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(TSN)   It's time to use & then put away the razors. The NHL regular season ends with 10 games today starting at 12:30 ET. With the second season starting Wed night, it's time to shake off the winter blahs & get your fingers warmed up & ready to play   (tsn.ca) divider line 118
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2014-04-13 12:10:38 PM
Some music to get you in the mood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PokDj9u09A
 
2014-04-13 12:18:19 PM
Trimmed my beard down to a number 1, I'm already in the mood.

Sucks I have to wait till Thursday.
 
2014-04-13 12:25:51 PM
Shaving day is today, not Wednesday?
 
2014-04-13 12:28:43 PM
Not much on the line today. Here's what we got...

Eastern Conference

Matchups guaranteed (team with home advantage listed 1st)

Boston v Detroit

Pittsburgh v Columbus
NY Rangers v Philadelphia

(DET and CBJ are wild card teams, but the records broke perfectly to avoid any crossover matchups)

Tampa Bay and Montreal will be the other series, with the winner facing the BOS-DET winner

Montreal does not play today. If Tampa (@WAS) wins in any fashion today, they will take 2nd in the division and gain home ice advantage. Any TB loss gives that to MTL (a TB OT loss ties the teams at 100 pts, MTL wins the ROW tiebreaker 40-38)

Western Conference

Matchups we know:

Anaheim v Dallas (Wild Card 2)
San Jose v Los Angeles

Central Division matchups we don't really know because the division title is still in question between St. Louis and Colorado. Both teams have 111 points, Colorado has the ROW tiebreaker 47-43

St. Louis hosts Detroit this afternoon, Colorado visits Anaheim tonight

STL wins the division with a win + COL loss or an OT loss + COL regulation loss
COL wins the division with a win or an OT loss + STL loss

Division winner will face Minnesota (Wild Card 1)
Other team will face Chicago

Also, I'll update my Alternate NHL standings sheet at the end of the games today.
 
2014-04-13 12:30:29 PM

desertgeek: St. Louis hosts Detroit this afternoon, Colorado visits Anaheim tonight

STL wins the division with a win + COL loss or an OT loss + COL regulation loss
COL wins the division with a win or a STL loss


Edited myself.
 
2014-04-13 12:37:13 PM
Thank god this season is over,
 
2014-04-13 12:38:20 PM
More: Chris Pronger, Henrik Sedin,... New Jersey Devils, ... Alex Burrows, ... Edmonton Oilers, ... Canucks

Methinks the lovely Admin who greenlighted this doesn't know much about hockey, or at least fairly recent hockey anyway...

I haven't decided if I want to shave the winter beard off & start again or just take it down to a #1 also.  Probably will stick with it & go for the wildman look (should also trim my hair today too, it's a long time until June...).

I'm actually a little concerned about this first round.  My beloved Ducks for some reason have a tough time with Dallas.  Then again drawing the Wild with a freshly rejuvenated Briz minding the pipes & probably wanting to do really well against his old team could be really dangerous as well.  Then again, the entire West is pretty much a lethal toss up this year, if the Wild win in regulation today then 7 out of 8 of the teams will finish with 100 points or more.  I wonder if there has ever been such a strong (point wise) conference going into the playoffs.  Whatever it is though, it's going to be one hell of a ride over the next few weeks.

Time to flip on the Blues/Wings game, I wonder if any of the old time rivalry still exists or if it's just going to be a soft, exhibition type game today.  We'll see.

/hi to all the hockey regulars staggering in after coming out of hibernation, time to wake up for the real hockey season...
 
2014-04-13 12:39:44 PM
desertgeek:

Pittsburgh v Columbus


FTFA:  The Metropolitan Division-champion Pittsburgh Penguins close out their regular season tonight in a home matchup with the Ottawa Senators.

ESPN agrees.
 
2014-04-13 12:46:24 PM

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: Shaving day is today, not Wednesday?


Yep, today.  Last day of the season starts no-shave.  Took mine to a #1 with my Braun yesterday. Hope Wings/Blues turns into a game and not Stars-on-Ice.  Will flip over to Bolts/Caps when the puck drops. If Bolts win, gives them home Ice over Habs.

/Go Bolts!
 
2014-04-13 12:47:41 PM
Let's go Avalanche!!!

Never thought I would see the day, rooting for the red wings. I feel dirty.
 
2014-04-13 12:56:54 PM
WTF was that goalie interference call in the Blues Wings game?
 
2014-04-13 01:01:31 PM
Fantastic goal by Detroit!  1-0 Wings
 
2014-04-13 01:21:12 PM

Johnny Texas: WTF was that goalie interference call in the Blues Wings game?


Yeah, if there was interference on that play then 90% of plays would involve the call.
 
