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56 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

I'm also a Lemieux guy. I think people get lost in stats a bit too much too. It was such a different game then. But If you just watch those guys play. I can honestly watch Gretzky highlights and top goals and i don't go "wow" on any of them, none are impressive to me skills wise. The only thing was his IQ, i often get the "how in hell did he know that player would be there?" like Crosby can do now. But I see those Gretzky goals in videos and i see the same goals scored in today's NHL by bottom 6 guys constantly.

Lemieux on the other hand was spectacular and could plow through guys and deke out players and goalies. 

And now i'd say McDavid is even more impressive. He's doing it in an era where parity, goaltending, overall skills and everything is so much better than back then. 

 

Gretzky’s vision and hockey IQ is what really set him apart. You’re right- Gretzky didn’t always wow you with insane skill. But it was his ability to see three, four, five plays ahead; he knew where a guy was gonna be before that guy even knew where he was gonna be. His vision, anticipation, and hockey IQ is what truly made Gretzky the Great One.

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28 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

I really don’t get the power trip moves like this. Same as the Babcock sitting Spezza thing mentioned in this article. Why in the world would you make unnecessary line up changes just to avoid a feel-good story? This sport could use any good press it can get 

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Not quite the same but i always felt bad when DeBoer scratched Larsson in the one game he could have played against his idol Lidstrom. He took part of the warmup but thats it.

Then Lidstrom retired and he never got to play against him.

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1 minute ago, Satans Hockey said:

Lol... 

 

When I think of going to “Smashville”, which is probably located right outside of Poundtown, I’m usually not thinking about my in-laws. 

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There's literally NO ONE that Ovechkin struggles against.  He scores against EVERYONE. 

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9 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

There's literally NO ONE that Ovechkin struggles against.  He scores against EVERYONE. 

Not even the team he has played one game against lol. 

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42 minutes ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

https://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/2223771/amp?fbclid=IwAR2NB6xk1LKIfUVymvd2SkXeQmS-y8Y6I5i3NpmcIYjZpGs4faLUc9rFe-w
 

Nord return? Gotta think the league is trying to figure out a plan for Arizona 

Better than the hockey equivalent of trying to make fetch happen...

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1 hour ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

https://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/2223771/amp?fbclid=IwAR2NB6xk1LKIfUVymvd2SkXeQmS-y8Y6I5i3NpmcIYjZpGs4faLUc9rFe-w
 

Nord return? Gotta think the league is trying to figure out a plan for Arizona 

That would fvck up conference balance though. As much as I’d love a Nordiques return, the league is better off moving Arizona to Houston. Huge untapped market, plus a natural rivalry with Dallas.

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19 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

That would fvck up conference balance though. As much as I’d love a Nordiques return, the league is better off moving Arizona to Houston. Huge untapped market, plus a natural rivalry with Dallas.

That absolutely makes more sense. Detroit and Columbus both prefer being in the east so moving one of them to the Western conference would be an issue. 

And I think 32 teams is enough at the moment. I don’t really think they need to expand again so soon. 

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1 hour ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

That absolutely makes more sense. Detroit and Columbus both prefer being in the east so moving one of them to the Western conference would be an issue. 

And I think 32 teams is enough at the moment. I don’t really think they need to expand again so soon. 

I remember when I was in high school, it was 21 teams...16 of them making the playoffs, heh heh.  You really had some HIDEOUS teams making it in back then, especially in the rotten divisions.

At one point, when there were 18 teams, I've gotta say THE worst team ever to make it into the playoffs had to be the 1977-78 Colorado Rockies.  19 wins in 80 GP.  They started off 5-3-3, finished 6-4-3...and went 8-33-14 in between, getting outscored 234-163 in the process.  They won exactly TWO road games the entire season.  They managed to take the Flyers to OT in their first playoff game (despite being outshot by a wide margin), played in the Spectrum no less...but the Flyers seemed to come out with a "Are we really going to lose to THESE fvcking guys?" sneer for OT...they ended the game just 23 seconds into OT, then took care of business in the third period of the second game (played in Colorado), winning the three-game series in two.  And then that was it for franchise playoff hockey for 10 years.    

 

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16 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

I remember when I was in high school, it was 21 teams...16 of them making the playoffs, heh heh.  You really had some HIDEOUS teams making it in back then, especially in the rotten divisions.

At one point, when there were 18 teams, I've gotta say THE worst team ever to make it into the playoffs had to be the 1977-78 Colorado Rockies.  19 wins in 80 GP.  They started off 5-3-3, finished 6-4-3...and went 8-33-14 in between, getting outscored 234-163 in the process.  They won exactly TWO road games the entire season.  They managed to take the Flyers to OT in their first playoff game (despite being outshot by a wide margin), played in the Spectrum no less...but the Flyers seemed to come out with a "Are we really going to lose to THESE fvcking guys?" sneer for OT...they ended the game just 23 seconds into OT, then took care of business in the third period of the second game (played in Colorado), winning the three-game series in two.  And then that was it for franchise playoff hockey for 10 years.    

 

Sounds like a team we should really dedicate stuff to on our current jerseys!

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3 hours ago, Satans Hockey said:

Sounds like a team we should really dedicate stuff to on our current jerseys!

Maybe a single stripe per sleeve…one for each road win…

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8 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

That would fvck up conference balance though. As much as I’d love a Nordiques return, the league is better off moving Arizona to Houston. Huge untapped market, plus a natural rivalry with Dallas.

 

8 hours ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

That absolutely makes more sense. Detroit and Columbus both prefer being in the east so moving one of them to the Western conference would be an issue. 

And I think 32 teams is enough at the moment. I don’t really think they need to expand again so soon. 

Move Florida to Houston, Arizona to Quebec City, problem solved. 

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10 hours ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

I remember when I was in high school, it was 21 teams...16 of them making the playoffs, heh heh.  You really had some HIDEOUS teams making it in back then, especially in the rotten divisions.

At one point, when there were 18 teams, I've gotta say THE worst team ever to make it into the playoffs had to be the 1977-78 Colorado Rockies.  19 wins in 80 GP.  They started off 5-3-3, finished 6-4-3...and went 8-33-14 in between, getting outscored 234-163 in the process.  They won exactly TWO road games the entire season.  They managed to take the Flyers to OT in their first playoff game (despite being outshot by a wide margin), played in the Spectrum no less...but the Flyers seemed to come out with a "Are we really going to lose to THESE fvcking guys?" sneer for OT...they ended the game just 23 seconds into OT, then took care of business in the third period of the second game (played in Colorado), winning the three-game series in two.  And then that was it for franchise playoff hockey for 10 years.    

 

imagine that'd make Dawson Mercer the last pick of the first round pick that year if there was 18 teams haha 

Or make Bratt a 9th round pick (well basically go undrafted lol)

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Islanders have now lost 8 straight and have been outscored 32-7 in those games.  Doesn’t get much more brutal than that.  

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8 hours ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Islanders have now lost 8 straight and have been outscored 32-7 in those games.  Doesn’t get much more brutal than that.  

You love to see it. Especially since Lou had just locked up a lot of that Squad to long term deals. 

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