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#181 mmamolo

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 12:17 PM

The travel issue is irrelevant, as it works both ways. All four teams will be traveling.

Well, in terms of the distance they travel it works out the same. But it definitely is tougher for the east coast team to start games at what would be 10 or 1030 pm when playing out west compared to west coast teams playing on the east coast and starting games at what would be 4 or 430 pm.

CBC would need game 1 to start tomorrow in order to have a game Saturday, Hockey Night in Canada. One could argue, why not have game 1 start Saturday?

That's just one of my guesses.


I heard that the NHL and the their TV deal wanted/needed a nationally televised game for Thursday night. Both NBC and CBC wanted their prime time slots filled as well. Philly/Bos at 3pm Sat, Det/SJ at 3pm Sun and then Was/TB at 7pm Sun for NBC to hit all of their possible major markets and obviously CBC wanted Vancouver on Saturday night and that's why they have an early start (9pm) despite being on the west coast.

So it was all based on the TV deals and the need for a nationally televised game tonight (Thursday) and then the rest of the weekend works out as it does because it just makes sense.

And you should go ahead and say it. Shout it from the rooftops. I'm saying nothing against Zetterberg who is an awesome player with great playoff stats for the past four years. No argument from me at all.

However, what I AM saying is that rolling out the same old tired cliches about "disappearing Joe" are not particularly valid right now. He had a great series against the Kings by anyone's standards. Anyone calling out Joe's play right now is showing laziness of thought and not paying attention to reality.

Let me tell you about this awesome player....he was a major league prospect and a high first-round draft pick, he had been the Captain of an Original 6 team, he averaged over a point per game in his career in the first 13 seasons, and his team was once the number one seed in the West only to lose a hearbreaking first round series to the lowly eighth seeded team. Everyone called him a choker 'cause he just couldn't get it done in the post-season and neither could the rest of his very talented team.

By the way, this player's name is Steve Yzerman.

Then in his 14th season in the league, when he was 32 years old, Stevie Y finally won the Cup and everyone stopped calling him a big fat choker.

Joe Thornton is in his 14th NHL season and he will be 32 in July. Coincidence? Yeah, probably. But something for Wings fans to think about when the bandy the choker label around.


Joe Thornton's numbers in the playoffs are fine. No one is arguing that. But he absolutely has disappeared in big games when it matters. From the NHL playoffs to the Olympics he has absolutely disappeared. Also, making the comparison to Yzerman is way off base. Yzerman took a struggling Wings franchise and made them relevant again in a gradual/progessive manner. Thornton, in many people's eyes, plateaud and just hasn't been able to get to the next level in those big games.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 12:24 PM

Very interesting to see most the NHL media predictions going in the Sharks favor for this series. Even last year it was more of a split looking at the media. I would have given them last year, but this year is completley different. Wings in 7. Calling my shot even futher, game 7 will be won by 3 goals, 1 on an empty net.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 12:28 PM

Wings are going to win in 5. This is a much different team, Howard has another year under his belt, Hank and Mule are healthy. The only way that San Jose wins this series is if it turns into a 5 on 3 fest again. Ya hate to sound like a homer but thats just the way it is.
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#184 WoopWoopDangleDangle

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:15 PM

The first real indication that the Sharks were shedding the choker label was last spring, when they built a 3-0 lead on the Red Wings in the conference semifinals, got their asses handed to them in Game 4, but still managed to close out the series in Game 5. Now, that maturation as a contender has continued, to the point where Joe Thornton(notes) Joe Thornton! is scoring clutch, series-winning goals.

But while the Sharks are learning to be a champion, the majority of this Red Wings roster has been one. They dispatched the Phoenix Coyotes with an assassin's resolve. They'll be rested. They'll be healthy. They'll be ready.

Leaning Towards The Sharks. Niemi and Howard are a wash, and San Jose has more quality depth at forward than Detroit. This is a different Sharks team; dare I say a special one?




kinda bolded what i found funny :)

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:35 PM

The first real indication that the Sharks were shedding the choker label was last spring, when they built a 3-0 lead on the Red Wings in the conference semifinals, got their asses handed to them in Game 4, but still managed to close out the series in Game 5. Now, that maturation as a contender has continued, to the point where Joe Thornton(notes) Joe Thornton! is scoring clutch, series-winning goals.

But while the Sharks are learning to be a champion, the majority of this Red Wings roster has been one. They dispatched the Phoenix Coyotes with an assassin's resolve. They'll be rested. They'll be healthy. They'll be ready.

