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2004 NHL Playoffs: Round 1

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Markus Lidstrom, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. Markus Lidstrom

    Markus Lidstrom Well-Known Member

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    Its that time of the year again where Canada pretty much shuts down and watches hockey every night. I cant comment on American interest in Hockey, but I imagine its as big as it is here in key cities (Detroit, Boston, Tampa Bay)... Anyone have any first round predictions? As always the Eastern Conference is strong, but considering the production of the west I wouldnt be too surpised to see the cup come out here.

    EASTERN CONFERENCE
    (1) LIGHTNING vs ISLANDERS (8) - I can see the Islanders putting up a fight (won the season series), but lets not kid ourselves... Lightning in 5 games.
    (2) BRUINS vs CANADIENS (7) - A classic match, but with Thorton looking pretty hurt the Canadians will win in 7.
    (3) FLYERS vs DEVILS (6) - Im not sure that Brodeur can carry them without Stevens helping him.. Flyers in 6.
    (4) MAPLE LEAFS vs SENATORS (5) - For the 4th time in 5 years we have this matchup... Toronto Always Wins. (5 Games)

    WESTERN CONFERENCE
    (1) RED WINGS vs PREDATORS (8) - It'll be a slaughter, but the Preds could beat them up bad enough to hurt them in round 2. Wings in 4 games.
    (2) SHARKS vs BLUES (7) - Blues have the experience and an edge. Blues in 6 games.
    (3) CANUCKS vs FLAMES (6) - This will be a war, but the nucks are looking good without Bertuzzi and using Cook on the front line. An epic matchup with Canucks in 7, just for nostagia.
    (4) AVALANCHE vs DALLAS (5) - The Avs are in a slide, and I think that Dallas can shut them down after losing the division. Dallas in 5.

    Put in your predicitons before Wednesday so they're valid.
     
  2. Brandon_T

    Brandon_T Well-Known Member

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    East

    Lightning over Islanders
    Bruins over Canadiens
    Devils over Flyers
    Leafs over Sens

    West
    Wings over Preds
    Blues over Sharks
    Canucks over Flames
    Avalanch over Dallas


    ps Go Wings
     
  3. Mark Hamilton

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    East

    (1) Lightning over Islands
    (2) Canadiens over Bruins
    (3) Devils over Flyers
    (4) Senators over Maple Leafs

    West
    (1) Red Wings over Predators
    (2) Shars over Blues
    (3) Canucks over Flames
    (4) Avalanche over Dallas
     
  4. Markus Lidstrom

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    Vegas odds for the Wings are 9:2.
     
  5. Casey Trowbridg

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    East
    Tampa Bay over N.Y. Islanders 5 games
    Boston over Montreal 6 games
    New Jersey over Philadelphia 7 games
    Toronto over Ottawa 5 games

    West
    Detroit over Nashville 6 games
    St. Louis over San Jose 6 games
    Calgary over Vancouver 7 games
    Colorado over Dallas 6 games

    The thing I love about hockey’s postseason is that it really can be unpredictable. All it takes is for 1 goaltender to get hot and it doesn’t matter if they’re playing in the 4-5 game or if they’re playing the winners of the President’s cup, if the goalie is hot any team can get bumped off.
     
  6. Philip_T

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    East
    Tampa over NY - Love that lamp lighting Leprechaun St. Louis
    Montreal over Boston - Upset dejur
    NJ over Philadelphia - Brodeurs experience
    Toronto over Ottowa - Belfours experience

    West
    Detroit over Nashville - Detroit is way too much for them in playoff hockey.
    San Jose over St. Louis - Blues will be blue yet again with their playoff ineptness.
    Calgary over Vancouver - Kiprusoff will be this years Giguere.
    Dallas over Colorado - why oh why did we have to draw perhaps the hottest team in hockey for the 1st round?) Well, if the Av's lose in 1st round again, I would hope that they can Granato. Im still trying to figure out this guys system, if he even has one. And you cant build any chemistry with contant line juggling either.
     
  7. Terry Hansen

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    East
    Islanders over Lightning in 7 - For some reason I think the Lightning will be out in the first round, not sure why.

    Bruins over Canadiens in 5

    Devils over Flyers in 7 - I think this one could go either way, but how can you count out Brodeur?

    Sens over Leafs (I hope)in 7 - This should be a wild one, I just want the Sens to take it to the Leafs.

    West
    Wings over Preds in 4 - I think the Preds will battle hard, but lack of experience will do them in.

    Sharks over Blues in 6 - Blues barely sqeeked in the playoffs, just doesn't seem like the team they once were.

    Canucks over Flames in 5 - What can I say, had this been 2 weeks ago I would say it would be a toss up. 'Nucks have been playing their best hockey of the season the last couple of weeks, and Cloutier has been solid.

