First-round predictions contest today

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OK, I’m scrapping my preseason pick of Los Angeles over Ottawa in the Stanley Cup finals. For fairly obvious reasons. Special thanks to coach Teddy Roosevelt, cheap-shot artist Chris Neil and the completely underachieving Senators.

So, starting over, below are my picks for the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs (thankfully no longer called conference quarterfinals).

As we do annually (or most years, I can’t remember), let’s have a first-round predictions contest. Submit your predictions in the format below. I can’t promise prizes, but I will try to round up something to hand out.

In case of ties, the accuracy of the Rangers-Flyers series will determine the winner.

I further tiebreakers are needed, the first will be the total goals scored in the Rangers-Flyers deciding game (closest without going over first). Then the final tiebreaker will be the total goals in Rangers-Flyers.

So your entry should look something like this:

EAST
Rangers over Flyers in 6.
Penguins over Blue Jackets in 7.
Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
Lightning over Canadiens in 7.
WEST
Avalanche over Wild in 6.
Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
Ducks over Stars in 5.
Kings over Sharks in 7.

1st tiebreaker: 8.
2nd tiebreaker: 35.

Only entries in this thread will count. Once the next thread goes up, the contest will be closed. That should happen this evening or overnight.

Also, please do not even attempt to enter more than once. I will check the IP address of any entry I do not recognize.

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  1. First, Carped.

    Am I missing the link to make picks, or is that not available yet?

    And there it is.

  2. First, Carped.

    Am I missing the link to make picks, or is that not available yet

    And there it is.

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 6.
    2nd tiebreaker: 25.

  4. ThisYearsModel on

    Trashing the annual coach of the year Teddy Roosevelt and the angelic Chris Neil to kick this off? Come on CARP. Hartnell tried to perform a circumcision on a Canes player yesterday. How about that?

    Rangers in 6
    Penguins in 6
    Boston in 5
    Montreal in 6
    Anaheim in 5
    San Jose in 7
    Colorado in 6
    Chicago in 7

    Tiebreakers 5 and 26

  5. *East*

    Rangers over Flyers in 6
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7

    *West*
    Avalanche over Wild in 5
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6
    Ducks over Stars in 5
    Kings over Sharks in 7

    1st Tiebreaker : 5
    2nd Tiebreaker : 29

  6. Doodie Machetto on

    Thisyear’s spent too much time reading your jokes about Ottawa and not enough time reading the directions.

  7. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ve said this for a while now. Either the Rangers win quickly or the Flyers win a long series. That goes double now with the scheduling BS.

  8. Doodie Machetto on

    How many total goals do you think will be scored in the deciding game of the series?

  9. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    So if the first tiebreaker is the accuracy of the Phlyers/Rangers series then why do you have to list it below?

  10. Doodie Machetto on

    I think Carp labeled the 1st/2nd tiebreakers incorrectly. They should be 2nd/3rd tiebreakers, technically.

  11. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 4.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 28.

  12. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 5.
    WEST
    Wild over Avalanche in 7.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Sharks over Kings in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 29.

  13. If my entry doesn’t count, then I’m definitely getting every one of these right.

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 33.

  14. “or 1st additionaly tiebreaker/2nd additional tiebreaker.”

    CARP would use a word like “additionaly”.

  15. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    *EAST*
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.

    *WEST*
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 7.
    2nd tiebreaker: 23.

  16. I had the Blues going to the Final at the beginning of the season, but I can’t see them beating the Blackhawks with all the injuries they have.

  17. The Ice Master on

    Second time in last 3 years the playoffs start with this HV guy in dirty Jersey… last time was a trip to the conference finals, and no “Fatty” this time… Lets go boys

    EAST

    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Bruins Over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.

    WEST

    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.

    2nd tiebreaker: 3.

    3rd tiebreaker: 25

  18. They’re debating whether to play Rinaldo right after coming off a suspension because he probably wont be getting away with close hits.

    If Rinaldo isnt in the lineup do you guys take out Carcillo and keep Fast? Id play Carcillo regardless of who’s in the lineup for them Rinaldo, Downie, Rosehill, McGinn…

  19. *EAST*
    Rangers over Flyers in 7
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 6
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5
    Canadiens over Lightnings in 6

    *WEST*
    Wild over Avs in 7
    Blackhawks over Blues in 5
    Ducks over Stars in 4
    Sharks over Kings in 7

    1st tiebreaker: 6
    2nd tiebreaker: 41

  20. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    @JoshRimerHockey Per @JoshuaCooper *Barry Trotz* will not be back as coach!

  21. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Yes, Lev. I think Carcillo should play regardless. But everyone knows how I feel about players that have won a cup.

