- 03/25/2011, 01:19AM ET
Argos. said 03/25, 01:19 AM
Predict the NHL playoff seeding, and then go through the matchups to see who wins the Cup.
(1) Flyers over (8) Sabres in 6
(2) Caps > (7) Rangers in 5
(3)Bruins > (6) Habs in 6
(5) TB > (4) Pens in 7
(5) TB > (1) Flyers in 7
(2) Caps > (3) Bruins in 6
(2) Caps over (5) TB in 7
(1) Canucks > (8) Preds in 6
(2) Wings > (7) Kings in 5
(6) Ducks > (3) Sharks in 7
(5) Hawks > (4) 'Yotes in 6
(6) Ducks > (1) Canucks in 7
(2) Wings > (5) Hawks in 7
(6) Ducks > (2) Wings in 7
Stanley Cup Final
(6) Ducks over (2) Caps in 7
The Anaheim Ducks are a team with great offensive fire power who can match any team led by Perry (42 goals), Getzlaf (66 points in 59 games), Bobby Ryan (32 goals), and the ageless wonder/Finish Flash Selanne (70 points).
Then they got the Goaltending, with Hiller and his .924 SV% returning from injury early tonight, and Ray Emery and Dan Ellis provide as suitable backups.
On the backend, they aren't as good as when they last won the Cup, but Fowler has been a stellar rookie, while Visnovsky leads all D-men in points. While Lydman has been a shutdown guy.
Uppercut said 03/25, 04:37 PM
Okay, I like your 1st round picks. But here are my changes from there hence forward:
Boston over Caps, 6 games
Flyersover TB, 6 games
Van. over Wings,7 games
Boston over Philly,6 games
Vanny over Anaheim,7 games
And as much as it hurts.... Vancouver over Boston,6 games.
So I will start by saying defense and goalie play win playoff games. Both Boston and Vancouver have both, the former having loads of it.
I like Boston's physical style of play, their depth and the monster in net, Thomas. They seem to have gelled and with their experience from last year and a healthy Bergeron and Looch, they are poised for a deep playoff run. I just don't trust the Caps in a physical series like that.
Vancouver is stacked. They have everything you need to win the Cup. Superstars? Check. Goaltending? Check. Depth? Check. Good road team? Check.
Vancouver is very similar to the Red Wing teams of recent years. Very deep, good special teams, and a legit 1-2-3 lines of skilled forwards. Ver strong up the middle.
Surprised you didn't somehow pick Toronto.....GL Arg.
Argos. said 03/25, 04:57 PM
The Wings and Nucks can't play in the second round, so I'll just assume you have the Wings beating the Hawks and Nucks beating the Ducks in round 2, and then Nucks over Wings in the West.
So lets trash the Canucks, seeing how they like to trash the Leafs (they chanted Leafs suck at a Toronto vs. Vancouver MLS game!).
First scoring. After the Sedin's, the Canucks have Kesler. But after Kesler, the scoring has been iffy. Burrows has potted a few goals playing with the sisters, but if the Sedin's can be shutdown, so will Kesler. They don't have as much scoring depth as people think, as the sisters and Kesler account for 40% of their goals.
Not to mention, Kesler will probably go into a strictly shutdown role against the opposing teams best players, hampering his ability to score (like last playoffs were he had 1 goal in 12 games, and has 3 career playoff goals in 23 games).
Not to mention the Sedin's production has dropped in the playoffs.
Then you got Edler, Albert, & Bieksa out on the backend. Their #3 centre and top PK'er Malhotra is done for the year.
Then most importantly, Luo's playoff woes, .895 SV% last playoffs 3.22 GAA, and has chocked 2 straight playoffs.
Uppercut said 03/26, 04:10 PM
I understand your disliking of the 'Nucks, but let's be serious. They are 1st in goals and 1st in goals allowed, so they must have some goaltending or depth somewhere, right? I mean having 9 guys with 10 goals or more, and 2 more with 9 is pretty deep. Not to mention Edler and Ehrhoff playing 23+ MPG, playing great on both sides of the puck.
"Then they got the Goaltending, with Hiller and his .924 SV%"
And that is somehow important, even with Luongo and his .927 save percentage? And talk about backup goalies, Schneider is posting a 14-3 record, and an identical .927 SP. I think you are just plain hating on the 'Nucks, Argos. Again understandable, but not smart.
Vancouver has been the best team in the league the whole season. I don't see it stopping any time soon.
The Ducks are solid, but their defense is sketch city. Fowler and his -25 is not impressive and is flat out terrible for an icetime leader. Any team with 11 defensemen on the roster has defense issues.
That spells trouble for the postseason. They have also been outscored this year.
It's a ballsy pick, but they are just not good enough, imo.
Argos. said 03/27, 10:33 AM
Schneider wont see the day of light in the playoffs as a starter unless Luongo gets injured. However, he will probably see a bit of time when Luongo gets pulled, but by then the game will be over. Luongo is a playoff chocker.
However, Jonas Hiller has a career .943 SV% in 13 postseason games. In his only playoff stint, he stole a first round matchup against the #1 Sharks, and forced a game 7 against a #2 Wing team. Hiller has shown he can get it done. And they also have Emery, who has been to a Cup final and has a .952 SV% this year.
Besides, President Trophy winners have been bad historically in the playoffs cause they have nothing to play for late, with 6 of the last 7 not even making the Cup final.
The Ducks are a hot team (winning 7 of their last 9), playing playoff hockey already to make the playoffs. The Ducks take the rest.
The Caps are a different team this year, playing defensive and getting goaltending (Holtby .934 SV%). They still have the explosive scorers with Backstrom, Semin, and Ovechkin.
The Caps are also hot (8-2-2 last 10) while the Bruins have struggled (3-4-3).
Uppercut said 03/28, 01:56 AM
You seem to have fallen in love with the past.... not very good. If the past meant as much as you seem to think it does, the parity in this league wouldn't exist. Leveling the 2011 post season success of Vancouver on past team's failures is pretty illogical. I mean, if that were such a certain way of looking at things, we would have repeat Cup winners year after year, so long as they keep their good players.
Which is not the case.
This year's Vancouver team hears what you say. Everyone is saying it. And I feel it has made them more hungry. It's a hockey loving community, with arguably the most talented team in hockey. I truly feel they have the skill, defense, goaltending, etc. to pull it off. Sure President Cup winners haven't faired well recently, but how many of them were #1 in both offense and defense? One.
And they won the Cup.
Onto the B's. You bring up their recent "slide", but you ignore one major,major factor. They have been obviously resting Thomas. You know, the soon-to-be 2 Time Vezina winner. In his last 3 games, he has allowed 3 total goals. He has been unreal all season.
A goalie like him carries clubs in Cup season.
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