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LuckyNumber7 12-20-2013 05:35 AM

At first I thought that was deflected in... was gonna say... weak. But then I realized... wow that's a phenomenal placement.

In other news, the Panthers had a pretty exciting game last night in Ottawa. They've been hot lately. I just hope they're serious. Things have been looking up since Dineen was fired. That's hard to believe considering how ugly our defense is, but Dylan Olsen looks to be a steal so far for Versteeg's lazy ass.

PhilsFan 12-21-2013 02:14 PM


BoMac 12-30-2013 01:12 PM

So, it's almost the new year, but I'd say that, much like the NBA, it's almost certain that the next champion will come from the Western Conference.

I'd peg the Blackhawks as the odds-on Stanley Cup favourite at this point. They're followed by the 3 California teams, led by Los Angeles.

A dark horse might be St. Louis, but that depends on the health of Alex Steen and if they shore up their goaltending.

LuckyNumber7 12-31-2013 03:17 AM

Lol what? In the NBA? It's certain that both the Heat and the Pacers will not win the NBA championship? C'mon.

BoMac 12-31-2013 11:21 AM


Originally Posted by LuckyNumber7 (Post 7740326)
Lol what? In the NBA? It's certain that both the Heat and the Pacers will not win the NBA championship? C'mon.

Maybe I worded it weird, but my point is that in both leagues the West is much more dominant this year, and it's likely that the champ will come from that conference. Sure, the Heat or Pacers could win, and that may very well happen, but if we're talking about probabilities, I'd say the West is likeliest.

I'm not discounting a team like Pittsburgh or Boston, I just think that this year, the West teams look dominant to this point.

PhilsFan 12-31-2013 11:30 AM

I don't think that makes the West anymore likely. In fact, all it means is that the West might have a better team knocked out early in the playoffs since it's a much deeper conference. Whereas, barring injury, the two best teams in the East will be the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami and Indiana are as good as any team in the West and will have less resistance on their path there.

BoMac 12-31-2013 11:44 AM

True, I hadn't looked at it that way.

BoMac 12-31-2013 01:24 PM

Watching the World Juniors, Canada vs. USA. Jonathan Drouin is a special player. His hockey sense is off the charts.

LuckyNumber7 12-31-2013 04:22 PM

Barkov has looked good for us but I can't help thinking what Drouin would've looked like in a Cats jersey. Can't complain though. Yet.

LuckyNumber7 12-31-2013 04:28 PM

Thinking if Drouin though... reminds me a lot of Huberdeau. He's off to a terrible start to the season. On pace to match last years output almost (in twice the amount of games).

BoMac 01-01-2014 05:32 PM

Can't believe Bobby Ryan, Kyle Okposo, Ben Bishop, and Keith Yandle were left off the USA Olympic hockey team (although I'm sure they're first alternates in case of injury).


anitram 01-04-2014 01:37 PM

It's almost time...

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BoMac 01-07-2014 12:14 PM

Can't believe that Canada left Claude Giroux off the team. Sure, he had a slow start, but he's picked it up considerably since then.

Also, surprised that Marty St. Louis and Brent Seabrook didn't make the team.

Puzzled that Jeff Carter and Rick Nash were chosen ahead of some others.

PhilsFan 01-07-2014 12:24 PM

God hates Philly or whatever.

LuckyNumber7 01-08-2014 08:45 AM

In the end there's always personal bias in those selections.

Lot of Panther fans and Finns alike scratching their head at a lack of Barkov on that team. Granted he's only on pace for a 40-50 pt season, as of recent he's really kicked in and will likely increase that pace. He's the youngest player in the NHL and leads his team in points. Huge centerman who plays good offense but more importantly can match strong against a guy like Sidney Crosby or other elite centers on the back check.

Should be a shoo-in even for a checking role on team Finland.

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