  22. Straight Nash, Homey on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 6.
    2nd tiebreaker: 36.

  23. _If Rinaldo isnt in the lineup do you guys take out Carcillo and keep Fast? Id play Carcillo regardless of who’s in the lineup for them Rinaldo, Downie, Rosehill, McGinn_

    Flyers friend thinks Rinaldo in, Downie and Rosehill out. But agreed, there’s enough garbage on the Flyers roster that you want a player like Carcillo you can burn in retaliation if needed. Watch your wrists, Claude.

  24. _But everyone knows how I feel about players that have won a cup._

    They’re -occasionally tagalongs with great teammates- winners.

  25. Rob in Beantown on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 5
    Sharks over Kings in 7

    2nd tiebreaker: 4
    3rd tiebreaker: 24

  26. That’s really surprising about Trotz. They only finished 3 points back of a playoff berth with such an odd roster.

  27. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Sharks over Kings in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 3.
    2nd tiebreaker: 22.

  28. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 7.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 2.
    2nd tiebreaker: 27.

  29. I’m sure that firing Barry Trotz will work as well for the Predators as firing Lindy Ruff did for the Buffalo Tire Fires.

    He’ll have another job in a few minutes.

  30. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Sharks over Kings in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 4.
    2nd tiebreaker: 38.

  31. Flyers over rangers 6
    Pens over Columbus 6
    Bruins over wings 5
    Canadians over Tampa 6

    Blues over hawks 7
    Wild over avalanche 6
    Sharks over kings 7
    Ducks over stars 5

    Tiebreaker
    5
    32

  32. I’m having trouble deciding if I should go with the same picks in the Bonehead Bracket, and if I should go all out NYR fan in subsequent rounds.

  33. If the NYR lose in the first round, a nice AV firing is in the making.

    Bring MESSIER.

  34. Rangers in 5
    Pitt in 5
    Mtl in 5
    Boston in 6
    Avs in 5
    St.louis in 7
    Ducks in 4
    Kings in 7
    Tiebreaker 5
    2nd Tiebreaker 21

  35. Doodie Machetto on

    Zip floated the idea of Trotz going to Vancouver. It won’t happen. Vancouver doesn’t even have a GM yet. They are in no position to hire a coach. Trotz will have a new job by the end of the week.

  36. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    @BroadStBull 20m

    The average price of a #Flyers-Rangers tix is higher than any NHL playoff series: $292 per game, reports TiqIQ. $429 in NY, $189 in Phila.

  37. Flyers over Rangers in 6
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7

    Wild over Avalanche in 7
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6
    Ducks over Stars in 5
    Kings over Sharks in 7

    1st tiebreaker: 1
    2nd tiebreaker: 24

  38. CARP,

    That is ridiculous. I would never pick these no-talents. It’s clearly a joke. And you fell for it.

    Real pick:

    Flyers in 3.

  39. If Paul Maurice isnt brought back in Winnipeg im going with Trotz to the Jets. He’s from that area as well I believe. Wherever he goes he will do well. Nashville took a step backwards imo.

  40. Noah-donagh-eider, 31 on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.

    WEST
    Wild over Avalanche in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 6.
    2nd tiebreaker: 38.

  41. My picks here are identical to the Bonehead bracket.

    Made with the head and not the heart so I didn’t have NYR winning the cup. Now I hate myself a little.

  42. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not sure Caps are ready to hire Trotx either. GMGM could be on his way out, and if so, they wouldn’t be in a place to hire Trotz, either.

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m sure wherever Trotz chooses, and it will be his choice as opposed to just whomever will have him, it will be a team that spends to the cap ceiling. I’m sure he’s tired of running a budget squad.

  44. Trotz > Torts & Trots.

    Trotz also > Capuano, DeBoer, Oates, Carlyle, Teddy Roosevelt, Berube, Muller, Eakins, etc. etc.

  45. East
    Rangers over Flyers in 7
    Penguins over BJackets in 6
    RedWings over Bruins in 7
    Canadians over Lightning in 6

    West
    Av’s over Wild in 7
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6
    Ducks over Stars in 6
    Kings over Sharks in 5

    1st tiebreaker 5
    2nd ” ” 29

  46. Carp

    I think you got Ron Finn right, but the other linesman sure looks like the great Matt Pavelich, no? And the ref? Bryan Lewis.

  47. 100% agree Carp. Jagr said if the Devils let DeBoer go there’d be 10 teams waiting to sign him. Id love to see that list. Trotz would easily be the #1 on everyone’s list. Then probably Carlyle. Laviolette would even be before DeBoer.

    Also if Trotz goes to Washington, Ovechkin wont be a Capital for much longer if he continues the -35 trend.

  48. Well, since I have the Bruins and Blues (my original Cup Finalists) going out in the first round, I figured I could -hope- rationalize the Rangers making it.

  49. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 5.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 23.

