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#221 Colorado Rockies 1976

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:15 AM

All they'd have to do is steal one of the first two in the World's Most Overrated Piss-Smelling Loser Factory, and it's on. Don't discount the pshychological factor of Washington getting into the Rangers' heads. If they pull off one of the first two, it's a long series. I'd be PRAYING for Buffalo if I was a Rangers fan.


I think it has more to do with the Caps than it does the Rangers. Think about it...they were 7-0-0 to start the season. They've been incredibly ordinary at best ever since...32-31-8 and outscored by a boatload. Even if they got inside the Rangers' heads, I don't think they'd know what to do once they got there.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:22 AM

I think it has more to do with the Caps than it does the Rangers. Think about it...they were 7-0-0 to start the season. They've been incredibly ordinary at best ever since...32-31-8 and outscored by a boatload. Even if they got inside the Rangers' heads, I don't think they'd know what to do once they got there.

Valid points CR, but we all know its a clean slate when the playoffs start. Throw out the regular season- when the playoffs start none of it matters anymore. I'm tellin' ya- all it will take to get the Rags gripping their sticks a little tighter is a Caps victory in one of the first two- there's history there. If the Caps get confidence, look out- you know they're very comfortable playing the Rangers in the playoffs. Heck, I've seen the Devils mentally melt at the site of a Carolina Hurricanes jersey enough to know that you don't discount recent playoff history. The Caps have had their number in the playoffs, and there will be a TON of pressure on the Rangers this year to make a deep run, so don't think the Rags won't get a little tight if they drop a game at home early, particularly against Washington. It's the best match-up you can hope for if you want to see those a$$holes bounced in the first round.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:23 AM

I think it has more to do with the Caps than it does the Rangers. Think about it...they were 7-0-0 to start the season. They've been incredibly ordinary at best ever since...32-31-8 and outscored by a boatload. Even if they got inside the Rangers' heads, I don't think they'd know what to do once they got there.



Didn't Buffalo hand it to the Rags the other day? Ever since Miller has been Miller, I think Buff has a better chance than the Caps.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:28 AM

Didn't Buffalo hand it to the Rags the other day? Ever since Miller has been Miller, I think Buff has a better chance than the Caps.

The only chance Buffalo would have to beat the Rangers is if Miller was super-human the way he's been the last 3 or so weeks. I wouldn't count on that continuing.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:29 AM

Didn't Buffalo hand it to the Rags the other day? Ever since Miller has been Miller, I think Buff has a better chance than the Caps.


I agree with this. But MD2020 is right, in that the NHL playoffs are one goofy beast.

EDIT: I agree that Buffalo has a better chance than Washington...not necessarily because of Miller...more just a feeling that one of those "who saw THAT coming?!" upsets could be in the works.

{waits for Tri to post 11 different charts, graphs, spreadsheets and tables to point out how such a scenario is extremely unlikely and does not compute...just kidding Tri}

Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 30 March 2012 - 11:01 AM.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:46 AM

Miller has been Miller? Miller has way, way more average years than exceptional years.

I wouldn't count on the Capitals against the Rangers either. There's a reason why they've flip-flopped in the standings.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:52 AM

Miller has been Miller? Miller has way, way more average years than exceptional years.

I wouldn't count on the Capitals against the Rangers either. There's a reason why they've flip-flopped in the standings.

One team has been hit hard with the injury bug and the other has been relatively healthy all year and riding a goalie who is having a career year
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:59 AM

Yeah I'd probably rather have Buffalo face the Rangers, especially since they haven't been intimidated by the Rangers either. While it's true the Rangers could have head issues with the Caps, I'd be more worried about the Caps' head issues with the Caps :P
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:25 PM

Florida is down 2-0 to Columbus. I think they're trying to give the division to Washington.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:01 PM

Yeah make that 3-0. Florida is just a hot mess right now.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:18 PM

Yeah make that 3-0. Florida is just a hot mess right now.


Before tonight, they were 6-1-3 over their last 10. Not really a hot mess. It's an average team overachieving, and now having a bad game.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:24 PM

Before tonight, they were 6-1-3 over their last 10. Not really a hot mess. It's an average team overachieving, and now having a bad game.

Didn't realize they had that good of a record over the last 10. I just recall them losing to Edmonton last week, Minnesota last night, Columbus tonight, and fighting tooth and nail to beat lousy Montreal. Maybe 'hot mess' was a bit strong, but they're not playing great hockey.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:36 PM

Worked out OK in Game 6 of the 2000 SCF...but yeah, good point, know what you mean...playoff OTs haven't been kind to the Devils...


yep. I think Brodeur's OT record is something like 12-21. That part has been tough !


on topic: +1 on the FLA loss.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:42 PM

Miller has been Miller? Miller has way, way more average years than exceptional years.

I wouldn't count on the Capitals against the Rangers either. There's a reason why they've flip-flopped in the standings.


I like Washignton against the Rangers, adding Backstrom makes an already improving team even better.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:42 PM

At the end of the day, Florida or Washington is a much better matchup than the Bruins. Still a 4 point cushion ahead of Florida (with the Bruins having a game in hand and the breaker) and behind them. Things are looking good.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:57 PM

At the end of the day, Florida or Washington is a much better matchup than the Bruins. Still a 4 point cushion ahead of Florida (with the Bruins having a game in hand and the breaker) and behind them. Things are looking good.

That Florida-Washington matchup next week is huge, of course. That may well determine the division winner. Florida's next game is @Detroit btw. Not sure who's up next for the Caps.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:27 PM

Before tonight, they were 6-1-3 over their last 10. Not really a hot mess. It's an average team overachieving, and now having a bad game.


That's a really selective way of looking at it considering they just went 1-2-3 against a who's who of the draft lottery :lol: The odd thing was they beat Boston, Philly and Buffalo before this stretch. But now that they have it in the grasp, they're choking big-time.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:00 PM

That's a really selective way of looking at it considering they just went 1-2-3 against a who's who of the draft lottery :lol: The odd thing was they beat Boston, Philly and Buffalo before this stretch. But now that they have it in the grasp, they're choking big-time.


The thing is, the who's who of the draft lottery really aren't that much worse than the rest of the NHL. Besides Columbus, top and bottom are only separated by 36 points. Which is why I said before that you can't give Florida a bunch of wins in this stretch.

I still would've liked for them to have won or gotten a point tonight, but they can still pull it together. A win in their next game would be nice.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:42 PM

Yeah well you called it...but part of the reason I did think Florida would do well over these six games was how they were playing before that beating good teams. You just never know how a team (especially one with such a long playoff drought) is going to respond to the stretch run though.
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:28 AM

this will be an interesting end. i just hope we can clinch tonight.
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