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Make your selections to be known! A general poll to gauge the fans on who they think will win after this long break! Will the young kids make huge strides? Will the veterans be even better with proper rest? Who will take the win and claim the egg!

 

Good luck, have fun out there!

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5 vs 12

small.png Edmonton Oilers (5) vs. small.png Chicago Blackhawks (12)
small.png Pittsburgh Penguins (5) vs. small.png Montreal Canadiens (12)

 

6 vs 11

small.png Nashville Predators (6) vs. small.png Arizona Coyotes (11)

small.png Carolina Hurricanes (6) vs. small.png New York Rangers (11)

 

7 vs 10

small.png Vancouver Canucks (7) vs. small.png Minnesota Wild (10)

small.png New York Islanders (7) vs. small.png Florida Panthers (10)

 

8 vs 9

small.png Calgary Flames (8) vs. small.png Winnipeg Jets (9)

small.png Toronto Maple Leafs (8) vs. small.png Columbus Blue Jackets (9)

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I think Calgary has the toughest test, and goes down to Winnipeg. With some luck maybe they beat up the Av's before we see the battle of Hughes vs Makar ::D

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5 vs 12

small.png Edmonton Oilers (5) vs. small.png Chicago Blackhawks (12) Hawks in 5 (McD and Hasselhoff win 2 games, but not enough)
small.png Pittsburgh Penguins (5) vs. small.png Montreal Canadiens (12) Pens in 4

 

6 vs 11

small.png Nashville Predators (6) vs. small.png Arizona Coyotes (11) Preds in 4

small.png Carolina Hurricanes (6) vs. small.png New York Rangers (11) Rangers in 5

 

7 vs 10

small.png Vancouver Canucks (7) vs. small.png Minnesota Wild (10) Canucks in 5 (lose game 1, win 2 and 3, then win game 5)

small.png New York Islanders (7) vs. small.png Florida Panthers (10) Islanders in 4

 

8 vs 9

small.png Calgary Flames (8) vs. small.png Winnipeg Jets (9) Jets in 5

small.png Toronto Maple Leafs (8) vs. small.png Columbus Blue Jackets (9) Leafs in 5

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That Sportsnet image of the bracket looks wonky with the West on the right side.  What kind of an evil madman does that?

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Hypothetically speaking: Chicago beats Edmonton in play-in, and then they won their 1st round as well. Vancouver beats Minnesota and also won our first round. We face the Blackhawks in the 2nd round again. Who gets home ice (as in who gets last change for an extra game)? Would Chicago be considered the "home team" because they are now the #5 seed and Vancouver is the #7 seed or would we revert to Regular Season points total with Canucks gets home ice as the Canucks have more points and point percentage?

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1 hour ago, ruilin96 said:

Hypothetically speaking: Chicago beats Edmonton in play-in, and then they won their 1st round as well. Vancouver beats Minnesota and also won our first round. We face the Blackhawks in the 2nd round again. Who gets home ice (as in who gets last change for an extra game)? Would Chicago be considered the "home team" because they are now the #5 seed and Vancouver is the #7 seed or would we revert to Regular Season points total with Canucks gets home ice as the Canucks have more points and point percentage?

Chicago will always be the 12 seed.  Why would they all of a sudden be the 5 seed?  They will play the top seed remaining in the west in throughout the whole tournament.

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The only upsets that I predict are for 8 vs 9: Jets over Flames and Jackets over Leafs.

 

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Friedman in his 31 thoughts:

5. Nothing is certain, but I do think there’s a decent chance re-seeding becomes the playoff setup as opposed to bracketing.

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1 hour ago, ruilin96 said:

Hypothetically speaking: Chicago beats Edmonton in play-in, and then they won their 1st round as well. Vancouver beats Minnesota and also won our first round. We face the Blackhawks in the 2nd round again. Who gets home ice (as in who gets last change for an extra game)? Would Chicago be considered the "home team" because they are now the #5 seed and Vancouver is the #7 seed or would we revert to Regular Season points total with Canucks gets home ice as the Canucks have more points and point percentage?

If I understand the playoff format correctly, Chicago and Vancouver won't meet until conference final. If Chicago wins their first round matchup, they get to play either the #1 seed or the winner of #8 vs #9.

 

If the two teams meet, I would assume Canucks would get home ice advantage based on regular season point percentage.

 

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2 minutes ago, mll said:

Friedman in his 31 thoughts:

5. Nothing is certain, but I do think there’s a decent chance re-seeding becomes the playoff setup as opposed to bracketing.

This sounds fair to me.

 

#1 seed should always face the lowest seeded team that remains.

 

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1 hour ago, ruilin96 said:

Hypothetically speaking: Chicago beats Edmonton in play-in, and then they won their 1st round as well. Vancouver beats Minnesota and also won our first round. We face the Blackhawks in the 2nd round again. Who gets home ice (as in who gets last change for an extra game)? Would Chicago be considered the "home team" because they are now the #5 seed and Vancouver is the #7 seed or would we revert to Regular Season points total with Canucks gets home ice as the Canucks have more points and point percentage?

Even in situations with re-seeding, the home-ice advantage is always based off regular season win percentage.

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I think Chicago has a pretty good chance at beating Edmonton. Kane and Toews always turn it up playoff time. 

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Chicago smokes Edmonton.  Their experience and depth is no match for Edmonton's 2 lines of NHLers.  McDiver throws a couple of tantrums but the whistles don't come out.

Montreal pushes Pittsburgh to 5, but ultimately Price can't steal a 3rd win.  Weber dominates.

Nashville triumphs over Arizona thanks to the edge on the blueline

Carolina beats the Rangers easily.

Vancouver beats the Mild; there isn't a single position where Minnesota has an edge.

NYI beats Florida thanks to Trotz and shaky goaltending

Winnipeg exposes Calgary for the joke that they are.

Columbus absolutely ventilates the garbage that Toronto calls defensemen.

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Rangers will beat Carolina with ease. 

 

Canes can never beat them, and even voted against the format because they'd face the Rangers. 

 

I'd also pick the Panthers, and both #9 seeds to win. But those are all coin flips.

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23 hours ago, goalie13 said:

That Sportsnet image of the bracket looks wonky with the West on the right side.  What kind of an evil madman does that?

I thought the same thing. Playoff brackets are always listed west to east (left to right), as makes sense geographically. Not hard to understand why Sportsnet has done this however. They aren’t even trying to hide their eastern bias anymore lol. 

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21 hours ago, khay said:

The only upsets that I predict are for 8 vs 9: Jets over Flames and Jackets over Leafs.

 

That’s exactly how I see it as well. 

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What I just hope is when we get past Minny we don’t have to play Vegas in the first round.  They seem to be our cryptonite.  Honestly it seems like the Canucks always has the central divisions number (except Winnipeg, please never play Winnipeg) so I’d might even give them an advantage over Dallas, Colorado, and St. Louis.

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@StealthNuck can we close this one down? We have 2 of these now seems silly having multiple. 

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