  50. You’re right on Bryan Lewis, Stemmer.

    and on Matt Pavelich. The moustache threw me. I thought it was Asselstine. Now that I see a bigger version of the pic, I do think it’s Pavelich.

  51. Didn’t think the kid Spieth would tighten-up having watched him cool as a cucumber for 2 years. Sunday back nine at the Masters when in contention is a cruel emotional test, as it should be.

  52. EAST

    NY Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 6.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7.
    Canadiens over TB in 5.

    WEST

    Wild over Avalanche in 7.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Sharks over Kings in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 5
    2nd tiebreaker: 24

  53. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Sharks over Kings in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 3.
    2nd tiebreaker: 28.

  54. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6
    Penguins over jackets in 7
    Bruins over wings in 5
    Lightning over Canadiens 7

    WEST
    Avs over Wild in 5
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 6
    Kings over Sharks in 7
    1st tiebreak-6
    2nd tiebreak-27

  55. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Why are the Capitals bothering to waive players right now? Are they just trying to remain relevant?

  56. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Oh. Maybe the league forgot to tell GMGM that they didn’t make the playoffs?

  57. Andrew Sidney on

    East
    Rangers over Flyers in 7
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6

    West
    Wild over Avalanche in 7
    Blues over Blackhawks in 6
    Stars over Ducks in 7
    Kings over Sharks in 6

    1st tiebreaker: 3
    2nd tiebreaker: 37

  58. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 4.
    2nd tiebreaker: 33.

  59. Rob Father of 5 on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 4.
    2nd tiebreaker: 22.

  60. Wow, they fired Trotz after what 15-16 years? Agree, he will find his new place very fast. One thing about Nashville- they’ve developed many impressive defensemen over the years. They play on first pairs all over the league. But they could never develop any elite offensive talent. Whether it’s a function of being closer to the cap floor, or Trotz’ defensive style remains to be seen when he goes elsewhere.

  61. OK, So sue me. Been reading every day for years and post very rarely and I’m coming out of the woodwork for a contest.

    EAST

    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.

    WEST

    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 4.
    2nd tiebreaker: 28.

    Peace out

  62. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Red Wings over Bruins in 6
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 6
    Kings over Sharks in 7

    1st tiebreaker: 4
    2nd tiebreaker: 21

  63. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 4.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 3.
    2nd tiebreaker: 37.

  64. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I wish, ilb. Actually, I could leave at 4:30PM most days but I end up staying until 6-7 because I’m a good employee

  65. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 5
    Sharks over Kings in 6

    First tiebreaker: 5
    Second tiebreaker: 30

  66. Have you ever planned to eat _at_ your desk but then decided to just eat your desk? #AskBrodeur

  67. *EAST*
    Rangers over Flyers in 7
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7

    *WEST*
    Avs over Wild in 6
    Hawks over Blues in 5
    Stars over Ducks in 6
    Sharks over Kings in 7

    Tiebreaker #1 – 5
    Tiebreaker #2 – 34

  68. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers in 5
    CBJ in 6
    Red wings in 6
    TB in 6

    Sharks in 7
    Ducks in 5
    Blues in 6
    Ava in 6

  69. (If you drive a car, car)
    I’ll tax the street
    (If you try to sit,
    I’ll tax your seat
    (If you get too cold,
    I’ll tax the heat
    (If you take a walk,
    I’ll tax your feet

    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman’

    Read more: Beatles – Taxman Lyrics | MetroLyrics

  70. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers in 5
    CBJ in 6
    Red wings in 6
    TB in 6

    Sharks in 7
    Ducks in 5
    Blues in 6
    Ava in 6

    Tiebreak 1: 4
    TB 2 : 32

  71. Mark in Miami on

    Rangers in 6
    I haven’t followed the other teams much this year but here goes:

    Penguins in 5
    Lighting in 7
    Boston in 6

    Who cares about the West. All I see is either Blackwawks or the Ducks winning the cup.

  72. @BroadStBull

    Homer won’t comment when asked if a concussion could be ruled out on Mason. Says team will decide Tues. if he can practice that day.#Flyers

  73. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 4
    2nd tiebreaker: 27

  74. 3C – you will regret not entering when you see the picture of the winner here with his (her) Journal News cardboard beer coaster!

  75. Re Trotz –

    I don’t care how good a coach he is, nobody stays in an organization for that long. Not in this era of sports. It’s really just the natural order of things.

    Rangers – Flyers: Rangers have done well to shut down Giroux, but if he breaks out, it’s real trouble. The simple fact is that the Rangers don’t have an impact player like him. Nash and St. Louis are not at that level.

  76. I know it’s a “fan” thing, but isn’t it funny how many of us holler and scream about how the Rangers are too soft, and yet almost everybody is picking the Rangers over the Flyers?

    except, Eric, of course, who would probably have picked the Islanders and Capitals over the Rangers in ’94.

