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#21 MabusIncarnate

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

I think the Blues have the best goalie tandem in the NHL hands down. With that said, LA did just knock off the Canucks and you also need to consider their deadline addition of Jeff Carter and what seed they would have taken if he played for them all season. For that reason I give LA a little more respect as the 8th seed because they did make an extremely significant addition late in the season.

In a series like this, there's going to be a ton of low scoring goalie battles. Quick, Elliot, and Halak (even though he's banged up) are ALL capable of stealing a game and a series, so i'm going to be watching this one closely.

Regardless it's cool to see both teams in the playoffs and wish the best, it's going to be one hell of a series.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:25 PM

Kings in 6. I've been really impressed with them they have a lot of fight in them. Different from any Kings team I've seen in years. Plus Quick is freaking amazing and becoming one of my faves. Also doesn't hurt that my best friend is a Kings fan. lol

Hope they destroy the Blues.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:10 PM

I've been really impressed with them they have a lot of fight in them.


They absolutely do. And I love it.

The Blues, on the other hand...well, it remains to be seen how much heart and soul they have. My guess is not quite as much (see, e.g., the lackluster finish to their regular season). I think that could very well be the deciding factor here. Who wants it more? (Official slogan of The Parity Era, I guess.)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:45 AM

After the series win over Vancouver, I saw footage of Daryl Sutter actually smiling. No evidence of this rare occurence can be found on the Internet. You'll have to take my word for it. It was good to see.
Is St. Louis prepared to be Halak-less for the first two games (a least)?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:51 AM

This should be a good series, I'm pulling for the Blues and if they can stay strong than I'll say Blues in 6 possibly 7!!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:50 PM

Quick?

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:10 AM

On the CBC.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 12:19 PM

Rarely does the #8 seed go anywhere after knocking off the #1 seed.

Since the current playoff format was adopted (and prior to this year), there have been ten #8 seeds that have knocked off a #1 seed

But only the 8th seeded Edmonton Oilers in 2006 & 8th seeded Montreal Canadians in 2010 made it out of the 2nd round...and neither played a #2 seed in the 2nd round.

So a #8 seed has never beaten a #1 & #2 seed in rounds 1 & 2.

I'm not saying LA can't do it...I'm just saying it's never been done before...so maybe there is a reason for that. Maybe a team letdown after the big upset or simply running out of magic...or whatever.

LA is going to be tough. Their performance against Vancouver is exactly why I was hoping to stay away from them in Rd. 1.

Quick is a shut down goalie, but I wouldn't say that LA has better goaltending, as others have mentioned here. Elliott has been better than Quick all year long and has the numbers to back it up...and he's going to start at least the first 2 games due to Halak' injury...and Halak may be the backup if/when he does return.

I think this will be a long and low scoring series. If LA had home ice, then I'd be a little more concerned about winning this series. But with all factors considered, including home ice advantage for St. Louis, I think the Blues can get it done in 7.

Agree that this will likely be long and low scoring.

As for Elliot being better than Quick "all year long," Quick has one fewer wins than Elliot even has starts. So you're comparing a goalie who started 69 games to one who started 36.

Don't get me wrong, St. Louis has strong goaltending and a great tandem but it's a little misleading to claim Elliott has been better than Quick when there's a 33 game difference in sample size. Like both Detroit and St. Louis learned with Manny Legace, there's a big difference between putting up good numbers as a backup and actually carrying the load as the starter.

As for LA's chances, I have no idea. They're so inexperienced, but so are the Blues. The Kings are better than their 8th seed shows. They finally started getting it together under Sutter and improved offensively. But the big deadline move to bring in Carter has yet to pay off.

In the first round it was Quick and Brown who got them through. Quick will need to be great again, but they're going to need more scoring from more places to make it past St. Louis. They're not going to give up the shorties or breakaways like Vancouver did.

It's too bad these teams couldn't meet in the conference finals, because of the teams left if it's not the Kings coming out of the west, St. Louis would be my second choice.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 07:11 PM

GO KINGS!!!

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:20 PM

ok apparently I was wrong about the Blues not giving up a shortie. :lol:

Greene got the goal but it was Brown's speed that did it. And Greene and Kopitar were sitting right in front of the net to hammer at the rebound.


Quick has once again kept the Kings in a game. And now their counterattacks are paying off, in spite of being outplayed by the Blues for a lot of the game.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:23 PM

Aw, the blues are mad cuz they're gettin hit! Hee hee!

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:37 PM

LA PP.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:04 PM

kings for cup if they can win this series

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:05 PM

Blues lose!

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:05 PM

Wooooooo!

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:05 PM

Nice bank shot by Penner...Stuart had one similar to that not too long ago.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:07 PM

kings for cup if they can win this series


Best result imo. This would be a Tampa/Carolina-esque win.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:07 PM

This game is a great example why Quick deserved a Hart nomination.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:12 PM

This game is a great example why Quick deserved a Hart nomination.


Exactly. Stamkos had a ridiculous scoring season but that didn't mean s*** as his team still fell out of the playoffs after the great run last year. Quick is the only reason LA is not at the bottom of the standings.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 02:51 AM

St Louis is gonna start feeling like we have the last few years with FLYING OUT WEST.

1st series: SJ. This Series, even tied, or better yet, Kings up 2-0, will be going back out to a revving, frenzied-up Staples Center. Should have heard the noise for games 3-4 vs Vancouver on the TV.


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