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NHL Final Four: Who do you like?

post #1 of 18
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Being a lifelong Sabres fan (I grew up 30 minutes from the Aud and went to games with my dad - another Sabres fan), I'm taking Buffalo all the way... There's just too much depth, too much heart, and Miller is playing his ace off!!!! The Carolina series should prove interesting though!
Who does everyone else have and why?

On another note, how interested in the 'Canes are the all the Bears in Carolina? Buffalo sports radio is really playing up that you guys are too concerned about NASCAR to care about your hockey team. Is this true?
post #2 of 18
Biggest mistake of Lacroix's tenure as Colorado's GM: trading Chris Drury. The guy is a winner period, full stop. (I will say that his better trades (Thibault for Roy, Lindros for Forsberg, Clark for Lemieux, Rolston for Bourque, Deadmarsh for Blake) definitely outweigh the idiocy that was Drury for Morris, but eh, you win some, you lose some.)

Anyway, Drury is a winner. I like Buffalo, and I'm pulling for the Oilers in the west (it's morally wrong for California to have a hockey team, let alone have a good hockey team).

J
post #3 of 18

Heart says Oilers, head says Sabres.

I jumped on the Oilers bandwagon during the glory days in the '80's as a high schooler in Southern Oregon and forgot to jump off, so I am definitely pulling for the Oilers. And although they are having a good run in the playoffs, I dont think they are going to get past the Quacks. Anaheim is rested and the Oilers have had a rough couple of series. Dont know if they have enough gas left in the tank.

The Sabres/'Canes match up should be interesting, tough to make a call on that one, but I am pulling for Buffalo. Like JS says, too deep and they just seem to want it more this year. I would be suprised if Buffalo doesnt win the Cup this year.

And I am with Jake, if ice doesnt occur naturally in a city, they have no business with the Stanley Cup. :

Glenn
post #4 of 18
I like the Detroit Red Wings!
Doh!:
post #5 of 18
The wings were a classic bottom feeder team. Of 48 possible points against the worst teams in their division, they got 43. Against real hockey teams, different story.....

Go Edmonton!
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by BigE
The wings were a classic bottom feeder team. Of 48 possible points against the worst teams in their division, they got 43. Against real hockey teams, different story.....

Go Edmonton!

Actually, it isn't a different story. Take Columbus, Chicago, and St Louis out of their schedule, and Detroit was still 35-14-6. This is 76 pt in 55 games, which is 1.38 ppg. Multiply that by 82 games, and you get 114 points ... which is still the best in the league.

HOWEVER, it's my belief that playing those teams 24 times didn't exactly help them when it was time to scrap in the playoffs. They weren't battle tested. It's been the same old story for the RWs the last 3 seasons ...

And I agree, Go Oil!
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by trekchick
I like the Detroit Red Wings!
Doh!:
admit to not following the cup much since the lockout.

As for whom I'm cheering for, just one question: Who's playing the wings?
post #8 of 18
All four teams have a legit chance to go all the way. These are going to be fun games to watch.

The Oilers play with great passion, but will they run out of gas? We will have to wait and see!
post #9 of 18
I'm pulling for Buffalo!

Cheers!
post #10 of 18
I dont like carolina... at all. so not them. I looove some of the oilers players but im not sure they can make it. I really Like Scott Niedermayer and Selanne so im going to go for anaheim as well. Buffalo rulez they play for fun and passion so its in between Buffalo and Edmonton... Yay canada
post #11 of 18
Since the avs didnt make it I am rooting for Edmonton and Buffalo.. Tim Connoloy is a fn magician with the puck..
post #12 of 18

Roloson 2 Quacks 0

I'm looking for an Oilers - Sabers final, although it's a bit early to call the 'Canes out of it. Rolie the Goalie was a bit of a streaky player with the Wild and when he is hot and on his game, he will pull a few games out of the fire for his team. I don't know if he can sustain it, but I would love to see Edmonton take the Cup with Rolie leading the way (love those two assists in the first two games ).

Rolie is a great guy, well-respected, and well-liked in MN. Journeyman, perpetual back-up, took his game to the next level 3 season's ago with the Wild, made it the conference finals, was an All-star the next season, then the owners and the players had to play chicken, and took away the game just when Rolie was getting to the top. This season started so poorly for Rolie with so much bad luck and so many flukey goals that it almost looked like his career was going to be over. It's great to see him bounce back and be where I think he would have been had that season not been cancelled (although he would still be wearing a Wild jersey, in that case).
post #13 of 18
Go Sabres!!!
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by segbrown
Actually, it isn't a different story. Take Columbus, Chicago, and St Louis out of their schedule, and Detroit was still 35-14-6. This is 76 pt in 55 games, which is 1.38 ppg. Multiply that by 82 games, and you get 114 points ... which is still the best in the league.

HOWEVER, it's my belief that playing those teams 24 times didn't exactly help them when it was time to scrap in the playoffs. They weren't battle tested. It's been the same old story for the RWs the last 3 seasons ...

And I agree, Go Oil!
I stand corrected. Thanks!

You are very correct. It's not easy to hone your 'A' game, when at least 1 out of 3 times your 'B' game will do.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by jake75
Anyway, Drury is a winner. I like Buffalo, and I'm pulling for the Oilers in the west (it's morally wrong for California to have a hockey team, let alone have a good hockey team).

J
a little late on this one...but drury plays his heart out every game, he and the oilers share the same mentality

you're right jake california should not be allowed to have a hockey team

Oilers!
post #16 of 18
I'm an Avs fan bigtime, but whenever the Avs are out of it I'm cheering for the Canadian teams on principle. Even with Drury playing for the Sabres (and I agree wholeheartedly, BTW, Drury was and is a class act and huge player all the way... that was a sad day for me and an abysmal trade.)

It's so, so fun to watch the Oilers playing well... and Roloson is really standing on his head. Great to see success for a guy like that.

Besides, cheering for a team named after a really bad Disney movie just goes against the grain...

Oilers/Sabres for the final. Oilers for the win... with Drury winning one for the Sabres with an OT goal.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by BigE
...It's not easy to hone your 'A' game, when at least 1 out of 3 times your 'B' game will do.
yes, very succinct.

Another nugget from this playoffs: layoffs during the playoffs are bad.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Sabres win Game 6 in OT. Should be a good game 7!!!!
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