  77. sb1, while I agree with you, it’s really dumb IMO to fire the best coach you could have and hire somebody not as good.

    and it’s not exactly as if David Poile has a sparkling track record in the NHL or Olympics.

  78. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 5.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 29.

  79. ThisYearsModel on

    Well, soft they are, but this has not deterred them against the Flyers. It has against Boston. The concern is the cumulative effect of the poundings. If they can dispatch the Flyers in 5, that will help their physical condition.

  80. @Russostrib

    RT @NHLJensen:Ryan Suter logged 2,411:54 of ice time this season for #MNWild. Most in single season since Brian Leetch (2,449:19) in 1998-99

  81. they are soft, and there’s nothing they can do about it. They still held their own against Boston and their speed caused the B’s problems. But I doubt they could compete in a series with Boston. So why do we think they can compete vs. Flyers?

  82. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7.
    Lightning over Canadians in 5.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 7.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 6.
    Stars over Ducks in 6.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 6.
    2nd tiebreaker: 25.

  83. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5
    Penguins over Jackets in 5
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 4
    Kings over Sharks in 6

    1st tiebreaker- 4
    2nd tiebreaker- 22

  84. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    @JoshRimerHockey The Washington Capitals will be making some changes as early as today.

  85. Stranger Nation on

    EAST
    Rangers in 6.
    Blue Jackets in 7.
    Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning in 7.

    WEST
    Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks in 5.
    Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 33.

  86. Carp

    I had isles over rangers in 6 in 94. If you remember zubov goal in early march sat night broke a 5 yr drought at coliseum..

    Back then that was the real house of horrors.

    Did you guys really expect me to pick rangers. Even up 3-0
    In any series I be in panic mode.

  87. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 28.

  88. Paul in sunrise on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 5.
    Ducks over Stars in 7.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 7
    2nd tiebreaker: 31

  89. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 6

    1st tiebreaker: 5
    2nd tiebreaker: 23

  90. Adam from Chicago on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 7.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 6
    2nd tiebreaker: 43

  91. When you win, you have the last laugh, but no one wants to see his team successfully bullied.

  92. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Canadiens over Lightening in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 31

  93. Surprising how many (though still a definite minority) see Boston not making it out of first round.

  94. As good as the Wings have looked, I still think Boston is a much better team all around. Doesn’t mean they can’t be beaten, but I don’t see it in the first round.

  95. _As good as the Wings have looked, I still think Boston is a much better team all around. Doesn’t mean they can’t be beaten, but I don’t see it in the first round._

    They weirdly seem more at risk in the first than the second, right? Price could steal a series I’m sure, but if I had to guess which of those three teams could do it, I’d take Detroit.

  96. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 4.
    2nd tiebreaker: 30.

  97. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 7.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 7.
    2nd tiebreaker: 37.

  98. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Rangers over Flyers in 5
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Bruins over Redwings in 5
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6
    Avalanche over Wild in 7
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 5
    Sharks over Kings in 7
    First tie breaker 5
    Second tie breaker 26

  99. Rob, I think most people expected NYR to be a “powerhouse” after they firing the mean coach that apparently was holding the team back from being this amazingly offensive team.

    Didn’t exactly work out that way.

  100. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 5.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 31.

  101. East

    Rangers over Flyers in Five
    Bruins over Red Wings in five
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 7
    Les Habitants over Lightnings in six

    West
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6
    Avalanches over wilds in 5
    Ducks over stars in 5
    Kings over sharks in 6

    Game five final score 4-1 good guys so

    Tie braker 1 is 5
    Tie braker 2 is 24

  102. LOL… Canucks media asking Jacob Markstrom if he is getting a call from Sweden to play for them this summer… he has a huge smile and says NOOO I think im on vacation right now and laughs….Canucks media isnt laughing…he realizes he shouldnt have said it like that and backtracks.

  103. Ryan Haggerty on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 5.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5
    2nd tiebreaker: 33

  104. Rob in Beantown on

    That’s true. The Canadian media did seem to think Torts was holding back #19 from being a powerhouse in his own right

  105. No he didnt. He was pretty honest in the exit interviews. Used “process” a lot! He said he loves the core. That one or two guys need to be moved from the core and the depth players need to be young guys. Also said cant expect a Cup right away if you go young.

