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Pierre LeBrun thinks it's either DET or VAN from the West


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#1 miller76

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 03:49 PM

here's the link



Well, well ... doesn't that chart open up some eyes? The veteran Red Wings, hockey's model franchise over the past two decades, are at it again. The best record since the Olympics, the fourth-best record overall in the second half. Tough to ignore the Winged Wheel, eh?

Don't say I didn't warn you puckheads about Detroit's rise. It was pretty much a universal belief around the league that once the Wings finally put an injury-riddled first half behind them, they'd be primed for a run. Well, that's exactly what happened, and the Wings are very much ready for another spring run thanks to excellent goaltending from Jimmy Howard.

Right now, my money is on either Detroit or Vancouver to make the Cup finals out of the West. Of course, if the playoffs started Monday, the Canucks and Wings would face off in the first round in the No. 3 versus No. 6 matchup. That would knock off a red-hot team in a hurry.


POINTS SINCE OLYMPIC BREAK
TEAM GP RECORD PTS PTS %
Detroit 18 13-3-2 28 .778
Washington 16 10-2-4 24 .750
Phoenix 16 11-4-1 23 .719
Nashville 19 13-5-1 27 .710
Montreal 16 10-4-2 22 .687
Vancouver 18 11-5-2 24 .667
Pittsburgh 16 9-4-3 21 .656
Toronto 18 10-5-3 23 .639
St. Louis 16 10-6-0 20 .625
N.Y. Rangers 16 8-5-3 19 .594
Calgary 17 10-7-0 20 .588
New Jersey 17 8-5-4 20 .588
Buffalo 18 10-7-1 21 .583
Carolina 18 9-6-3 21 .583
Anaheim 16 8-6-2 18 .563
N.Y. Islanders 16 8-6-2 18 .563
Columbus 16 7-6-3 17 .531
Chicago 17 8-7-2 18 .529
San Jose 17 8-7-2 18 .529
Boston 18 9-8-1 19 .528
Atlanta 19 8-8-3 19 .500
Los Angeles 17 7-7-3 17 .500
Minnesota 18 7-8-3 17 .472
Florida 17 7-8-2 16 .470
Ottawa 16 7-8-1 15 .469
Philadelphia 19 7-9-3 17 .447
Dallas 18 7-9-2 16 .444
Colorado 17 7-9-1 15 .441
Edmonton 17 5-10-2 12 .352
Tampa Bay 17 5-11-1 11 .324


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#2 Barrie

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:12 PM

I agree with LeBrun, it's either Detroit or Vancouver as the 2010 Western Conference Champions.

And I have Washington to win the East.
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:14 PM

Why are you guys forgetting about Chicago?

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:16 PM

Detroit was terrible heading into the playoffs two years ago when they won the cup.
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:19 PM

I hate it when the Wings are favored. With the exception of the 2002 team, I mean, how could you not favor them?

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:20 PM

Why are you guys forgetting about Chicago?


Because we like to spite you and your negative ways.

PS: We didn't right the article.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:30 PM

Why are you guys forgetting about Chicago?

Injuries on their D and questionable goaltending.
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:35 PM

ESPN thinks that the Wings will come out of the West? Well, there goes the Wings chances for any playoff success this year. Barry Melrose and crew are supposed to doubt the Wings and then the Wings prove them wrong. That's how the dynamic goes. :ph34r:

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:36 PM

Injuries on their D and questionable goaltending.

Oh you think Campbell is that important, he's back to the 2nd round last time i heard...

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:38 PM

Oh you think Campbell is that important, he's back to the 2nd round last time i heard...

A position Chicago will never reach if they run afoul with the Winged Wheel in the first round. :ph34r:
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:38 PM

when is sammy coming back for the nucks?

Edited by kylee, 05 April 2010 - 04:40 PM.


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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:38 PM

Detroit was terrible heading into the playoffs two years ago when they won the cup.


What?

From March until the end of the season they went 12-2-1 that year.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:41 PM

What?

From March until the end of the season they went 12-2-1 that year.

Right. Konnan511 must have got 2008 mixed up with 2002. Simple mistake considering we've won so many times :cool:
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:52 PM

What?
From March until the end of the season they went 12-2-1 that year.



Right. Konnan511 must have got 2008 mixed up with 2002. Simple mistake considering we've won so many times :cool:

Fact.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:53 PM

The results since the olympic break make me think it would be nice to face either the Hawks or the Sharks. This is the last 17 games so their record is definitively relevant.

Unfortunately i can see us facing either the Nucks or the Yotes, two of the hottest teams in the league..

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:57 PM

Why are you guys forgetting about Chicago?


Chicago is slumping since the Olympic Break. If they make it past round 1, they're one of the strongest, but if they get stopped early they won't get injuries back.

Washington vs. Vancouver is my theoretical Cup final, with Washington winning out. Problem with Vancouver right now is that they haven't been strong since the Olympic break either. There's weak points to each team in the West right now, but Detroit has looked best in the past month so who knows. It's a tough call.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:59 PM

Trying to multitask opening day

Man those Tigers! A new season, and they still can't hit :ranting:!
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 05:03 PM

If Detroit isn't in the cup finals, it will be Chicago, unfortunately ... As much as we want to write off the Hawks, they are still one of the best teams in the league... The only team that can stop Chicago is Detroit IMHO.... And the only way I can see the East winning the cup is if the west beats each other up too bad

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 05:04 PM

Man those Tigers! A new season, and they still can't hit :ranting:!

I know I know!!! But the Tigers are facing Zach "Cy Young" Greinke.
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 05:05 PM

If Detroit isn't in the cup finals, it will be Chicago, unfortunately ... As much as we want to write off the Hawks, they are still one of the best teams in the league... The only team that can stop Chicago is Detroit IMHO.... And the only way I can see the East winning the cup is if the west beats each other up too bad


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