Leaning Towards The Sharks. Niemi and Howard are a wash, and San Jose has more quality depth at forward than Detroit. This is a different Sharks team; dare I say a special one?




kinda bolded what i found funny :)

all we can ask for is a really good series


Actually, looking at the Sharks last series, I wouldn't call Niemi and Howard a wash. The edge in Niemi v Howard in these first series definitley goes to Howard. San Jose needs him to be much better to have a shot. Wings need Howard to be as good or better to have a shot.
The other aspect of keeping goals out of our net is defense. Edge goes to the Wings. Not even close.
Power Kill- for the Wings needs to be much better, especially considering our many, many two player vacations to the box in last years series. (btw...how much did that end up costing the Sharks$$ and was it line itemed as "Bettman Ref Assurance Payment" in their FY2010 financials??...just curious...anyway)...
Forwards- I kind of have a slight change of angle from your opionion; yes, the Sharks may have more quality forwards, but collectively I believe some of our forwards are on a different planet when it comes to playing the playoff game and production (Dats, Z) and are as potent as the Sharks. The way our 4th line played the last series, I may even question your orginal statement of "more". I like the Wings chances and believe whatever the outcome, this will be a lot of fun.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:38 PM


kinda bolded what i found funny :)

all we can ask for is a really good series

And what hilarious blogger wrote this? :lol:
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:55 PM

A shark fan just named some dman on their team like White, Demers, Vlasic, and called them clutch performers... :taunt:
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 02:01 PM

And what hilarious blogger wrote this? :lol:


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i find role players to be of as high quality as scorers
and this is true dats and hank can be on a completely different level when in the playoffs..id even throw franzen in there

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 02:09 PM

Actually, looking at the Sharks last series, I wouldn't call Niemi and Howard a wash. The edge in Niemi v Howard in these first series definitley goes to Howard. San Jose needs him to be much better to have a shot. Wings need Howard to be as good or better to have a shot.
The other aspect of keeping goals out of our net is defense. Edge goes to the Wings. Not even close.
Power Kill- for the Wings needs to be much better, especially considering our many, many two player vacations to the box in last years series. (btw...how much did that end up costing the Sharks$ and was it line itemed as "Bettman Ref Assurance Payment" in their FY2010 financials??...just curious...anyway)...
Forwards- I kind of have a slight change of angle from your opionion; yes, the Sharks may have more quality forwards, but collectively I believe some of our forwards are on a different planet when it comes to playing the playoff game and production (Dats, Z) and are as potent as the Sharks. The way our 4th line played the last series, I may even question your orginal statement of "more". I like the Wings chances and believe whatever the outcome, this will be a lot of fun.





hope you dont think i wrote that lol

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 02:18 PM

Complete Round 2 schedule:


Game 1: at San Jose, 10 p.m. Friday (FSD)
Game 2: at San Jose, 3 p.m. Sunday (NBC)
Game 3: at Detroit, 8 p.m. Wednesday (FSD)
Game 4: at Detroit, 7 p.m. May 6 (FSD)
Game 5*: at San Jose, 8 p.m. May 8 (FSD)
Game 6*: at Detroit, TBD, May 10 (FSD)
Game 7*: at San Jose, TBD, May 12 (FSD)
( *If necessary)


Already in OP, my bad Posted Image Just going bats*** crazy waiting for this to start....

Edited by HankthaTank, 28 April 2011 - 02:22 PM.

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 02:20 PM

hope you dont think i wrote that lol

ha ha...no I should have used "they' instead of you®.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 02:29 PM

i predict the sharks PP running above 30% for the series. not good for the wings.



I hope your predictions are as good this round as they were against the Yotes. :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 02:42 PM

too bad soonboomer didn't have the balls to take the bet, huh?


was that an attmept at humor? it doesn't even make sense.


We didn't bet because I didn't want you to lose your 3 month old account name and come right back under a different one. You basically had nothing to lose. If you throw enough horse s*** against the side of a barn, some of it is likely to stick. Just like the accuracy of your insipid predictions.

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 02:53 PM

We didn't bet because I didn't want you to lose your 3 month old account name and come right back under a different one. You basically had nothing to lose. If you throw enough horse s*** against the side of a barn, some of it is likely to stick. Just like the accuracy of your insipid predictions.

He can keep it up seeing how the first one panned out :thumbup:
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 04:59 PM

to say that stevie y didn't have a great supporting cast when the red wings were accused of "choking" is disingenuous at best and blatantly false at worst.

for the early years, sure - but who was accusing the team of choking then?

during the biggest playoff disappointment years (92-93 to 95-96) he was surrounded by a cast including: fedorov, lidstrom, konstantinov, coffey, kozlov, larionov, fetisov and ciccarelli.

that group includes a hart trophy, a selke trophy, and a norris trophy within that 4 year span.

If you re-read the post, I AM talking about the early years....why else would i mention Racine??????
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 05:05 PM

Joe Thornton's numbers in the playoffs are fine. No one is arguing that. But he absolutely has disappeared in big games when it matters. From the NHL playoffs to the Olympics he has absolutely disappeared. Also, making the comparison to Yzerman is way off base. Yzerman took a struggling Wings franchise and made them relevant again in a gradual/progessive manner. Thornton, in many people's eyes, plateaud and just hasn't been able to get to the next level in those big games.
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#197 Barrie

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 05:11 PM

Wings in 6.