  106. I picked Detroit to win because the Bruins almost lost in the 1st round last year, and Detroit is not Toronto.

  107. Oh ye main thing he said was that the city and the organeyezation need to stop living in 2011.

  108. EAST:

    Rangers over Flyers in 7
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Bruins over Wings in 5
    Canadiens over Lighting in 6

    WEST:

    Avalanche over Wild in 6
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7
    Stars over Ducks in 6
    Kings over Sharks in 6

    1st Tiebreaker 4
    2nd Tiebreaker 30

  109. EAST

    Rangers over Flyers in 6
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7

    WEST

    Avalanche over Wild in 5
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6
    Ducks over Stars in 4
    Kings over Sharks in 7

    1st tiebreaker: 5
    2nd tiebreaker: 20

  110. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 5.
    WEST
    Wild over Avalanche in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 4
    2nd tiebreaker: 33.

  111. #19 does not want to play hockey. He wants to scrimmage with a no-contact jersey and bang the occasional puck toward the net when he finds a safe spot and he is fed.

  112. East
    Rangers in 7
    BJs in 6
    Habs in 7
    Wings in 6

    West
    Avs in 6
    Hawks in 4
    Ducks in 5
    Sharks in 7

    Tie 1: 4
    2nd: 28

  113. EAST
    Rangers in 7
    Penguins in 6
    Bruins in 5
    Lightning in 6

    WEST
    Avs in 7
    Blackhawks in 5
    Ducks in 6
    Kings in 7

    1st tiebreaker: 5
    2nd tiebreaker: 40

    *BOOK IT!*

  114. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 3.
    2nd tiebreaker: 33.

  115. East

    Rangers over Flyers in 6
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7

    West
    Avalanche over Wild in 5
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6
    Ducks over Stars in 5
    Kings over Sharks in 6

    1st Tiebreaker : 5
    2nd Tiebreaker : 27

  116. Step’s shooting % was too high last year and too low this year. Not worried about him.

  117. Making fun of organizations for living in the past aren’t stones us Rangers fans should be throwing these days…excuse me while I go set my DVR for “Summer of ’94,” now showing on MSG, MSG2, MSG Plus, MSG Varsity, MSG CNY, MSG NJ, MSG Movies, MSG Smoove, MSG…

  118. Rangers in 5
    Penguins in 6
    Boston in 6
    Montreal in 7
    Anaheim in 5
    San Jose in 7
    Colorado in 6
    Chicago in 7

    Tiebreakers 6 and 28

  119. Rangers in 5
    Penguins in 6
    Boston in 6
    Montreal in 7
    Anaheim in 5
    San Jose in 7
    Colorado in 6
    Chicago in 7

    Tiebreakers 6 and 21

  120. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Nasty
    Rigging away as always.

    Enter as many times as you want until you get it right!!!

    *RIGGED*

  121. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 4
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 6
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 5
    Sharks over Kings in 6

    1st tiebreaker: 3
    2nd tiebreaker: 19

  122. Only his goals, Manny. That’s what annoys me, all the idiots on TSN, NBCSN, NHL Network, like that reject Craig Button who always brings up the 2013 benching every time Richards scores a goal.

    Had he actually watched any games, and took the derp blinders off, then you’d see an overpaid player that looks like he has something better to do on most nights.

  123. Stranger Nation on

    Galss – Neil scrap: Didn’t see blood, but good fight with both guys landing blows. Good show gents, an old fashioned donnybrook, by golly

  124. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    It’s kind of nuts that an NHL guy, who is supposedly “plugged in”, would actually think that Richards, on the verge of being bought out, is actually anything of the star that he once was.

  125. Carp – Toews vs Oshie has me stumped.

    The winner of this series could win the whole thing.

  126. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Sharks over Kings in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 24.

  127. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7.
    Canadiens over TBL in 7.

    WEST
    Wild over Avs in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 6.
    2nd tiebreaker: 33.

  128. Is Oshie even playing? He seems likely to have a concussion from Rupp’s hit. Also, Backes is banged up, Tarasenko is out, Morrow is hurt. I think the Blues are going to have a tough time.

  129. _I think I saw some blood on Neil’s face. A little ended up on Glass’ jersey. Also Neil went in the back right after the fight._

    He could have just been sobbing because Glass turned before he could cheapshot his head off.

  130. My son who is 3 will be asking me about Richards in 6 yrs. he will ask who is this 40 yr old making 6.7 mil
    Who is useless.

  131. Rangers over Flyers in 5
    Penguins over BJs in 4
    Detroit over Boston in 7
    TB over Montreal in 6

    Wild over AVs in 7
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6
    Ducks over Stars 5
    Kings over Sharks in 7

    Tie Breaker 1 – 5
    Tie breaker 2 – 24

  132. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 4.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 4.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 34.

  133. _SNation – I picked the wings and CBJ in the first rd._

    Columbus, where Brassard first played. Detroit, which is near Canada, where Brassard was born.

