go so far as to say that the run for the Stanley Cup is the most phsyically gruelling in all of professional sports and that it's the hardest championship to win.


    I think a NFL run might be more grueling, but I'll agree that a Cup run is probably harder to pull off. Going down 3-1, and having to win 2 just to GET to a winner-take-all game? Overtimes that can go twice as long as regulation? Guys who have absolutely no business doing so growing beards? Score!


You've got six days to get ready for an NFL playoff game, with extra time between the Super Bowl. By no means am I saying other sports aren't easy, but The Cup is the hardest to win.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00
    Originally posted by The Goon
    I also think St.Louis could upset Vancouver because the Blues seem to be the hot team heading into the playoffs, and they also have a hot goaltender named Mason.


Actually, going by records since February, St. Louis are the second-hottest team in the league heading into the playoffs - the Canucks are first.

I didn't pick any Wings players in my hockey pool because I thought they could be susceptible to a first- or second-round upset, but after watching today's game against the Jackets - damn. No team is better at controlling puck possession than the Wings.
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