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  1. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    With Kiprusoff in net, they always have a chance.
    Hopefully he regains his playoff form of 03-04. Getting bounced in the first round three years running is getting disappointing. With Langkow, Borque, 'Tuzzi all coming back for the playoffs, and the addition of Jokinen and Leopold, the Flames are looking very formidable!


  2. Quote Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier View Post
    Hopefully he regains his playoff form of 03-04. Getting bounced in the first round three years running is getting disappointing. With Langkow, Borque, 'Tuzzi all coming back for the playoffs, and the addition of Jokinen and Leopold, the Flames are looking very formidable!
    This will be the first time they have had a legit No 1 center, so I give them a great chance in the playoffs.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys

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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    This will be the first time they have had a legit No 1 center, so I give them a great chance in the playoffs.
    Yes, exactly. No offense to Langkow, but he is a solid, solid second-line center. Iginla, Jokinen and Cammy is a very, very competent line.

  4. The Flames do look strong, I really can't wait for the playoffs to start.

  5. "You're gonna like the way he scores; I Guerin-tee it."

    -- Pens Warehouse
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
    "You're gonna like the way he scores; I Guerin-tee it."

    -- Pens Warehouse
    They play tonight, do they not? Is "The Show" still out?

    While we are here, can we spark up the Ovechkin vs., Crosby debate?

  7. sure do -- I think he is out? Gonchar is out too and they're putting Goligoski in..

    haha the timeless debate -- Ovechkin is just so god damn good.. I hate the caps but I can't deny that.. I think the OP actually started a thread on that exact debate.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
    sure do -- I think he is out? Gonchar is out too and they're putting Goligoski in..

    haha the timeless debate -- Ovechkin is just so god damn good.. I hate the caps but I can't deny that.. I think the OP actually started a thread on that exact debate.
    Oh I sure did

    Right here: Another Hockey Thread...Ovechkin v Crosby

  9. Huge hockey fan here. Ive been a Bruins fan since 1980. What could be better, a cool game you can hit and fight in, and its legal.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by BoSox36 View Post
    Huge hockey fan here. Ive been a Bruins fan since 1980. What could be better, a cool game you can hit and fight in, and its legal.
    So true, I always get urges to just bodycheck people in public when they walk around with their heads down.

  11. BRUINSSSSS....CAN YOU SAY STANLEY CUP CHAMPS

  12. I HOPE SO!!!!

  13. Quote Originally Posted by CombatTested View Post
    BRUINSSSSS....CAN YOU SAY STANLEY CUP CHAMPS
    The Devils have a far better chance of coming out of the East, IMO.

  14. Well thats your opinion. The bruins were slumping, which was fine. Now they've picked it up at the right time. The bruins are deeper than the devils. The devils have a better goalie, but the B's can beat the devils IMO

  15. Quote Originally Posted by BoSox36 View Post
    Well thats your opinion. The bruins were slumping, which was fine. Now they've picked it up at the right time. The bruins are deeper than the devils. The devils have a better goalie, but the B's can beat the devils IMO
    It is possible, though I doubt it. The B's are have an incredibly balanced scoring attack, but that core of players, particularly the forwards, lack substantive playoff experience; that is exactly why they picked up Recchi, and this goes double for their primary goaltender.

    The Devils have been on a losing streak lately [five, I believe], but they have two important things the B's do not:

    a) Spectacular goaltending;
    b) Experienced core of forwards.

    Unless you are the Detroit Red Wings, you do not make a run without a spectacular goalie - Thomas has played very well this year, but it is a no-brainer in regard to him v., Martin Brodeur.

    IMO, given the way the Pens have played since Therien was fired, it will be either be the Pens or Devils coming out of the East.

  16. The pens wont make it out of the east Thats laughable!!! They wont make it past the first round. Thomas can get hot and has shown he can, he has one of the best GA in the NHL. The Bruins have 3scoring lines, they can score goals. They also have home ice. The B's have shown they can play with the devils. If any team Im scared of them playing the capitals. The B's havent played well against them. They can score goals, but their downside is they let in alot of goals. The B's may not have alot of experience up front, they are young. They have experience on the defense. Bruins vs Devils in the east.....B's in 6!!!!!

  17. Quote Originally Posted by BoSox36 View Post
    The pens wont make it out of the east Thats laughable!!!
    why is that laughable? they're 14-2-2 in their last 18 games -- including a win against Boston and the Capitals?

    they're all good teams (including the Devils) and I can see any one of them winning the conference.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by BoSox36 View Post
    The pens wont make it out of the east Thats laughable!!! They wont make it past the first round. Thomas can get hot and has shown he can, he has one of the best GA in the NHL. The Bruins have 3scoring lines, they can score goals. They also have home ice. The B's have shown they can play with the devils. If any team Im scared of them playing the capitals. The B's havent played well against them. They can score goals, but their downside is they let in alot of goals. The B's may not have alot of experience up front, they are young. They have experience on the defense. Bruins vs Devils in the east.....B's in 6!!!!!
    The Pittsburgh Penguins demolished the East last year; have one of the best records in the league over the last quarter of the season; have two of the three best players in the league; and faired poorly due to key injuries early in the year - not sure your point is well made there.