  134. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6
    Bruins over Red Wings in 7
    canadiens over Lightning in 7.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5
    2nd tiebreaker: 27

  135. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 5.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 4.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 7.
    Sharks over Kings in 4.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 31

  136. Great job everyone, most everyone picking our boys. Eric of course didn’t but he gets a pass from me. Love the new names, my fave being Straight Nash Homey, that’s a beaut!

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6
    Lightning over Habs in 7
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 6
    Sharks over Kings in 5

    1st tiebreaker: 6
    2nd tiebreaker: 31

    You can send me my Lohud pencil now.

  137. New York Rangers ?@NYRangers 2m

    OFFICIAL NEWS: #NYR have recalled forward J.T. Miller from @WolfPackAHL.

  138. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 6.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 3.
    2nd tiebreaker: 21.

  139. Manny should be finished with his workout by now…expecting a new post soon. JT Miller recalled

  140. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 29.

  141. Stranger Nation on

    _I picked the wings and CBJ in the first rd_

    E3 – Solidarity!!

    Got me some Wild over the young Avs

  142. Stranger Nation on

    _Henrik Sedin on systems: “Tough to keep playing the way we did. We bought in and felt needed to be more sitting back and break up plays._

    Wow – let the bellyaching begin. The Dog Whisperer is a goner

  143. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 7.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 31.

  144. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 6.
    Kings over Sharks in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 7.
    2nd tiebreaker: 30.

  145. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Snation – with John Mitchell out, 3 of the top 4 Aves centers are out….Wild might just go wild….

    Solidarity

  146. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Yo yo plays the Cello, I be mellow, reading Longfellow, blue green and yellow, Colonel Bellow(s)

    Boyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  147. Rangers over flyers 5
    Pens over Columbus 4
    Bruins over wings 5
    Canadians over Tampa 7

    Hawks over blues 6
    Wild over avalanche 6
    Kings over sharks 7
    Ducks over Stars 4

    Tiebreaker 3
    Tiebreaker 31

  148. East
    Rangers over Flyers in 6
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6

    West
    Avalanche over Wild in in 6
    Blues over Blackhawks in 5
    Ducks over Stars in 6
    Sharks over Kings in 6

    1st tiebreaker: 3
    2nd tiebreaker: 22

  149. “Capuano and Deboer returning next season. Well isn’t that special.”

    Good news for us, SeeeDubbb.

  150. eric, actually your son will be asking, “Dad, why do the Rangers have this $5.5M+ cap hit for a player who retired three years ago?”

  151. We all live in a Mellow Submarine.
    If the Philthies win, eric takes home all the torpedoes.

  152. Rob in Beantown on

    Are there any teams in the league that have only defensemen or forwards as captains? I’m thinking about the scenario with McD, Staal, and Girardi as C/As

  153. Richie collects his remaining fortune, signs for 3.5 mil with LA, gives interview saying he was misused and mistreated in NY.

  154. Not sure Rob but I like your scenario. Especially the part that doesn’t have #19 wearing a letter and hopefully not even wearing a Ranger sweater.

  155. bull dog line on

    glad they came to there senses and called up Miller. Fast is not going to cut it against Philly.

  156. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 7.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Black Hawks in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 7.
    2nd tiebreaker: 34.

  157. Rob in Beantown on

    Good thing that *Ghost Bear* kid from Union isn’t signing with the the Flyers this week to be their Kreider!

  158. Rangers West on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 5
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 5
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 4
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 4
    2nd tiebreaker: 24

  159. Miller’s up!? Awesome! Hope whatever Vigneault said lot a fire under his butt so he gets some playing time.

  160. Rangers West on

    Any chance The is able to play against Philly? Second round? Third? Any word/guesses? Recalling the dude who will be an AHLer if he does’t “get it” worries me.

  161. jpg's sister on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 5
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 6.
    2nd tiebreaker: 32

  162. jpg's sister on

    does anyone know? I thought Mac Truck was supposed to be on NHL Live tonight? Did I miss it? I had to sit through Sid and Marty… well I muted the TV

  163. jpg's sister on

    There is usually an upset at some time, why not Blue Jackets over the Penguins, I say.

  164. hmmmmm……let’s see

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 5.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 20.

  165. Manny, safe to assume that Mrs. Manny’s bracket is registered as “Evelyn on Ice” and not “Paul from Sunrise”?

    jpg make a bracket!

  166. Thanks Carp

    Rangers in 7
    Bruins in 4
    Penguins in 6
    Lining in 7

    Sharks in 5
    Ducks in 4
    Blues in 7
    Avalanche in 7

    4
    34

  167. Jpgs Sis he was on at 5:30 or so.

    He was a delight. The complete opposite of listening to Crosby.

  168. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 25.

  169. Eric Francis ?@EricFrancis 2h

    Burke: “John Tortorella should start worrying about John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks and keep his mouth shut.”

  170. Lev, I can’t get into the league … and I tend to give up very easily when it comes to these internet registration things.

