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#41 derblaueClaus

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:41 AM

In the end I don't think it does matter who we get. It's more important how we play them. Sure, Pens look a bit weaker on paper with a weaker D and doubtful goaltending. But on the other hand we played good against Boston this year, so I don't see why we should'nt win a series against them. Last year they were on the edge of being elminated by a Maple Leafs team that is not as good as our team this year. The Wings on the other hand defeated the No.2 last year and brought the eventual StanleyCup-Champion to a nailbiting Game 7. And this year our team is even better. So I don't fear the "Big Bad Bruins", let them come.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 12:00 PM

I'd prefer to avoid Boston in the 1st round. They played us with respect this year, but make no mistake, once the playoffs begin they are no different then Anaheim in 07 and 09. It'd be a war, and Rask might be the best goalie in the league. The next 2 games are winnable, so are Columbus'. We'll have to wait and see.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 12:34 PM

I'd prefer to avoid Boston in the 1st round. They played us with respect this year, but make no mistake, once the playoffs begin they are no different then Anaheim in 07 and 09. It'd be a war, and Rask might be the best goalie in the league. The next 2 games are winnable, so are Columbus'. We'll have to wait and see.

 

I'm not even going to stress the final two games. Both Pens and Boston are going to be tough, plus I would prefer Babs rest some of our players. It's been a tough season and some of our guys could use some rest, Kronwall in particular. 


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 12:40 PM

Both series will be tough, both will probably be 1st round losses, IF we are going to lose I would much rather lose to Boston than to NBC, the NHL, the Officials, and the Penguins.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 12:45 PM

I would love to play the Pens and sweep them in the first round.  But statistically we fare better against Boston.  3-1 in in the regular season vs 1-2 vs Pens and the win came in OT Thrilla in Manilla.

 

Play Boston in the first, beat them, Zetterberg gets healthy and comes back after the 1st, rematch the Pens in the 2nd or 3rd round.

 

Either way to get out of the East we have to play both of them, so it's a moot point. 



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 01:17 PM

The way I see it is we would end up playing Boston eventually most likely so let's get it out of the way. They got upset in the playoffs two years ago all you gotta do is take them off their game and the wings can do that.

If we were to beat Boston we would play the winner of Tampa bay and Montreal which the wings would fare well against. However to be honest, there is no easy matchup per say like a few years ago when we got Columbus or Nashville in the playoffs and beat them pretty good. The saying get into the playoffs and anything can happen is more true then ever this year.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 02:29 PM

Not picking our poison. *cough*edmontonoilers*cough*

 

Regardless of who the Wings play, they are gonna put up a fight. 



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 02:58 PM

Bruins would manhandle the Wings. So the Pens, without question

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Must remember - the Bruins flourish in the physical nature that is playoff hockey (not to mention many missed calls by the refs).



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 07:35 PM

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:10 PM

The Pens and Wings are #1 and #2 in man games lost this season.

 

It'd be ironic if they met in the first round.  


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:16 PM

Pens are a better matchup for us.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:08 AM

You know what? I kinda want the Bruins.

 

We're finally finding our post-Lidstrom identity. We like being an underdog with clout. We get up for games where we can make a statement, topple a team we probably have no right toppling.

 

I think the seeds (pun?) were sort of sown last season when we realized we could beat anyone in a best-of-seven without being *Elite*. The Ducks were supposed to crush us. The Blackhawks were supposed to sweep us with ease. We weren't supposed to make the playoffs in the first place. Our time was supposed to be over.

 

It's the Zetterberg way, no? Making Crosby and Malkin cry. Making Getzlaf and Perry cry. Making Toews cry. Making Don Cherry cry. Making Gary Bettman cry. Making the best and brightest and clearly-better-than-us look silly. Owning the hockey experts. All of this, and, secretly, loving it. That, I think, is the Zetterberg way, and I think this season has been about becoming the Zetterberg Wings. Cleary, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson - they were standing in the way, holding us back. Holland hating kids, Babs hating kids - no good, had to change. The Hockey Gods saw that we had the potential to be pretty awesome but in order for it to happen, this season had to be a crucible.

 

That's the perfect word for it. Crucible.

 

Our crucible has made us way, way better. It's given us an identity. It's made the future blindingly bright. It has that we-might-have-something-really-special-here buzzy feeling about it.

 

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 05:07 AM

Meh. Good luck guys. My expectations are almost nil. We'll play...somebody, lose composure, and Bylsma will stand there with this blank look on his face and just parrot the same old "We didn't get to our game" s***.

 

Please beat the Bruins if you play them. Thanks.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:14 AM

I prefer the Pens because (assuming we get past them) we would stay in that division for Round 2. I think Rangers or Flyers would be easier to beat in Round 2 than Tampa Bay, assuming the Lightning get past Montreal. TB has had our number this season and Bishop has been especially tough on us (altho he may not be healthy). On the other hand, I don't love our chances in a Round 2 matchup with CBJ if they end up seeded in the Metro Division and win Round 1.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:48 AM

I prefer the Pens because (assuming we get past them) we would stay in that division for Round 2. I think Rangers or Flyers would be easier to beat in Round 2 than Tampa Bay, assuming the Lightning get past Montreal. TB has had our number this season and Bishop has been especially tough on us (altho he may not be healthy). On the other hand, I don't love our chances in a Round 2 matchup with CBJ if they end up seeded in the Metro Division and win Round 1.

 

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:52 AM

All I know is that if we do end up losing, I'd rather lose to the Bruins. I just hate seeing Pittsburgh succeed with their diving, whining and knowing smirks.

But if we win, I'd much rather the Wings beat the Pens into the ice.
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Posted 11 April 2014 - 09:08 AM

Winning the best of seven series against either of Pens or Bruins seems more challenging than the last year when faced the Ducks. Considering how they played in recent playoffs, playing against the Pens would slightly raise our chance to pass the first round than confronting the Bruins. We have seen that the record in the regular season does not tell the whole story. Yeah, we have played against the Bruins well but we all know how strong they can be during the playoffs. I just do not see our rookies and depth at the both ends take their physical plays armed with size and speed. 

 

I do not want to act pessimistic but our chance is not big for sure. Still, I want the Wings to prove me wrong. But we should not forget Howard was magnificent last year while both Gus and Howie look shaky this season. To be honest, I am quite satisfied that our kids have put this team into the playoff despite of continuous injuries. The playoff will be another task but lets hope they can give a great shot. 


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 10:38 AM

Both are obviously challenging - well the two best teams in the East - but I'd rather play the Pens then the big bad bear/beast from the East. The Bruins are built for the playoffs they always get another gear and turn it to another level.

 

Whatever happens this team should soak in the experience and be happy with what they've accomplished so far, just enjoy the ride and if its a sweep so be it. There is absolutely no pressure now just learn from the experience.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:31 PM

I keep forgetting we can't get the Rangers. This system is a bit stupid.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:57 PM

I keep forgetting we can't get the Rangers. This system is a bit stupid.

How could Detroit get the Rangers? The only possible way would have been if they were 4-5, and that's impossible because Columbus, Tampa, and Philly would all have to lose out, and that can't happen since Columbus plays Tampa.


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