Starting this for the five of us who may participate...

Thankfully the Blackhawks opened against a crap team, allowing them to come from behind in overtime. Without a top tier goalie for now, their inability to clear the puck from their zone will be ugly. 

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One game in and the Rat in Boston is already back to being an idiot again.  Granted Eller shouldnt have showboated in front of the bench, but Marchand is not someone who can say he was taking the high ground for enforcing poor sportsmanship.  Max Domi breaking ekbalds nose becuase he didnt want to fight wasnt much better.

I'm surprised he didnt lick Eller.

Go Leafs Go.

Don’t forget about Tom Wilson. He shouldn’t have been allowed at the banner-raising ceremony if he was on active suspension, IMO. That may have been the strongest possible message. Instead, a knee on knee season ender or bad concussion might be what that scumbag needs.

csm posted:

Folks in Toronto planning the parade already after a 1 goal win over an awful Habs team.  Hilarious.

That Hawks/Maple Leafs game over the weekend reminded me of the Oilers back in 1980's.  Neither team minded giving up 6 goals because they knew they could score 7.  Fun game to watch as a fan, but the kind of game that will make coaches old in a hurry.

I'll reserve comment on the apparently resurgent Hawks until we see if Crawford will indeed return next week. 

I watched the Hawks last night.  I can't believe how slow they are and how they don't really want the puck ever.  It was a sad affair despite the fact that they won 1-0

Montreal is a pleasant surprise.  I'm thinking 30% chance of playoffs, but that's much better than I had in mind coming into this season.  They are fast and young and they know how to score.  Too bad Price can't play goalie anymore.

grossie posted:

Too bad Price can't play goalie anymore.

and those 43 saves he made last night to beat the flames were just good luck?  Dont get me wrong - my 2nd favourite team in the league is whoever is playing the habs but Price is still one of the best in the game.  He needs competent D in front of him so he isnt forced to make 43 saves a night.

VeV- Price's best game of the year by far, he stole a game for his team, first time this season.  Other than last night his save percentage has been .892 on the year.  Say what you want about defence, but that is a bad number for a top goalie.  I'm hoping he is turning things around.

Price now has 2 good games in a row, hopefully he'll be back to his old ways.  I don't think anyone is really clamoring for his head just yet, but it's worrisome when your best player is playing that badly.

FWIW I still like the Subban for Weber trade.  How's PK doing in Nashville?  How are his teammates liking him?  Is he getting along better with management?  He is highly skilled but a royal pain in the ass, it's all about the PK show with PK, the problems are well-documented.   It's an interesting situation, I think it's still TBD. 

 

vinoevelo posted:

i think i've finally hit the point that i've been so inundated with what Nylander is doing, where he's skating, what he's eating, what airport his agent is at, what his dad thinks, what Babs thinks that i dont even care anymore.  

Mark it dude.

You won’t have to think about it for six more years. When the time comes, I’m guessing the Auston Matthews watch will be a bit more intense.

billhike posted:

Yep, we knew it was coming but I didn’t expect such a steep decline. Imagine if we as least had a mediocre defense with the improved play this year we’ve seen from Toews and Saad.

Chris Kunitz has been absolutely useless.

That was a complete head-scratcher.  At least it was only a one year deal on the cheap. 

Moronic to expand this already watered down league. Ottawa should have moved to Seattle if they want a franchise there, coupled with the folding of the Panthers, Hurricanes and Coyotes. 4 divisions of 7 teams with the top 4 in each division making the playoffs. So easy!

billhike posted:

Moronic to expand this already watered down league. Ottawa should have moved to Seattle if they want a franchise there, coupled with the folding of the Panthers, Hurricanes and Coyotes. 4 divisions of 7 teams with the top 4 in each division making the playoffs. So easy!

But then the league doesn't get its $650 million expansion fee.  Ottawa needs a new building or they are dead (Calgary too).  Could see a team in Quebec City (Florida) and Houston (Phoenix) in the not too distant future.  

billhike posted:
vinoevelo posted:

i think i've finally hit the point that i've been so inundated with what Nylander is doing, where he's skating, what he's eating, what airport his agent is at, what his dad thinks, what Babs thinks that i dont even care anymore.  

Mark it dude.

You won’t have to think about it for six more years. When the time comes, I’m guessing the Auston Matthews watch will be a bit more intense.

