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#31 CrazyAL

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:19 PM

It's not necessarily a crapshoot, but just who is hotter at that time, and isn't dealing with key injuries. Just like LA last year, and people that counted them out were foolish to do so. Same goes for the blues this year.


Which is the definition of crapshoot no? eitherway I agree with you the cup is a hotstreak, especially in the West

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:22 PM

How would Boston and Pittsburgh do if they were in this conference?
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:26 PM

Which is the definition of crapshoot no? eitherway I agree with you the cup is a hotstreak, especially in the West


I guess when I hear people say crapshoot, I think of pure luck. But yea, whoever peaks in the playoffs will win. Since Chicago already peaked earlier, I doubt they do it again.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:28 PM

How would Boston and Pittsburgh do if they were in this conference?


I think boston would be fine, but pitts would have it a bit tougher since it's harder to score your way to victories in the west than in the east.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:36 PM

It's still LA. There's a reason they're the champs

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:09 PM

I think it's fairly wide open in the West and will depend on match-ups come playoff time.

I'll use the Wild as my example of this (since I know my own team the best.)
Wild vs Blackhawks- slight edge to the 'Hawks, but will depend on goaltending
Wild vs Ducks- if this was even remotely close, I'd be surprised... big advantage Ducks
Wild vs Blues- see "vs Ducks"
Wild vs Nucks- could go either way... but the "homer" in me will take the Wild (just to annoy someone)
Wild vs Kings- see "vs Blackhawks"
Wild vs Sharks- Slight edge for the Wild (only if they get the "home ice")
Wild vs Wings- Wild
Wild vs Preds- Wild

In the case of the 'Nucks, they seem to have the same issue (overall) as the Wild... when they play a team that is very physical, they get into trouble. So a lot of what I listed could also apply to the Nucks.

(but that's an outsiders observation of the 'Nucks only catching a few of their games.. so I could be way off base.)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:19 PM

Chicago. Their getting Hossa and Sharp back, so they should help them out even more

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:47 AM

I don't know if there is a powerhouse in the west. Hawks have lost all 3 games they've played against Anaheim this year.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:55 AM

Our biggest advantage is getting healthy at the right time.

Kesler, Raymond and Weise should be healthy with 10 games remaining
Ballard should be healthy just before playoffs
Booth should be a nice reinforcement when injuries come in the playoffs.

I am also sort of curious as to how chicago does if they end up matched against Edmonton, could be a huge upset first round with the way Gagner plays against them.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:27 AM

Anaheim, but Chicago is right behind them.

After that I'd have to go with us (If healthy), St Louis, LA, and maybe Minny.

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