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Old April 11, 2014, 10:46 AM
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Ha ha ..Maybe he will be a success. Who knows. But, you make a solid point about drafting and developing players in house. I believe the core of any good team must and should come from players that grows up in the system, from juniors and on wards to the big team. Of course, there can be exceptions, but that model of player development is true. I look at the Leafs roster and most of the players ( good ones ) have come via trade and free agency. Kessel, JVR, Lupul, DP, Clarkson,Bernier, Bolland to name a few. Toronto is the biggest hockey market in NHL in terms of revenue, media and what not. It is strange that they are always outside of playoffs. Its good for hockey if Toronto is good and competing for cup. My 0.02 cents.
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The persistent failure in Asgard is self-induced, karmic K-U-F-A of the highest order. There's no other way explain all of the logic-defying statistical anomaly. There's obviously something wrong with the way they do things up there. Great example of how money won't buy you success in this league if you think and act like arrogant morons with nothing to show for it since 1967. This ain't EPL soccer where Chelsea or Man City can buy success thanks to mob money and petrodollars left over from sponsoring Al Qaeda's latest terror campaign. I hear the Chinese mafia's looking for a new team after the Nucks committed suicide by hiring Tort. Maybe they need to move out of town. Windsor already has a team but Quebec City is waiting. Albuquerque anyone? Maybe Banshee, PA? Some city where the *POPULARLY ELECTED* mayor doesn't smoke crack ...

Anyway, we lose to the Canes as the BJs get the treatment from a Tampa club picking up momentum. So things stay unchanged and we're more than likely to face the likely Prez winners Boston in the first round. We won 3 out of 4 against them during the season and will give them a fight InshAllah, as long as we don't play the way we did in this game against the Canes. First period complacency cost us the game and Cam Ward did the rest. Sheahan's PPG came because of an atrociously bad call against Carolina. No way a great defensive play like that should've been called slashing! Cam deserved the shutout but the ref had other ideas.
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Old April 12, 2014, 08:52 PM
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Looks like we'll play the Bs as both Philly and the BJs win their respective games. We'll have our hands full against the Blues in our season finale. They've been in a slump and would love to end this outstanding season on a positive note.

So the Sens win the battle of Ontario to secure the honor of an 11th place finish. Asgard finishes 12th. Maybe Shanny can get them to finish 9th or 10th next year

Anyway, the top stories of the season for me: -

1) Red Wings making the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive year pretty much without Zetterberg, Datsyuk and at least three defensemen, thanks to Babcock and the Griffins. *NO* thanks to Kenny!

2) The emergence of Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco, Glendening, DeKeyser, Gustavsson and the the new Helm with serious offensive ability all of a sudden.

3) Veteran leadership from Kronwall, Franzen, Howard and perfect fits Alfie and Legwand.

4) The Pens finishing second in the conference despite major injuries all season long.

5) The emergence of Olli Maatta, Ryan McDonagh, TJ Oshie, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Alexander Steen, Sergei Bobrovsky and Ben Bishop.

6) Great team hockey from the Habs, Rangers, Blues and the Avs.

7) Great thuggery and upsurge from Philly and the BJs.

8) Greatness from Crosby and Ovechkin, head and shoulders above others in their respective areas.

9) Classic finish from the team at the center of the hockey universe, just 3 away from that magical now! Can they do it? Of course they can and will.
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There's a good chance we'll see two of our top defensive prospects in action in the season finale. Maybe Kronwall and DeKeyser will be rested or it may even be our weakest pairing: Bekub Kindl and Mediocre Lashoff.

The Bruins are no joke. We gotta go in as healthy as possible. Heck, maybe even swap Bert for Nyquist while they're at it. This game means nothing more than getting the reserves some game experience in case they’re needed in the next few weeks. Health is the #1 priority.

This season, the Bruins have largely returned to the form that carried them to the Cup 3 seasons ago. They're a powerful offensive team with considerable size and physicality that stresses defense under Julien.

They have the widest goal differential in the NHL, scoring 85 more than they've conceded — 26 goals more than the Ducks, with the second highest differential.

But we're a faster team, especially with the addition of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco to the lineup, and the returns from injury of Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk, despite Datsyuk’s creaky knee.

