OtherGround Forums 2020 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs thread

8/8/20 10:16 AM
5/7/08
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Edmonton is a 2 man show, with a pretty good 3rd player in RNH. Their problem is the same as it's been for years, they have no defense or goaltending. You aren't going anywhere when Matt Benning and Ethan fucking Bear are getting significant minutes. Nurse is the softest big dman in the league. Larsson is okay but is a 2nd pairing guy at most. Koskinen is not a guy you're going to win with. That team had Eberle, Hall, Yakupov and all are gone with only Larsson to show for it. How they got rid of all those assets and didn't turn them into a bona fide top dman is why they're in the predicament they're in.

 

 

And fuck you Bergevin

8/8/20 10:17 AM
11/19/06
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Agreed, except it does have the singular benefit of having Boston crush the Leafs every other season or so.

8/8/20 10:31 AM
7/8/02
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True. You’re not winning anything without a stud Dman. That position is getting more and more important the way the game is played. Look at the last 20 cup winners. Maybe 2 or 3 at most didn’t have a legit top 10 defenseman.

Oilers have some pretty good potential coming up the ranks, their last two top 10 picks are in the system. 

8/8/20 11:01 AM
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MrColdCock -
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soreshins -

Glorious to see the Oilers fail again. What a shitty team despite having McDavid and Draisaitl 

fuk. nurse, nugent-h

 

what the fuck is wrong with them? management

At this point who knows. 1 more #1 pick is all they need.

It’s a 5 game series. Shit happens. Look at how many upsets there were back in the early 80’s when 5 round series were a thing. Add in the fact that these should technically be preseason games and anything can happen. Chicago came to play.

I’m going to go on a rant here. Draisaitl is probably going to win MVP and the Outstanding player award, but everyone knows McDavid drives the team. He can do it on his own and sometimes it feels like his teammates are cool with sitting back and watching. The fact McDavid can play with plugs and still draw the first pairing D is such a ridiculous advantage for the rest of the team. Meanwhile Draisaitl can play with the best wingers and get the second pairing D and become the league MVP.


Draisaitl/Nugent Hopkins/Yamamoto was the hottest line in hockey the last 20 games and they don’t have to play the top Defensemen.
Huge advantage right??

Fucking nopers. Tippett inexplicably breaks up the line for the playoffs. Decides to put them back together for the last 7 minutes of the series and they create about six ridiculous chances.

None of that explains the last 20 years of suck. Having said all that. I’m about the least optimistic Oiler fan you’ll ever meet (most are completely delusional. I honestly haven’t expected them to make the playoffs every year for the last 10) yet I feel really good about the next 2-5 years. Management is the best it’s been since the 80’s and they actually have a decent prospect group now. May not win the cup, but they’ll be a perennial top 4 team in the west for a while.

1 more #1 pick is all they need? They've selected #1 four fucking times in the last 10 years.

I've heard it all now.

8/8/20 11:03 AM
1/13/04
Posts: 16426

I am telling y'all (once again), this is the Av's year..

8/8/20 11:11 AM
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Isaac Fookin' Nootin -
MrColdCock -
Wayne Glamcock -
soreshins -

Glorious to see the Oilers fail again. What a shitty team despite having McDavid and Draisaitl 

fuk. nurse, nugent-h

 

what the fuck is wrong with them? management

At this point who knows. 1 more #1 pick is all they need.

It’s a 5 game series. Shit happens. Look at how many upsets there were back in the early 80’s when 5 round series were a thing. Add in the fact that these should technically be preseason games and anything can happen. Chicago came to play.

I’m going to go on a rant here. Draisaitl is probably going to win MVP and the Outstanding player award, but everyone knows McDavid drives the team. He can do it on his own and sometimes it feels like his teammates are cool with sitting back and watching. The fact McDavid can play with plugs and still draw the first pairing D is such a ridiculous advantage for the rest of the team. Meanwhile Draisaitl can play with the best wingers and get the second pairing D and become the league MVP.


