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Old 05-06-2007, 11:11 AM   #166
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My two most despised teams in the West are going head to head (Anahiem vs Detroit ) so I won't be watching any of those games...


I didn't realize that the Detroit-San Jose series was already over.
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Old 05-06-2007, 11:14 AM   #167
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I didn't realize that the Detroit-San Jose series was already over.
You are correct!

I saw the headline on MSN and didn't read the article

That's slightly better I guess, I don't really like San Jose either but I really hate Detroit...
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:20 PM   #168
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by elevated_u2_fan


Ottawa and Buffao though, That oughta be pretty good series as long Buffalo doesn't choke against the Rangers today. Considering the battles these teams had during the regular season it could be interesting...
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I agree, that's going to be quite a match-up (if it comes to that, of course - but then again I doubt the Rangers can win 2 straight vs Buffalo). Buffalo is playing like the Sens of past playoff years - not stepping it up and not being physical enough. I hope Ottawa plays them as the Rangers are quite a physical team; and then I say Ottawa in 6
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Old 05-06-2007, 02:17 PM   #169
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There's been a lot of talk in these playoffs about the record number of one-goal games and the relative lack of goals, period.

There was a debate on TSN this morning about what, if anything, needs to be done. Dave Hodge was saying perhaps it's time to go 4 on 4 while someone else said he thinks maybe they should go to bigger nets.

But in watching the World Hockey Championships I can't help but wonder that NHL owners missed the boat when they built so many new arenas and decided to keep the ice the same size. They had a golden opportunity to make the ice surface bigger and they opted not to. And why? Because a bigger ice surface would mean less seats and less seats means less money.

There are those that say that games on larger ice surfaces are still low scoring affairs. While that may be true there are some points that need to be considered.

Number one, players have gotten bigger and stronger, with bigger and better equipment. Add to that the fact that now there are two referees and that means that there is barely any room on the ice.

Also, for me, a high-scoring game is not necessarily more exciting than a low-scoring one. What makes a game exciting is the scoring chances, and, with little room out there we're seeing very few opportunities to score.

One need only look at the number of blocked shots in the playoffs to see that there is precious little room out there.
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Ottawa - Buffalo - that's should be an excellent series.
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:09 PM   #171
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4 on 4 OT playoffs would see me saying goodbye to the NHL. I only watch the playoffs as it is. I used to know every player in the NHL and watch every game until the mid-90's but lost interest. In most sports btw, for a variety of reasons.

It's the playoffs. Scoring is always lower in the playoffs, teams play much tighter and match line vs line on a level beyond the regular season. Playing the same team 4-7 times in a row leads to tighter games as coaching staffs study their opponents to adapt their on ice strategies and limit scoring opportunities. The salary cap has also introduced a level of parity in the league as can be seen in the standings of this past season. Many teams are fairly evenly matched in the new NHL leading to tightly contested matchups.

Would a bigger ice surface improve scoring? Maybe, maybe not, coaches would adapt their defenses and play to minimize scoring even on a bigger surface. Teams are not coached to score more goals but to not let in goals these days, or so it seems to me compared to the 80's. Most of today's NHL athletes are playing at the same skill level too. There used to be an obvious disparity between the A-players and B-players in the NHL where a Gretzky, Orr or Bossy could exploit the inability of a defenseman to keep up with them. Most "fighters" don't make the NHL anymore thus removing one pylon from the lineup and it's rare to see a player deke another player out of his pants which was fairly common in the past.

Also, today's goalies are highly skilled, bigger and more athletic compared to goalies of the past and commentators regularly say the only way to beat goalies is traffic in front of the net which is the new strategy. Yesterday's goalies did not cover the net as well as the 6 ft plus goalies we have on every team in the NHL today. Not to mention their giant lighter goalie pads, and supersize blocker and glove. The net size consideration might have some legitimacy.

I would consider banning shot blocking to improve scoring. The act of defensemen dropping to the ice is a relatively recent phenomenon in the NHL over the past 15 years or so. There were the odd players who did this but now everyone does it. This behaviour was not a factor in the past and shots on net reached the net while some were inadvertently blocked by someone standing in the path of the puck. Some games have more shot blocks than shots on net, it's crazy. There is still plenty of puck movement but players can't get the puck to the net with all the player's covering the ice surface.

Regardless, the NHL is a joke in the sense that every year the GM's have a meeting to tweak the game and nothing helps. Improving the officiating would go a long way to improving the game and the attempt to remove clutching and grabbing is a good start along with the illegal crosschecking of players in front of the net. MLB, NFL and the NBA don't meet every season and consider lowering the pitcher's mound or basket,shortening the distance between bases to enhance base stealing, widening the field or expanding the size of the basketball court or net to improve scoring or fix the game.
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Looking forward to the Ottawa - Buff series. Hopefully the Sens can come out on top, but I like the Sabres too. Should be a goodun
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I'm looking forward to the Sens/Sabres series as well. Unlike most people living in Canada, I don't despise the Sens. It's only the Leafs, Sabres and Bruins that I have an intense loathing for.
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Unlike most people living in Canada, I don't despise the Sens.

You haven't participated in enough elections yet to feel the hate for Ottawa.


Actually, Buffalo deserves a shot at the cup after being ripped off by this crappy non-call back in 1999. Foot in the crease meant no goal in 1999 for the whole season except for the Stanley Cup winning goal in triple OT. Way to disregard the rule book.

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^ I remember that night...awful! Gary Bettman took so much heat after that.

I think I'm going for Detroit at this point. Dan Cleary is the next best thing to Michael Ryder, in terms of Newfoundland players. Ryane Clowe is also pretty great for San Jose, however

Buffalo would be my runner-up fav. They've got a lot of character, and also seem pretty modest. I'm not sure exactly why I despise Ottawa. Probably because they don't seem like Buffalo I tend to label teams for dramatic purposes.
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Dan Cleary, Michael Ryder and Ryan Clowe had redeemed the good name of Newfoundland players after the poor efforts of John Slaney and Terry Ryan.

I lost faith in SJ when they gave up that 2-0 lead to lose 3-2. That's not what Stanley Cup winning teams do. Shows lack of character and I guess I will go 2-2 this round unless SJ shows in the third period.
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^ You are officially 2-2

Clowe and Cleary were both played heavily in the final minutes.

You're right about Slanely and Ryan So much promise. And who can forget Darren Langdon, that perennial 30-second-a-game dynamo? I sure can!

Detroit/Anaheim should be great. I'll say Detroit in six.

Ottawa/Buffalo: Buffalo in seven. This might actually be the most intense series in years, based on raw skill, and the fact that they absolutely hate each other.
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My two most despised teams in the West are going head to head (Anahiem vs Detroit ) so I won't be watching any of those games...
Maybe I am psychic... Still not going to watch this series though
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I'd much rather see the Ducks win than Detroit. They have so many cups already.

Looking forward to the Sens/Sabres matchup.
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I can't believe it but there are tickets still available for the upcoming Ottawa-Buffalo game
I'd stand no chance in Montreal or T.O.

Unfortunately I'll be out West though - oh well, next year's playoffs!
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