I'm thinking the Sharks will regret diving, flipping, and flopping to draw penalties last year. I wouldn't be surprised if we win a couple games 6-1 to show them up.

If the Wings are as pissed as I still am from last year, this should be a fun series.

Wings are going to win in 5. This is a much different team, Howard has another year under his belt, Hank and Mule are healthy. The only way that San Jose wins this series is if it turns into a 5 on 3 fest again. Ya hate to sound like a homer but thats just the way it is.

I don't think you're to far off. We all know how the Sharks won last year.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 05:13 PM

If you re-read the post, I AM talking about the early years....why else would i mention Racine??????

ok, then the whole thing is irrelevant then, because no one that knows anything about hockey would have considered the red wings "chokers" at any point before yzerman got a decent supporting cast.

you specifically said this:

Just so you are aware, before Yzerman won his first Cup, he had very little supporting cast.


which simply is not true.

Edited by stinky fish taco, 28 April 2011 - 05:45 PM.

Helm is a perennial Selke candidate

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 05:26 PM

Actually, looking at the Sharks last series, I wouldn't call Niemi and Howard a wash. The edge in Niemi v Howard in these first series definitley goes to Howard. San Jose needs him to be much better to have a shot. Wings need Howard to be as good or better to have a shot.

I'd definitely call it more of a wash or even a slight edge to Niemi. Yes, Niemi was shaky at times against LA, and yeah, he got pulled twice, but he had been playing absolutely lights out for two solid months prior to the series. The Sharks were mired in 12th place in January riding a 6 game losing streak when Niemi went on a tear, going 24-4-0-5 between January 15 and April 4 and helping the Sharks climb from 12th place, last in the Pacific Division to 2nd in the West, third overall and first in the division. That's gotta count for something. Plus he won the Cup last year and has that experience to fall back on, something which Howard has yet to accomplish. So I'd lean it slightly more in Niemi's favor, if he can regain the form he had for the last two and a half months of the season.

The other aspect of keeping goals out of our net is defense. Edge goes to the Wings. Not even close.

Yeah, that's a gimme. You got Lidstrom. You win, hands down. We got Boyle, and while I love the guy, he was uncharacteristically BAD in the LA series. Major edge to the Wings.

Power Kill- for the Wings needs to be much better, especially considering our many, many two player vacations to the box in last years series. (btw...how much did that end up costing the Sharks$$ and was it line itemed as "Bettman Ref Assurance Payment" in their FY2010 financials??...just curious...anyway)...

Our PP hasn't been so great lately and the PK finally got in gear in game 6 after giving up a bunch to LA. I'm hoping they've got their special teams issues worked out before the series starts. Wash.

Forwards- I kind of have a slight change of angle from your opionion; yes, the Sharks may have more quality forwards, but collectively I believe some of our forwards are on a different planet when it comes to playing the playoff game and production (Dats, Z) and are as potent as the Sharks. The way our 4th line played the last series, I may even question your orginal statement of "more".

I'd pretty much agree with this statement, while the Sharks may have more quality forwards than the Wings, but the Wings "elite" forwards have more quality/playoff experience/intangibles. Your guys have been there, done that, got the T-shirt, and know what it takes to win it all. My guys are still learning. I'm hoping this is the year that all those lessons finally pay off. And our 4th line got very little ice time in the Kings series, that needs to change if we want to grind out a win against the Wings, we need all the oars in the water for this series and no passengers. Wash or slight edge to the Wings.

I like the Wings chances and believe whatever the outcome, this will be a lot of fun.

I can definitely agree with that last sentiment. Is it Friday, yet?
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 07:12 PM

The first real indication that the Sharks were shedding the choker label was last spring, when they built a 3-0 lead on the Red Wings in the conference semifinals, got their asses handed to them in Game 4, but still managed to close out the series in Game 5. Now, that maturation as a contender has continued, to the point where Joe Thornton(notes) — Joe Thornton! — is scoring clutch, series-winning goals goal.

But while the Sharks are learning to be a champion, the majority of this Red Wings roster has been one. They dispatched the Phoenix Coyotes with an assassin's resolve. They'll be rested. They'll be healthy. They'll be ready.

Leaning Towards … The Sharks. Niemi and Howard are a wash, and San Jose has more quality depth at forward than Detroit. This is a different Sharks team; dare I say a special one?



kinda bolded what i found funny :)

all we can ask for is a really good series


Fixed that for puck daddy. One goal and all of a sudden you are a clutch, series winner. I knew puck daddy was funny, but this one is a real knee slapper.

Edited by Save The Octopus, 28 April 2011 - 07:13 PM.






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