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NFT: NHL - Playoff Matchups Set - playoffs start Wednesday

pjcas18 : 4/7/2019 7:12 pm
Like I said in the final 10 thread, the teams were pretty much locked, but there was some jockeying for position and one team flip in the West (ARI out, COL in).

Some positioning changes, NYI had the M1 seed, now M2 and play PIT instead of CAR. Not sure I feel they did themselves any damage, PIT is obviously skilled but they are old team trending down, and CAR (a bunch of jerks) is young and full of energy.

Anything can happen in hockey, 1 seeds lose, 2 seeds lose, it happens. So my predictions are not something I'd wager on per se, but just my feeling about the series and how they'll go.

East match-ups:

A1: TBL vs WC2: CBJ 4/10 IMO this is not a cake walk for the Lightning. Yes, they're the best team in hockey and one of the best teams in a long time, but CBJ went all-in. Not just with their acquisitions, but by the players they kept knowing there was a very low chance of keeping them (Panarin and Bobrovsky to name a couple).

Prediction: TB wins, but closer than some people think

A2: BOS vs A3: TOR 4/11 my favorite series of the 1st round, and this is why IMO the NHL changed the playoff format. they want these matchups "guaranteed" and they want them early. I love Boston to win this matchup, TOR has been coasting for a while (and they shouldn't have been) I don't love the TOR D and I don't love Andersen in the playoffs. BOS has the best line in hockey (if they keep them together) with Bergeron centering Marchand and Pastrnak. Their 2nd line is like many teams 1st line with Krejci, deBrusk and probably Heinen. He could shuffle things up, but Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak tallied 30 pts in the 7 game series vs TOR last year. I wouldn't mess with it. Toronto's fowards might even be deeper - and Boston has David Backes in their 4th line - but man that D could be exposed.

Prediction: BOS, in 6 or 7 in a great series

M1: WAS vs WC1: CAR 4/11
I like that CAR made the playoffs a year early (they just had the #2 pick in the last draft), but WAS should handle them. In the end this will provide the canes some good experience for their young team.

Prediction: WAS in 5.

M2: NYI vs M3: PIT 4/10
In a matchup of the last two stanley cup winning coaches, I think the Islanders actually helped themselves playing PIT instead of CAR, CAR is a team that I don't think anyone likes to play - highest shot total in the league. But IMO PIT with their aging skill is still a bad matchup for NYI who rely on timely scoring, solid D and stingy goal-tending, PIT PP IMO makes the difference. If the Islanders can stay out of the box, they can win this series, but it's the playoffs, and the spotlight will be on the officiating and they'll call it tight, benefiting the Pens.

Prediction: PIT in 5 or 6

West match-ups:

P1: CAL vs WC2: COL 4/11
The Flames are one of the most unheralded 1 seed I can remember. I think it's because a) they're in mountain time and b) their goalie situation is tenuous. But they have such a solid team on O and D I hope they get a long run and people get to see players like Gaudreau, Giordano, Monahan, etc. tough team in all facets. I said above the bruins have the best line in hockey, but Colorado's top line of MacKinnon, Rantanen and Landeskog isn't far behind. If Rantanen can return from injury. However, the Flames should roll.

Prediction: CAL in 5

P2: SJS vs P3: LVG 4/10
LVG team this year is MUCH better IMO, but they don't play quite the same style. SJS is everyone's pick every year to win the cup, they have probably the best D in the playoffs.

So they're mine to win this series.

Prediction: SJS in 5/6

C1: NSH vs WC1: DAL 4/10
Dallas owner publicly ripped his team - mostly stars Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn - Preds owner should have ripped his team. The Stars responded from mired in futility to make the playoffs, and they are my upset pick.

Prediction: Stars in 7

C2: WIN vs C3: STL 4/10
Love this series. Laine, Connor, Wheeler, Scheifele, Trouba, Ehlers, big Byfuglien - WIN has a star studded roster. The Blues are not bereft of talent either with Tarasenko, two-way prototype center Ryan O'Reilly (my favorite Oz character), Schenn, 19-year old Robert Thomas ans good D plus phenom goalie Jordan Binnington - yes he's a 25 year old rookie, but he's a rookie and he led the league in GAA.

Prediction, going with the HTA: Jets in 6.


