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Quest For The Cup

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by cassanova, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    O.K. Hockey fans. Im curious to see what team(s) you think will play for the Stanley Cup.

    Im thinking this is the year for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Martin St. Louis is on fire, Vincent LaCavelier has seemed to really come on strong the second half of the season. Not to mention Feditanko (sp) and Anderchuck (SP) I think my guys have a serious shot at actually winning the cup this year. We're 1st in points now too. :hyper:

    BTW, can someone please explain what the point systym is all about. I used to think it was like football and the teams with the best records in each division went to the playoffs.

    Id also like to know what this means. EX: 52-16-3-3 I know the first 3 numbers are win, loss, ties. But what does the last number represent?? Im still learning about the game so I dont know.
  2. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    The numbers are win-loss-tie-overtime loss.

    In the regular season, win=2 points, tie=1 point, overtime loss=1 point. This is why an extra column is needed.

    The playoff system is that the top eight teams in each conference qualify, with the three division leaders taking the top three spots.

    As for who is going to win it all, I have no clue whatsoever. There are too many good teams this year, and each has their own specific cross to bear (ie, Ottawa's lack of grit, Toronto's inconsistent defence, Detroit's injuries, etc). I don't think New Jersey can repeat this year, especially without Scott Stevens on D.

    T-Bay could do it - they've been a heckuva surprise this year and I'm sure nobody wants to play them in the first round. My only question would be whether they have the playoff experience and leadership to do it, should they fall behind in the playoffs.

    That said... Go Leafs Go!!! :hyper:
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I think that the Stars are peaking at the right time. They had a lot of problems in the first half of the season, but they are hot right now, and the team is starting to gel, and Turco is playing very well. Now if we can just avoid injuries, and make up enough ground to finish in the upper bracket.

    GO STARS!!!!:D
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'd LOVE to see my 2 Favorite taams, the Avalanche vs the Islanders.

    For me it's tough to judge the series cause all it takes is a hot streak for the #8 seed to knock out the #1 seed (which is what I'll be hoping for if the Isles can hold on to the 8th place.)
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    As a lifelong Penguins fan, I hate the Flyers with every fiber of my being....but, I think they may end up in the finals. Either them, or Ottawa.

    In the West, I'll take Dallas.

  6. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I was wondering that myself about the experience or lack there of in the playoffs for the Lightning. They did make the playoffs last season, so I know a couple of guys have a little bit. Darryl Sedor I believe has playoff experience as well.

  7. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Well, I should say the kings... but I go farther south and go for the Ducks...

    Mainly cause of the movies.
  8. Same team as where I live.
  9. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    OMG, a Devils fan! I thought they were an endangered species! ;)
  10. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    Go STARS!

    Marty's keeping the net better than ever, and the team is doing GREAT (except for that 0-4 Tues)

  11. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    From the thread title I thought this might be a Holy Grail expedition.
  12. incognito89x

    incognito89x ♪♫♪ ♪ ♪ ♫&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    I think the Lightning have all the components to take the cup :D I'd love to see them win it, with them being my favorite team and all :)
  13. The competition is appears much better this year than in a long time, especially in the east. Tampa is definitely for real, and all the other teams significantly improved their teams at the trade deadline. The only team I'd really be surprised to see advance to the second round would be the Islanders/Buffalo (whoever gets the 8th spot).

    I don't think it is as tight in the west. With the moves Colorado made at the deadline to add a little depth I think they, along with the Red Wings, are a step above everyone else. The Stars could compete if they get hot, but I don't know if their defensemen are good enough to compete against a team like Detroit. Of course, strange things can happen as we saw last year.
  14. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    It is!!!!!!! :)
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses

    BTW, I'm :crying: 'cause I think you're right.
  17. i can see ottawa in the finals, they almost had it last year, except they let it go in the last 5 minutes of game 7 last year, that was a heartbreaker. boston has a good chance, they've really really picked up their game this year, and if they can keep it up, i think they can have a good chance at things. if not this year, next year if they keep it up. i'm hoping that we get to see another boston dynasty like there was so many years ago
  18. jawzzz


    May 23, 2003
    Denver Colorado

    Super Joe is on a roll, Kariya has found his groove, The whole team is clicking now.
  19. tappel


    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    I'm just hoping my Islanders get into and/or past the first round. :meh: DiPietro made 45 saves last night. He's inconsistent but when he's good, he's really good. A hot goalie isn't a bad thing come playoff time.

  20. Toronto could do it!!!

    as I true leaf fan I say that but don't believe it.

    they are due though.

    as long as a few players don't die from old age we got a chance :smug:

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