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2013-04-24 09:41:49 AM
Matters not, Hawks win the cup this year
 
2013-04-24 09:46:39 AM
Ultra Mega OK Fark: The Red Wings are out of a playoff spot.
 
2013-04-24 10:10:32 AM
Not news: the Bruins won't make it out of the first round.
 
2013-04-24 10:17:20 AM

Rev.K: Ultra Mega OK Fark: The Red Wings are out of a playoff spot.


Behind by one point with a game in hand gives them a better shot at the last spot than the Jackets.
 
2013-04-24 10:18:50 AM
Which explains why spring is so late coming.  The Leafs aren't out yet.
 
2013-04-24 10:20:42 AM
Don't about 85% of the hockey teams make the playoffs?
 
2013-04-24 10:23:28 AM
If this were a full season, the Leafs would've had enough time to blow it. They're don't usually fall out of the race until the later part of the season anyway.

Clearly the half-season lockout was their idea based on this tradition.
 
2013-04-24 10:24:01 AM
o/~ It's the end of the world as we know it / It's the end of the world as we know it / It's the end of the world as we know it / and I'll . . . reserve my judgment on how I feel about it until I see who makes it out of the first round o/~
 
2013-04-24 10:24:33 AM

fatalvenom: Not news: the Bruins won't make it out of the first round.


Ugh, that was just farking awful last night.... At 4-1 I decided I'd rather be sleeping than watch that pitiful display.

I just hope they make a series out of it.
 
2013-04-24 10:25:00 AM

TheGreatGazoo: Don't about 85% of the hockey teams make the playoffs?


53%.   Still, better than half chance of making it.
 
2013-04-24 10:26:26 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: Matters not, Hawks win the cup this year


Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Hawks are the favorites to win the West, but both the Kings and the Nucks stack up well against Chicago. And really, with the world's most streaky goalie (Crawford) in net, anything can happen.

That said, Hawks/Pens would make for a hell of a Finals. Particularly if Crosby comes back.
 
2013-04-24 10:28:20 AM
Maybe they should have a lockout every year.
 
2013-04-24 10:31:06 AM

Jubeebee: That said, Hawks/Pens would make for a hell of a Finals. Particularly if Crosby comes back.


That would be an epic match up, honestly even if Hawks lost I'd still walk away happy having watched so much skill on the ice
 
2013-04-24 10:31:07 AM

IAmRight: Maybe they should have a lockout every year.



I think you're trying to thread-shait like you do in most hockey threads, but I have honestly enjoyed the shortened season. Regular season games mean more.

I also think baseball and basketball should shorten their seasons as well. Football has it right, and I think that adding games to their season is a mistake.
 
2013-04-24 10:38:37 AM
I wish the Wild would play like they did last night EVERY damn night. Only need one more win to clinch a playoff spot.
 
2013-04-24 10:41:50 AM

fatalvenom: but I have honestly enjoyed the shortened season. Regular season games mean more.


I disagree. Each game represents a greater percentage of points, yes, but injuries make several games mean far less to me. Sure, a single game is more exciting, but overall the experience balances out when I realize we are missing three or four significant players for a few weeks which has us slide for several games. Multiple teams were wracked by this. Also, did not feel all of the players came back as ready to play due to the length of time between seasons.

This may be a result of length of the season versus duration. I could see making the season the same length but over a longer duration. Still, I love me hockey and love me games on every other night or so.
 
2013-04-24 10:42:40 AM

meanmutton: Behind by one point with a game in hand gives them a better shot at the last spot than the Jackets.


True, and the tie-breaker would go to Detroit too.

Still, if they lose, they're in trouble.
 
2013-04-24 10:43:39 AM

fatalvenom: I think you're trying to thread-shait like you do in most hockey threads, but I have honestly enjoyed the shortened season. Regular season games mean more.

I also think baseball and basketball should shorten their seasons as well.


Maybe I'm just supporting the teams that finally get a chance to see the playoffs.

/obviously a shorter season would be better in all these sports
//but that's where they get all their money (guaranteed number of nights on TV - increased broadcasts; increased money from season tickets/parking/game night tickets/concessions)
///good luck convincing rich people to accept less money
 
2013-04-24 10:44:13 AM

Vangor: fatalvenom: but I have honestly enjoyed the shortened season. Regular season games mean more.

I disagree. Each game represents a greater percentage of points, yes, but injuries make several games mean far less to me. Sure, a single game is more exciting, but overall the experience balances out when I realize we are missing three or four significant players for a few weeks which has us slide for several games. Multiple teams were wracked by this. Also, did not feel all of the players came back as ready to play due to the length of time between seasons.

This may be a result of length of the season versus duration. I could see making the season the same length but over a longer duration. Still, I love me hockey and love me games on every other night or so.


Well if they prepared for season as if the date it started on was the scheduled one, I believe more guys would have been ready.

That being said, injuries affect football the same way. Injuries happen.
 
