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    So Anaheim, Chicago, and Nashville are looking unstoppable, while my Bruins are just fighting for a spot at the big kids table.

    What are your biggest surprises of the year?

    What teams will make big changes going into the 2nd half?

    Who wins the cup and why?


  2. Biggest surprise is the complete emergence of Tyler Seguin as a dominant scorer. I expected him to get to something close to this, but nowhere near this level and at this stage. Stamkos not scoring at his usual clip is also very unexpected.

    O'Reilly is going to be shipped out to someone. He's not a number one, but he's a damn good number two and defensive presence. Put him on the right team and he can tip the scales. He's almost a young Ryan Kesler and look how much he's changed Anaheim's success.

    Who wins the cup? It's still too early to tell as an injury can happen at any time. It's likely a two horse race in the West between Anaheim and Chicago, but the East seems really open.
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  3. Obviously my biggest shock is how the B's are struggling. I knew it would be a tough year, but not this bad. (Good game tonight tho!)

    Other than that:.. The NJ Devils coaching move!!!!! Toss a hall of fame coach and replace him with not 1, but 2 hall of famers! Big game move that will either tank them to the cellar or bring them a cup. Gutsy, but I like it.
    Also a surprise, the Habs PK Subban having a quiet year; curse of the large $ contract maybe??

    The cup..... I'm with Rodja, I got nuttin yet. Crazy year!!

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  4. I agree on the surprise struggles of B's (but I'm happy about it lol)

    Who win's cup...no telling, I'm a Bolts fan and one night we look like we could make a run, and the next, like we are still a year away (example our 6-3 loss to Pitt tonight)

    Love watching the games though, constant action!
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by Athletix View Post
    I agree on the surprise struggles of B's (but I'm happy about it lol) Who win's cup...no telling, I'm a Bolts fan and one night we look like we could make a run, and the next, like we are still a year away (example our 6-3 loss to Pitt tonight) Love watching the games though, constant action!
    I'm shocked at how little your boy Stamkos is producing! Think he's hiding an injury?

  6. Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post
    I'm shocked at how little your boy Stamkos is producing! Think he's hiding an injury?
    No idea haha Our second line has been much better than expected, so if Stamkos can play like he's supposed to I'd feel a lot better about our chances.
    One thing the reporters around here talk about a lot with Stamkos is he really needs someone he's comfortable with to feed him the puck, they've had a hard time finding someone since Vinny left, even when he has looked like his usual self.
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  7. Let's talk All-Star game, and post break play.
    First off, I HATE how the teams for the game are done!!! I liked east vs west. Now you have teams being picked by captains, team mates playing against each other.... Eh, it loses something.
    As far as play after the break... I personally could not be happier. The Bruins have gotten their sht together and are really firing an all cylinders now. The climb to top Anaheim is a long one, but I think we will make a good run.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post
    Let's talk All-Star game, and post break play.
    First off, I HATE how the teams for the game are done!!! I liked east vs west. Now you have teams being picked by captains, team mates playing against each other.... Eh, it loses something.
    As far as play after the break... I personally could not be happier. The Bruins have gotten their sht together and are really firing an all cylinders now. The climb to top Anaheim is a long one, but I think we will make a good run.
    Playoff race is going to be really good, a lot of teams close and playing well right now
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post
    I agree, and he seems to have calmed down a tad in Dallas. But.... He was a huuuuge ass pain in the locker room, was hard to handle in Boston and was just becoming a liability. That type of guy doesn't last on any of our teams for very long. I actually saw him out in the city a few times, dude was nuts!!!
    Sometimes just being good isn't enough to make a team hold onto a guy. Plus, I'm a big fan of Eriksson so I'm still looking at the trade as a win for the B's
    Eriksson no Seguin,, bit of a goal gap between them. Im still pissed about losing Thorty and Boychuk.Pasternak will be a good one, Looch has upped his game since he got the kid on his line. Tuukka is settling down better and Hamilton is getting tougher.Jury still out on Spooner and Paille, although Danny seems to be waking up lately. Ottawas on our heals,, got put together some big wins down the streatch.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by islandiron View Post
    Eriksson no Seguin,, bit of a goal gap between them. Im still pissed about losing Thorty and Boychuk.
    dude, I 110% agree!!! I like L.E, but I wish his #'s were higher. I'm happy with the recent success, but I can't say a cup run is in the B's future for this year. All I ask is that the Habs don't win!!!
    So.... It's been a while since I've posted here. How do guys feel we are shaping up?

  11. Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post
    dude, I 110% agree!!! I like L.E, but I wish his #'s were higher. I'm happy with the recent success, but I can't say a cup run is in the B's future for this year. All I ask is that the Habs don't win!!!
    So.... It's been a while since I've posted here. How do guys feel we are shaping up?
    Ya its a freakin nightmare we cant beat them flukey, fruity, crybaby Habs. I cant even watch them play montreal right now, thats how much it bugs me.

  12. Playoffs were off to a crazy start for hawks, they were down 3-0 early first game, came back and won in 2ot with back up goal, posting 42 saves, also kane's first game back from injury looked fairly smooth, hopefully he doesn't pull a "Rose" in Chi.
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by islandiron View Post
    Ya its a freakin nightmare we cant beat them flukey, fruity, crybaby Habs. I cant even watch them play montreal right now, thats how much it bugs me.
    you see that brutal slash from subban got a 5er and a game?
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  14. friggen swingin' an axe out there
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by IronAddiction View Post

    you see that brutal slash from subban got a 5er and a game?
    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/nhl-...-on-mark-stone
    Subban does alot of stupid ****! That was rediculous.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by islandiron View Post
    Subban does alot of stupid ****! That was rediculous.
    PK is almost as bad as James Neal! Fk that guy!!!

