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#1 Scrosby87

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:12 AM

What are your early predictions?



#2 55fan

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:15 AM

Thrashers over Oilers 4-1
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:17 AM

It's fun to joke around ---- but I prefer to read some serious responses.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:25 AM

Don't worry. We have plenty of serious types here. And most will have good reason for their predictions. There will be good conversation in the thread.

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Caps in the east; Sharks in the west.
Caps win it 4-2.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:43 AM

Bruins over Kings, 4-1.

What? It could happen.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:57 AM

Vancouver over Bruins, 4-1

Feel free to resurrect this one in June.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:57 AM

Wings over Flyers, five games.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:00 AM

Screw Crosby.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:01 AM

It's fun to joke around ---- but I prefer to read some serious responses.


Your name is a joke right? Wings over Pens

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:07 AM

Thrashers over Oilers 4-1
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:11 AM

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:11 AM

Wings over Penguins, 4-2

If Howard isn't the second coming of Steve Mason, I think we're golden. We're much deeper than last year, with rest, and hopefully some passion after an early exit. This team is essentially the team that won the Cup in '08, except the younger players of that team are developed.

I can't stand the Penguins but they are obviously talented, and more importantly, I believe they have the most playoff experiance of anyone in their Conferance the last 5 years. Experiance wise, they're the Wings of the East.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:26 AM

I want to see Red Wings/Penguins and that's probably pretty realistic.

However, I will go with Red Wings/Bruins. Sorry, Gary.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:27 AM

Wings over Pens in 6, just like the poster above said.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:43 AM

I'd love to see the Wings get revenge and beat the Pens in the Finals, but I just don't see it. The Pens, in my opinion, are not good enough to make it that far right now. The moves they made did not upgrade their defense, Fleury is still very inconsistent and the Pens wings are beyond terrible.

The Wings will make it for the West as long as we stay healthy, but it won't be easy. The Caps are long overdue for a good playoff run. It'll be Wings over the Caps in 4 or 5 games. Lidstrom retires on top with his 5th Stanley Cup, Modano rides off into the sunset with the Cup in his hometown and its the feel good story of the year in sports. :thumbup:

#16 Scrosby87

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:49 AM

"I'd love to see the Wings get revenge and beat the Pens in the Finals, but I just don't see it. The Pens, in my opinion, are not good enough to make it that far right now. The moves they made did not upgrade their defense, Fleury is still very inconsistent and the Pens wings are beyond terrible."

Signing Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin didn't upgrade our D? We have Martin, Orpik, Michalek, Letang, Goligoski, Lovejoy (or veteran D-man)

Some would argue that's a top 3 D in the league. The Pens will run through the league this year and most likely win the president's trophy.

As for wingers --- Kunitz wasn't healthy at all last year. That really hurt in opening up space for Master Crosby. Malkin is switching to Winger and Staal (Not Stall, as so many of you say) is centering him. I don't see the Wings pulling through this year, because they won't be able to get past Chicago.

Pens v Hawks.


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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:51 AM

I want to see Red Wings/Penguins and that's probably pretty realistic.

However, I will go with Red Wings/Bruins. Sorry, Gary.


What the hell. I know so little about the East, and I don't see where the Pens will come back that dramatically, so I'll go with this. Thanks, GoWings! And it will probably go to seven but our beloved, talented, thrifty, cheerful and brave Wings will win it ALL.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:52 AM

I don't see the Wings pulling through this year, because they won't be able to get past Chicago.

:lol: Good one!

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:00 PM

"I'd love to see the Wings get revenge and beat the Pens in the Finals, but I just don't see it. The Pens, in my opinion, are not good enough to make it that far right now. The moves they made did not upgrade their defense, Fleury is still very inconsistent and the Pens wings are beyond terrible."

Signing Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin didn't upgrade our D? We have Martin, Orpik, Michalek, Letang, Goligoski, Lovejoy (or veteran D-man)

Some would argue that's a top 3 D in the league. The Pens will run through the league this year and most likely win the president's trophy.

As for wingers --- Kunitz wasn't healthy at all last year. That really hurt in opening up space for Masterbater Crosby. Malkin is switching to Winger and Staal (Not Stall, as so many of you say) is centering him. I don't see the Wings pulling through this year, because they won't be able to get past Chicago.

Pens v Hawks.


You heard it here.

You did sign well on D, but I really like Gonchar, and I don't think he'll be easily replaced. Top 3? Only time will tell.

The Hawks have been weakened this summer. I really don't see them as a threat next season. Between the Cup Hangover and basically re-organizing their lesser players, they have a lot of work to do to ice a contender. Once their new guys get some time together, they may well be on the road to more success, but not this season.

EDIT: Forgot to add- I don't think I've seen too many people misspell Staal. Usually it's only the ones who can't spell anything else. Don't take it personally.

Edited by 55fan, 10 September 2010 - 12:02 PM.


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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:02 PM

Signing Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin didn't upgrade our D? We have Martin, Orpik, Michalek, Letang, Goligoski, Lovejoy (or veteran D-man)

Some would argue that's a top 3 D in the league. The Pens will run through the league this year and most likely win the president's trophy.

As for wingers --- Kunitz wasn't healthy at all last year. That really hurt in opening up space for Master Crosby. Malkin is switching to Winger and Staal (Not Stall, as so many of you say) is centering him. I don't see the Wings pulling through this year, because they won't be able to get past Chicago.

Pens v Hawks.


You heard it here.


I like the moves the Pens have made on D, but they still need to find a winger for Crosby, imo. I kind of want Malkin to move up to the Wing on the first line and let Staal center the second line with Dupuis and Cooke. I'm not sure the Pens depth will allow that, though.
The biggest weakness for both the Wings and the Pens I believe is in net. Howard is going into the cursed sophomore year and has perhaps the worst rebound control for a 1 goalie in the league, whereas with MAF you never know who's going to be in net: a legit 1 goalie, or someone who will let in 3 fluky goals. Both teams are probably among the favorites to get to the finals, but the favorites rarely end up getting that far.
By the way, have you been following the Chicago exodus this summer? I'm not sure how to interpret "I don't see the Wings pulling through this year, because they won't be able to get past Chicago. " or "Pens vs Hawks". Last time I checked Chicago packed up and moved to Atlanta.





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