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#101 '7'

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:13 AM

http://espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/7772345/experts-picks

Burnside picked the panthers....so we are good to go


What a surprise, Rag fan Steve Levy has Florida in 7.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:06 AM

Alright, I am going to try to get my thoughts down on this series.

First, we may of gotten the best possible team. The outcome of this series I feel is in the hands of the Devils. We are clearly deeper rolling three lines where our third line has a 30 goal scorer. We also have a elite game changer (Kovalchuk) who could single handily go into beast mode and win a game by himself. The Panthers roll a dangerous first line with Versteeg, Flash, and Weiss but beyond that they have solid players but no elite guys. But with this said, we shouldn't take the Panthers #2 and #3 lines lightly. It comes down to our guys getting it done, Henrique/Zajac playing solid hockey, and Kovalchuk and Parise showing why they are considered are top two forwards.

Next, the Panthers have two high scoring defensemen. Garrison is a threat as is Campbell. We may not have that kind of offense on our backend but with our forward depth we just need our corps to play some solid team defense and occasionally chip in.

Goaltending: Clemmer/Theo may be playing good but Marty is hot and he always steps up in the playoffs. I'm not worrying about Marty.


Overall, if the Devils play like they can I see them winning in 5 maybe 6. I predict the first game to be tight but after that I expect this series to be blown open and end fairly quickly.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:32 AM

What a surprise, Rag fan Steve Levy has Florida in 7.


Hilarious. And their other 'writer' Lebrun dropped us four spots in the final power rankings lol

http://espn.go.com/n...on/2012/week/28
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

Hilarious. And their other 'writer' Lebrun dropped us four spots in the final power rankings lol

http://espn.go.com/n...on/2012/week/28

Makes total sense, ya know, we only won 6 in a row to end the season and beat Detroit in Detroit. The hate hard-on ESPN has for us is amazing.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:19 PM

Hilarious. And their other 'writer' Lebrun dropped us four spots in the final power rankings lol

http://espn.go.com/n...on/2012/week/28

just absolutelyyyyyy unbelievable
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:20 PM

Yeah, I'm good to go for Game 1... Got the tickets, and cleared with work... I want to go to Game 2 but I have no idea how I'm going to get off of work. I guess I have a week to figure it out. If there is a Game 5 I'll definitely be there though.

If it gets to games 5 or 7, I don't care what I have to do to get off duty and get to Sunrise but I will lol
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:25 PM

Makes total sense, ya know, we only won 6 in a row to end the season and beat Detroit in Detroit. The hate hard-on ESPN has for us is amazing.


I can understand Florida in seven...I may not agree with it, but I can understand it.

But dropping the Devils four spots in the power rankings after they won six in a row (three of the wins coming against playoff-bound teams, one of those wins coming in a building where the home team (Detroit) rarely lost)...seems a bit silly.

But kind of like Opie and Anthony used to say:

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don't go to ESPN for hard-hitting sports news!"
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:45 PM

Hilarious. And their other 'writer' Lebrun dropped us four spots in the final power rankings lol

http://espn.go.com/n...on/2012/week/28


Should we be offended? Sure.

But you know who should be more offended? Oilers fans. Somehow the Oilers on this list moved up three spots to 29. :blink: After being not ranked last week. :blink: :blink:

I guess the Oilers are now a college basketball team?
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:20 PM

What are the chances here that the Devils move on and end up playing Rangers second round. It seems to me that this is quite likely.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:43 PM

What are the chances here that the Devils move on and end up playing Rangers second round. It seems to me that this is quite likely.


Seems highly likely unless Washington plays well and can upset Boston in the first round. I think both the Devils and Rangers take Round 1 in 6 games.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:54 PM

Seems highly likely unless Washington plays well and can upset Boston in the first round. I think both the Devils and Rangers take Round 1 in 6 games.


