- 04/08/2011, 01:52AM ET
[Mahewman]Big Bad Bruins said 04/08, 01:52 AM
Who do the Boston Bruins want to face first round of the NHL playoffs.
Rangers, Habs, or Buffalo. Canes can't get to 6.
I'm easily taking the Montreal Canadiens.
Recently, there has been a lot of banter and bickering that the Bruins don't want to face their most hated rival in the first round. WHY?
Bruins Goal Differential +50. Habs +4
Goals Scored 241 vs 212
Road Records 24-11-4 vs 19-19-2
So let me ask you this? Do you want to face Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundquist or Carey Price.
If you had to think about it, you should probably stop reading right there.
Carey Price is absolutely horrendous when it comes to the playoffs. He's 5-11 lifetime and had nothing to do with the Habs run last year.
Last time these two faced in the playoffs it was a 4-0 sweep and romping.
The Bruins are bigger, better, and have redemption in their eyes from last year.
Homer x 100 but i'm ready for the playoffs NOW!
Montreal. Please set speed dial #1 to 911.
This is the 2nd season and that 2-3-1 regular season record debate only goes so far.
Disagree? Let's do this.
Argos. said 04/08, 03:34 PM
You compare the Habs and Bruins records on the roads, goal differential, and what not. But, all that tells me is that the Bruins would be favourites.
Although, I agree the Bruins would probably beat the Habs, they don't wanna face them.
When two rivals, get together anything can happen. And this maybe the biggest rivalry in all of sport. Just look what happened in '02 and '04 when Boston was the #1 and #2 seed, and lost to Montreal both times in the first round when the Habs were #8 and #7.
You don't wanna face the Habs. Having to go into the most electrifying arena in hockey (Bell Centre)! That is a tough place to play for any team, then add in the fact they are playing their biggest rivals and you know the fans will be even more pissed after the Chara incident. Then the fact the Habs may have some extra motivation to win it for Max...
They should wanna play Buffalo.
Ryan Miller should be back from an upper body injury, but how good will he be after missing the last 4 games? Will he even be 100%
And don't mention Price's past, this is a new year and he has been AMAZING! Price older and more mature now and a legit MVP candidate.
[Mahewman]Big Bad Bruins said 04/09, 01:07 PM
Question. Did you see how good Ryan Miller was in the Olympics?
He was phenomenal. Big games. Big Saves.
You can't say dont look at Careys past and then go back and look at the Bruins losses to the Habs 9 years ago. We have no Joe Thornton and this is an extremely different team.
At least the Carey Price playoff records are relevant.
This is recent.
Carey Price? MVP? What?
He'll be a TOP 5 vezina candidate but MVP? He's had a good year but he's hardly an MVP candidate.
The man was benched last postseason? The B's are supposed to fear that? A Carey Price that got pulled the last time these two teams played?
I fear playing Buffalo. We bounced them round one and that could get in the heads of the players.
The best way to open the playoffs is to rid thy rival.
Lets bounce Montreal and aim the intensity staight at round two.
Momentum. The main ingredient to playoff hockey.
As a pure hockey fan, i beg for Boston-Montreal. Whats better?
Argos. said 04/09, 09:51 PM
Miller in the Olympics has nothing to do with right now. Totally different teams, playing a different style game. And it took place over a year ago. A lot has changed.
And as for big games, I remember Miller letting in an OT goal, pretty weak fivehole to boot, to lose his biggest game ever, the Gold Medal game.
Miller's big return to action yesterday, was one period. That is how you know he isn't healthy.
Going back to the Bruins-Habs a long time ago, just shows anything happens when two rivals meet.
Price can steal a series. He has a legit chance at the Hart, no one in hockey is more valuable, but that is an argument for another TD. Price is hot too, .969 SV% in April. While his post-all-star numbers are better than pre.
Not to mention the Habs after last season have some great playoff experience. They know how to play playoff hockey.
Sure as a fan we want to see it, the Bruins shouldn't want to.
Price this year has a .923 SV%, Miller has a .916 SV%.
Buffalo's best player, Roy, isn't gonna return for the playoffs. They don't have any other top 2 centre. All the Sabres offense is Vanek and the EXTREMELY streaky Stafford.
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