2014-04-13 01:27:46 PM
I can't freaking wait till Every night a prime time hockey game!

Have to keep a clean shave for work, but I'll be growing a beard in spirit.
 
2014-04-13 01:28:52 PM
Here are the remaining scenarios:

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
The Lightning would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in a first-round matchup against Montreal if they beat the Washington Capitals in any fashion.

IF THE PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY ...

MONTREAL CANADIENS

The Canadiens (idle) would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in a first-round matchup against Tampa Bay if the Lightning lose to the Washington Capitals in regulation, overtime or a shootout.

The Avalanche would clinch the Central Division title and play the Wild in the first round if they defeat the Anaheim Ducks in any fashion OR if they lose to the Ducks in overtime or a shootout AND the Blues fail to get two points against the Detroit Red Wings OR if the Blues lose in regulation.

ST. LOUIS BLUES

The Blues would clinch the Central Division title and play the Wild in the first round if they defeat the Red Wings in any fashion AND the Avalanche lose to the Ducks in any fashion OR if the Blues lose to the Red Wings in overtime or a shootout AND the Avalanche lose to the Ducks in regulation.
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The four playoff pairings in the Eastern Conference are: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (with home-ice still to be determined) and New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers.

The eight teams in the Western Conference that clinched postseason berths are: St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars. In the West, Anaheim will play Dallas in the first round and San Jose will play Los Angeles. The Central Division winner (either Colorado or St. Louis) will face Minnesota and the second-place finisher in the Central will face Chicago.


As has been the case since 1979-80, 16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This season, however, the format is a set bracket that is largely division-based with wild cards.

The top three teams in each division will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season record and regardless of division. It is possible for one division in each conference to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends just three.

In the First Round, the division winner with the best record in each conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other division winner.

The teams finishing second and third in each division will meet in the First Round within the bracket headed by their respective division winners. First-round winners within each bracket play one another in the Second Round to determine the four participants in the Conference Finals.

Home-ice advantage through the first two rounds goes to the team that placed higher in the regular-season standings. In the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, home-ice advantage goes to the team that had the better regular-season record -- regardless of the teams' final standing in their respective divisions.
 
2014-04-13 01:34:23 PM
I'm pretty disappointed that the Wings dropped the last home game against Carolina.  I really wanted us to play the Penguins in the first round.
 
2014-04-13 01:49:02 PM
How do you fark up a 3-on-1?  As a Wings fan I'm glad that the Blues did, but seriously?
 
2014-04-13 01:53:30 PM

Polish Hussar: How do you fark up a 3-on-1?  As a Wings fan I'm glad that the Blues did, but seriously?


He was saying "something" on the bench as he skated over. I think it might have been profane.
 
2014-04-13 01:57:24 PM
Goal!  2-0 Detroit.  Beauty from just inside the blue line
 
2014-04-13 01:57:33 PM

Polish Hussar: How do you fark up a 3-on-1?  As a Wings fan I'm glad that the Blues did, but seriously?


The Blues have done a steep descent to Crapville the last 6 weeks, that's why.

Red Wings, decimated by injuries: pull off a minor miracle and get into the playoffs.

Blues, decimated by injuries: completely unravel and now will probably get trounced by the Hawks in the first round.

In the battle of the Cocks, Babcock is a far better coach IMHO.

I should have known better than to get my hopes up.
 
2014-04-13 01:58:02 PM
Haha, as drinky winky scores a Notre Dame logo was on a person in the first row. Priceless. 2-0 Wings.
 
2014-04-13 01:58:32 PM
Ryan Miller looked really bad on that last goal, even if he was screened.
 
2014-04-13 02:00:07 PM
I almost feel bad for the Blues.
 
2014-04-13 02:04:31 PM

ytterbium: Red Wings, decimated by injuries: pull off a minor miracle and get into the playoffs.


We always rely on depth of lines and extensive scouting, which saved us our streak. Last year was fourteen games of playoff experience, and this year will be more practice, but the coming two years at least will be strong enough to avoid miracles or fortune, injuries or otherwise.
 
2014-04-13 02:06:39 PM

wxboy: Ryan Miller looked really bad on that last goal, even if he was screened.


You can take Miller out of Buffalo, but you can't take the Buffalo out of Miller.  His impending failure against Chicago (or even whichever wild card team they play if they win) will be astounding to watch.
 
2014-04-13 02:10:22 PM

pregerstheHobo: Let's go Avalanche!!!

Never thought I would see the day, rooting for the red wings. I feel dirty.


Same here.

