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Seems about right.  One game here or there. But here's hoping you are correct about taking out the Rangers in 5. 

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9 hours ago, BigTed3 said:

Among series that are already set, I like

Was over Tor in 5

Pit over Clb in 6

Mtl over NYR in 5

Ott over Bos in 7

Chi over Nas in 7

Min over Stl in 7

And will add on

Ana over Cal in 6

Edm over SJ in 7

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Was over Pit in 6

Mtl over Ott in 7

Chi over Min in 5

Edm over Ana in 6

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Was over Mtl in 6

Chi over Edm in 6

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Was over Chi in 6

 

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WSH over TOR in 6
CBJ over PIT in 7
MTL over NYR in 6
OTT over BOS in 7
CHI over NSH in 7
MIN over STL in 5
ANA over CGY in 5
EDM over SJS in 6

WSH over CBJ in 6
MTL over OTT in 5
CHI  over MIN in 6
EDM over ANA in 5

MTL over WSH in 7
CHI over EDM in 6

MTL over CHI in 6

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WSH over TOR in 4
CBJ over PIT in 6
MTL over NYR in 5
OTT over BOS in 7
CHI over NSH in 5
MIN over STL in 5
CAL over ANA in 7
EDM over SJS in 6

WSH over CBJ in 4
MTL over OTT in 5
CHI  over MIN in 7
EDM over ANA in 6

MTL over WSH in 7
CHI over EDM in 5

MTL over CHI in 6

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WSH over TOR in 5 (although for some reason I see this as being a potentially huge upset. Not sure why but in my gut i can see leafs in 7...)
CBJ over PIT in 7
MTL over NYR in 5
OTT over BOS in 6

CHI over NSH in 6
MIN over STL in 7
ANA over CGY in 6
EDM over SJS in 7

 

WSH over CBJ in 6
MTL over OTT in 5
CHI  over MIN in 6
EDM over ANA in 5

 

MTL over WSH in 6
CHI over EDM in 7

MTL over CHI in 6

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WSH over TOR in 5
CBJ over PIT in 7
MTL over NYR in 6
BOS over OTT in 6
CHI over NSH in 7
MIN over STL in 4
ANA over CGY in 7
SJS over EDM in 6

WSH over CBJ in 6
MTL over BOS in 7
CHI  over MIN in 6
SJS over ANA in 6

WSH over MTL in 6
CHI over SJS in 6

WSH over CHI in 6

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General concensus seems to be that we'll make it to the final four. 


Im an optimist and pretty much always vote for us to win (which obviously hasnt happened for a looooooong time).  Im still hopeful this is our year but i think we can all agree:  anything less than a top 4 finish will be a colossal disappointment.   

This team is definitely good enough to make it to the final four and with the Rags and then either Bruins or Sens, as our first two matchups Id be very very disappointed if we couldnt at least get a date with the Caps. 

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Just thought I'd throw this in. Canadian teams chance in the POs.

5. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

HockeyViz.com Cup Chances: 3 per cent

Vegas Cup odds: 3.8 per cent (+2500)

Win one round: 38 per cent

Win two rounds: 16 per cent

Win conference: 7 per cent

 

4. OTTAWA SENATORS

HockeyViz.com Cup Chances: 3 per cent

Vegas Cup odds: 3.5 per cent (+2800)

Win one round: 42 per cent

Win two rounds: 18 per cent

Win conference: 7 per cent

 

3. CALGARY FLAMES

HockeyViz.com Cup Chances: 4 per cent

Vegas Cup odds: 3.9 per cent (+2500)

Win one round: 43 per cent

Win two rounds: 19 per cent

Win conference: 9 per cent

 

2. EDMONTON OILERS

HockeyViz.com Cup Chances: 4 per cent

Vegas Cup odds: 5.8 per cent (+1600)

Win one round: 47 per cent

Win two rounds: 23 per cent

Win conference: 12 per cent

 

1. MONTREAL CANADIENS

HockeyViz.com Cup Chances: 8 per cent

Vegas Cup odds: 6.7 per cent (+1400)

Win one round: 59 per cent

Win two rounds: 32 per cent

Win conference: 16 per cent

 

 

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All right, let's see here.....