I've heard rumours, all unsubstantiated of course, that Matthews is lukewarm on re-signing in Toronto.  Wouldn't surprise me to see him elsewhere, especially if he gets hurt again.  With the way Marner is playing, they may have to let one of them walk.  To re-sign, Matthews and Marner, they're going to have three guys north of $10 million AAV.

Matthews OT winner with 3 sec. left last night was a beauty.....  almost woke up the kids.

No sympathy for Tom Wilson after Reaves laid him out.  Drives me nuts when his coach is looking for sympathy for a guy who's built his career on blind-shot elbows to the head.  

billhike posted:

Hello, is this thing on? Damn near three months since the last post.

Yea, I'm surprised the Toronto folks and bman aren't chatting about the NHL.  I mean, I realize that Boston and Toronto are 19 and 20 points out of first respectively, but they still are #2 and #3 in the Eastern conference.  I guess when Chicago isn't very good, hockey threads go dark .  I'm just playing it low key as I've been optimistic for the past few years that Lightning win another cup....and it hurt when they go so far ahead last year and then had a mediocre last month of season and then lost to Caps in playoffs.  Now they've won 10 games in a row, have 19 point lead in conference, but can they keep their foot on the accelerator?  

pinotlvr posted:
billhike posted:

Hello, is this thing on? Damn near three months since the last post.

Yea, I'm surprised the Toronto folks and bman aren't chatting about the NHL.  I mean, I realize that Boston and Toronto are 19 and 20 points out of first respectively, but they still are #2 and #3 in the Eastern conference.  I guess when Chicago isn't very good, hockey threads go dark .  I'm just playing it low key as I've been optimistic for the past few years that Lightning win another cup....and it hurt when they go so far ahead last year and then had a mediocre last month of season and then lost to Caps in playoffs.  Now they've won 10 games in a row, have 19 point lead in conference, but can they keep their foot on the accelerator?  

The Bruins have gone 8-0-2 in the past 10 and haven't lost in regulation in 14, but have fallen further behind the Bolts in that period. WTF?? I can't see any team beating TB this year. Gotta hope for a first round upset.

The only thing I'd worry about if I was a TB fan is that they can't help but coast to the finish line.  With such a huge lead on the league, how do you not rest your top players down the stretch?  With nothing left to play for until the playoffs, how do you keep them engaged and in game mode so that they are playing well when it counts?  It will be a shock if they lose, but I've seen stranger things in the past.  I certainly don't see anyone from the west winning the cup this year.

billhike posted:

Yep - fun stuff. 

We are going to be in Nashville for a few nights in early May with no set plans. If the Preds are home for a playoff game and tickets aren’t too crazy I’ll be tempted to go.

You should - people I know have said it's a great game experience.  And the town isn't too shabby either. 

Hey Chicago fans, your team still has a chance, albeit remote. They have been playing better recently and have games against the Avalanche (2) and Arizona. Throw in games against the hapless Kings and the for-all-intents-and-purposes eliminated Flyers...but they do need some help.

I liked the way the Bruins destroyed the Islanders last night and I like the way the Leafs are struggling.

The "for-all-intnents-and-purposes" eliminated Flyers handed it to the Hawks last night.  The next three games will tell, but they just can't beat any teams that are in a playoff spot.  Just lose already so that I can stop paying attention.  Or win already so I can watch some playoff games. 

Lightning at 59 wins with 5 left!  If they win all 5, they tie the NHL points record of 132 and break the record for wins.  Win at least 3 of 5 to tie the wins record.

Also nice to see them come back against the Bruins last night, though will be more satisfying to send them packing in the playoffs.

pinotlvr posted:

Lightning at 59 wins with 5 left!  If they win all 5, they tie the NHL points record of 132 and break the record for wins.  Win at least 3 of 5 to tie the wins record.

Also nice to see them come back against the Bruins last night, though will be more satisfying to send them packing in the playoffs.

Seems like a lock to win the Stanley Cup.  But, I remember when the Blackhawks won the Presidents' Trophy in 1991 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the North Stars.  When they won the trophy again in 2013 (lockout shortened season), I was worried when the playoffs started.  The 1991 Red Wings hold the current point record since the trophy started to be handed out (1986), and won the trophy by 27 points, only to lose in the conference finals.  Only 8 trophy winners have actually gone on to win the Stanley Cup since 1986. 