    G.A.A., is more of a team stat than a goalie stat, but that is neither here nor there. Save % is more indicative of an individual goalie's performance, but, that being said, Thomas leads that category as well. You seem very confident in a completely unproven playoff goalie - myself, not so much.

    Statistics are secondary to proven capability to win meaningful match-ups, though. In that sense, Thomas was capable, but not extraordinary, going 3-4 in '08. Considering you are a fan of G.A.A., though, his '08 playoff GA of 2.65 and Save % of .914 would be very respectable in the regular season, but were well behind the levels necessary for a Cup run [Fleury and Osgood both had sub-2 GAs and +.930 Save %].

    The B's most definitely have playoff experience on 'D' - Ference, Stuart, and Montador have all been to a Cup - so I will concede that point. Other teams, particularly in the West, have more talented blue-lines, though.

    The Bruins have had a very good, very surprising regular season, but I feel it will end there. I have them conceivably making it to the East Finals, but losing in five to either NJ, Pittsburgh, or even Washington [though I do not feel Washington is going to make it far, either].

  19. Yes they were great LAST YEAR...Until they made the move with the coach they were a good team struggling, even with 2 of the best players on the team.
    Thomas went 3 and 4 last year when the Bruins were an 8th seed and almost came back against Montreal. The Bruins this year and including Thomas are way better than last year. They have 3 really good lines, and some could argue they have a 4th line that can score (sometimes). After this losing period, they look like they did at the beninning of the year. They wont be a push over....Brodeur or not, he isnt god, he has to show his age sometime, and this year, this is the time they get past the East.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by BoSox36 View Post
    Yes they were great LAST YEAR...Until they made the move with the coach they were a good team struggling, even with 2 of the best players on the team.
    Thomas went 3 and 4 last year when the Bruins were an 8th seed and almost came back against Montreal. The Bruins this year and including Thomas are way better than last year. They have 3 really good lines, and some could argue they have a 4th line that can score (sometimes). After this losing period, they look like they did at the beninning of the year. They wont be a push over....Brodeur or not, he isnt god, he has to show his age sometime, and this year, this is the time they get past the East.
    That is your opinion, and it is good you are confident in your team.

  21. Caps fan here. Too bad I don't see them going very far in the playoffs...unless Ove blows up.

  22. Bruins Capitals Devils in that order Devil wont make in out of the east no chance if anyone comes out its out of the bruins or capitals come on now with this brodeur talk he is an amazing goalie but to say he is by far better than thomas when it comes to the playoffs is nonsense just because brodeur has the experience does not mean he is superior to thomas it helps but momentum carries into the playoffs and right now thomas is the best in the nhl on fire most likley going to win the best goalie...also last time they played the bruins took it to the devils and brodeur seemed very old in net

  23. Quote Originally Posted by CombatTested View Post
    brodeur talk he is an amazing goalie but to say he is by far better than thomas when it comes to the playoffs is nonsense just because brodeur has the experience does not mean he is superior to thomas
    I am sorry, but comparing Tim Thomas to Martin Brodeur is the most ridiculous hockey-based analogy I have heard in some time. Tim Thomas is not now, nor will he ever be, anywhere near Brodeur's calibre - not even close.

    He has played seven playoff games total, and lost four - you are reaching on this one. Martin Brodeur, on the other hand, has 95 wins in the playoffs with a 1.96 GAA.

    As I say, the Bruins are a fairly capable team, but comparing Tim Thomas to Martin Brodeur is like comparing Phil Kessel to Phil Esposito at this point.

  24. who's Tim Thomas?

  25. Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
    who's Tim Thomas?

    Thats funny

  26. haha no he's a great goalie along with several others in the East.. pretty pumped for the playoffs.

  27. Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
    haha no he's a great goalie along with several others in the East.. pretty pumped for the playoffs.
    You can say that again...the only downside is the end of my fantasy season.

  28. Sorry I missed the thread until now. In general I'm a sports nut who loves all sports and my Chicago teams. Hockey, however, is my favorite and I live and die with the Blackhawks. I'm as giddy as a school girl that they're good again as its been a long time coming. Its sad that it took the death of there former owner to get them back on the map but hockey is back in Chicago!

  29. Quote Originally Posted by dtrain13 View Post
    Sorry I missed the thread until now. In general I'm a sports nut who loves all sports and my Chicago teams. Hockey, however, is my favorite and I live and die with the Blackhawks. I'm as giddy as a school girl that they're good again as its been a long time coming. Its sad that it took the death of there former owner to get them back on the map but hockey is back in Chicago!
    And a good Chicago team is certainly good for the NHL as a whole. The Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings and Blackhawks all being good at the same time is absolutely fantastic for the growth of the NHL! Now, if only Toronto was not perennially terrible!

  30. Quote Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier View Post
    And a good Chicago team is certainly good for the NHL as a whole. The Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings and Blackhawks all being good at the same time is absolutely fantastic for the growth of the NHL! Now, if only Toronto was not perennially terrible!
    Give them a few years under Burke and they'll be back in the East Finals.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys

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