Board 8 > NHL Playoff topic: OVERTIME. PLAYOFF. HOCKEY!

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Emeraldegg
05/02/22 12:11:41 PM
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topic. Go canes! Get well soon andersen

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rammtay
05/02/22 12:39:34 PM
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Go Oilers!

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IfGodCouldDie
05/02/22 12:40:32 PM
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rammtay posted...
Go Oilers!


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mccheyne
05/02/22 1:06:52 PM
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Go Avs!

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neonreaper
05/02/22 2:01:18 PM
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Go Bruins!

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BlackDra90n
05/02/22 2:42:46 PM
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Excited for playoffs hockey to be back.

But, as a Leafs fan, I am ready for pain.

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red13n
05/02/22 2:49:49 PM
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Getting playoff hockey here was a complete and welcome surprise. Now we get to enjoy the feeling of inevitable doom.

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BlackDra90n
05/02/22 10:15:29 PM
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Tampa vs Toronto.

Wow what a game. Did not expect this result but damn, the Leafs are giving me hope.

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MartinFF7
05/02/22 10:19:57 PM
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This year, same as every other year: Fuck the Bruins.

(thankfully Carolina's underway on that front)

Remember the old prediction challenge of assigning 8 through 1 points on what series winner you were most to least confident in? I put this together last night:

Colorado +8
Florida +7
Calgary +6
Carolina +5
Edmonton +4
NY Rangers +3
Minnesota +2
Toronto +1

....I know it's just one game and I didn't watch it, but looking at that Toronto/Tampa Bay boxscore, damn...
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Not Dave
05/02/22 10:28:46 PM
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+8 Avs
+7 Flames
+6 Panthers
+5 Leafs
+4 Canes
+3 Rangers
+2 Oil
+1 Wild

Oh wow, ended up same picks

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MartinFF7
05/02/22 10:37:21 PM
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Well we went with all top seeds... which is something we should really avoid trying to do, but damn they all felt so good. Maybe St. Louis but I just don't trust Husso to get it done in that matchup... Boston/Nashville/Pittsburgh goalie situations make them feel like gimmes, and those powerhouse teams at the top just feel so strong, how can you pick against them?

Haven't looked at any commentator predictions yet, I wonder what the upset consensus would be (if there is one out there)
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Shadow Dino
05/02/22 11:28:52 PM
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Woo hoo, here for some exciting playoff overtime games!

Mildly rooting for the Wild since the Blackhawks can get a first round pick out of it. Go get 'em, Fleury!

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IfGodCouldDie
05/02/22 11:45:03 PM
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Son is watching his first playoff games this year because its the first year he has actively been interested in watching hockey games.

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IfGodCouldDie
05/03/22 12:43:27 AM
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That was unfortunate

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Crescent-Moon
05/03/22 12:54:42 AM
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I took Kings in 6 because I do not trust Playoff Edmonton and I do trust Playoff Jonathan Quick.

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Crescent-Moon
05/03/22 9:38:04 PM
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The fix is already in in the Penguins/Rangers series.

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MartinFF7
05/03/22 10:45:31 PM
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.....feel bad for the Predators generally and Rittich specifically

Like you figured Colorado would win but 5 goals in first 15 minutes, damn...

Crescent-Moon posted...
I took Kings in 6 because I do not trust Playoff Edmonton and I do trust Playoff Jonathan Quick.

Yeah for all my talk about goalies I don't trust to get it done, I glossed over Mike Smith entirely. Though he had a return to incredible form recently so maybe I was hoping that'd extend a bit longer, or just the raw offensive output would be enough to power through weak goaltending (ditto for Florida, evidently)

Crescent-Moon posted...
The fix is already in in the Penguins/Rangers series.

It's Casey DeSmith in goal for the Pens, there are no excuses!!
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IfGodCouldDie
05/03/22 10:49:08 PM
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MartinFF7 posted...
Yeah for all my talk about goalies I don't trust to get it done, I glossed over Mike Smith entirely. Though he had a return to incredible form recently so maybe I was hoping that'd extend a bit longer, or just the raw offensive output would be enough to power through weak goaltending (ditto for Florida, evidently)
That game winning goal yesterday had me groaning pretty hard. (Mike Smith related)

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Crescent-Moon
05/03/22 11:03:22 PM
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DeSmith out of the game with 10:42 left in 2OT.

