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Everything posted by travel_dude

  1. I just look at the two post-regulation losses as being either team's win. So really the only difference is one win vs Dallas and one loss to STL.
  2. I get the comparison, but the only real difference is a regualation loss to the the Blues. Probably the Stars is the easier of the two, but the Blues have not looked as good this year's round robin.
  3. Yeah, I'm thinking the Blues manage to in one game in the RR. I'm not as afraid of them as I was the end of the real season. Binnington is human this year.
  4. There's very little chance of that. If the Oilers lose, it's guaranteed to be not the AVS. AVS win against VGK, no chance either.
  5. Now not achilies? I guess they are in similar areas.
  6. He will no doubt be measured by how well they do in the next series, but we did see a team different from last playoffs. Certainly less fragile. Tough without being (Kassian) dumb. The players that should be contributing are. Maybe the scoring is less where it is expected, but that too will come. I have been more impressed with attention to detail. Taking out guys that have a scoring chance more than lazy penalties. Backchecking to strip the puck or support the D-men. Forcing the will on the other team instead of reacting to it. I look forward to the next round to see what they have learned against the Peg and how they will adjust to a different style of play.
  7. What, is Holland managing the lotto now?
  8. Not only does the team have problems, but they can't even get the site working. The pot is crawling compared to previous draws, and they actually added more than double the available numbers. If it worked well, the pot could be over $11m.
  9. And isn't that part of being a successful coach, your team follows you and plays better as a result. There are still things about him that bother me, but I think sometimes management puts things in his head. Don't give him a Rinaldo and he won't play him. By now, he should know what it takes to have a winner.
  10. Holland bought into the thought that he had a contender. Just a few pieces away. I see a couple of real players and a few futures, but that's about it. Nurse is not the stud that some suggest and will be looking for stud money. Bear is a nice story, but only gives them two young-ish D-men that can play top 4 minutes. Yammer is a good player, but I don't see him being anything more than a compliment to Draisaitl. McD and Draisaitl continue to be goal-first players with less commitment to a 200 foot game. Nuge is a 2-way C that got converted to a winger. No 3rd or 4th line C's worth anything. I would see the 1st overall going to PITTS long before it ends up with EDM. It's not rigged, but I find myself believing that the ball has rough edges to it and won't drop. If I had to guess, I would suggest that WPG picks up its rightful lotto pick, as they would have been the winner without the play-in. They would be better off trading down and picking a D, which they have neglected.
  11. Faceoffs are still an issue. None of the C's have done that well the last few games. Ryan isn't the same force as I expected, so I think he has some nagging injury. I don't know that the MMA line could do more than they have done. At the least, their job is to play to a draw. If they provide scoring, then that's a plus. It was a tossup for me between the 2nd and 3rd lines being the best one. The positives for me is we have become more than a one-line threat. That's huge. Our bottom 6 was always going to be the weak link. Seems like we have fixed the link. I think it may also be to our advantage to play as the lower seed. We have been been the better team as the visitor. With that you may see less top 3 scoring at evens. More of middle six scoring.
  12. While it's exciting to win a series, it was just 3 games. I have no doubt we would have prevailed in a 7 game series, but this was just the first test. The next opponent will be much tougher. It will be the equivalent of a 3vs6 match-up, assuming CHI, ARI and VAN prevail. That's the Blues or the Stars. Tough test. I would say STL doesn't scare me as much as last year. They have played very ordinary hockey and aren't up to any real speed yet. We played them twice into OT and SO, but were shut out 5-0 in one game in November. It will be a tough test no doubt. The one thing we have going for us is that the team is getting better. They are learning from mistakes. Unlike last year, we are going into the "playoffs" rolling. Once this group gets some confidence, they can play better. Playoff Sam is emerging. Dube is a thing. Mangiapane is play his best hockey. Ras and Hanifin are making for a formidable 2nd pairing and actually starting to surpass the top pair in minutes played. We have a PP QB that can get the puck into danger areas. Talbot is not Smith.
  13. I don't know what to expect next round. This should have been a tougher team to score on. Dube, Bennett and Mangiapane have emerged as playoff performers. Bennett was there, but has stepped it up. If the present trend continues, we will be facing the #3 seed, which will be the Stars or the Blues. That what you call a tough bracket.
  14. There are not many team that should get Lafreniere or deserve him. CHI could use him, but they will be good again, just not with Toews still playing. But CHI may not get the chance either. Minny? I hate them but it wouldn't help them at all. Rags? No freakin way. FLA? Well, okay if you want to go to a place and have your career die. PITTS? Nope, move on. EDM? Would be the wrong thing to happen in the world. They still wouldn't be a team that can play in the post season. CBJ would be a safe place. They are well run and play with heart.
  15. The Oilers get to the next round on Monday. The lotto round.
  16. Technically this is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  17. He was singlehandedly responsible for the season and the run they went on.
  18. Whether this is a big test or not, the Flames are playing playoff hockey. There is no quit. Even a lead is not good enough. Pedal to the floor. Anderfin has become the best pairing on the team. Monahan learned how to backcheck. Just need to tap one in. Just tap it in. Tappy...Tappy....Tappy.
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