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Nice (but long) article on Pat Maroon & why he chose StL:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/24931004/nhl-patrick-maroon-decision-sign-st-louis-blues-betting-familial-ties SNIPPET:  Maroon e

Mojo is still in the hospital this morning. If the Bruins want to be pissed about their damaged goods, they can look no further than the dirty piece of rat sh!t wearing number 63 for them

Doc rules. Really miss him.   

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6 hours ago, DJ Eco said:

Feel bad for the kid, he's so young. But man, did we dodge a bullet. Even if Nolan Patrick were guaranteed to be perennially healthy, every game I watch or interview I hear, I wonder what we did to deserve Nico Hischier, he is such a positive addition to this team and future star. At his age, he carries himself with a quiet maturity and seems to be a real class act.

Sucked for 5 years. 

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1 hour ago, Aitchmack said:

Palms is en fuego!

Not as much as Auston Matthews and JT to start the season.  8 and 6 goals respectively to start the year.  It looks like at least 2 elite centers is the norm now plus another elite wing or two is a must if you're going to compete with Toronto.  I can't believe I'm typing that. 

Hopefully Palms keeps it up!

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7 hours ago, RizzMB30 said:

Not as much as Auston Matthews and JT to start the season.  8 and 6 goals respectively to start the year.  It looks like at least 2 elite centers is the norm now plus another elite wing or two is a must if you're going to compete with Toronto.  I can't believe I'm typing that. 

Hopefully Palms keeps it up!

Are they the team to beat in the East?  Early returns seem to indicate that.  And TBL had a bad home loss to a so-so VAN team last night....

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4 hours ago, aclc79 said:

Are they the team to beat in the East?  Early returns seem to indicate that.  And TBL had a bad home loss to a so-so VAN team last night....

It's still REALLY early. I wouldn't be betting on anyone one way or another just yet. 

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Sterio mentioned this in the GDT and I expanded on it, but man is this cheesy as hell:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/ct-spt-blackhawks-predators-banners-20181010-story.html

The Central Division Banner I get.  Nothing wrong there.

President's Trophy?  Very meh, and I would NEVER want the Devils to put up a PT Banner...but that doesn't make me quite as ill as:

REGULAR SEASON  Western Conference Champs

Yes, the Preds actually made the "regular season" lettering noticeably smaller...almost like the designers are hoping those who dare to glance rafter-ward will somehow overlook them.  I would've DESTROYED the Devils if they had done this in 1997-98 and 1998-99.  Regular Season Western Conference Champs?!  When was THAT ever a thing?!  Wow that's pathetic and lame.  Yikes.

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51 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Sterio mentioned this in the GDT and I expanded on it, but man is this cheesy as hell:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/ct-spt-blackhawks-predators-banners-20181010-story.html

The Central Division Banner I get.  Nothing wrong there.

President's Trophy?  Very meh, and I would NEVER want the Devils to put up a PT Banner...but that doesn't make me quite as ill as:

REGULAR SEASON  Western Conference Champs

Yes, the Preds actually made the "regular season" lettering noticeably smaller...almost like the designers are hoping those who dare to glance rafter-ward will somehow overlook them.  I would've DESTROYED the Devils if they had done this in 1997-98 and 1998-99.  Regular Season Western Conference Champs?!  When was THAT ever a thing?!  Wow that's pathetic and lame.  Yikes.

I feel like some dude in a suit came in like

"why aren't there banners up there? I was at another arena and they had banners."

"oh, we haven't won anything yet really."

"I want banners, make it happen"

"But..."

"BANNERS! MAKE IT HAPPEN"

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13 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

Not giving in to sh!t. The leaf can piss off... unless they want to trade us Nylander on the cheap since he isn't going to take less than he deserves to wear a stupid blue leaf on his jersey. 

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1 minute ago, NJDevils1214 said:

Not giving in to sh!t. The leaf can piss off... unless they want to trade us Nylander on the cheap since he isn't going to take less than he deserves to wear a stupid blue leaf on his jersey. 

 

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23 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

We know how this ends. Tavares will hit like a 3-game pointless streak, certain headlines will be written, the city will have a meltdown, he'll choose to shoot instead of pass on a 2-on-1 in OT, but miss, and they'll call him a selfish player, it'll somehow stick, etc., etc....

It's Toronto, their hyperbole game is sooooooo strong and self-destructive, I can't take their media seriously. I learned that the first time I visited there and their prime time Sports Centre was breaking down Leafs PRACTICE FOOTAGE and talking about Phaneuf's "body language" in practice, it was so pathetic watching how toxic their media is, like someone with severe bipolar disorder: irrational highs and unfair lows.

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Just now, SterioDesign said:

i mean they played 5 games, some teams played 2 haha 

You'll always get goofy short-sample stuff like this in any given season.  John MacLean once scored 18 goals in 12 games.  As quickly as writers and some others will make a big deal of the Leafs' offensive outburst now, they'll quickly forget it when everything levels out.  If the Leafs average much more than 3.5 GPG or so for the season, I'll be stunned. 

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18 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

You'll always get goofy short-sample stuff like this in any given season.  John MacLean once scored 18 goals in 12 games.  As quickly as writers and some others will make a big deal of the Leafs' offensive outburst now, they'll quickly forget it when everything levels out.  If the Leafs average much more than 3.5 GPG or so for the season, I'll be stunned. 

Palmieri is currently projected to score 164 goals, 21 more than Matthews

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20 minutes ago, eaglejelly said:

Palmieri is currently projected to score 164 goals, 21 more than Matthews

It's kind of funny that they mention Marleau as having scored nine goals in his first five games one year...he did that during the 2013 season.  He scored just 8 goals the rest of the way, in 43 GP.

One pretty amazing stat about Marleau, regardless of what some might think about him (he's a bit of a compiler, but that's due to freakish durability, as you'll soon see); if he doesn't miss a game this season, he'll have gone his entire 30s WITHOUT HAVING MISSED A SINGLE REGULAR SEASON GAME.  To date, he's played in 709 out of a possible 709 regular season games since turning 30.  And though his offensive numbers have declined a bit since the end of the 2013-14 season, they're still not bad...about 25 G and 25 A per 82 GP over the last four seasons, entering this one.  Assuming he manages to play in every game yet again in 2018-19, he'll be fifth on the NHL all-time games-played by season's end (he's currently 11th, but will move past Ray Bourque, Larry Murphy, Scott Stevens, Dave Andreychuk, Chris Chelios, and Mark Recchi).  And he'll be just 110 GP behind all-time leader Gordie Howe. 

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