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Old 04-09-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
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The 2007 NHL Playoffs thread

Now that the season is officially over I figured we should all direct our comments and observations here.

It should be an exciting playoff season, and even though my Habs are out I'm looking forward to wall-to-wall hockey action for the next two months.

I'm rooting for the Canadian teams but particularly Ottawa because of it's proximity to Montreal and Vancouver because Roberto Luongo is from my neighbourhood and we both share mutual acquaintances.

This being said I believe that the Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks have a great shot at the Cup.

As for a Cinderella team making the finals along the lines of Edmonton and Calgary, I think the Islanders will play the Sabres tough and could actually take it seven games where anything can happen. Pittsburgh, with Sid the Kid and company, could go deep into the playoffs as well. In the West I think teams should be wary of Minnesota.

Enjoy the playoff hockey everyone!
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I can't believe the Isles reached the playoffs. I don't think they'll advance far though. I do think the Devils have a good chance at the Finals.
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:57 PM   #3
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I can't believe the Isles reached the playoffs. I don't think they'll advance far though. I do think the Devils have a good chance at the Finals.

One reasons I think the Islanders will be a tough opponent for the Sabres is the fact that Ted Nolan will make sure they're extra ready to play against Buffalo, his old team. That should be an interesting storyline to follow.
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It sure adds some spice to their matchup. The Isles should play like they have nothing to lose.
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I think Pittsburgh is going to surprise everyone. Second half of the year they were way better than the Devils, one of the best in the Conference. The one thing working against them is the relative inexperience of their main guys - the playoffs being a place where you really need some experience, it really is so much different than the regular season, way more intense. I think Crosby will thrive, but I think some of the younger guys, like Armstrong and Staal, might be overwhelmed.

The Devils, should be able to take out the lightning, especially since the Lightning haven't been too exciting lately. But I'll be rooting for the Lightning.

Thrashers / Rangers should be a good series. I think the Rangers have a very good chance at winning it, eventhough I think the Thrashers are the better team. They seem a bit flat as well. Actually the entire southeast division is kind blah.

And Buffalo....they should win the East with ease. Pittsburgh, if they can pull through, might give them a hard time. The Isles will play them tough, but unless everyone decides to step it up, which hasn't happened really all year, Buffalo will take them no problem.

I don't know shit about the west, but I'd bet on Vancouver (a few months ago I would have sworn by Anaheim) with Calgary and/or Minnesota being a Cinderella. There's something about the Red Wings that doesn't seem right to me.

Overall: Buffalo in six over Vancouver.

I can't wait to check this in June.
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maybe if the islanders can pull a miracle they can have another parade down hempstead turnpike...
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Sabers.... They're the closest thing to Toronto...

In terms of Canadian teams, Vancouver or Calgary.

Ottawa is dead to me
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Overall: Buffalo in six over Vancouver.

I can't wait to check this in June.




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Me too...I've always despised them! I'm not sure exactly why, and in my darkest moments I feel guilty about it. They are Canadian, but in my mind, they exist in a bubble--their own little annoying world. I hope Pittsburgh takes care of them in the first round. I'd enjoy that.

As mentioned earlier, I think Pittsburgh will surprise, and it'll be that team, not Buffalo, that will be the team to watch. I'm rooting for them, and for Vancouver.
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EAST

(1) Buffalo vs (8) New York Islanders - (1)Buffalo
(2) New Jersey vs (7) Tampa Bay - (2) New Jersey
(3) Atlanta vs (6) New York Rangers - (6) New York Rangers
(4) Ottawa vs (5) Pittsburgh - (5) Pittsburgh


WEST

(1) Detroit vs (8) Calgary - (1) Detroit
(2) Anaheim vs (7) Minnesota - (2) Anaheim
(3) Vancouver vs (6) Dallas - (6) Dallas
(4) Nashville vs (5) San Jose - (5) San Jose

As Raj Binder said Saturday, this is Ottawa's year, no wait, last year was Ottawa's year or umm, noooo, it was the year before........THE LAST TEN YEARS HAVE BEEN OTTAWA'S YEAR!!! They need a coach who can perform the heimlich maneuver.

Pittsburgh is definitely the dark horse this year but can Marc-Andre Fleury handle the playoff pressure? Playoff hockey is different than regular season hockey.

Tampa Bay might get lucky and beat the Devils but I doubt it.

Detroit should win but has a history of being upset in first round. Calgary needs Kiprisoff to stand on his head to steal this one though.

Anaheim and Minnesota is a tough call. Minnesota is flying with Gaborik right now and a hot goalie while Anaheim has Selanne, Pronger and the playoff tested Giguere.

Vancouver finally has a top goalie now but again how will Luongo handle the playoffs plus he has a tendency to let in a soft goal now and then. Dallas is playoff tested with Turco in net. Should be an excellent series.

Nashville and San Jose ...who knows?
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I'm really looking forward to the playoffs this year. I've got my car flags out and everything!
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I love the Sens but they always seem to choke when it comes to the playoffs... I hope this year they'll be able to stand their ground. Pitts vs Ott will be a great series.

Poor Calgary.. I don't know how they'll fare...

Come on Canucks too.. though against another tough team as well. Should be yet another interesting playoffs I'm ready for it
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Rooting for Pens, then Flames.

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Me too...I've always despised them! I'm not sure exactly why, and in my darkest moments I feel guilty about it. They are Canadian, but in my mind, they exist in a bubble--their own little annoying world. I hope Pittsburgh takes care of them in the first round. I'd enjoy that.
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:06 AM   #15
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I'll be in the minority here and say the Sens actually have a fighting chance to go far this year - they actually had to climb their way to the top this year and didn't even dominate the division/conference as they have in years past which removes a lot of pressure from them. In years past they thought they could play the way they did throughout the season without stepping it up but it will be different as they've had to fight for a position all year.

I've also noticed the media in town has toned down the rhetoric quite a bit from years past.


I think they'll be desperate to lose their choker reputation.
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