2013-04-24 10:45:25 AM

IAmRight: fatalvenom: I think you're trying to thread-shait like you do in most hockey threads, but I have honestly enjoyed the shortened season. Regular season games mean more.

I also think baseball and basketball should shorten their seasons as well.

Maybe I'm just supporting the teams that finally get a chance to see the playoffs.

/obviously a shorter season would be better in all these sports
//but that's where they get all their money (guaranteed number of nights on TV - increased broadcasts; increased money from season tickets/parking/game night tickets/concessions)
///good luck convincing rich people to accept less money


Of course money is the driving factor. That's why the league wants an 18-game regular season.
 
2013-04-24 10:46:47 AM
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2013-04-24 10:47:16 AM

Jubeebee: IdBeCrazyIf: Matters not, Hawks win the cup this year

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Hawks are the favorites to win the West, but both the Kings and the Nucks stack up well against Chicago. And really, with the world's most streaky goalie (Crawford) in net, anything can happen.

That said, Hawks/Pens would make for a hell of a Finals. Particularly if Crosby comes back.


My prediction this year is a Hawks/Pens final, assuming Keith doesn't get suspended or killed by a feminist.
 
2013-04-24 10:54:08 AM
Go Jets!

/still a chance
 
2013-04-24 10:54:50 AM

fatalvenom: Of course money is the driving factor. That's why the league wants an 18-game regular season.


Everyone acts as though the promotion/relegation system in English soccer is the thing worth taking from them even though it's an incredibly stupid idea in America. But the best thing to take would be the schedule - just play a home-and-home with every other team in the league. No reason you can't do this in every league.

Hey, every MLB team could play a home-and-home pair of three-game series against every other team and it would only take 12 more games than the regular season currently does. And it would eliminate the need for playoffs.
 
2013-04-24 10:57:23 AM

xiola: Go Jets!

/still a chance


We need some ultra bed-shiatting on the Sens and/or Rangers behalf.
 
2013-04-24 11:01:08 AM

IAmRight: fatalvenom: Of course money is the driving factor. That's why the league wants an 18-game regular season.

Everyone acts as though the promotion/relegation system in English soccer is the thing worth taking from them even though it's an incredibly stupid idea in America. But the best thing to take would be the schedule - just play a home-and-home with every other team in the league. No reason you can't do this in every league.

Hey, every MLB team could play a home-and-home pair of three-game series against every other team and it would only take 12 more games than the regular season currently does. And it would eliminate the need for playoffs.


American football can't handle a 62 game season.

We like our playoffs.  The "need" for them is -- they're awesome.

They do have playoffs in English football too.  The FA Cup is the most notable one.
 
2013-04-24 11:02:29 AM
WOOOOOOOO!

I was actually at the Knicks game last night. When I got word about the Islanders clinching I let out a cheer and a fist pump at a completely inappropriate time for what was happening in the basketball game. But whatever, I couldn't be more excited. Unlike 2007 I think the Isles actually have a chance to make some noise this year. We'll see.
 
2013-04-24 11:07:33 AM

meanmutton: American football can't handle a 62 game season.


Obviously that would be the exception.

meanmutton: They do have playoffs in English football too.  The FA Cup is the most notable one.


Yes, but you're rewarded for winning the regular season with something of a bit more significance than playing on your home field. It's weird how Americans don't like the idea of being No. 1 in a regular season - a tournament is apparently the only form of success.

Especially for, say, baseball. "Hey, being the best after 162 games is fine and dandy...but what if we decided our champion based on a couple of short series? That's a far better measure than 162 games worth of success."

/excitement is fine
//but stop pretending that it "proves" things
 
2013-04-24 11:07:46 AM
Go Jackets! GO Kings! Please beat the Wings
 
2013-04-24 11:10:33 AM

xiola: TheGreatGazoo: Don't about 85% of the hockey teams make the playoffs?

53%.   Still, better than half chance of making it.


And even with that the Islanders haven't made the playoffs since '07, have only made it 4 times since '94, and haven't been to the 2nd round since '93. You'll have to excuse us if we're a bit overexcited.
 
2013-04-24 11:11:12 AM

Rev.K: Ultra Mega OK Fark: The Red Wings are out of a playoff spot.


Super Duper Fark: Blue Jackets may be in
 
2013-04-24 11:18:40 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: Matters not, Hawks win the cup this year


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2013-04-24 11:24:52 AM

meanmutton: Rev.K: Ultra Mega OK Fark: The Red Wings are out of a playoff spot.

Behind by one point with a game in hand gives them a better shot at the last spot than the Jackets.


Yes, we're officially rooting for the Kings tonight.

/I will feel very dirty over rooting for LA
 
2013-04-24 11:40:02 AM

xiola: Go Jets!

/still a chance


Yeah, I wanna see the Caps, Rangers, and Jets all make the playoffs, but two out of three ain't bad.

