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NHL 2012-13 Season Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Scott Merryfield, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Ockeghem

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    "Look for Plymouth's Ryan Hartman and London's Max Domi to be selected in the first round of this summer's NHL draft."Scott,Will do. Sorry about your Whalers. Of course, I don't believe I'll be too apologetic or sympathetic concerning another of your favorite teams should they get eliminated. ;)
     
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    Well, if last night was any indication, the Habs will not be in the playoffs very long. They completely gave away the game in the 3rd period. First, Carey Price gave up a ridiculously soft goal to allow Ottawa to tie the score, then Diaz made a lazy clearing pass that resulted in the winning goal about a minute later. You just cannot do things like that in the playoffs.

    Lars Eller took a nasty hit to the head in the 2nd period, and was bleeding a great deal as he was taken off on a stretcher. Gryba got a 5 minute major and game misconduct for the hit. Montreal was only able to score once on the power play, even though they ended up with a two man advantage for 1:21 of that major. Anderson played great in net for the Sens.
     
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    The hit Eller took was illegal according to NHL commentators. Ten years ago it was okay, but not any more. That was quite brutal. In my opinion Gryba will be suspended for at least one, if not more, games.

    Another thrilling game between St. Louis and Los Angeles. Just when I thought that the game was going to go into another overtime, the Blues score with about a minute left in the game.Detroit almost blew game two in Anaheim last night, winning in overtime. They were leading 4-1 in the third period, only to see the Ducks storm back and tie the game. I was actually surprised that the Red Wings won this game in overtime. This could be a long series.
     
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    Habs will be missing Eller, Pacioretty and Gionta tonight, all due to injuries suffered in Game 1. This schedule of 3 games in 4 nights is going to be a killer with these injuries. It looks like the playoffs will end very quickly for the Canadiens.
     
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    The Canadiens didn't look too shabby tonight! And the Islanders storm back from a 3-1 deficit to shock the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Wow.
     
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    That is the definition of "character win" by the Habs last night. Everyone chipped in, and Carey Price played great. Hopefully they can continue this on Sunday night in Ottawa.
     
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    Ice Hockey seems to be the only sport that "allows" fights. In most other sports the fighter is ejected or given a red-card-
     
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    Today is when the US plays Russia at 13.15 (1:15 PM)
     
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    For the World Ice hockey Championship see :
    http://www.iihf.com/competition/352/home-oc/start.html
    There are 2 groups in Stockholm (6 hours ahead of NYC) and
    in Helsinki 7 hours ahead of NYC
    In Round 1, the team leading at the end of reg. time gets 3 points and the tied teams each get 1 point and the winner in OT (sudden death) or penalty shots gets 1 more point
    At the end of the 1st round, the top 4 in each group will be in the knockout phase and the winners play in the semis. The worst 2 teams of the 2 groups will be relegated into the
    lower groups for next year. The other teams are finished-
    The times are 16:15 and 20:15 local times for round 1.
    My predictions are for Helsinki: are FIN, RUS, USA, and SLO
    for Stockholm: CAN, SWE, Swiss; and Czech/Slov
    Today is USA - FIn Helsinki at 13:15 NYC time
    On Thurs CAN-SWE Stockholm at 14:15 NYC Time
     
  11. Scott Merryfield

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    Well, the season ended in a whimper for the Habs last night. Montreal's play was a disappointment for most of this series, but there are a lot of positives to be taken away from the season:

    1. Improved from last to 2nd overall in the conference in one season.
    2. Subban is developing into a top defenseman, and is a Norris Trophy finalist.
    3. Rookies Gallagher and Galchenyuk both had excellent first seasons, and both have bright futures,
    4. Lars Eller took a big leap forward in his development
    5. Jared Tinordi looks like a solid defensive prospect, and adds desperately needed size to the blue line.

    There is still a lot of work for GM Marc Bergevin to do in the offseason, but I like the direction the team is headed.