    So, who think the Ducks are the team to beat? Or do the Hawks make it back to the cup??
    I'm beyond pissy that the Bruins didn't make it, but I'm glad Charielli is gone. He made a few bad moves the last 2 years letting go of Boychuck and Thorton, and keeping Marchand.
    I'll be drowning my sorrows while catching up on the Red Sox

  17. Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post

    PK is almost as bad as James Neal! Fk that guy!!!

    So, who think the Ducks are the team to beat? Or do the Hawks make it back to the cup??
    I'm beyond pissy that the Bruins didn't make it, but I'm glad Charielli is gone. He made a few bad moves the last 2 years letting go of Boychuck and Thorton, and keeping Marchand.
    I'll be drowning my sorrows while catching up on the Red Sox
    Thorty was nail in coffin,, Marchand is a guy we need, pain in the ass like Linsman was.

  18. Crawford to start game 2.

    Coach Q usually loves to ride the hot hand, he also doesn't like young players. So I'm sure it was a struggle to choose.

    Either way I love that the Hawks battled back and stole game 1.
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  19. Quote Originally Posted by cubsfan815 View Post
    Crawford to start game 2.

    Coach Q usually loves to ride the hot hand, he also doesn't like young players. So I'm sure it was a struggle to choose.

    Either way I love that the Hawks battled back and stole game 1.
    Personally, I think it's a bad call. You have a hot goalie who stole you back a game, and your starter sucked it up... Hope that doesn't bite the Hawks in the azz

  20. Quote Originally Posted by islandiron View Post
    Thorty was nail in coffin,, Marchand is a guy we need, pain in the ass like Linsman was.
    How do we need Marchand? His numbers are not top goal scoring material, he's lost his scrappy edge, and we can still get good market value for him....

  21. Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post

    How do we need Marchand? His numbers are not top goal scoring material, he's lost his scrappy edge, and we can still get good market value for him....
    Jeez dude, so he had a bad season, so did Looch and almost everyone! Remember what Brad did for us the last few seasons? He will be back hard as nails next fall...Pasta was shining light and Spoons really started to skate. Rask was shaky all year, and we STILL didnt produce anyone in top 20 scoring in league.Chara looked 60 years old..Dougie has to hit the weight room, and Bergy? Lets leave him alone.

  22. So who's everyone's sleeper team? I know it's playoffs and all teams have a lot of talent. But I'm thinking the Caps are gonna shock some people. Ovy is just too dam good, and Backstrom is a fuking scientist with the puck.
    Thoughts?

  23. Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post
    So who's everyone's sleeper team? I know it's playoffs and all teams have a lot of talent. But I'm thinking the Caps are gonna shock some people. Ovy is just too dam good, and Backstrom is a fuking scientist with the puck.
    Thoughts?
    Flames,, but ya man, Ovy is awesome! If Price gets mvp over him I will be pissed! I think Calgary will continue to surprise everyone.

  24. Ok, so I'm watching the Hawks destroy the Ducks in game 7. So... Looks like the Bolts vs Chicago for the cup. I'm going Chicago on this one. They are a legit team, with a lot of guys having a lot of playoff experience as a team. Obviously the Bolts are good, very good and very fast, but... I just see them getting outclassed for the cup.
    Discuss.,,

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  26. As a Bolts fan I'll try to be objective, I think Chicago will be tough, they have great players, and as you said tons of playoff experience, they've been here before. But, the bolts have been through 3 tough series, against 3 tough teams, high scoring offense and when Bishop is on his game he's great so I think it will at least be a good 6-7 game series...I hope anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athletix View Post
    As a Bolts fan I'll try to be objective, I think Chicago will be tough, they have great players, and as you said tons of playoff experience, they've been here before. But, the bolts have been through 3 tough series, against 3 tough teams, high scoring offense and when Bishop is on his game he's great so I think it will at least be a good 6-7 game series...I hope anyway
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  28. Well. The hawks pulled it out, and with their experience and never say die history, they almost have to be favorites in the series despite the bolts regular season success.
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  29. Quote Originally Posted by Athletix View Post
    As a Bolts fan I'll try to be objective, I think Chicago will be tough, they have great players, and as you said tons of playoff experience, they've been here before. But, the bolts have been through 3 tough series, against 3 tough teams, high scoring offense and when Bishop is on his game he's great so I think it will at least be a good 6-7 game series...I hope anyway
    As a Bruins fan, I'm naturally not a big fan of TB, but mostly because they always give us a super tough time. I do like the Hawks for the cup, but I do not think it will be a run away by any means. It's gonna be a rough series, can't wait to toss on my Bruins jersey and watch it with my head hung down in post season shame.

  30. Tough loss for my Bolts, but it was a fun ride, until next season everyone!
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  31. Quote Originally Posted by Athletix View Post
    Tough loss for my Bolts, but it was a fun ride, until next season everyone!
    Bolts will be there next year they played great, just didn't get some bounces that Chicago got. Crawford played great in final game as well. I was surprised to see some of the shots missed by the Mr. Stamkos- he is unreal good.
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  32. Quote Originally Posted by Athletix View Post
    Tough loss for my Bolts, but it was a fun ride, until next season everyone!
    They fought well. I really thought it was going to go 7 games, but glad the Hawks were able to wrap it up at home.
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