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#1 zombi

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 09:29 AM

With the 2011 Winter Classic quickly approaching and the 2012 teams being announced in the next few months, I thought it would be fun to try and predict which teams they are going to select.

In my opinion, I think that the Rangers are a lock for it. I also think that they are going to still leave the Canadian teams out of it.

My guesses are:

Rangers vs. Blues
Rangers vs. Islanders
Rangers vs. Detroit

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 09:37 AM

With the 2011 Winter Classic quickly approaching and the 2012 teams being announced in the next few months, I thought it would be fun to try and predict which teams they are going to select.

In my opinion, I think that the Rangers are a lock for it. I also think that they are going to still leave the Canadian teams out of it.

My guesses are:

Rangers vs. Blues
Rangers vs. Islanders
Rangers vs. Detroit




Hmm.. Is there any reason you think the Rangers are a lock for it? Or just a feeling?

I do agree that they likely keep Canadian teams out since they may contginue with the Heritage classic thing in Feb.

I could however see Rangers/Islanders or Rangers/Devils. I definitely think its better for them to put division rivals against each other in these to make it a bit more interesting and take the exhibition feel out of it.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 09:43 AM

Pens and somebody. I mean, would anyone really be surprised?

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 09:55 AM

Pens and somebody. I mean, would anyone really be surprised?


Pens and Caps Rematch!? :ph34r:

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:04 AM

Crosby vs. AIDS
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:07 AM

Rangers Vs Islanders at Yankee stadiam is the talk here in NY

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:10 AM

Pens and Caps Rematch!? :ph34r:


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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:26 AM

Crosby vs. AIDS

I am not even breathing right now. That was SO funny!!! :hysterical:

I was gonna say Pittsburgh and somebody. I can tell we're all on the same page. I'd like to see the Rangers though, that'd be cool.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 11:04 AM

Toronto vs St. Louis
Toronto vs NY Rangers
NY Rangers vs NY Islanders
Toronto vs Boston
NY Rangers vs Boston
Ottawa vs NY Rangers
Hartford vs Quebec City

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 11:05 AM

Penguins vs. Penguins

Crosby will be cloned over the off-season so that he can captain both teams.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 11:08 AM

Penguins vs. Penguins

Crosby will be cloned over the off-season so that he can captain both teams.


You know, I was thinking something interesting yesterday. What would the league do if Crosby got injured before the Winter Classic?

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 12:37 PM

Avs @ Wings at the Big House

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 12:40 PM

Detroit vs Toronto at Comerica Park.

not a prediction..just what I would like to see..:blush:

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 12:47 PM

I want to see an original 6 matchup. Right now I don't think any rivalries match the intensity of those.

Since the league seems to hate advertising Canadian teams, we won't see a Toronto/Montreal vs. Detroit, sadly.

I'd love to see NYR take on Detroit as well.

But who are we kidding? Only the Pens get repeat appearances.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 12:50 PM

The Comerica Park idea is nice.

Here's who I'd kind of like as opponents:

Worshington - Battle of skills

Philadelphia - Battle of wills/styles

St. Louis - Who knows how good their record would be if they still had Oshie? I imagine them as even better than they are this year. It's a rivalry kind of game for sure and it would be quite the battle for points.

Vancouver - Euro Twins versus Sedin Twins always entertaining as far as skill and competitiveness goes.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 12:52 PM

Pens vs. NHL All Stars


This would be an annual game in lieu of the All Star Game.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 12:59 PM

I think the League needs to go to 2 west teams again. The last two games have been east teams so I'm thinking something along the lines of Maybe LA, Minnasota, or Colorado. I think one of those 3 all have a great chance of being involved. Out of all the east teams I can think of many others besides the Rangers that would be involved without having to repeats and I think that it will really start to piss GM's and Owners off if it goes to the east again with another team getting a second shot.

It should be two west teams and the NHL will piss a lot of people off if it doesn't go out west, and Yes keep Canada out of it, they have there Heritage game.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 01:14 PM

While I don't expect it, it would not shock me and I will be doing plenty of forehead smacks if Pittsburgh is even considered again.

New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils or New York Islanders

Done.

(Yes, I get that the Devils and Islanders don't exactly bring in the ratings, I'm leaning more towards the rivalry aspect)

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 01:14 PM

Penguins vs Panthers Landshark Stadium
Penguins vs Thrashers UGA Stadium/Bobby Dodd Stadium/Turner Field
Penguins vs Predators LP Field
Penguins vs Blues Busch Stadium
Penguins vs Kings LA Coliseum
Penguins vs Blackhawks Soldier Field
Penguins vs Hurricanes Carter Finley Stadium


on a serious note

Rangers-Islanders Yankees Stadium
Rangers-Red Wings Meadowlands

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 01:46 PM

How about a Panthers vs. Lightning game for the battle of Florida?

I'm sure NBC would love that s***.
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