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  1. 1. Heading Into The Playoffs...Who's Your Favorite For The Cup?

    • Washington Capitals
      11
    • San Jose Sharks
      1
    • Pittsburgh Penquins
      5
    • Chicago Blackhawks
      6
    • New Jersey Devils
      2
    • Vancouver Canucks
      4
    • Detroit Red Wings
      1


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They can all rot as far as I'm concerned.

Nothing more in life I'd want to see is our habs winning the cup again....it's been way to long....but,in order for that to happen....we need to turn things around in order to even become a cup contending team.

And,unfortunately....though it sucks big time....do not see this occurring any time soon. <_< ...its just the reality,as sad as it is.

But,for myself & I'm assuming I cannot be the only one out there (habs fan)...my enjoyment for the sport of hockey does not end entering the post season.....just because my team has not made it there......just my view.

But on the other hand J Haul.....I do understand where YOUR coming from,and I sure your not alone.

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I like the addition of the Wings to the poll and I actually think they can go quite far in the playoffs even if they are #8. Its by no means impossible to even see them winning the cup if the players play to their potential, after all they have all the necessary parts to a cup winner.

2 great scoring lines

multiple shutdown lines

Excellent top 6 defence

Only question is in Goal but that is a big concern for Chicago, Philly, Washington etc. as well and Osgood has been a warrior in the playoffs recently if Howard falters.

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I don't think they have the defense to do it. Chicago is a much better team overall, but I guess we never know. Varlamov needs to step up, cause I have no faith in Theodore.

The caps went out and addressed this today...I think they improved their team to some factor on trade day.

Sure...Theodore would not be my ideal choice heading into the post -season....I kinda thought they would have picked up a proven playoff netminder yesterday....but they my feel awful confident that Varlamov must be healthy & coming back....so as last season,looks like their run with those two.

And I agree totally about Chicago.....has just as a good team also to make some noise.....but IMO,has the same issues as above,WILL THEIR GOALTENDING BE ENOUGH to get it done (Huet)

The thing with these two teams....their so offensively loaded up front & all...kinda just need a goalie in your net to just be good & do his job,as the offense/defense for both teams will add much help & take care of it self........will be interesting for sure to see if one of these 2 teams can prevent Pittsburgh from repeating....which will be a tough job for sure. ;)

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The caps went out and addressed this today...I think they improved their team to some factor on trade day.

Sure...Theodore would not be my ideal choice heading into the post -season....I kinda thought they would have picked up a proven playoff netminder yesterday....but they my feel awful confident that Varlamov must be healthy & coming back....so as last season,looks like their run with those two.

And I agree totally about Chicago.....has just as a good team also to make some noise.....but IMO,has the same issues as above,WILL THEIR GOALTENDING BE ENOUGH to get it done (Huet)

The thing with these two teams....their so offensively loaded up front & all...kinda just need a goalie in your net to just be good & do his job,as the offense/defense for both teams will add much help & take care of it self........will be interesting for sure to see if one of these 2 teams can prevent Pittsburgh from repeating....which will be a tough job for sure. ;)

I've got to go with Chicago, personally. Not only are they skilled, but with all the cap trouble they'll be in next year they might be thinking that this year may be their best chance for a cup.

I'm not really that concerned about their goaltending either, to be honest. I don't get to watch many games out West (I'm sure you know how it goes when you're in the Atlantic timezone) so I admit that don't see them play often, and you hear about their shaky goaltending on TV all the time... but yet somehow they've managed to build the best team GAA in the Western conference. They're second in the league (and a very close second) behind only New Jersey.

Now I don't know if their goaltending problems have been overstated or if they've just got a good enough team defence to compensate for it, but one way or another they've been getting it done. There's no reason to think that can't continue into the playoffs, IMHO.

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The caps went out and addressed this today...I think they improved their team to some factor on trade day.

Sure...Theodore would not be my ideal choice heading into the post -season....I kinda thought they would have picked up a proven playoff netminder yesterday....but they my feel awful confident that Varlamov must be healthy & coming back....so as last season,looks like their run with those two.

And I agree totally about Chicago.....has just as a good team also to make some noise.....but IMO,has the same issues as above,WILL THEIR GOALTENDING BE ENOUGH to get it done (Huet)

The thing with these two teams....their so offensively loaded up front & all...kinda just need a goalie in your net to just be good & do his job,as the offense/defense for both teams will add much help & take care of it self........will be interesting for sure to see if one of these 2 teams can prevent Pittsburgh from repeating....which will be a tough job for sure. ;)

I don't really agree about the Caps improving their defense, not enough anyway. Corvoe is more an offensive defenseman, wich is not what they needed. Jurcina was already there a few months ago and not much of a factor. Belanger could back check I guess and helps them win face-offs, but they needed to improve their defense much more thant that and they did not get the job done for me.

Yes, Huet is a question mark, but take a look at their defense. It is 10 times better than what the caps got.

I don't remember any team winning the cup without a good defense in the last few seasons and I don't think it will change. We will see what happen.

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I don't really agree about the Caps improving their defense, not enough anyway. Corvoe is more an offensive defenseman, wich is not what they needed. Jurcina was already there a few months ago and not much of a factor. Belanger could back check I guess and helps them win face-offs, but they needed to improve their defense much more thant that and they did not get the job done for me.

Yes, Huet is a question mark, but take a look at their defense. It is 10 times better than what the caps got.

I don't remember any team winning the cup without a good defense in the last few seasons and I don't think it will change. We will see what happen.

Fair enough ;)

Not only are they skilled, but with all the cap trouble they'll be in next year they might be thinking that this year may be their best chance for a cup.

I agree with that.

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Nothing more in life I'd want to see is our habs winning the cup again....it's been way to long....but,in order for that to happen....we need to turn things around in order to even become a cup contending team.

And,unfortunately....though it sucks big time....do not see this occurring any time soon. <_< ...its just the reality,as sad as it is.

But,for myself & I'm assuming I cannot be the only one out there (habs fan)...my enjoyment for the sport of hockey does not end entering the post season.....just because my team has not made it there......just my view.

But on the other hand J Haul.....I do understand where YOUR coming from,and I sure your not alone.

hah... yeah, it's not that I'll completely stop watching. I'm still a hockey fan. I just won't have a rooting interest. Maybe Saku's team makes a run I could pull for him. I don't like the Ducks, but I wouldn't hate seeing Koivu achieve that.

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hah... yeah, it's not that I'll completely stop watching. I'm still a hockey fan. I just won't have a rooting interest.

Well I guess I read to much into your above comment.....but I'm sure that you would not be shocked to know that some will not follow the playoffs if their team is not playing........some. <_<

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I'm thinking Pittsburgh repeats.

I'm with you. I'll be rooting for Washington, but think Pittsburgh might actually take it again. With that being said, hockey's over (for me) when Montreal gets beat out (or doesnt even make it, which I think/hope will be the case this year).

I'm done with the Habs this year, bring on 2010/2011, not that it'll be much different!!

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I'm thinking Pittsburgh repeats.

I think that is very possible. They are very strong, and only weaker than last year in goaltending, but that can change in an instant.

However, I think that if Washington can get good goaltending in the playoffs, they can't be beat. Ovechkin is a beast, and on deadline day they beefed up their blue line. The only teams that can challenge them are Pittsburgh and Chicago. New Jersey could if their defense and Brodeur play better than they have in their lives. Chicago, I think, is much more of a long shot than Pittsburgh. I would say San Jose can challenge, but we know how they are in games that matter, starting with Joe Thorton. That being said, I can't imagine the Cup going to the West this year. East has it this year and for years to come.

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