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Poll of the Week - March 19


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Playoffs 2014  

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  1. 1. Which of these teams would you most like to play in the first round?

    • Boston Bruins
    • Toronto Maple Leafs
    • Tampa Bay Lightning
    • Pittsburgh Penguins


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While the playoffs are by no means guaranteed, the Habs appear to be heading towards a finish somewhere between 2nd and 4th in their division, which would leave us with a 2 vs. 3 match-up against one of Toronto or Tampa, or else a series against a division winner (almost certainly Boston or Pittsburgh). While a match-up against another team is not impossible, these are the 4 most likely opponents at this time. If you had your choice, which one would you prefer to face in round 1?

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I chose Tampa. I don't think they're good enough to be a real threat, and I just have a feeling a series against Toronto would end the wrong way. Same way the Ottawa series did. Like Carlyle would come out goons a blazin and Therrien would try to match him to the detriment of the team.

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So thus far there's no consensus, except no one has picked the Letang-less Pengins with MAF in nets... not saying I'm going to choose them, but the Pens division as a whole has been weaker this year, so maybe it's not a bad thing to cross over.

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The Leafs were my vote too, although I'd put the Bolts and Pens at a very close second and third. It's not that I'd be scared to face Boston - we always play well against them - but I do think they're the best team of the four. Similarly, the Leafs are the worst. I know we haven't always beaten them as handily as we should have in recent years, but like Bean said it's hard to believe that the could luck their way through a 7-game series.

The only thing that would worry me, like PP said, would be Therrien throwing out our "goons" just because we're playing a big rival in the playoffs. If we're going to realistically do well, though, we'll just have to trust that our coach is going to play our best players regardless of who we're up against.

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The only team i wouldn't want to face is Tampa,,, because Bishop seems to have our number. I'm OK with anybody else, although i would rather see Rask in the 2nd round.

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I think that Tampa is the weakest, but I chose the laffs only because the poll was about who I would like to play in the first round. I think the hockey drama would be just pure awesomeness. Plus, I am vindictive enough to not want the laffs to get out of the first round, and us being the team to deny them.

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Laffs. They're the weakest.

You can never underestimate the weakest. Those are the ones to be cautious of.

The Leafs were my vote too, although I'd put the Bolts and Pens at a very close second and third. It's not that I'd be scared to face Boston - we always play well against them - but I do think they're the best team of the four. Similarly, the Leafs are the worst. I know we haven't always beaten them as handily as we should have in recent years, but like Bean said it's hard to believe that the could luck their way through a 7-game series.

The only thing that would worry me, like PP said, would be Therrien throwing out our "goons" just because we're playing a big rival in the playoffs. If we're going to realistically do well, though, we'll just have to trust that our coach is going to play our best players regardless of who we're up against.

Very good point. There is a chance that we will be seeing a lot of Parros and Murray if we played Boston or Toronto. Um no thanks..I'm good.

The only team i wouldn't want to face is Tampa,,, because Bishop seems to have our number. I'm OK with anybody else, although i would rather see Rask in the 2nd round.

I believe we could easily get under Bishop's skin and get to him. Which in result, would lead to him letting in bad goals :lol:.

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Out of entertainment, I would love to face the Leafs because I hate them more than anything and would love to be the ones who eliminate them. So out of an exciting series to watch I'd choose the Leafs or Bruins. But thinking strategically, I chose the Pens. The other teams, minus Boston and the Pitts are hungry to win and being starving like that is not a pretty sight. Those will most likely be close series, that's terrifying. You can't underestimate the Leafs and Bolts at all. I chose the Pens because they think they're the best and would look at us like we're an easy team to beat. Having that mindset is exactly what I want from them. They wont play as hard and think they already have it in the bag. Yup I'm going with the Pens, they thought the Isles weren't a threat...oh how they were wrong. No the Isles didn't beat them out, but they sure were close. I will repeat...never underestimate the so called "weaker teams." Hunger is so much scarier than one who is overly conceited. I rest my case.

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I would love to face Crosby, a crying Crosby is my favourite. It brings me far more enjoyment than I like to admit. I love seeing him be frustrated.

I wouldn't mind seeing Pleky get under his skin, he's such an easy victim.

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Bruins would probably be the most entertaining. I would be the most happy if we beat the leafs cause school would be very fun, but if we lose it would be terrible. But our best chance to win would be the leafs IMO. Tampa isn't that good either but they have Stamkos, and Bishop so you never know. But I think we'd have a good chance to beat them too. I don't think our defense holds up vs Pittsburgh unfortunately and Price can only do so much. Boston vs us would be very close and tough, they're the best team IMO but we match up well against them.

So I still pick the laffs. Our forwards wouldn't have trouble scoring vs that defense and they suck at possession so we'd likely control the games. Kessel and the others are scary but if we shut him down(Pleky, Subban and Price should do a good job at that) then there's not much other threat.

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It would make sense to call them the Laffs if we weren't in a dogfight for a playoff spot with them.

Exactly. We sound like hypocrites.

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I'm of two minds with the Leafs. They're the worst playoff team and I think we'd win but if we didn't the ribbing I would take living in S. Ontario would be intolerable :lol:

Very true. Them beating us out would be the death of me over here. How humiliating that would be.

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I know that's not going to stop this forum from calling them the Laffs, but everyone, especially the moderators know about the monikers I have posted on the NFL and MLB threads. That's for another thread.

I certainly don't call them that. I call them the Leafs, I don't consider it a laughing matter. I don't underestimate them at all.

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The funny thing is that if I had to rank how well we played against the teams in the list, I'd say from best to worst

1. Bos

2. Pit

3. TB

4. Tor

But if I had to say how good the teams were, it would probably be exactly the same order. So it comes down to whether you want to play a good team that you play well against or a less impressive team that you tend to play worse against. Like many others, I selected Toronto. As well as they play us, I'd have to venture they're the one team that plays an even worse possession game than we do. They don't have our depth up front and their blue line is just as much of a problem as ours, with our top end D being better than theirs. This would be the kind of series where IF you can shut down Kessel-JVR, I don't know that Toronto has enough left to pull out a series. It's not that such a series would be easy, but Boston has Rask, TB has a goalie having a big year (reminds me too much of facing Anderson last year), and Pit has Crosby/Malkin (and I'd rather face them later in the playoffs when they have a higher chance of being a bit worn down). Plus, if it's Tor or TB, then there's a chance we have home ice advantage, which I will always take.

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