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Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by nafselon, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. beefncheddar

    beefncheddar Guest

    Stanley Cup playoffs? Yeah, yeah...whatever. The draft lottery's tomorrow. Let's Go Pens!!!!!!
  2. Dude

    Dude Well-Known Member

    Are we still doing a playoff pool like two year ago?
  3. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Isn't BYH in charge of pools?

    Apparently he's MIA.
  4. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Great story just moved on AP...

    DETROIT (AP) — Hockeytown or Hoopstown?
    Detroit is both.
    The top teams at the end of the NBA and NHL regular seasons are from the same city for the first time, with the Pistons and Red Wings combining to pull off the feat for the Motor City.
    “It’s always cool to be a part of anything that hasn’t happened before,” Joe Dumars, the Pistons’ president of basketball operations, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. “This is a great sports town, and the fans around here are about to really have some fun following both teams.”
    The Red Wings ended the regular season Tuesday with an NHL-best 58 wins, and the Pistons closed Wednesday night against Washington, entering the game with an NBA-best 64 wins.
    “We both established ourselves at home with great crowds, and both have been the best teams on the road,” Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. “Different sports, but it’s like we’ve been looking at each other in the mirror.”
    Detroit faces the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the first-round playoffs Friday night, and the Pistons will open the postseason this weekend against the eighth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference.
    If the Red Wings and Pistons win titles in two months, Detroit will be the first city to have NBA and NHL teams win championships in the same year.
    Anything less will be a disappointment for both teams — and their fans — because of a championship-or-bust mentality that has been cultivated with sustained success.
    The Pistons won it all two years ago, came just short of repeating last season and have won 50-plus games five straight years. The Red Wings won three titles in a six-year span before two straight early exits in the playoffs before the lockout that cancelled last season.
    Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said his players did not want to touch the Presidents’ Trophy — awarded to the NHL team with the best record — because they want to hoist the Stanley Cup.
    “We all know what it’s about here,” Babcock said.
    For Detroit fans, they know it’s wise to enjoy the Pistons and Red Wings while they’re in season because the other two pro teams in town — the Tigers and Lions — will likely let them down.
    Detroit hasn’t had a baseball team with a winning record since 1993 and hasn’t won a World Series since 1984. The Lions have been the NFL’s worst team since 2001, and they have one playoff victory since their last title in 1957.
  5. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Sorry, you're right about Toskala. I forgot Nabokov had been shunted aside.

    And Stevie Sullivan is yet another player who the Leafs decided wasn't good enough to play for them. But what the hell, they kept on playing Nik Antropov, the Ichabod Crane of the NHL.
  6. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Too bad Carl Brewer's dead, they could have brought him back for another go-around.
  7. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    New Jersey wins first playoff series againt the Rangers.
    That's all I'm predicting right now.
  8. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Beef, I forgot that you Edmonton people don't just hate the Centre of the Canadian Universe, you also hate Calgary. :)

    Flames are hardly a one-trick pony any more than the Avs were with Roy.

    I think I owe you a beer since the Leafs didn't make the playoffs. Let's add to it.

    Flames in 7, double or nothing.
  9. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Not to mention Bill Barilko
  10. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    And George Hainsworth in net. Hey, 22 shutouts in a season is a record that'll never be broken.
  11. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    And JFJ will re-sign Turk Brokda as the back-up

  12. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    If we're lucky, he'll sign Owen Sound's favourite ex-Leaf, Harry Lumley.

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