Even though my team isn't in it, I'm looking forward to the playoffs. I hope the Bruins get knocked out early (doubt it), otherwise don't care who wins.
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Binnington  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:29 pm : link
making it look easy.
If it stays  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:30 pm : link
3 I wonder when the Bruins pull Rask
I said 3-0 Boston  
Route 9 : 6/12/2019 10:31 pm : link
I was right about the 3-0
RE: I said 3-0 Boston  
Route 9 : 6/12/2019 10:31 pm : link
In comment 14470818 Route 9 said:
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I was right about the 3-0


Nope. I didnt even get that right.
Now  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:31 pm : link
it's over
4-0  
NYerInMA : 6/12/2019 10:31 pm : link
BLUUUUUUUUUUEEEESSSS
Now THAT'S game  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 10:31 pm : link
Wooooooooo!
Gloria...  
FatMan in Charlotte : 6/12/2019 10:32 pm : link
GLORIA!!!
fuck yeah  
Sonic Youth : 6/12/2019 10:32 pm : link
fuck the bruins
Yet!  
rnargi : 6/12/2019 10:32 pm : link
That's that! Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.
And they're flooding the exits  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 10:32 pm : link
Good. Eat shit Boston.
RE: And they're flooding the exits  
Route 9 : 6/12/2019 10:34 pm : link
In comment 14470826 Greg from LI said:
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Good. Eat shit Boston.


Suck it Boston, Papi, Bruins, BB for that weird coaching strategy vs Foles , and the Red Sox and Bill Buckner
Who gets Conn Smythe?  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:34 pm : link
O'Reilly or Binnington?
Knowing now how it worked out  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 10:35 pm : link
I am so happy STL lost game 6. Winning in a shutout on their ice in game 7 is priceless.
I vote for  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:35 pm : link
O'Reilly
I think the media  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:36 pm : link
gives it to Binnington
RE: Who gets Conn Smythe?  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 10:37 pm : link
In comment 14470833 pjcas18 said:
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O'Reilly or Binnington?


I'd personally vote for ROR but either is deserving
Dammit....really wanted the shutout  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 10:38 pm : link
.
Grzelcyk  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:38 pm : link
makes it a 3 goal game
RE: Knowing now how it worked out  
Route 9 : 6/12/2019 10:38 pm : link
In comment 14470834 Greg from LI said:
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I am so happy STL lost game 6. Winning in a shutout on their ice in game 7 is priceless.


You fucking WHORE
Wow  
rnargi : 6/12/2019 10:39 pm : link
Boston fans leaving in droves...not staying to salute the team for going as far as they could go AND to see The Cup. How freaking sad. .
They started leaving after the fourth goal  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 10:39 pm : link
Pathetic
Yeah  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:41 pm : link
I pay on average 2500 per ticket, I'm going to watch the celebration even if it's not my team.

I think.


Or I'd be so pissed I leave.
I'd leave too  
Route 9 : 6/12/2019 10:41 pm : link
.
Love it  
NYerInMA : 6/12/2019 10:42 pm : link
Suck it Boston, suck it Marchand you POS.
I trashed the Giants after their loss to Philly in 2008  
Route 9 : 6/12/2019 10:42 pm : link
Mainly Gilbride for that shotgun draw
I played this game for 30 years...  
rnargi : 6/12/2019 10:43 pm : link
I stay, I applaud, I appreciate, I tip my hat to the victors. Then I get pissed and drunk who get home.
Blues shut  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:43 pm : link
down the Bruins 1st line (IMO best line in the league or at worst #2) 5v5 and that I think was the difference in the series.
That goal at the end  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:48 pm : link
of the 1st also the backbreaker.

On reply looked like Marchand made an awful change
Fuckin A Bouw!  
St. Jimmy : 6/12/2019 10:53 pm : link
.
RE: I played this game for 30 years...  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 10:53 pm : link
In comment 14470854 rnargi said:
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I stay, I applaud, I appreciate, I tip my hat to the victors. Then I get pissed and drunk who get home.