    For those interested, the NHL Network will be showing tonight's OHL Championship Series game between the London Knights and Barrie Colts tomorrow at 11am. Barrie currently leads London 3-1 in the series. The Knights have three potential first round picks in this summer's NHL draft on the roster -- Max Domi, Bo Horvat and Nikita Zadorov. Meanwhile, Barrie has defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who was granted exceptional status in 2011, allowing him to enter the OHL a year early as a 15 year old, and Winnipeg's 2011 first round pick (#7 overall) Mark Scheifele, who scored four goals in Game 4 after recording five points (2G, 3A) in Game 3.
     
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    Scott,

    I really thought that Montreal would take this series (hence my pick above). Whomever gets Ottawa next (Pittsburgh?) will surely have their hands full.When Montreal was playing some of their best hockey about a month or so ago, they looked like a legitimate no. 2 seed. In fact, at the time I had the Penguins, Montreal, and Boston (in that order) as the three best teams in the Eastern Conference. I might have ranked Boston number two had they done better in the head-to-head against the Canadiens this year.
     
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    Scott,

    I think Montreal really overachieved this season. The team wasn't as good as their #2 seed, but they were not as bad as their #15 finish last year, either. The team is still missing some pieces, but I think their future is bright. They have more solid prospects in the system, and have quite a few additional picks in this year's deep draft (and Trevor Timmons has done an excellent job drafting for them the past few years). They are also in very good shape with the salary cap, so they have a lot of flexibility in making trades or signing free agents.

    I doubt that they will re-sign Michael Ryder, as he will want more money and years than he is worth and some other team will be willing to pay him. Kaberle will be bought out, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Bergevin shop Gionta, Weber, Diaz, Markov and/or Desharnais this summer or by next season's trade deadline. None of these players fit in long term with the core of the team, and all but Weber would probably garner some sort of decent return.
     
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    Heckuva comeback down from 0-2 for the Kings, and without home ice advantage. Quick, despite having an up and down season, is starting to look like the MVP from last year.
     
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    Two off days between games 1 and 2 in the same city, and nothin' between games 6 and 7 in different countries. Oy vey!
     
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    I really hope Boston wins tonight. They need to come out strong, and score first. The Caps - Rangers game should be one heck of a game.

    I didn't think the Red Wings would get by the Ducks. And I also thought that the Ducks were the only team in the west that would be able to give Chicago a run for their money, given how well they played the Blackhawks this year. I would count out Detroit, but now I know better. ;)
     
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    What an amazing NHL playoffs this is turning out to be. There have been seventeen overtime games -- a record -- this year. And I just heard it's the first time in NHL playoff history that a team (Bruins) has come back from three goals down in the third period in game seven to win a series. Incredible! :)
     
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    Epic collapse by the Leafs last night. Once again a team gets burned trying to play just in their own half of the rink trying to protect a lead. The Bruins looked dead after Toronto's fourth goal, but the Leafs found a way to let them back in it. Have to give Boston credit for not giving up, but an NHL team should never blow a 3 goal lead with less than half a period to go.

    At least both those teams showed up for their Game 7. I think the Capitals are still looking for the arena. :lol:

    I went 5-3 with my first round picks. Here are my 2nd round choices:

    Pittsburgh over Ottawa
    Rangers over Boston
    Chicago over Detroit
    San Jose over LA

    Lunquivst is playing terrific for New York, which is why I'm picking them over the Bruins.
     
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    Lunquivst is indeed playing very well for New York.

    My second-round picks are in boldface and are listed first:

    East:

    Pittsburgh - Ottawa
    Boston - New York

    West:
    Detroit - Chicago
    San Jose - Los Angeles
     
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    I was like "okay they scored one goal", but at some point, the Maple Leafs had to score into the empty net. And ended up missing the tying goal when I just stepped away briefly to get something from the kitchen. Even more unbelievable that they actually led it, 4-1 in the freaking 3rd period.

    And how about that, 2 matchups of Original 6 teams in the 2nd round! My picks are:

    Penguins over Senators
    Bruins over Rangers

    Blackhawks over Red Wings
    Kings over Sharks
     

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