The Lightning have had an amazing season and I wouldn't mind seeing them win the Cup, but I'd be somewhat nervous come playoff time if I was a Lightning fan.  Anything can happen...

thelostverse posted:

The "for-all-intnents-and-purposes" eliminated Flyers handed it to the Hawks last night.  The next three games will tell, but they just can't beat any teams that are in a playoff spot.  Just lose already so that I can stop paying attention.  Or win already so I can watch some playoff games. 

It appears we can stop caring.

steve8 posted:
pinotlvr posted:

Also nice to see them come back against the Bruins last night, though will be more satisfying to send them packing in the playoffs.

Ha! What TLV said about first round upsets.

Steve, really hoping your Bruins hand it to the Leaves in the first round.  The people around my office have been even more insufferable than normal this year when it comes to hockey.  Seeing the Bruins curb stomp Toronto again might actually shut them up. 

csm posted:
steve8 posted:
pinotlvr posted:

Also nice to see them come back against the Bruins last night, though will be more satisfying to send them packing in the playoffs.

Ha! What TLV said about first round upsets.

Steve, really hoping your Bruins hand it to the Leaves in the first round.  The people around my office have been even more insufferable than normal this year when it comes to hockey.  Seeing the Bruins curb stomp Toronto again might actually shut them up. 

Is sunnylea57 really that annoying? 

mangiare posted:

easy now CSM. I actually think the Leaf's have a better chance against the Bruins this year.  AND winning the third period of game 7 last year wasn't exactly a stomping either. 

What about the recent history between the two teams the Leafs' play over the last month makes you think they have a better chance?  I'm seriously asking because I just don't see it.  

csm posted:
mangiare posted:

easy now CSM. I actually think the Leaf's have a better chance against the Bruins this year.  AND winning the third period of game 7 last year wasn't exactly a stomping either. 

What about the recent history between the two teams the Leafs' play over the last month makes you think they have a better chance?  I'm seriously asking because I just don't see it.  

Outside of Steve8, bman and I guess csm...the rest of the North America is suffering through Boston fatigue.  The leafs would be doing us all a favor by finally shutting up those obnoxious Boston fans.  Granted, it could be that too many ex-Boston area residents live here in Florida, but still - Go Leafs

pinotlvr posted:
csm posted:
mangiare posted:

easy now CSM. I actually think the Leaf's have a better chance against the Bruins this year.  AND winning the third period of game 7 last year wasn't exactly a stomping either. 

What about the recent history between the two teams the Leafs' play over the last month makes you think they have a better chance?  I'm seriously asking because I just don't see it.  

Outside of Steve8, bman and I guess csm...the rest of the North America is suffering through Boston fatigue.  The leafs would be doing us all a favor by finally shutting up those obnoxious Boston fans.  Granted, it could be that too many ex-Boston area residents live here in Florida, but still - Go Leafs

CSM is a Jets fan actually, but I work in the Toronto burbs, and I refuse to believe that Bruins fans are as obnoxious than the Leaves fans I'm forced to talk to on a daily basis.  

csm posted:
mangiare posted:

easy now CSM. I actually think the Leaf's have a better chance against the Bruins this year.  AND winning the third period of game 7 last year wasn't exactly a stomping either. 

What about the recent history between the two teams the Leafs' play over the last month makes you think they have a better chance?  I'm seriously asking because I just don't see it.  

agreed. They're not looking very good these days but......

The Habs beat the Bolts to keep their hopes alive with a little help from the Bruins, but none whatsoever from the (make-be)Leaves. Not that I really want the Habs in the playoffs...in fact I don't.

The Leafs do some to be having problems finding the back of the net. Great timing.

They had 2 shots in the first and Nylander looks like he should be playing for the Marlies. 

He was a good foot offside on a 2 on 1 with Matthews last night. Unacceptable at this level and his pay bracket. 

Our only real hope is that Andersen is lights out and sparks the rest of the team. 

steve8 posted:

 

The Leafs do some to be having problems finding the back of the net. Great timing.

For all the high hopes for the Leafs and the Jets at the beginning of the season, both sure are limping into the playoffs.  Hoping one or both get it together.  Playoffs more exciting here when Canadian teams make deep runs. 

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