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NFT: NHL Reg Season in less than 1 week: Predictions & Discussion

pjcas18 : 9/27/2019 8:23 am
most teams have just 1 or 2 more pre-season games then the regular season starts.

thought I'd start a discussion thread.

Found this USA today record prediction and I think it's way off. I mean, way off.

but I'll share this and then add my commentary.

can't wait for the season to start.

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That Canucks  
pjcas18 : 11/22/2019 1:03 pm : link
PP is lethal. So many good Power Play units in the league with BOS, EDM, WAS, TOR when Marner is back, TBL, but VAN PP1 has the most PP goals in the league right now.

And they're a young group (all under 25, except Miller who is 26).

I wonder if they trade him now  
pjcas18 : 11/23/2019 1:04 pm : link
I still think he's got useful skills.

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Shayne Gostisbehere has been healthy scratched.
Another PPG for Vancouver  
Mike in NY : 11/23/2019 1:39 pm : link
Having Pettersson and Hughes is great for all but +/- in my keeper league
That's a great combo for a keeper league  
pjcas18 : 11/23/2019 3:45 pm : link
check out the back check by JT Miller to stop the OT breakaway for Oshie.

Oshie fumbled with the puck after stealing it, but THIS is a backcheck. Already sent it to the kids I coach. Don't lose the puck in that spot. but if you do. this is how you make up for it.


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this is so messed up  
pjcas18 : 11/24/2019 10:34 pm : link
this was something Babcock did to Mitch Marner.

At the quarter point or a little bit past it  
pjcas18 : 11/25/2019 8:47 am : link
of the season, JT Miller might be my Selke leader. Not only is he scoring on a good pace, he's playing hard minutes and thriving.

it's amazing seeing both a) what playing with better players does for someone (though this is more vs NYR than his time with TBL) and b) having a coach who recognizes your strength and allows you to play to it.

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Bailey Broadbent
@BaileyBroadcast
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6h
J.T. Miller through 24GP:

9G - 14A - 23P

More goals and points than any Tampa Bay Lightning player.
RE: this is so messed up  
BrettNYG10 : 11/25/2019 9:38 am : link
In comment 14690407 pjcas18 said:
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this was something Babcock did to Mitch Marner.



Workplace abuse. Totally unacceptable.

Why did the media sit on this for 2-3 years?
RE: RE: this is so messed up  
pjcas18 : 11/25/2019 9:47 am : link
In comment 14690785 BrettNYG10 said:
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In comment 14690407 pjcas18 said:


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this was something Babcock did to Mitch Marner.





Workplace abuse. Totally unacceptable.

Why did the media sit on this for 2-3 years?


Only answer I've seen came from a TOR beat writer who said he'd heard rumors of things like this, but never got confirmation. Until now.

So, he felt irresponsible running the story or sharing it. I guess I can respect that in this free for all media era. I'd rather people didn't publish unverified anecdotes.
That makes sense then.  
BrettNYG10 : 11/25/2019 9:52 am : link
I'm sure there are other stories like that as well. That behavior isn't acceptable.

I'm glad to see Miller do well. Loved him and his style.
The one silver lining to the Rangers including Miller as basically a  
Greg from LI : 11/25/2019 9:54 am : link
throw-in in a trade that netting two guys who outright sucks right now (Howden and Hajek) is that he's not doing this for the fucking Bolts. THAT would have really hurt.
When I read Miller was thrown in I thought we got Sergachev.  
BrettNYG10 : 11/25/2019 10:12 am : link
Was totally disappointed with the trade then. Still am.
JT Miller  
pjcas18 : 11/25/2019 10:21 am : link
is probably who got me interested in following hockey prospects.

I watched him at the WJC-U18 USA gold medal team and then he shined the next year at the WJC-U20 gold. Maybe 2012 or 2013.

He was a player you watched who oozed skill, decent size, grit, IQ, one of those players you were sure about.

and then I watched him with the Rangers and saw only glimpses, but usually nothing like what I saw pre-NHL days.

So I learned players don't always make the leap even if they dominate their age group. good learning experience for me.

I like that he seems to be putting it together now.

Same here, Brett  
redbeard : 11/25/2019 11:22 am : link
As soon as I heard Miller was involved I was convinced we snagged Sergachev. What a kick in the nuts that was
If the Canadiens  
pjcas18 : 11/25/2019 11:34 am : link
still had Sergachev and McDonagh things might be a little different right now.