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Sproul could become the ninth player to make his NHL debut for the Red Wings if he plays in Detroit’s season finale tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues at 12:30 p.m. (NBC/AM 1270). The 21-year-old defenseman has tallied 31 points (10-21-31) in 71 games with Grand Rapids this season and was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team earlier this week. He is second among Griffins defensemen in scoring and ranks third among AHL rookie defensemen overall. Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-4, 205-lb., blueliner racked up 153 points (57-96-153) in 172 games with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2010-13. In 2012-13, he won the OHL’s Max Kaminsky Trophy as the league’s most outstanding defenseman and was named the CHL Defenseman of the Year.

Ouellet, a native of Bayonne, France, also appeared in three games with the Red Wings this season, registering three shots on goal and averaging 13:58 of ice time after making his NHL debut on Oct. 21 versus San Jose. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Ouellet skated in 223 QMJHL games with the Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada prior to turning professional, tallying 160 points (41-119-160) and 177 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 200-lb., blueliner was also named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team and represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships last season.
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Old April 13, 2014, 11:20 AM
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Not a totally pointless season finale after all. Whilst we don't care who we face, though I'd rather not face Malkin, Letang, Fleury AND Crosby without Zetterberg -- the Blues sure do! Just as we need the BJs to drop their game in Florida today to earn the 1st Wild Card spot, the Blues require assistance in order to avoid battling the Blackhawks in the first round.

Mrazek will start in goal today. No morning skate means no update as to whether Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet will play, but the RWN Game Day Blog believes that the pair will spell DeKeyser and Kronwall. Nice glimpse into our soon-to-be-challenging goalie and possible 3-4 defensive pairing in a couple of years max. Maybe they'll just take the jobs they way the other Griffins did this year as forwards. That'd mean no Quincey and Kindl InshAllah, and Smith had better sustain his current form to stay in the game while Lashoff looks over his shoulder for Backman or Almquist to end his days with us. Thank GOD he's tradable unlike Kenny's useless acquisitions. Looking forward to it all.

Here's a vid with our key moments during the season. Great compilation.

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Old April 14, 2014, 08:16 AM
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Let the playoffs begin. Best time of year until your team bows out ! Then, its the worst time of the year. LOL. East was pretty much set for a while. Det will give Bos a run for their money. I hope Rangers take out Philly. We should take care of BJ's but, stranger things have happened. Tampa-Habs should be a great defensive series. In the West, Blues lost six in a row to draw Hawks. Ducks-Stars should be a dandy. Avs- Wild will be a close one and Sharks-LA just pure blood bath.

*87 wins the Art Ross. This is the 15th time a Penguin has won in the last 25 years. The number would have been higher if not for some dreadful injuries to *87 and *66 over the years. A franchise that is known for offense takes special pride in this award. I remember *66 in an interview saying a while ago that this is one award that you win straight up, by playing and not relying on votes from folks writing for papers ! No doubt he was still mad when he was robbed of the Hart given to Gretzky despite having a greater season. Writers thought otherwise. There is some truth to that. Hart, Calder, Adams, Selke etc you are nominated and voted in. Art Ross and Rocket Richard ( introduced later ) - the numbers do the talking. Anyway..happy viewing.
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Rookie defensemen Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul will remain with the team until at least Thursday according to Kenny.

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“They’re going to stay here the next three days so that they know our system so that they’re involved in all our preparations on Boston and the Boston series,” Holland said in a phone interview Monday. “Then, in all likelihood they’re probably going back. But if we have an injured defenseman and we need to call one up they know what we’re doing.”
Lines getting ready for the Bs: -

Offense: Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Jurco-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Legwand. Andersson, Bertuzzi rotating in.

Defense: Kronwall-Smith, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Kindl, Ouellet-Sproul. Howard and Gustavsson in goal.

Zetterberg ended up skating before practice, felt good but opted not to push it with just yet.
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Old April 15, 2014, 02:04 PM
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Malkin skates in practice after the three week hairline fracture injury. Game time says Disco.
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Our series against the Bs will a be fun one. They're an outstanding organization with many similarities to our own. Lots of mutual admiration and respect amongst the players, coaches, GMs, and fans. They're the better team for sure at this moment. Solid structure, consistent execution and hardly any unforced errors in front of a great young goalie. But we're significantly faster with youthful skill and enthusiasm and a real playoff goalie impossible to beat when in the zone. We're also physical with excellent 2-way centermen who don't play dirty and give anyone an excuse to get emotionally charged, and then unite against us. The Bs thrive on that kind of emotion and they won't get that from us, or the possibly Habs who also execute a fast and intense style very similar to our own.

