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#1 X. Benedict

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 04:32 AM

I like LA in 6.

I really think NY had a soft road here in terms of physical play. LA will take center ice away from NY.
Bet all your money on LA. All of it.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 06:22 AM

Kings - Rangers 1981 playoffs:



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 06:39 AM

View Post\GoBillsInDallas/, on 02 June 2014 - 06:22 AM, said:

Kings - Rangers 1981 playoffs:



haha -  I love the organ player tossing in a few appropriate musical cues at various stages of the brawl.  

The outcome should be a 4 on 4 penalty for too many men on the ice - lmao!!!!!

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:35 AM

If the Rangers play the same game that they found toward the end of the Montreal series, this series could be entertaining. If they revert back to the hockey they played during the season, this series is will be dreadful.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:37 AM

View PostX. Benedict, on 02 June 2014 - 04:32 AM, said:

I like LA in 6.

I really think NY had a soft road here in terms of physical play. LA will take center ice away from NY.
Bet all your money on LA. All of it.
I'll take the Rangers. I don't think there's any doubt the Kings are a better team, but the Rangers have proven me wrong two series in a row now, I'm not betting against them again. Plus, Henrik is a much better goalie than Quick right now, and I don't think you can understate his impact in a game.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:39 AM

Ugh.  I was hoping I'd at least care about the Finals, but I don't like either team.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:10 AM

View PostWildCard, on 02 June 2014 - 07:37 AM, said:

I'll take the Rangers. I don't think there's any doubt the Kings are a better team, but the Rangers have proven me wrong two series in a row now, I'm not betting against them again. Plus, Henrik is a much better goalie than Quick right now, and I don't think you can understate his impact in a game.

If NY has a shot the difference is Lundquist. But Vingeults system is really not that different from Lindy's. Roll 4, active D, puck possession game.

I just don't think NY is deep enough up the middle. Should be a good series.

FWIW I have an acquaintance that works for the Rangers in development.

I asked if they will win. He said with a plain face. "Nope," but then added, "but that kind of takes the pressure off, doesn't it?"  :lol:

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:22 AM

Last night, for the first time since he was a teenager coming of age in Romania, Gary Bettman's ###### surged past four inches.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:39 AM

LA in 7

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:44 AM

L.A. in 7 games because I love game sevens. This series better go 7 games dammit.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:46 AM

I'm not saying anything. These playoffs have been too darn weird.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:09 AM

I'm just happy that there's a different Match up this year..... I was getting sick of the Chicago /pitt/boston/Detroit.... And even tho the kings have been relevant, I'm ok with them in the finals. I think kings take it, but it will def go more than 5 games.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:19 AM

View Postbunomatic, on 02 June 2014 - 08:44 AM, said:

L.A. in 7 games because I love game sevens. This series better go 7 games dammit.

If LA took it in 7 games, it'd be quite an accomplishment.

Winning 4 game 7's in one playoff? As if 3 wasn't impressive enough.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 10:02 AM

I wanna say LA in 6 but every single prediction I've tentatively made this season has been tragically erroneous. I'd love to see Lundqvist lift that cup and break a 20 year drought for NYC over LA getting cup #2 in three years.

Plus, I'm just really really really really really super extremely sick of hearing Cartman screaming "GO TEAM GO" in Staples Center. That's enough to make me root for just about anyone else.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 10:11 AM

I'm curious to see what kind of series it turns out to be -- both squads are built to grind out low-scoring wins. Of course, L.A. got away from that model in its series with Chicago. The Rangers had a couple of anomalies in its conference finals, but mostly played to form.

I favor the Kings, and I don't think it will take 7 games to resolve the matter. I would not be shocked to see a relatively short series (5 games).

It's also interesting to note that any problems associated with traveling from west-to-east will be largely shared by both squads -- the teams play on June 4th in L.A. and then don't play in NYC until June 9th. I'd imagine that the Rangers will have been out on western time for almost a week by the time they return east.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 10:13 AM

View PostPASabreFan, on 02 June 2014 - 08:22 AM, said:

Last night, for the first time since he was a teenager coming of age in Romania, Gary Bettman's ###### surged past four inches.

Wallet?

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 10:56 AM

The Kings just beat San Jose, Anaheim, and Chicago.  No one can convince me that the Rangers aren't the weakest of the King's four playoff opponents.  Kings in 5.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 11:19 AM

If only I could enjoy watching them both lose.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 12:23 PM

I just want an entertaining series. I'd like to see LA take it in 6 or 7 games. 7 would be awesome for the accomplishment.

I don't want Bailey getting the Youppi! Treatment: http://www.nhl.com/i...id=nhl:topheads

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 12:38 PM

I'll watch but I have almost zero interest in these finals. I don't really care who wins. I'll say NY in 7.

