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That's a shame about my bracket, especially after a questionable game 6, but what a solid post-season performance from the Red Wings! In a rebuilding year with a bunch of rookies and huge cap space, they not only made the playoffs, but took down a 2nd seed and took the President's Trophy winner to overtime in game 7. Unbelievable. So proud of my hometown team :thumbsup:. Watch out, eastern conference teams, Hockeytown is alive and kicking.

 

Detroit is insanely well-coached, well-organized and well-funded. They have been and shall remain a dominant force in hockey for years to come. If there is anything that the Red Wings know about, it’s winning-- and winning in the playoffs especially. They are the very model of a great hockey organization – perhaps even a great professional sports organization.

 

So - ok - final four match ups. Any predictions? What's the chances for an original six match up in the Stanley Cup final?

 

Not to sound complacent but I'm extremely pleased with how Detroit performed this year considering the number of vital people they lost in the past two years alone; of course I'd have loved to see them finish off Chicago in game 5. This off-season we will see a big focus on people that can make an immediate impact for us but I know we'll see a lot of the fresh faces we saw this year come back next year. The amount of experience they gained from 14 playoff games is immeasurable. Obviously it exposed some glaring holes where lines can be restructured and people that need to level their heads and stop with the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde performance (Smith) but it will help us immediately and in the long run. I'm excited for the future of Detroit, we're at a point where Babcock kind of has a team that's definitely all his own and there's really no players from the Bowman era (obviously not saying that in a negative manner because look at the work they did with him as a coach. But Babcock is truly one of the great coaching minds in the league, and has that uncanny ability to bring out the best performances in even his "weakest" players.

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I'm glad chicago won, I think CHI/LA is a much more interesting matchup than DET/LA.

 

Interesting year for the final four....it's been a while since all 4 of the remaining teams were powerhouses who were expected to make it.

 

I'm thinking a CHI/PIT final, which would be amazing.

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I was mentioning this to my dad the last time I was over watching hockey, since I'm an Oilers fan, I said whatever Detroit is doing with their prospects, Edmonton needs to take a page out of their book and develop all of these young players the right way.

 

As far as the final four are concerned, I would like to see a Penguins vs Hawks final just because it would be very run and gun style of play. Also the first time in 60-some odd years I think to be the last 4 cup winners facing each other in the conference finals.

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I was mentioning this to my dad the last time I was over watching hockey, since I'm an Oilers fan, I said whatever Detroit is doing with their prospects, Edmonton needs to take a page out of their book and develop all of these young players the right way.

 

As far as the final four are concerned, I would like to see a Penguins vs Hawks final just because it would be very run and gun style of play. Also the first time in 60-some odd years I think to be the last 4 cup winners facing each other in the conference finals.

 

I'd like to see the Oilers return to the "glory days" - and they certainly have the future talent-base with which to do it. All they need is more solid goaltending and one or two defencemen. It will be interesting to see how they proceed. They have solid prospects but it takes so long for goalies and defencemen to mature in the NHL.

 

Honestly, Detroit is amazing in how they've built that team and maintained it over the years. Someone over there has got his head on straight. I dunno who it is, but he should be well paid.

 

When the playoffs started, I was figuring on a Pittsburgh/Chicago final. That said, as of right now, with no games played as between the final four, I am leaning more towards a PIT/LA final.

 

The Bruins are still hurting on defence and, as good as Rask can be some nights, I don't see him as being able to withstand the onslaught that Pittsburgh can put up. I don't think Vokoun is gonna be a game stopper, but with that offence in front of him, all he has to do is not allow more than 3 goals a game and he should be a winner.

 

Chicago’s performance against Detroit showed some real holes in their offensive game. They’re not bringing it to the net in the way they need to be and if they don’t start bringing it, they’re not going to beat Quick more than once or twice a night. Crawford is probably good enough to hold LA to two goals against on any given night, so Chicago’s gotta get three a night to win consistently.

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I'm not sold on the oilers. Huge question marks on D and goaltending...Everyone assumes their forward group is set just because of the high picks but those guys still have a lot to prove.

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With the Oilers bringing in Klefbom for next season, I really hope he has a good rookie year. He's spent the last 2 I think playing in the Swedish Elite League so it will be interesting to see his switch to the smaller ice.

 

What I saw from Dubnyk this year is that he's a solid starter, if he could have some decent play infront of him I think he could be a decent goalie at the very least. He had a decent save % this year at .920, and he faced the 6th most shots. If he can learn to not let in those extremely hated soft momentum sapping goals, and keep teams to 2 a night it would be a massive step forward for the Oilers.

 

I'm hoping they go out this summer and look to bring in some vet d-men, Mactavish said this year it would be safe to say there would be 8-10 new Oilers next season. I can see now that Khabibulin, Whitney, Peckham, Eager, Hordichuck gone at the very least and Horcoff with any luck. I really hope they take the compliance buyout and get rid of him.

 

It will be interesting to see who goes where this summer, but talk has been circulating around about Edmonton potentially being interested in Ryan Miller. Now that would be awesome to see, and as always since Jagr is on a 1 year deal again. I don't think Boston will re-sign him, so the possibility of him coming to play with Hemsky again pops up. Only time will tell I guess, MacT also said he'd be willing to look at trading their pick in the first round this year but only if the deal is right.

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As far as the final four are concerned, I would like to see a Penguins vs Hawks final just because it would be very run and gun style of play. Also the first time in 60-some odd years I think to be the last 4 cup winners facing each other in the conference finals.

Since 1945, so 68 years.

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I'm disappointed the Kings are down 2-0. I hope they are at least able to put off a win or two and avoid a sweep.

 

Yeah they'll be fine. that series isn't over yet, not by a long shot. Wouldn't be surprised to see it go 7.

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Why they don't treat puck over glass exactly like icing, I don't know. The offending team should have a faceoff in their zone and not be allowed to change. I honestly don't understand why it's a 2 minute penalty. At least it made for a funny song.

 

Anyway, I'm kind of hoping to see the Bruins stomp the Blackhawks in an Original 6 final. We should have a good final this year for the first time in recent memory.

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Well after that talking about the Oilers needing to teach their prospects the right away and develop them into something.. They fire their head coach and hire Eakins lol.

 

All these days off between games is killing me, hockey should not go this long into June.

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Boston in 6.

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Glad I got to see the Kings won at least 1. I've only ever paid the most minimal amount of attention to select west coast teams, so I have very little interest in Chicago or Boston, but I'm going to try and watch the rest of the series if I can.

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The Grand Rapids Griffins are the 2013 Calder Cup Champions!

 

This is the first time any franchise in GR has brought home the hardware, so we're a little excited.

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