Now if the Bruins can win the NE, we get Montreal/Toronto in the first round.

/popcorn
 
2013-04-24 11:45:40 AM
Reports are that Ottawa's Erik Karlsson might return tomorrow night (@WSH), 10 weeks to the day after Matt Cooke sliced his Achilles.
 
2013-04-24 11:53:36 AM
I do believe Chicago clinches El Presedente with a win over the Oilers tonight.

This match up could call for a few beers tonight.
 
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2013-04-24 12:06:21 PM

fatalvenom: Not news: the Bruins won't make it out of the first round.


Bingo.  Lackluster team is lackluster.

And grats to both the Leafs and Islanders.
 
2013-04-24 12:33:35 PM
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2013-04-24 12:35:02 PM
In other news, Brian Elliott apparently figured out where he left his game after last season. It was in Peoria, all this time, which is the last place anybody ever looks for anything. Tough one on Sunday, but now they're in and still have an outside chance of moving into fourth. They're only a point back of both LA and SJ, but LA and SJ play each other in the last game, so somebody's getting at least two out of the four possible points remaining.

They do need to start scoring some goals, however. At least the power play has been showing signs of life.
 
2013-04-24 12:35:40 PM
Hawks won't make it past the Ducks.  Remember, the Hawks haven't beat them all season and have a losing record against the Canucks.  The Hawks ply great against lesser teams but can't make it count against high quality teams.
 
2013-04-24 01:19:56 PM
In other news......the Flames can't even tank the end of the season properly.
 
2013-04-24 01:35:13 PM

phyrkrakr: In other news, Brian Elliott apparently figured out where he left his game after last season. It was in Peoria, all this time, which is the last place anybody ever looks for anything. Tough one on Sunday, but now they're in and still have an outside chance of moving into fourth. They're only a point back of both LA and SJ, but LA and SJ play each other in the last game, so somebody's getting at least two out of the four possible points remaining.

They do need to start scoring some goals, however. At least the power play has been showing signs of life.


I would almost consider the Blues a dark horse this year. They have the means, and they haven't gotten as much attention as the rest of the Western contenders. I don't know if my heart would survive a STL/Chicago WCF though.
 
2013-04-24 02:05:51 PM
I don't want to play someone boring in the first round, that's all.

If it's the Blues, I will not watch.
 
2013-04-24 02:12:21 PM
Props to Jay Bouwmeester who will play his first career playoff game next week.

hitmanric: In other news......the Flames can't even tank the end of the season properly.


It's truly maddening.
 
2013-04-24 02:12:38 PM
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2013-04-24 02:12:38 PM

flak attack: Hawks won't make it past the Ducks.  Remember, the Hawks haven't beat them all season and have a losing record against the Canucks.  The Hawks ply great against lesser teams but can't make it count against high quality teams.


No worries son, Emery will get the nod come playoff time every game.
 
2013-04-24 03:12:56 PM
Best SCF scenario for skill: Hawks/Pens
Best SCF scenario for lulz: Blue Jackets/Jets (or Leafs)

Of course, I'm getting ahead of myself here, since neither the Jackets nor the Jets have clinched.

I'm rather worried about the Hawks' lackluster performance against the Nucks and the Ducks. Against the Canucks the Hawks have one win, one regulation loss, and one overtime loss, while against the Ducks they have one overtime and two regulation losses. Not confidence-inspiring.
 
2013-04-24 03:34:23 PM

Jubeebee: IdBeCrazyIf: Matters not, Hawks win the cup this year

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Hawks are the favorites to win the West, but both the Kings and the Nucks stack up well against Chicago. And really, with the world's most streaky goalie (Crawford) in net, anything can happen.

That said, Hawks/Pens would make for a hell of a Finals. Particularly if Crosby comes back.


Not to mention the Blues, if Brian Elliot continues to play like he has all through the month of April.
 
2013-04-24 03:37:05 PM

phyrkrakr: In other news, Brian Elliott apparently figured out where he left his game after last season. It was in Peoria, all this time, which is the last place anybody ever looks for anything. Tough one on Sunday, but now they're in and still have an outside chance of moving into fourth. They're only a point back of both LA and SJ, but LA and SJ play each other in the last game, so somebody's getting at least two out of the four possible points remaining.

They do need to start scoring some goals, however. At least the power play has been showing signs of life.


Who knew that sending Perron to the fourth line would wake the forwards up?
 
2013-04-24 04:03:51 PM
Good on the Leafs, I hope they do something with it.

keylock71: fatalvenom: Not news: the Bruins won't make it out of the first round.

Ugh, that was just farking awful last night.... At 4-1 I decided I'd rather be sleeping than watch that pitiful display.

I just hope they make a series out of it.


It was nice of the B's and Sox to let me off early and watch an awesome 30 for 30 last night.

/Seriously, "Elway to Marino" was damn good.
//Thank dog for the other Bruins. The Calder Cup has a good chance to return to Providence this year.
 
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