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2013 NHL Stanley Cup PLAYOFFS thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Mark2010, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Games begin Tuesday, although some series won't start until Thursday.

    Format is the same as in past years, with all series best-of-seven.

    Predictions/debate welcome.

    (seedings in paranthesis)

    (1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8} New York Islanders

    (2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (7) Ottawa Senators

    (3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) New York Rangers

    (4) Boston Bruins vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs


    (1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (8} Minnesota Wild

    (2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings

    (3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) San Jose Sharks

    (4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings
  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member


    Pittsburgh over NY Islanders in four games

    Montreal over Ottawa in six games

    N.Y. Rangers over Washington in seven games

    Boston over Toronto in five games


    Chicago over Minnesota in four games (but the Wild will score in two of them)

    Detroit over Anaheim in five games

    San Jose over Vancouver in six games

    Los Angeles over St. Louis in five games
  3. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    Detroit over Anaheim in five games? No way
  4. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member


    Pittsburgh over NY Islanders in five games

    Montreal over Ottawa in six games

    Washington over Rangers in five games

    Boston over Toronto in six games


    Chicago over Minnesota in five games

    Anaheim over Detroit in four games

    San Jose over Vancouver in four games -- playoff underachiever meet playoff underachiever. One team is really going to suck, it's just a matter of which one. Heads says it's Vancouver. Tails San Jose. Heads.

    Los Angeles over St. Louis in seven games
  5. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Pittsburgh in 6
    Montreal in 5
    Washington in 6
    Boston in 6

    Chicago in 5
    Anaheim in 7
    Vancouver in 7
    Los Angeles in 6
  6. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    I love when being three periods away from winning a Stanley Cup is considered playoff underachieving.
  7. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Mike Babcock will coach circles around Bruce Boudreau. And Jimmy Howard will keep the team in every game, even if they get badly outshot.

    San Jose did sweep Vancouver during the regular season, for whatever that is worth. Toss-up series in my book.
  8. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    Historically they do underachieve, that one year was absolutely an exception.
  9. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    As I've said before, I'd love to see Gabby disprove his "I'm a regular season coach" tag, but I have to see it before I believe it.

    Pittsburgh in 5 -- Islanders have talent, but lack of playoff experience against this machine leads to a short series.
    Montreal in 7
    Washington in 6 -- Caps have played lights out for two months now, and having plenty of playoff experience against the Rangers means there's no shock value with NY's gritty, shock-blocking style. I like that Holtby's been in the fire before, too.
    Boston in 6

    WEST (disclaimer: I've hardly watched any Western Conference hockey this year so these picks are extremely uneducated)
    Chicago in 4 -- Someone's gotta sweep
    Detroit in 7
    San Jose in 5
    Los Angeles in 6
  10. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Kings hoist it, again.
  11. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    I'll take the field.
  12. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    People forget they nearly blew a 3-0 series lead to Chicago in the first round that season. Jonathan Toews scores shorthanded in the last two minutes of regulation in Game 7 to force overtime. Vancouver wins it in OT. Rarely have I seen such a sense of relief by team and fans alike.
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