I watched bits and pieces of the Blues/Wings game. Never count out the Wings cause man they can burn you in a hurry. I'm curious to see if Shanny reviews that 5 min & game boarding call on the Blues. If he does and with only 2 games left in the season this will be our first indication is Sheriff Shanny will still give out supplementals during the playoffs and if there will be any consistency to how the rules are applied.
coco_canuck wrote:There's a lot of things I like to criticize the NHL for, but the 3 point system keeps more teams in the race and makes the last quarter of the regular season very exciting.
Yeah, lets face it if the Northwest was more like the Pacific these last few games would be far more interesting and exciting to watch. We're all just bored as f*ck because the division and at least second place has been locked up for weeks if not longer.
Everyone is nitpicking at this point when we're fighting for the President's Trophy.
But I am enjoying the fact that a team we are going to play in the first round is fighting tooth and nail at this point in the season just to get into the playoffs. Go beat the piss outta each other boys!
Aaronp18 wrote:But I am enjoying the fact that a team we are going to play in the first round is fighting tooth and nail at this point in the season just to get into the playoffs. Go beat the piss outta each other boys!
Hey now, those akin to the bountiful crowd would have you believe those teams are battle tested and better prepared for the playoffs than the Canucks. Don't mind the fact that the Canucks have been beating these desperate teams down the stretch.
If the Canucks don't dispatch their 1st round opponent in 4-5 games I'll be shocked.
coco_canuck wrote: If the Canucks don't dispatch their 1st round opponent in 4-5 games I'll be shocked.
I hate it that we are going to end up with San Jose.
I love our team, don't get me wrong.
Something just feels wrong about the Sharks to me.
It's like all this time they have been expected to win and they choke, now they have no expectations and....
I feel the exact same way. The Sharks scare me greatly for some reason. Even last year when we beat them in 5, I didn't get a sense that we truly outplayed the Sharks after Games 1 and 2, and that those games easily could have gone the other way.
Sharks will be a formiddable opponent, as will the Kings. I don't mind playing any team in the 2nd round, but I hope we avoid those teams in the first.
Farhan Lalji wrote:Sharks will be a formiddable opponent, as will the Kings. I don't mind playing any team in the 2nd round, but I hope we avoid those teams in the first.
I don't find LA to me all that formidable for the reasons I've outlined in this thread.
The Yotes would be more difficult because of their team speed IMO.
The thing that scares me greatly about the Kings, is that their team defense is pretty damned good. Their offense however, despite having tremendous talent up front, has struggled mightily this year for reasons I cannot fathom. However - given the talent level up front, I get the feeling that they could 'turn it up' in a playoff environment.....making them a threat both offensively and defensively.
The Kings almost have a Mount Vesuvius feel for me. The Kings also have the ability to push teams around physically, and the Canucks haven't always responded well to that.
Phoenix is a hard nosed team with a great work ethic, but I don't think they'll be able to beat us provided that we play at our best. In that sense - I think the Canucks would beat Phoenix similarly to how we beat Nashville last year (i.e. a team that will beat us in a few games if we are slightly off, but a team that will lose if we're at the top of our game).
I don't think Chicago or Dallas will pose too much of a threat to us. Neither would Colorado if we're still counting them.
We're on a 7 game winning streak playing at 50-75%.
In those seven games, we've been without Dank, Bieksa's been out for a few, our goalies have pitched two shut outs against teams that are desperately trying to get to the post season and in our last game, coming back from being down 4-2.
Not too shabby considering we had absolutely nothing to play for.