Rangers are going to pepper the new guy with shots, try to get him while he's cold

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MartinFF7
05/03/22 11:09:02 PM
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inb4 miracle Pittsburgh run on the back of Louis Domingue

true story: I last remember him as the backup for Tampa Bay, and apparently that was 2018-19... and including the Penguins he's been on 4 different teams since (not including any bevy of AHL teams in that span too, surely)
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Crescent-Moon
05/03/22 11:27:33 PM
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I don't remember ever hearing this guy's name before.

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Crescent-Moon
05/04/22 9:30:03 PM
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I feel like, every time I look at Boston/Carolina game 2, Carolina is on the power play.

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MartinFF7
05/04/22 11:07:42 PM
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well, Fuck the Bruins, so I'll take that.

But Raanta got injured apparently? So guess it's a question of how badly, at least they still won...

Campbell and Husso reverting to their expected form after Game 1 shutouts so all is right with the world, question now is whether Mike Smith also has a polarity flip or resumes being the same bad Mike Smith. 7 of his 8 games prior to Game 1 were 2 or fewer goals, can he regain that...
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Emeraldegg
05/05/22 9:16:31 AM
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Hey ont he bright side if the canes can keep scoring 5 goals a game it doesn't matter much who we have in goal!

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IfGodCouldDie
05/05/22 11:57:37 AM
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Solid win by the Oil. Let's hope they keep it rolling in LA.

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Crescent-Moon
05/05/22 9:39:56 PM
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Jeff Carter just cheap shot Igor with a direct intentional hit well outside of the net.

Should be suspended the rest of the series.

He'll probably get 1 game.

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Not Dave
05/05/22 9:53:14 PM
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probably nothing

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MartinFF7
05/06/22 2:18:01 AM
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Mike Smith did have a miracle turnaround yesterday, and Oettinger joining the shutout crew today, nice.

Only teams up 2-0 being Colorado and Carolina, not too surprising but figured there'd be more (last year had four 2-0 leads and ended up with two sweeps)

Also interesting, following up on my "polarity switch" post the other day, being that 5 of the 6 series tied 1-1 (Calgary/Dallas sole exception) had winning teams scoring 4 or more goals in their respective games. Like not even 2-1 or 3-1 or 3-2 losses, just big goals one day, big blowout the next. Well I think that's remarkable - and makes things interesting insofar as whether the Jekyll or Hyde goalie versions show up in Game 3!
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Crescent-Moon
05/06/22 11:00:53 AM
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What we've learned is how massive the difference between Colorado and Calgary is.

Colorado is running Nashville off the ice. Calgary is getting almost evenly matched by the Stars

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Zigzagoon
05/06/22 11:13:25 AM
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I have absolutely 0 faith in Calgary doing anything in the playoffs ever. They do this shit every single year that they make it.

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BlackDra90n
05/06/22 10:32:37 PM
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That was an incredibly stressful 5:2 win for the Leafs.

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MartinFF7
05/07/22 12:23:45 PM
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"Winners getting 4 or more goals and losers don't" streak continues, though the 2 empty-netters in the Toronto/TBay game makes that feel less genuine.

Toronto takes a series lead and what do you see on Twitter - "Tavares" trending, complaining about his performance thus far. Never good enough (though he isn't really earning that 11 million so fair enough I guess...)

Will Binnington return to his post (and also allow 4+ goals) in Game 4 or are they just going to ride Husso through the series loss?

Games starting at 1, 430, 7 and 930 EDT today? If Florida/Washington goes to 2OT, that's an almost uninterrupted streak of hockey, nice...
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MartinFF7
05/08/22 6:25:46 PM
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Storylines for today:

-Hurribros, I don't feel so good... (or: when are Raanta and/or Andersen back?) (EDIT: oh god I saw the boxscore and just assumed it was Kochetkov again but it was really Raanta. Uh... maybe we chalk that up to rust or something, oh geez. Fuck the Bruins!!!)

-Binnington's in as Blues starter, I was thinking that per above post but didn't officially predict that I guess. Is there a possible postseason revival for him (currently 3-1 Blues after 2) or will we see the Blues regular season goalie pattern continue in the postseason (1 good game, 2 shit games)?

-If Toronto wins, they're up 3-1 and will be prompting talk about last year's 3-1 series collapse (vs. eventual finalists Habs). Though better 3-1 than 2-2...

-The over/under on Oilers/Kings is 6.5. The only game in the series so far that was "under" is when Edmonton won 6-0. Are you a bad enough dude to NOT bet on the "over" there???
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Crescent-Moon
05/08/22 6:30:10 PM
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Toronto/Tampa is a series where, no matter who wins, we all lose.