We're the dark horse of the East for sure.

Babcock has had a great deal of success against Julien by implementing his fast-hard-disruptive-and-simple-hockey tactics this season, and those tactics brought us success against the very physical and talented Ducks last year, and on the brink of an SCFs berth with a 3-1 series lead against the current Cup holders, arguably the best, most balanced team in hockey with Toews, Kane, Hossa, Keith, and co healthy. We're a better, more experienced team this year MashAllah. Our defense is short at least 3 NHL defensemen with Ericsson out, but we have strong 2-way players capable of mitigating a lot of that by buying the D more time in our own zone. The Bs are likely to have back-to-back game 7s if they're to advance into the ECFs and beyond, and would be too slow and tired to beat the best of the West to win it all.

The Pens-BJs series will be a tough one. The BJs are a dirty team like the Flyers and will resort to injuring key Pens players with their unskilled thugs in order to advance. Bobrovsky is an outstanding goalie playing behind an excellent but hugely underrated defense. That said, they don't have the type of offensive prowess the Flyers have and will go down in 5 or 6 max. Crosby and Malkin are no strangers to being targeted by dirty teams and players, and will stay healthy enough to score more than the BJs are capable of. Other than the Avs-Minny matchup, this is the a definite sure thing that won't go to 7 games.

Hawks-Blues, Rangers-Flyers, and Habs-Bolts will be fun match-ups stretched to game 7s. My money's on the Blues even without TJ Oshie (No Toews or Kane at 100%), Rangers and the Habs respectively. I also pick the Sharks over the Kings in the California bloodbath, and the hugely underrated Stars to upset the Ducks in 7. It's all about sustained playoffs intensity and outworking your opponent by executing cohesive team defense, timely scoring, and superior goaltending IMO. The Avs will roll over Minny and is my dark horse team of the West to go all the way.

Let the real season begin
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Old April 16, 2014, 03:18 AM
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Here's a strange example of auto-fallatious journalism from a tool in Boston. Smells of Asgardian hubris: -

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Maybe the rules of superstition suggest we should wait for the Bruins' first-round playoff series with the long-admired Detroit Red Wings to be complete before making such a declaration.. But it's the truth now, and it should be acknowledged now.

The Bruins, not the Red Wings, have become the model franchise in the NHL. And the exclamation point on that sentence will be provided by this series, which starts Friday night at TD Garden.

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Phashtobol, when you're on top and earn the title of "model franchise" it is bestowed upon you by others, not some homer media guy, usually but not always an arrogant and behaya idiot originally from Toronto, and therefore naturally devoid of the shame of not backing up any of that bravado in nearly 50 years -- that center of the hockey universe where their Odins and Thors just can't seem to make the playoffs despite being "just two years away" (since 1967) from winning the Cup.

Being the model franchise not only includes what you do when you're the best, it's also what you do when you're not at the top of the standings. That's the true measure.

The "model" is the original process and design that others copy. It will be a long, long time before the Red Wings are no longer the model. You may have other teams perform better from year to year, and we're certainly not what we used to be at this point, but the model remains and it is Detroit. Boston has 1 recent Cup, and Chiarelli himself said he looked at the Red Wings when building his Boston teams.

Ar Chicago ki dosh korlo? Boston is an excellent team, and certainly has done a great job over the past 5 seasons or so. But the Bs haven't past either us or Chicago, even though I think they're justifiably favorites win this series against us. Anyway, gotta thank this PhDouche for giving us something to focus on.