Edited by Tankalicious, 02 June 2014 - 12:39 PM.


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 12:54 PM

Yeah, pretty apathetic about the Cup myself.   I would have preferred seeing Chicago/Rangers. And the good series are over now.  The Cup is almost anti-climatic.  

The only thing I'm curious about, and will be watching to see.... Will Quick end up Kreidered?   Quick sidelined is about the only scenario in which the Rangers have a chance.

Edited by Jsixspd, 02 June 2014 - 12:57 PM.


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 01:00 PM

View PostJsixspd, on 02 June 2014 - 12:54 PM, said:

Yeah, pretty apathetic about the Cup myself.   I would have preferred seeing Chicago/Rangers. And the good series are over now.  The Cup is almost anti-climatic.  

The only thing I'm curious about, and will be watching to see.... Will Quick end up Kreidered?   Quick sidelined is about the only scenario in which the Rangers have a chance.

If the Rags take out the second starting goaltender in consecutive series, I would have to believe the Kings would dress som AHL pylon for the next game, with the sole purpose of taking out Lundy.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 02:32 PM

I only want LA to win it so the cup can come back to Ithaca with Dustin Brown, so that this time I can ACTUALLY see it

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 03:40 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 02 June 2014 - 08:46 AM, said:

I'm not saying anything. These playoffs have been too darn weird.

...says the guy will win the Sabrespace bracket challenge when this series is over.

(Congrats on that, btw)

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:58 PM

View PostCampy, on 02 June 2014 - 03:40 PM, said:



...says the guy will win the Sabrespace bracket challenge when this series is over.

(Congrats on that, btw)

I always win when I don't have money involved. :lol:

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:00 AM

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Carcillo suspension reduced to six games.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:05 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 03 June 2014 - 11:00 AM, said:

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Carcillo suspension reduced to six games.
What the ######.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:06 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 03 June 2014 - 11:00 AM, said:

@SportsnetSpec
Carcillo suspension reduced to six games.

what a joke

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:12 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 03 June 2014 - 11:00 AM, said:

@SportsnetSpec
Carcillo suspension reduced to six games.

LOL the NHL is a joke.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:19 AM


Bettman reduces suspension to Rangers’ Carcillo: http://www.sportsnet...ame-suspension/


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:33 AM

Well, he was trying to get free.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:50 AM

You'd almost think Bettman was a weasely little lawyer from the way he acts.   Oh wait..... :lol:

hahaha,  when I called him "little" I didn't even realize he's a tiny pixie of an ambulance chaser - like 5' 5" or 5' 6"  

We need an R. Lee Ermey to ask him how tall he is -  if he says 5' 6" then of course - "5' 6"???  I didn't know they stacked ###### that high!"   LOL

Edited by Jsixspd, 03 June 2014 - 11:44 AM.


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:58 AM

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Here are the full Conn Smythe odds, as a lot of you are asking for them. No Willie Mitchell!?
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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:58 AM

Kings in 4 , carter and gaborik will light up king henrik.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:52 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 03 June 2014 - 11:58 AM, said:

@mirtle
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No Kreider?

He might be more important than Henrik. ;)

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 02:55 PM

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Who'd pay $8,600 to see a hockey game? http://cnnmon.ie/1h5u5K5

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 03:45 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 03 June 2014 - 02:55 PM, said:

@CNNMoney
Who'd pay $8,600 to see a hockey game? http://cnnmon.ie/1h5u5K5

pic.twitter.com/lc9qR6rGTn

thing about gotham is, there are 1000s of people there for whom dropping $10K on a hockey ticket is no big whoop.

mind you, those people all deserve to die a slow and painful death. but they're there just the same.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 06:21 PM

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 07:11 PM

Does a Rangers Cup victory change how fans will look at Glen Sather? He has been a target of jokes and ridicule over the years.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 08:12 PM

The Rangers are surprisingly good at forward:

Stepan-Kreider-Nash
Richards-St Louis-Hagelin
Brassard-Zuccarello-Pouliot
Boyle-Moore-Dorsett/Carcillo

Their top 4 on D are also quite good:

McDonagh-Girardi  (NB Mirtle wrote today that McDonagh substantially outplayed PK Subban in the 3rd round)
Staal-Stralman

And Lundy in net.

I'm not saying they're going to win, but they could, and I think it will be a very competitive series.

View PostDeLuca1967, on 03 June 2014 - 07:11 PM, said:

Does a Rangers Cup victory change how fans will look at Glen Sather? He has been a target of jokes and ridicule over the years.

Definitely.  I've been thinking the same thing.