Round 1

MTL over NYR in 6 (could go fewer games)
OTT over BOS in 6 (Boston isn't that great this year)
WSH over TOR in 5 (this will be fun to watch the Laffs get DESTROYED)
PIT over CBJ in 7 (the BHL loves Crosby too much still)

CHI over NSH in 5 (Blackhawks are an absolute powerhouse)
MIN over STL in 6 (could go either way here)
ANA over CGY in 5 (Ducks still look strong)
SJS over EDM in 7 (gallant effort by the Oil, but the Sharks are still bitter from losing the Cup)

Round 2

MTL over OTT in 6 (we have their number)
WSH over PIT in 7 (this one also could go either way)
CHI over MIN in 5 (none of these early teams will be able to keep up with Chicago)
SJS over ANA in 7 (Sharks have something to prove)

Round 3 (Conference Championships)

MTL over WSH in 7 (we seem to rise to these occasions when the odds are against)
CHI over SJS in 6 (Sharks get outclassed by a better team)

Finals 

MTL over CHI in 7 (we're all hoping for the best, and this could be it)

 

As long as we stay healthy, we have as good a chance as anyone to take the Cup.  One thing I firmly believe is that this year's Habs team will NOT self-destruct, implode, collapse or otherwise melt down.  If they get outplayed or outclassed, so be it.  But I don't see them being outcoached or giving up and throwing in the towel.  This could be the most exciting playoff season since the last Cup run, or at least since 2010 when we surprised both Washington and Pittsburgh to get to the Conference Finals (where we proceeded to melt down right on cue again).

And if it doesn't happen, well, now we have (at least) two kinots to blame.   

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1 hour ago, vegasrick said:

 

And if it doesn't happen, well, now we have (at least) two kinots to blame.   

You never fail to disappoint, Rick, so, I'll leave this with you:

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http://www.oddsshark.com/nhl/stanley-cup-futures

Who has the Easiest Path?

Montreal Canadiens +1400: This is debatable with their tough first-round draw with the Rangers but I think the additions the Habs made at the deadline give them the edge and the depth in this series. Look to Carey Price to steal a few games in Round 1 to get Montreal through and for the Canadiens to steamroll whoever they play in Round 2.

 

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https://news.sportsinteraction.com/sports/nhl-hockey/rangers-vs-canadiens-stanley-cup-playoffs-odds-prediction-76674/

 

Rangers vs. Canadiens Predictions

Should be a terrific series, with the winner facing either Ottawa or Boston. Two of the three matchups between Montreal and New York in the regular season were one-goal games. These should all be tight. Go Canadiens in six games for this series – as long as Weber is OK to play.

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WSH over TOR in 6
PIT over CBJ in 6
NYR over MTL in 6
BOS over OTT in 7
CHI over NSH in 6
MIN over STL in 6
ANA over CGY in 5
EDM over SJS in 6

WSH over PIT in 6
NYR over BOS in 6
CHI  over MIN in 6
ANA over EDM in 5

WSH over NYR in 5
CHI over ANA in 7

WSH over CHI in 7

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Wash vs Tor - Wash (5)

Montreal vs Ranger - Montreal (6)

Pitts vs Col. - Pitts (7)

Bos vs Ott - Bos (6)

Chic. vs Nash. - Chic. (6)

Minn. vs St. Louis - Minn. (7)

Ana. vs Cal. - Ana.- Ana. (6)

Edm. vs SJS. - Edm (7)

Montreal vs Bost- Montreal (6)

Wash. vs Pitts- Wash.- (6)

Chic vs Edm. - Chic. (6)

Minn. vs Ana- Minn (7)

Montreal vs Wash. - Montreal (7)

Chic. vs Minn. - Chic. (6)

Montreal vs Chicago- Montreal (7)

 

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Nice read here breaking down our first round series.   The author indicates that as long as we can really play the Kreider line hard, we should be ok.  Their defense is very porous after McDonaugh and up front they mostly have trouble sustaining any pressure when Kreider isnt on the ice. 

 

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Much has been written about Shea Weber this year, but regardless of everything else, he has been a highly effective suppressor of crease/slot opposition shots. Kreider's wheelhouse is Weber's front lawn, and the grizzled veteran isn't going to take kindly to this constant trespassing. Alain Vigneault will not shy away from best-on-best deployment - in the twogames vs. Montreal in the Julien era, Kreider played 40% of his 5v5 minutes against Weber, despite both games being at Madison Square Garden. Put these things together and the Kreider-Weber matchup, especially around the slot, is going to be one to watch all series.

 

 

 

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