BTW, Zetterberg said he will accompany the team to Boston later this week and begin practicing with team starting this Thursday. Just love his epic Viking beard.
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That's typical arrogance from Boston writers. They are the number 1 homers right now, starting from play by play guy Jack Edwards to morons like Haggerty et al. You should have seen the abuse the Pitt writers took on twitter after the sweep last year, as if they laced it up and scored GW goals! Pitt writers are generally pretty unbiased and writes columns criticizing Pens/Disco/Fleury. From time to time they get in trouble from the organization ( Some folks in Pens org are very thin skinned and arrogant ) but that doesn't stop them if they see something they don't like. Same goes for Patriots and Red Sox fans and writers. Extremely annoying. They will take shots at Steelers ( going through a rough time now ) and proclaim the Patriots as the no.1 franchise in football. Funny they forget that since Patriots last superbowl win, the Steelers has won two along with Giants. No one can replace the RedWings as the best hockey franchise over the last two decades. From the draft to developing unheard of players to coaching staff- it is the cream of the crop. Period! Everybody is trying to copy or chase..

So, just tune them out..
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Now to the series. Read an article with advanced analytics and it clearly showed the deep faults of this Pens roster. This is by far the worst bottom six of all playoff teams. Top goal scorer is Brandon Sutter with 13 from the third line. Also because the bottom six is so bad at retaining the puck and cycling, our puck possession suffers big time. We are ranked no.16 in terms of puck possession among 30 teams. Average. Top two lines make up the bulk of the scoring. Crosby has scored or contributed to 43% of all ES goals. This team lives on PP- no.1 and PK is generally in top 5, but has suffered recently because Disco won't stop putting Craig effing Adams on PK. On even strength- the BJ's have scored more goals this year than Pens ! Ray Shero is also at fault for putting together this line up and Disco doesn't help. So, top two lines and PP carries this team. In playoffs, we all know the importance of all four lines and sometimes refs just swallow the whistles. Might not matter against BJ's but surely will be exposed in next round, IF we manage to get out of first rd. Of course, nothing matters if Fleury is in melt down mode again.
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I guess I will do a prediction too so we can look back two months from now ::

Pens-CBJ : Pens- says my head and heart !
Wings-B's : Wings says my heart, but head says B's. So it is B's.
Rangers-Filthy : Tough one. Heart says Rangers but I am picking the Flyers.
Tampa-Habs : Habs ( Bishop is iffy )

Ducks-Stars : Stars defense is avg and first time in playoffs in a while. Ducks.
Sharks-LA : Tough one. Picking LA to squeeze it in.
Blues-Hawks : Can Blues score enough? Miller hasn't been good. Hawks.
Avs-Wild : Upset alert with Wild. Avs are a great young team that will be great next year.
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Looks like Mason out for Philly. In comes Emery. I might have to pick the Rangers now.
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Going down 1-3 early in the game means nothing when you have Crosby and Malkin and those around them playing for you. Great win for the Pens. Not only because of the ease with which they came back but also because of the adjustments they made to take the aggressive forechecking away from the BJs and expose their weaknesses in the neutral zone. Pens in 5 max.

Loved the way Dallas adjusted to come back strong, but kudos to the Cali boys for holding on. This will go to 7 to the surprise of many people.

Happy to see the Habs win the thriller.
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Yup, not ideal to go down 1-3 in a playoff game at home, and giving up a SHG, but we fought back. Key was to get that PP goal back right away in that same PP where they scored the SHG. We will tie soon after. Lots of first game rust for Malkin ( he will get better..still got twp points ), Letang was terrible, and Rob Scuderi needs to be benched ASAP. He can't keep up. Third period was when we took control and they had only two-three shots. Very impressed with Jack Johnson, Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner. Dubinsky is a good two way player but he is full of himself. Its one thing to play Crosby tough ( he has obvious hatred for him ) but to go around slew footing is just dangerous. If he keeps this up, someone will take care of him. Big time contribution from Third liners as Sutter and Beau scored. On to game 2. We had to win the Game 1 from the mental POV coming off a sweep in last year.

Habs-Bolts was a dandy, but too many defensive breakdowns. I think all the first games will be like this among all the teams. Its a feeling out process as well.

Stars fought back big time but fell just short. Difficult to come back after being down 0-4. Ducks goalie situation is strange. They have so many great prospects. Andersen starts after Hiller getting benched last month. And, John Gobson awaits in the wings, who has superstar written all over him.
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Simply great wins for the Blues and the Avs. Real character stuff and what an effing game from Ryan Miller from the 2nd period! I expect the Stars to show some of their own soon. If they manage to take one in Disneyland, I still see them taking the series in 7. Sharks and the Rangers will have an easier time advancing than expected. Totally outclassed their opponents.

