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Old 04-13-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default 2009 NHL Playoffs thread.

I don't know about you guys, but the NHL playoffs (whether my Kings are in it or not) is my favorite time of the year (other than Bronco football season of course).

Some very interesting matchups, and some of them are very old rivalries (Bruins vs Canadiens). Other matchups I like are Sharks vs Ducks, Pens vs Flyers, Flames vs Hawks.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Anaheim Ducks
(season series: Sharks 4-2)

#2 Detroit Red Wings vs. #7 Columbus Blue Jackets
(season series: Red Wings 3-2-1)

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 St. Louis Blues
(season series: 2-2)

#4 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #5 Calgary Flames
(season series: Blackhawks 4-0)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Boston Bruins vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens
(season series: Bruins 5-0-1)

#2 Washington Capitals vs. #7 New York Rangers
(season series: Capitals 3-0-1)

#3 New Jersey Devils vs. #6 Carolina Hurricanes
(season series: Hurricanes 3-1)

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Philadelphia Flyers
(season series: 3-3)

My predictions:

West
Sharks in 5
Red Wings in 6
Canucks in 7
Flames in 7 (Wonder who KillerIcon picks for this one, both teams are his favorite)

East
Canadiens in 6
Capitals in 4
Devils in 6
Penguins in 7 ( This series is such a toss up, I really feel 50/50 on this one.)

The quest for Lord Stanley begins on Wednesday.

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Old 04-13-2009, 11:59 AM   #2
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:59 AM   #3
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LETS GO FLYERS!!!!
I'm going down to board Street after we win the Stanley Cup its gonna be as crazy as the Phillies when they won the chip in 08
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Sharks in 7

Wings in 5

Cansucks in 7

Black Hawks in 7
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Well on paper things shook out nicely for my Canucks, winning the division and getting matched up with the Blues (wouldn't want to face the Ducks right now, or the Jackets with Steve Mason on fire). That being said, I expect to see Vigneault get hideously outcoached and the Canucks play down to their competition and give them every chance to win.

Haha, um, go Canucks? (I really don't like the coach).
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I'm going down to board Street after we win the Stanley Cup its gonna be as crazy as the Phillies when they won the chip in 08

Dude....................................cmon.
Seriously.
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Well on paper things shook out nicely for my Canucks, winning the division and getting matched up with the Blues (wouldn't want to face the Ducks right now, or the Jackets with Steve Mason on fire). That being said, I expect to see Vigneault get hideously outcoached and the Canucks play down to their competition and give them every chance to win.

Haha, um, go Canucks? (I really don't like the coach).
I hear Marc Crawford is available.
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Dude....................................cmon.
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Dude....................................cmon.
Seriously.
Duuuude. No more pics of Gaymu Salami in this thread.

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Sharks in 6
Detroit in 4
Vancouver in 7
Calgary in 6

EC:

Boston in 5
Washington in 6
New Jersey in 4
Philadelphia in 7
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:10 PM   #11
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:10 PM   #12
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Duuuude. No more pics of Gaymu Salami in this thread.
Thanks.

Ive never heard that one!!


If only you had a goalie!
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I hear Marc Crawford is available.
Lol, I actually saw Crow at a coffee shop a couple weeks ago, I said to my gf: "holy crap that's the Canucks' old coach!" she goes "oh...should we get his autograph?" Me: "No, he was pretty much the worst coach ever."
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#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 St. Louis Blues

Finally.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:16 PM   #15
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If only you had a goalie!
Goalie situation looks pretty good actually, that goalie you have in that pic is gone. Backup guy in Vancouver now.

At any rate, your Anaheim Dinosaurs are aging...barely got into the playoffs. Kings will rule Socal soon.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:20 PM   #16
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:41 PM   #18
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No Blackhawk Love?

With Kane, Havlat, Toews, Sharpe if healthy, 2 decent Goalies.

Here come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks...
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GO AVS...


oh wait


I'm taking San Jose from the west and NJ from the east...San Jose in 6
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I like the ice girls...hope to see some of this on Versus/NBC often.









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Old 04-13-2009, 12:55 PM   #22
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I put experience over talent in that series. Flames have a bunch of veterans with a lot of playoff experience, I'll take that over a young squad 90 percent of the time...the other 10 percent being if you have anything of a young squad that resembles the Oilers of the early 80s.
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Damn straight....the Wings need to shore up that defense and Osgood/Ty Conklin are going to have to play better than they have been if we are going to repeat.

Time to kick it up a notch.

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Damn straight....the Wing need to shore up that defense and Osgood/Ty Conklin are going to have to play better than they have been.

Time to kick it up a notch.
I'm pretty excited for what should be a Sharks vs Wings WCF.

I have no idea who wins that one...I've always picked the Sharks in the past 3-4 years but they seem to not be able to get over the hump. I'll give a small edge to the Defending champs.
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