Instead of Drouin and (LOL) Gomez.

Granted the McDonagh trade was 10 years ago, and he never evolved into the player I hoped he would he'd still be a top pair D on the Habs.

So would Sergachev which may mean Subban was still with the habs and if not, Weber wouldn't be so relied upon to do things he's not suited for but probably subban would still be in MTL.

The Canadiens have not had a solid top 4 on the blue line in forever.

And to be fair McDonagh has under-performed expectations and Subban has 1 point in November. 1 point with 5 days left in the month. and sadly, both would be an upgrade.
Interesting  
pjcas18 : 11/25/2019 12:42 pm : link


Hockey 24|7
@iamhockey1
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45m
The Montreal #canadiens have inquired about what it would take to get Taylor Hall, the #flames
have inquired as well.
Babcock comments  
pjcas18 : 11/25/2019 2:31 pm : link
on exercise with Marner. I'm surprised anyone would think this is a good idea and not just the list, but sharing it with the team just seemed like a horrible idea to anyone with a shred of common sense.

regardless, I think it's fair to share this

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Elliotte Friedman
@FriedgeHNIC
I reached out to Mike Babcock today about the Mitch Marner story, as reported by @koshtorontosun
. Via text, he replied, “I was trying to focus on work ethic with Mitch — focusing on role models — ended up not being a good idea. I apologized at (the) time.”
2:24 PM · Nov 25, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
....  
BrettNYG10 : 11/27/2019 12:03 am : link
Bill Peters not coaching tomorrow as the team investigates the allegation that he called Akim Aliu the n-word.
RE: Babcock comments  
BrettNYG10 : 11/27/2019 12:04 am : link
In comment 14691545 pjcas18 said:
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on exercise with Marner. I'm surprised anyone would think this is a good idea and not just the list, but sharing it with the team just seemed like a horrible idea to anyone with a shred of common sense.

regardless, I think it's fair to share this



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Elliotte Friedman
@FriedgeHNIC
I reached out to Mike Babcock today about the Mitch Marner story, as reported by @koshtorontosun
. Via text, he replied, “I was trying to focus on work ethic with Mitch — focusing on role models — ended up not being a good idea. I apologized at (the) time.”
2:24 PM · Nov 25, 2019·Twitter for iPhone



That just strikes me as a face-saving attempt from a nutjob boss.

Babcock sucks.
Yeah Babcock sucks  
pjcas18 : 11/27/2019 9:07 am : link
now the history coming out about Peters is alarming.

And needs to be addressed.

but what I don't like is now how people feel like "ok this scum bag Peters is likely to get fired for his abhorrent behavior so I'm going to bring up any person in history who wronged me and they should be fired too"

there are stories coming out of the woodwork about tons of other coaches, GM's, front office people, players, etc.

not condoning behavior, but sometimes going back 10 years and citing a questionable comment someone maybe in a tense situation is not what change should be about IMO.
RE: RE: Babcock comments  
JayBinQueens : 11/27/2019 9:41 am : link
In comment 14693728 BrettNYG10 said:
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In comment 14691545 pjcas18 said:


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on exercise with Marner. I'm surprised anyone would think this is a good idea and not just the list, but sharing it with the team just seemed like a horrible idea to anyone with a shred of common sense.

regardless, I think it's fair to share this



Quote:


Elliotte Friedman
@FriedgeHNIC
I reached out to Mike Babcock today about the Mitch Marner story, as reported by @koshtorontosun
. Via text, he replied, “I was trying to focus on work ethic with Mitch — focusing on role models — ended up not being a good idea. I apologized at (the) time.”
2:24 PM · Nov 25, 2019·Twitter for iPhone





That just strikes me as a face-saving attempt from a nutjob boss.

Babcock sucks.


Definitely. I don't know how legit this source is, but evidently Matt Martin got into it with Babcock over this. Makes sense he was gone soon after though


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Pasta with a hatty  
pjcas18 : 11/27/2019 12:00 pm : link
last night, Price still looking like a guy who has his mind somewhere else.

Pasta on a crazy pace, almost a goal per game, after 24.

Since leading the Rangers 4 - 0 the Canadiens have been outscored 14 - 2.

Price has given up 12 goals in just over 3 periods.

Between Price (8 years at $10.5M) and Weber (8 years at $8.5M) the Habs could be very bad for a very long time.
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