The keys to us beating the top seed and the Prez winners: -

1) Our D *MUST* pay attention to details and stay strong and hard on the puck. No unforced errors please!

2) Don't allow their heavy game to prevent our centermen from executing our 3-zone game, and continue to buy time for our D by playing solid 2-way hockey.

3) Don't allow them to box us out and mitigate our speed during entry and on the wings.

4) Stay out of the penalty box by not retaliating no matter what they do to provoke us after the whistle.

5) Howard must elevate his game to the .930+ level.

6) Franzen must elevate his game and score as he usually does during the playoffs.

7) Let them enjoy a false sense of security away from the ice. We're way better than some of their people think we are and let us make that work to our advantage. Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco and Glendening will not relent InshAllah.

8) Pray that Zetterberg returns sometime during this series.

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All these OT games mean its too late for me to stay up and watch, but what tremendous finishes. COL just wow! Being down by two goals, the tie and win in OT ! They have so many great young players and Duchene is not even playing. Landeskog, Duchene, Statsny, McKinnon ( a future superstar ), Ryan O'Rielly, McGinn. Edmonton should take note. Tough loss for Minny. Same goes for St.Louis. They had to win the first game on the heels of six straight losses. If they lost the first game at home, it would have been tough for them. Chicago is by no means out of it. So, all the home teams won in first game sans Tampa. Bit shocked by SJ blowout, but they are a great team.

Good luck tonight vs B's. One thing I must tell you about B's since we have seen them so many times over the years. They are great at cycling down low in O zone and their bread and butter play is releasing the puck to the point to their D, who are good at finding the shooting lane. They fire it in and their forwards screen the goalie. You have to stay high on their D and try denying them the shooting lane. Also, Boston is a very good transition team that people don't know about. Turn it over, and they come back three-four man strong.

Its amazing how well the Rangers play the Flyers.
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We know exactly what the Bruins bring to the table and have no qualms about recognizing the fact that they're the obvious favorites. *BUT* we're also confident that no matter how hard fought each and every one of the games are in the series, we can win as long as we execute. We play bigger teams well. It is the faster teams with shifty and skilled players, teams like what we used to be and are becoming again, that we lose to. We beat the mighty Ducks last season, a team similar to the Bruins but with an arguably more potent individual threat, adds to idea. Chicago on the other hand, trailed 1-3 in the series but came back to win it because we lacked that kind of confidence against that kind of speed and skill. That's how the Pens came back from a 1-3 series deficit to take the Cup away from us at the Joe, and then Pavelski and Setoguchi with their shiftiness ousted us from the playoffs the next two years. The Pens or the Habs will trouble us more.

I understand and appreciate that the Bruins have Chara, Bergeron and Rask but they play a style similar to the Ducks. We were confident about beating them under certain conditions and executed well during the regular season despite injuries. The fact that we won 3 out of 4 against them this season is a decent demonstration of the theory. Having said that, the Bruins will surely leave us battered but toughened even if we beat the heavy odds to move forward to the next round. Just looking to take 1 in Boston and hold serve in Detroit for now.
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Most definitely. I think the Wings bottom six ( speed galore ) will make life miserable for B's. Chara is slowing down. You can take him wide. I am sure Babcock would notice. I will never ever count out Babcock coached Wings. Last year was a great example. One win away from a SCF. I am sure Babcock will adjust and exploit any opening that Boston may offer. This will be a clinic in coaching- this series. I am rooting for you guys big time. Go Wings !!
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0-0 after 2. Very shaky start but starting to look comfortable from the 2nd. Both teams lucky with their respective clean sheets. Third period coming up. Lucic very lucky to have gotten away with his thug move on DeKeyser.

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Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk!!! ...
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The Habs may actually sweep this. The Bolts, as talented and promising as they have been, are still recovering from their #4 and #26 Cup winners leaving the team. But the Stamkos era definitely has promise, especially if Bishop continues to develop and stay healthy. Maybe they'll start hitting their peak in 2 years (the year Asgardians are supposed win the Cup, again) and become Cup contenders. We'll be better then also InshAllah.
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