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MartinFF7
05/09/22 9:39:25 AM
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Last year, only 2 of the 8 first-round series were tied 2-2 after four games. After Sunday night's games, we're at 4/4 with Rangers, Panthers or Flames wins tonight (all higher seeds and alleged favourites, though on the road) possibly adding to that tally. Colorado the only one up 3-0 so no chance.

only two Game 7s in first round last year so also like our chances of exceeding that this go-around. But then again, considering my commentary on Edmonton over/unders and the actual result last night, well, probably a good thing I don't bet on sports...

Crescent-Moon posted...
Toronto/Tampa is a series where, no matter who wins, we all lose.

Yeah definitely don't want the Tampa Bay three-peat, but Florida's removed any fear I've had for them based on their performance thus far, and with Carolina's issues in the other division, definitely like the chances more than before that the Toronto/Tampa winner to be the East's representative in the finals...

A Toronto cup win might actually force the city to clean up Yonge Street for the parade so that's just a side benefit for Torontonians.
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BlackDra90n
05/09/22 9:45:25 AM
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If Toronto wins Yonge might just be destroyed.

The Raptors win was already pretty crazy, can't imagine what a Leafs win would be like.

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MartinFF7
05/09/22 9:58:07 AM
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Oh yeah I didn't even think about that - that would actually be a better outcome tbh, destroy and rebuild...
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Emeraldegg
05/09/22 10:16:42 AM
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The islanders fired trotz. People are saying bad move?

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Crescent-Moon
05/09/22 11:10:23 AM
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I didn't even take Florida to win their series. Why would anyone take Florida to win a series?

Emeraldegg posted...
The islanders fired trotz. People are saying bad move?
I had the Islanders being on the decline this year, but not as badly as they did. I don't think coach there matters, this is a team that's going down for a while. Their window is closed.

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MartinFF7
05/09/22 11:33:03 AM
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https://twitter.com/MLarkinHockey/status/1523668244439367680

While I generally agree with that, you can only blame the "opening season road trip" so much, they were around .500 post-All-Star break too anyways.

Still, considering the past few years you figured they'd give him more leeway. Though I won't feel too bad for him as I'm sure another team will snatch him up fast. Flyers and Wings have vacancies per wikipedia, plus there are some interims he could replace?

Crescent-Moon posted...
I didn't even take Florida to win their series. Why would anyone take Florida to win a series?

I just remembered them scoring like 6 goals a game in the regular season, Ovechkin was injured and the Caps goaltending has been hit or miss. They went all-in on the playoff run for this season so I wanted to believe in them...!
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MysteriousStan
05/09/22 12:20:59 PM
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I'd gladly take Trotz in Chicago.
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Emeraldegg
05/09/22 1:28:02 PM
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Now the sens fired their coach. Trotz incoming?

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Not Dave
05/09/22 1:38:16 PM
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sens did not fire their coach. they fired a front office mistake.

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Emeraldegg
05/09/22 2:18:25 PM
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Oh sorry, Im not super familiar with names in NHL. My mistake

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MartinFF7
05/09/22 2:53:45 PM
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He used to be a coach (like 30 years ago, but still) - in the realm of being "far off" you weren't too far off!

Question is whether he returns to TSN, or whoever's doing NHL games in the U.S. nowadays, or if this is indeed the last we've seen of him...
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CassandraCain
05/09/22 3:50:46 PM
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...Let's go Blues!

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MartinFF7
05/09/22 8:57:07 PM
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i swear, the Casey DeSmith injury is the best thing that happened to the Penguins. I don't even know how Domingue is playing but I can't picture him doing worse.

And Shesterkin, odds-on favourite for the Vezina... well I guess Vasilevskiy also won it the year the Lightning were swept by the Bluejackets after tying the regular season wins record. But damn man, what the hell.
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Crescent-Moon
05/09/22 10:01:01 PM
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Caps probably couldn't afford to let that one get away.

And wow that review was a waste of time that did nothing but provide false hope to Caps fans.

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Crescent-Moon
05/09/22 11:57:30 PM
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Gaudreau just scored on a penalty shot.

Playoff penalty shots!

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MartinFF7
05/10/22 7:54:40 PM
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Ah, the draft lottery happened and I forgot to post about it.

Habs 1st (thankfully), Devil jumps from 5th to 2nd, Coyotes drop to 3rd.

Could Devils improve enough to compete for a playoff spot next year, powered by their improving youth corps + 2nd pick, everyone staying healthy and goaltending marginally improving? Or... will they be continuing their and the Sabres trend, and the Oilers trend of yore (high draft picks not fundamentally changing anything)?
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