Washington is rolling into Boston with Holtby and Sabourin in net. Vokoun's groin still has him out and Neuvirth hurt his leg this week. Boston should be able to capitalize on that. But, stranger things have happened.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

http://espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/7772345/experts-picks

Burnside picked the panthers....so we are good to go


This was my favorite part of the write-up:

• Logic dictates that this will be a cakewalk for the New Jersey Devils. But the playoffs and logic are mutually exclusive. Having been a believer in the Panthers in September, we see no reason to deviate now, so we'll take the upset special here. Panthers in 7


Glad to see Burnside isn't about to let logic get in the way of any predictions here...
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

Seems highly likely unless Washington plays well and can upset Boston in the first round. I think both the Devils and Rangers take Round 1 in 6 games.


If the Rangers, Boston and Devils win we would play the Rangers. #1 Rangers vs #6 Devils and then #2 Boston vs #4 Pittsburgh or #5 Philly.

We still have to beat Florida first though.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

Glad to see Burnside isn't about to let logic get in the way of any predictions here...
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

Washington is rolling into Boston with Holtby and Sabourin in net. Vokoun's groin still has him out and Neuvirth hurt his leg this week. Boston should be able to capitalize on that. But, stranger things have happened.


Boston has had their own share of injury problems. While I expect Boston to win that series, I don't think it will be easy and I wouldn't be shocked if they lost. Frankly, none of these first round series are so one sided that I couldn't fathom a lower seed pulling an upset here. Should make for a good few weeks of hockey.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:15 PM

If it gets to games 5 or 7, I don't care what I have to do to get off duty and get to Sunrise but I will lol


Well, I got off duty for Sunday and will now be at Games 1 & 2! Gonna secure tickets to Game 2 later. I'll be able to go to Game 5 too... And I am hoping it doesn't take seven because by then I will be floating around somewhere, lol
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:32 PM

Well, I got off duty for Sunday and will now be at Games 1 & 2! Gonna secure tickets to Game 2 later. I'll be able to go to Game 5 too... And I am hoping it doesn't take seven because by then I will be floating around somewhere, lol


Lot of fans down there don't like Jersey Fans huh?

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:36 PM

Lot of fans down there don't like Jersey Fans huh?

http://www.litterbox...devils#comments

as much as i hate to say it, this comment i just got from your source is unfortunately true for a lot of members on this board:

"Can’t say for sure, but I’ve not gotten a good impression from a majority. Seems like everything is a conspiracy; the NHL is out to get them, hockey writers are out to get them, the Rangers are out to get them… and the culture of “rangers suck”. I understand the rivalry but what’s the point in 14,000 fans at the rock yelling “Rangers suck” at a game that the rangers aren’t involved in?"

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:40 PM

Well, I got off duty for Sunday and will now be at Games 1 & 2! Gonna secure tickets to Game 2 later. I'll be able to go to Game 5 too... And I am hoping it doesn't take seven because by then I will be floating around somewhere, lol

I'll stop saying duty to refer to my sh!t work now lol....

Ever since I came to live here I've been waiting for the stupid Panthers to get in the playoffs against the Devils. Finally the time has come.

What section did you get tickets for?

as much as i hate to say it, this comment i just got from your source is unfortunately true for a lot of members on this board:

"Can’t say for sure, but I’ve not gotten a good impression from a majority. Seems like everything is a conspiracy; the NHL is out to get them, hockey writers are out to get them, the Rangers are out to get them… and the culture of “rangers suck”. I understand the rivalry but what’s the point in 14,000 fans at the rock yelling “Rangers suck” at a game that the rangers aren’t involved in?"


"They’re jealous they live in Jersey and not Manhattan?"

ARE YOU...HUH??? HEHE
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:46 PM

as much as i hate to say it, this comment i just got from your source is unfortunately true for a lot of members on this board:

"Can’t say for sure, but I’ve not gotten a good impression from a majority. Seems like everything is a conspiracy; the NHL is out to get them, hockey writers are out to get them, the Rangers are out to get them… and the culture of “rangers suck”. I understand the rivalry but what’s the point in 14,000 fans at the rock yelling “Rangers suck” at a game that the rangers aren’t involved in?"

I could honestly give a flying fvck about what Florida Panther fans- or any other opposing fans- think of us. fvck them.
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