Drew needs to update this oldie but goodie...
www.drewlitton.com
 
2014-04-13 02:10:28 PM

2wolves: desertgeek:

Pittsburgh v Columbus


FTFA:  The Metropolitan Division-champion Pittsburgh Penguins close out their regular season tonight in a home matchup with the Ottawa Senators.

ESPN agrees.


Yes, but his post was about the first round of the playoffs, wherein the Penguins will play the Blue Jackets.
 
2014-04-13 02:13:16 PM

Polish Hussar: I'm pretty disappointed that the Wings dropped the last home game against Carolina.  I really wanted us to play the Penguins in the first round.


I think I prefer our changes against the Bruins with a healed Wings. Plus, this setup gives me a better chance of seeing Red Wings playoff games in Tampa Bay than hoping for conference finals. The one aggravation is I do not see a major challenge to the Penguins in the first or second round, and thus, if we or Lightning progress to semifinals, I fear facing a Pittsburgh which has had four or five game rounds and plenty of rest; no offense to the other teams, but I think Penguins will edge out some early victories because the current team has had extensive playoff experience.
 
2014-04-13 02:15:03 PM

Vantango84: 2wolves: desertgeek:

Pittsburgh v Columbus


FTFA:  The Metropolitan Division-champion Pittsburgh Penguins close out their regular season tonight in a home matchup with the Ottawa Senators.

ESPN agrees.

Yes, but his post was about the first round of the playoffs, wherein the Penguins will play the Blue Jackets.


Ok, no more happy fun beer for me.
 
2014-04-13 02:15:07 PM

Vangor: ytterbium: Red Wings, decimated by injuries: pull off a minor miracle and get into the playoffs.

We always rely on depth of lines and extensive scouting, which saved us our streak. Last year was fourteen games of playoff experience, and this year will be more practice, but the coming two years at least will be strong enough to avoid miracles or fortune, injuries or otherwise.


The Griffins are my closest pro team (well, K-Wings too), so I've seen some games live and follow the team.

They mirror the Wings system and the team plays as if they're going to get called up. Obviously, this has worked well for Detroit.
 
2014-04-13 02:33:30 PM
Holy collision between two Blues. Roy is down, wow they are just a dumpster fire right now.
 
2014-04-13 02:34:45 PM
Two Blue-on-Blue collisions in one minute, the second looks like Roy got hurt. I may go go laundry, this is sad.
 
2014-04-13 02:35:37 PM
Damn, held onto too long on that breakaway.
 
2014-04-13 02:43:57 PM
The Blues are a goddamn train wreck.
 
2014-04-13 02:44:04 PM
Goal Applegator!  3-1 Wings
 
2014-04-13 02:44:38 PM

Polish Hussar: Goal Applicator Applegator!  3-1 Wings


FTFY
 
2014-04-13 02:44:39 PM

Polish Hussar: Goal Applegator!  3-1 Wings


Correction, 3-0 Wings.  My bad.
 
2014-04-13 02:45:08 PM

Johnny Texas: The Blues are a goddamn train wreck.


Sad part is it is not really Miller.  He has no one in front of him. His D had their Sticks up their asses.
 
2014-04-13 02:45:31 PM
Ref down
 
2014-04-13 02:45:36 PM
Zebra got a slew foot.
 
2014-04-13 02:46:21 PM
No weight on right leg.
 
2014-04-13 02:47:22 PM

Johnny Texas: Zebra got a slew foot.


lokis_mentor: No weight on right leg.


It appears that his right foot has been slain
 
2014-04-13 02:48:38 PM
Wow. Almost 6 whole periods without scoring for the Blues. These guys suck.
 
2014-04-13 02:50:35 PM
2.cdn.nhle.com

/go habs...need one more for the wall
 
2014-04-13 02:52:55 PM

physco71: [2.cdn.nhle.com image 553x367]

/go habs...need one more for the wall


Or at least one in the past 20 years.  :)
 
2014-04-13 02:53:33 PM
Another year of no beard for me.  And we finish the fiasco with the Islanders.  I'd almost feel bad taking the shirt from the Sabres goalie seeing as it's his first and possibly only NHL start.
 
2014-04-13 02:53:34 PM

physco71: [2.cdn.nhle.com image 553x367]

/go habs...need one more for the wall


Dear Canada
 
2014-04-13 02:54:33 PM

Johnny Texas: physco71: [2.cdn.nhle.com image 553x367]

/go habs...need one more for the wall

Or at least one in the past 20 years.  :)


Fun fact:  The Leafs have not a won a Stanley Cup in the franchise history of the Vancouver Canucks.
 
2014-04-13 02:55:14 PM
Abby has been waiting too long all day.  Damn
 
2014-04-13 02:55:25 PM
Not sure that was a 'patient play' by Miller as much as another long delay on a breakaway shot.
 
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