I went to the 2012 College World Series Super Regional in Charlottesville, where I watched UVA get blown out by Oklahoma in a deciding game 3 11-0. I stayed through the 9th inning to applaud my team for a great season, even though it didn't end the way I wanted.
I love all the f-bombs  
NYerInMA : 6/12/2019 10:53 pm : link
the Blues are dropping.
Fuck  
Route 9 : 6/12/2019 10:54 pm : link
Fuck fuck fuck
LOL..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 6/12/2019 10:55 pm : link
Holy Fuck!!

Awesome how they aren't even trying to bleep them
Seems like it will be  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:55 pm : link
a boring cup summer.

Ovi was classic, Kessel was funny, not sure we're going to hear stories like we did the past few years.
I think NBC  
kennyd : 6/12/2019 10:57 pm : link
may be getting a letter from the FCC> That's a whole lot of fucks! LOL
haha  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 10:57 pm : link
they went to commercial, came back and apologized for all the f-bombs
RE: Seems like it will be  
Route 9 : 6/12/2019 11:01 pm : link
In comment 14470871 pjcas18 said:
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a boring cup summer.

Ovi was classic, Kessel was funny, not sure we're going to hear stories like we did the past few years.


We have 10 Eli/Daniel Jones threads to keep us entertained for the next 2.5 months.
Big thanks and props to our man  
rnargi : 6/12/2019 11:02 pm : link
Behind the glass, pjcas...I really appreciate your keeping these threads going over the last few weeks as well as the world juniors threads. Additionally, thanks for the insight and analysis. You made this a fun ride.
RE: Big thanks and props to our man  
pjcas18 : 6/12/2019 11:04 pm : link
In comment 14470882 rnargi said:
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Behind the glass, pjcas...I really appreciate your keeping these threads going over the last few weeks as well as the world juniors threads. Additionally, thanks for the insight and analysis. You made this a fun ride.


hockey boards are brutal.

On to draft/free agency threads, LOL
Looking forward to the draft discussions  
Jay in Toronto : 6/12/2019 11:08 pm : link
here and on The Athletic :)
Hell yeah  
Kyle in NY : 6/12/2019 11:15 pm : link
Thrilled for so many of these Blues players

And I second that, thanks for a great playoff thread pj. Always a pleasure
10 eli/Jones threads a day is  
Route 9 : 6/12/2019 11:15 pm : link
what I meant
RE: Big thanks and props to our man  
tony stg : 6/13/2019 6:13 am : link
In comment 14470882 rnargi said:
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Behind the glass, pjcas...I really appreciate your keeping these threads going over the last few weeks as well as the world juniors threads. Additionally, thanks for the insight and analysis. You made this a fun ride.

Agree completely! Have a great off season picas.
Thanks guys  
pjcas18 : 6/13/2019 8:24 am : link
I love the hockey threads even the Islanders fans who didn't appear to like my predictions.

I'll start a draft thread next week, or maybe Rangers fans want their own with such an exciting draft for them coming up.

Either way, I love the discussion and then free agency and before you know it we're at the Hlinka Gretzky (first major INTL U18 tourney of the year) in August.
RE: Big thanks and props to our man  
Metnut : 6/13/2019 9:16 am : link
In comment 14470882 rnargi said:
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Behind the glass, pjcas...I really appreciate your keeping these threads going over the last few weeks as well as the world juniors threads. Additionally, thanks for the insight and analysis. You made this a fun ride.


thanks for the thread pj!
Love this  
pjcas18 : 6/15/2019 3:44 pm : link


Tarasenko stops hugs fan with down's syndrome on parade route, signs his jersey.
Link - ( New Window )
the Golden Brett  
pjcas18 : 6/15/2019 4:04 pm : link
one of the hockey heroes of my youth, turning into a punch line. Cringeworthy.
Brett Hull singing Gloria at parade - ( New Window )
RE: the Golden Brett  
Jay in Toronto : 6/15/2019 4:37 pm : link
In comment 14472880 pjcas18 said:
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one of the hockey heroes of my youth, turning into a punch line. Cringeworthy. Brett Hull singing Gloria at parade - ( New Window )


I met his Dad in an elevator in my office where he came to apologize for (alleged) anti-Semitic remarks.

RE: Love this  
MadPlaid : 6/15/2019 4:59 pm : link
In comment 14472865 pjcas18 said:
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Tarasenko stops hugs fan with down's syndrome on parade route, signs his jersey. Link - ( New Window )
Iím not crying! Youíre crying!
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