Draisaitl/Nugent Hopkins/Yamamoto was the hottest line in hockey the last 20 games and they don’t have to play the top Defensemen.
Huge advantage right??

Fucking nopers. Tippett inexplicably breaks up the line for the playoffs. Decides to put them back together for the last 7 minutes of the series and they create about six ridiculous chances.

None of that explains the last 20 years of suck. Having said all that. I’m about the least optimistic Oiler fan you’ll ever meet (most are completely delusional. I honestly haven’t expected them to make the playoffs every year for the last 10) yet I feel really good about the next 2-5 years. Management is the best it’s been since the 80’s and they actually have a decent prospect group now. May not win the cup, but they’ll be a perennial top 4 team in the west for a while.

1 more #1 pick is all they need? They've selected #1 four fucking times in the last 10 years.

I've heard it all now.

Sarcasm detector working fine, I see

8/8/20 11:13 AM
5/7/08
Posts: 23777

What a giveaway of a game by Columbus. How does Nyquist even see the ice in overtime after that garbage? Torts is getting soft

8/8/20 5:59 PM
3/23/06
Posts: 9525

Next round:

Vegas vs Chicago 

Avalanche vs Arizona 

8/8/20 6:02 PM
3/23/06
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RJJH -
Jason Watts -

This seeding is way better then current nhl playoff bracket format. The nhl switched it 7 years ago holding to the idea their would be more “rivalries” with divisions seeing each other more each playoff, but to me it has become repetitive. I like seeing central and pacific teams playing more of each other in the opening round, as well as metro and Atlantic. 

its become terribly repetative. you play teams your division like 6 times in the regular season. then you have to match up with one of them for a 7 game  series.

thats potentially 13 games against one team... in a 89 game span. its insane and whoever thought it would be a good idea should never be hired for anything ever again.

It’s true the NHL wanted more “rivalries in the playoffs”.  I can’t stand it.  I want to see 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, etc etc.  I hate seeing some of the best teams eliminated in round 1.  

8/8/20 7:37 PM
3/23/06
Posts: 9531

Tampa Bay vs Flyers on the big NBC in 30 minutes! 

8/8/20 7:42 PM
7/8/02
Posts: 7717

Yea. I mean I’m glad there’s hockey. But the playoffs are supposed to be a best of tournament. The parity is at an all time high. So true, there isn’t that much difference between a 5 and a 12 team. But still, too many teams already make the playoffs. I want to see just the best teams playing each other.

8/8/20 7:48 PM
6/27/05
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Blackhawks locker room before game 1

8/8/20 8:48 PM
6/22/09
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Have a day NAK!!!

8/8/20 10:44 PM
6/27/05
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Wayne Glamcock -

and subfighter alumni

Nucks or Flames vs the Blues - either of them will knock out St Louis.

8/8/20 10:48 PM
6/22/09
Posts: 20120

3 and 0 in the Round Robin.  We're going streaking boys!

 

8/9/20 4:20 AM
12/31/18
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Playoffs begin Tuesday. Let’s go VGK

8/9/20 7:36 AM
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3 and 0 in the Round Robin.  We're going streaking boys!

 

time for the real games for philly to start

 

8/9/20 4:53 PM
3/23/06
Posts: 9543

Dallas vs St Louis is live, last Round Robin game.  And tonight it’s winner takes all IN TORONTO VS COLUMBUS!  

8/9/20 5:10 PM
1/1/01
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So are the Blues even playing for anything in this game since they lost their previous 2 games?

8/9/20 8:23 PM
4/18/01
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Jackets up one early. I better start drinking
8/9/20 10:10 PM
2/25/15
Posts: 4288

Canucks vs Blues is gonna be a wild series. 

8/9/20 10:14 PM
4/18/01
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Foudy is going to be a beast!
8/9/20 10:28 PM
3/23/06
Posts: 9567

Fuuuuckkkk I wanted Toronto from the East! 

8/9/20 10:28 PM
4/18/01
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Jackets!
8/9/20 10:33 PM
3/23/06
Posts: 9568


so here are the Eastern Conference round 1 matchups