  171. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Blue jackets over pens in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 7.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 31.

  172. Carp you need to make an nhl.com account then click on the link to the league and enter the password.

  173. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ricardo – when it tells you to type the two objects that you see…type the numbers in the left box then space then the numbers in the right hand box…

  174. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 4.
    2nd tiebreaker: 33.

    LGR

  175. Your wife owes money to Jackie Treehorn. That means you owe money to Jackie Treehorn.

  176. jpg's sister on

    SeeDub, one of my twitter people said 6:12 pm. so bummed I missed McD on NHL Tonight. maybe I can find it online

  177. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    See
    Thanks. I thought since Nancy seems to think its sooooo funny, I’d do it.

    Anything to try and keep him on his skates…Falking diver.

  178. Burke should shut up… he is doing the exact thing he is condemning…..

    Actually I don’t know what he is talking about. I did see the reporter thing….I am surprised “Mike” answered him.

    The Canadians are softening him up….. any softer and he could coach the Canadiens.

  179. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 7.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Sharks over Kings in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 5.
    2nd tiebreaker: 28.

  180. Jason Botchford ?@botchford 7h

    Bieiksa says they played well when Torts was suspended. They were 2-4 with losses to Edm, Nash and winnipeg

    Jason Botchford ?@botchford 7h

    Torts: You think I’m hard? I wasn’t hard enough. I wasn’t direct enough

    Jason Botchford ?@botchford 7h

    Of course, earlier in the season he was “too hard” then “not hard enough” then “too hard” then…

    Jason Botchford ?@botchford 7h

    Torts: I miscalculated in “being stricter”

    Jason Botchford ?@botchford 7h

    Torts just shredded the Canucks roster. Too old. Too 2011. No depth.

    Jason Botchford ?@botchford 7h

    Of course, many would add > Too much Torts

    Jason Botchford ?@botchford 7h

    Torts essentially warning you to prepare yourselves for the Canucks to suck for a couple of years

    Jason Botchford ?@botchford 7h

    Tortorella slays another presser. Fascinating mix of spitting truth & contradictions. There is no one better. Who would have thunk it?

    Jason Botchford ?@botchford 7h

    Team needs youth, but youth was buried. Team isn’t ready to win a cup, but he overplayed his top players trying to win every period

  181. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 4.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 5.

    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 3.
    2nd tiebreaker: 25.

  182. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Torts buried the youth on his team? Overplayed his top players? That’s like saying the sun rises in the east….

  183. Carp 1:04pm……it’s the goalie situation. Grit will hurt us in this playoff thought

  184. Kevin Weekes is obviously a hockey genius and a reader of this, the worst blog on the interwebs.

  185. Purple Haze, flower vase, house ablaze, it’s the craze, Jason Bay’s, Henry Clay’s, Happy Days, teenage phase, Blues and Grays, mouse’s maze, mayonnaise, Richie’s neighs, Tampa Rays, evil ways, please don’t taze

    Chef Boyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaardeeeee!

  186. Wicked Witch of the West, by The Righteous Brothers;

    “You’ve lost that coven feelin’.”

  187. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Carp
    Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device

    Military lingo for carbomb

    Carbomb=carcillo

  188. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    He’s a rebel and he’ll never ever be any good…

    The Crystals. But really Darlene Love

  189. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 6.
    Stars over Ducks in 7.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 6.
    2nd tiebreaker: 31.

  190. East
    Rangers in 5
    Bruins in 6
    Pens in 5
    Canadiens in 7

    West
    Wild in 6
    Ducks in 4
    Kings in 7
    Chicago in 7

    1st tiebreaker: 3

    2nd tiebreaker: 27

  191. Pre-Dawn Vertical Insertion Arrival = paratrooper invasion
    Radiation Enhancement Device = small nuclear weapon

  192. Oh. I still think that’s a horrible nickname given how many people have lost limbs and lives to those freakin’ things.

    Prefer CarBong.

  193. CARP, sorry. I will no longer refer to Jamie McLennan as Jamie McMonths. Most, if not all, people have lost limbs and lives due to months – I can’t argue that.

  194. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I lost a leg in the war. But no one can tell. Helps to have a large third leg.

  195. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “this is when the preseason predictions are meaningless. Now the games determine who wins”

  196. Carcillo to trainer: ‘What did the doctor recommend for you to rub on my groin rash?”

    Trainer: ‘Nothing. Doctor said you’re gonna die.’

  197. Olga Folkyerself on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Sharks over Kings in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 3.
    2nd tiebreaker: 28.