    Dallas over Avalanche in 6 - Avs seem to be a fragile bunch this year, not sure why. Skid at the end of the season doesn't help.

    Of course anything can happen so in the playoffs. I love it!

    PS Go Canucks!!
     
  8. Daryl Furkalo

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    Lightning in 6.
    Canadiens in 6.
    Devils in 7.
    Leafs in 5.

    Preds in 5.
    Sharks in 5.
    Flames in 6.
    Dallas in 4.

    Will be lots of upsets as usual.
     
  9. Mark Dubbelboer

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    Ligthning
    Bruins
    Flyers
    Maple Leafs

    Wings
    Sharks
    Flames
    Dallas

    Go Flames Go
     
  10. ZacharyTait

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    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    Conference Quarterfinals
    (1)Lightning over the (8)Islanders in 6
    (7)Canadiens over the (2)Bruins in 7
    (6)Devils over the (3)Flyers in 7
    (5)Senators over the (4)Leafs in 6

    Conference Semifinals
    (1)Lightning over the (7)Canadiens in 6
    (6)Devils over the (5)Senators in 7

    Conference Finals
    (6)Devils over the (1)Lightning in 7

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    Conference Quarterfinals
    (1)Wings over the (8)Predators in 5
    (2)Sharks over the (7)Blues in 5
    (3)Canucks over the (6)Flames in 6
    (5)Avalanche over the (4)Stars in 7

    Conference Semifinals
    (1)Wings over the (5)Avalanche in 7
    (3)Canucks over the (2)Sharks in 7

    Conference Finals
    (1)Wings over the (3)Canucks in 6

    STANLEY CUP FINALS
    (1)Wings over the (6)Devils in 6

    Go Wings!
     
  11. Scott Merryfield

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    Eastern Conference

    Lightning over Islanders
    Canadiens over Bruins (Go Habs!)
    Devils over Flyers (still no goaltending in Philly)
    Leafs over Sens (Ottawa can't win in the playoffs)

    Western Conference

    Wings over Predators (no contest)
    Sharks over Blues (the better goaltender wins)
    Flames over Canucks (hot young goalie carries Calgary to upset)
    Stars over Avs (Colorado is really struggling)

    This Canadiens fan living in Red Wing country predicts that Detroit wins it all. The goaltending in the Western Conference is not what it used to be, and Detroit has the most solid team at the other spots.

    The Eastern Conference is too close to call (anyone except Montreal or New York could win it), but I'll go with the Leafs for an Original Six Cup Finals.

    Did I already say Go Habs!?
     
  12. Richard Travale

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    East

    (1) Islanders will upset the Lightning
    (2) Canadiens over Bruins
    (3) Devils over Flyers
    (4) Senators will finally beat the Maple Laffs in post season play.

    West
    (1) Red Wings over Predators but the young Preds will get a taste of the post season and be wanting more next year.
    (2) Sharks over Blues
    (3) Flames have had a good year but they will not beat the streaking Canucks.
    (4) Dallas will take advantage of David A and win the series.

    Go Habs Go!
     
  13. Steeve Bergeron

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    East:
    Tampa Bay over NY Islanders
    Montreal over Boston
    New Jersey over Philadelphia
    Toronto over Ottawa

    West:
    Detroit over Nashville
    San Jose over St. Louis
    Calgary over Vancouver
    Dallas over Colorado

    Indeed!
     
  14. Prentice Cotham

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    East:
    Tampa
    Montreal
    Devils
    Ottawa

    West:
    Wings
    Blues
    Flames
    Stars
     
  15. Scott W.

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    East

    Lightning
    Bruins
    Devils
    Maple Leafs

    West

    Red Wings
    Sharks
    Flames
    Avalanche

    Scott
     
  16. Casey Trowbridg

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    Given that I loathe Detroit I'd love to make this pick, and honestly I've heard some of the ESPN guys talk up Nashville as being a tough out in the playoffs, but I just can't. I will however pick against Detroit at the first sign of it being reasonable which is probably round 2.
     
  17. Christ Reynolds

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    i think many people are giving boston too much credit. ive seen almost all of their home games, and they have major weaknesses. hal gill is absolutely AWFUL. thornton, while a decent passer, can be counted on to take a bad penalty in the last few minutes of a game, especially if (god forbid) someone takes the body on him. he has a terrible attitude. boston has trouble against teams with speed, so the montreal series should be an interesting one. and go red wings.

    CJ
     
  18. Topher

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    The Leafs are taking it all this year guys! I can feel it! Wait... maybe I felt it the last 3 years too.... hmmm, well they will THIS time!!! [​IMG]
     
  19. Scott Merryfield

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    Considering that more people in this thread are picking the #7 seed Canadiens to beat the #2 seed Bruins, I'm not sure where you think that Boston is getting too much credit.
     
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    Go Whalers!
     

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