  198. Not even in the film _Pineapple Express_ where they actually fight with Bongs.

    Bong Mitzvah

  199. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jay me, the nhl talking tool – “trotz will be on the market for about 5 minutes”

    Well, so much for that prediction. Even in hindsight, not terribly intelligent…

  200. EAST
    ?Rangers over Flyers in 6.?
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.?
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7.?
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.
    ?WEST
    ?Avalanche over Wild in 6.?
    Blackhawks over Blues in 7.?
    Ducks over Stars in 5.?
    Kings over Sharks in 7.
    1st tiebreaker: 3.?
    2nd tiebreaker: 22.

  201. St. Louis and San Jose have the worst first round match ups. Detroit is unfortunate for Boston but Boston should be able to roll with it. LA and Chicago are legit contenders.

  202. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Flyers have the roughest opening round…..against the cup favorite NY Rangerssssssssssss

  203. This year’s team could be out in the first round or win the cup and either way I wouldn’t surprised. Somewhere in between makes more sense. I don’t see them losing to Philadelphia or beating Boston and a top team in the west. But hey the have hank and good d, so who knows? The nose?

  204. Carp…that definitely does look like Bruce “Check under The” Hood…..

    Funny thing is how long it took the NHL to remove the name of the refs and linesman from the back of their zebra uniforms because the names sewed on made it easier for the fans to call the officials “A-holes” by name…..lol

  205. Torts’ end-of-season press conference was awesome! Man, I miss that guy!

    Let’s Go Rangers!

    Let’s Go Lightnings!

  206. East
    Rangers over Flyers in 6
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6
    Lightnings over Canadiens in 6

    West
    Avalanches over Wilds in in 6
    Blues over Blackhawks in 7
    Ducks over Stars in 5
    Kings over Sharks in 6

    1st tiebreaker: 5
    2nd tiebreaker: 42

  207. Stepan my toe on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 7
    Bruins over Red Wings in 6.
    Canadiens over lightning in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker:4
    2nd tiebreaker: 30

  208. “He just hasn’t earned the right to be at this level on a regular basis,” Alain Vigneault said on that day in Denver. “He needs to show more commitment on the ice and off. Until he does that, he hasn’t earned the right.”

    What is meant by “off the ice?” AV blatantly threw it out there, and the NY Press should be obligated to find out and report.

  209. For those of you having the blue shirts beating the flyers easy, you are sadly mistaken yes I am a flyers fan. and take nothing away from new york , having (in my opinion) the best goal tender in the league is definitely gonna give philly some problems but keep in my we also have 7 20 goal scorers one being on the fourth line, this series is going to be tight but with the flyers having the more physical team I see. them winning in 6 look for steve mason to have a tremendous series

  210. I agree…Philly scores more goals per game……by .2 gpg. 2.84 PHI vs 2.63 NY

    Rangers team defense is better than Philly by .45 gpg. 2.32 NY 2.77 PHI

    I dont think so. you only averaged 2 goals per game against the Rangers this year. nice try.

  211. not dancin larry on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 6.
    Canadiens over Lightening in 7.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 6.
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 4.
    Sharks over Kings in 7.

    1st tiebreaker: 8.
    2nd tiebreaker: 35.

  212. matty"creampuffsgalore"boy on

    EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 7.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5.
    Lightning over Canadiens in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 7
    Blackhawks over Blues in 5
    Ducks over Stars in 7.
    Kings over Sharks in 7.

    1st tiebreaker:6
    2nd tiebreaker: 27

  213. WEST
    Rangers over Flyers in 2.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 19.
    Bruins over Red Wings in 600.
    Lightning over Canadiens in -7.
    EAST
    Oilers over Coyotes in 6.
    Predators over Jets in 6.
    Flames over Canucks in 5.
    Golden Seals over Scouts in 7.

    First tiebreaker: Zero.
    Second tiebreaker: Eleventy-six.

  214. Rangers in six
    Bruins in six
    Montreal in seven
    Pens in seven

    Avs in six
    Ducks in five
    Kings in seven
    Blackhawks in six

    1st Tiebreaker: 6
    2nd Tiebreaker: 35

  215. EAST
    Rangers over Flyers in 6.
    Penguins over Blue Jackets in 5.
    Red Wings over Bruins in 7.
    Canadiens over Lightning in 6.
    WEST
    Avalanche over Wild in 5.
    Blues over Blackhawks in 6.
    Ducks over Stars in 5.
    Kings over Sharks in 6.

    1st tiebreaker: 4.
    2nd tiebreaker: 28.

  216. I know this is closed but I wanted to put out my predications for PROOF.

    East
    Rangers over Flyers in 6
    Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7
    Bruins over Red Wings in 5
    Canadiens over Lightnings in 7

    West
    Avalanches over Wilds in in 6
    Blackhawks over Blues in 6
    Ducks over Stars in 5
    Sharks over Kings in 7

    1st tiebreaker: 3
    2nd tiebreaker: 32

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