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Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby nino33 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:26 am

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nino33 wrote:Regarding the Canadians.....more comparable to me is Canadians playing in Europe/Russia, and I can't ever recall a Canadian caring how Canadian players did playing in the SHL, KHL, etc


Canadians and Americans in soccer is probably the best comparison IMO.
I'm enjoying my second season being a season ticket holder for FC Edmonton in the NASL.....I couldn't tell you a single Canadian or American player playing overseas

There's a few other guys I talk to every week (so extremely small "sample size" HaHa), and one follows the MLS a bit, the other two (like me) don't follow beyond our local NASL team
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby philou21 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:31 am

What an intense OT played by Montreal! They were all over the place the first 10-12 minutes. Lundqvist was amazing too on a couple of those shots.
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby nino33 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:30 am

philou21 wrote:What an intense OT played by Montreal! They were all over the place the first 10-12 minutes. Lundqvist was amazing too on a couple of those shots.
Radulov with the winner! His celebration was "interesting" HaHa I think I'd call it "the Yakupov" (when a skater skates randomly, cutting in multiple directions for no effective reason, as if they're being chased by bees! HaHa).....I'm just trying to be funny; kudos to Radulov, OT goals "matter"

Yakupov's in the playoffs as he's on St. Louis, but AFAIK he hasn't played yet (he had 3 goals and 6 assists in 40 games this year for the Blues)


CBC (the taxpayer funded "national broadcaster") is showing free online Hockey Night in Canada games; I think that's cool, that I at least have the option (and don't have to pay anything for my "TV" - I don't watch much, and what I do is now mostly on "free CBC" online - hockey, Murdoch Mysteries, the new Anne of Green Gables, the occasional bit of news updates and news panels/discussions)

Back to the hockey!

I've watched, so far after three nights and 5 possible games...I've watched 10-15 minutes; and that's total!
  • couple/ minutes of the Habs/Rangers on game 1, a minute of game 2 between Montreal and New York (and I made the effort to find the highlight/gif of the OT winner [good video/gifs of the winner, about an hour ago from current time in this twitter feed https://twitter.com/MarcPDumont
  • a minute, maybe two of Toronto/Washington in game 1
  • less than a minute of Calgary/Anaheim
  • for Edmonton (where I live) I watched goals/highlights after the first game, but my only free access to live Oilers action is via radio...about a period and a half of game 1 was in the background, tonight I've had it on from the start so far (currently they're at the end of the 2nd, and the Oilers lead 1-0)


It's kinda cool to see all the Oilers flags (especially on vehicles...but businesses too, and billboards) - it's been 11 years since the Oilers were in the playoffs, and that time it was "special" in the city (a palpable positive excitement), and my daughters were 18 and 16 and living at home then...now they're 29/27 and it's their first opportunity to again experience something like what was "special" back in 2006; I remember the feeling/sense of importance of the multiple Cup wins in the 80s.....and the playoff upsets in the later 90s

IT'S ONLY THE FIRST ROUND! HaHa So clearly it's nowhere near what it was in 2006 (or what it was in the 80s when the Oilers won Cup after Cup), but it's now the best part of hockey for me...the way it makes the city feel; the vibe, the good feelings

I feel a bit lucky to have lived in an actual NHL city where multiple Cups were won (long time ago though it was), and some playoff success/excitement too (I recall beating a strong Dallas team in the 1st Round in 1997, and very powerful Colorado team in the 1st round in 1998...and then the run to game 7 of the Final in 2006). I HATED the Oilers in the 80s, but by the 90s it was more "indifferent to" - but 2006 was special thing, and I felt lucky/appreciate to have experienced it


My son-in-law is from Ontario and is a Leafs fan, and as my daughters and their partners will be visiting tomorrow night, I suspect the Leafs will be part of the evening in some way


Columbus is already down two to Pittsburgh, Blues are up 2-0 on the Wild...Boston and Nashville have one a game


I do hope the Oilers win as much as they can, just for the "feeling in the city"
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby Manimal » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:26 pm

I watch the highlights on Don't tell me the score, which is great as it has no spoilers on the result.
I just have to remember to stay out of social media until I've seen it. I really don't like watching a game or highlights when I know the final score.
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby ClassicSwarley » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:50 pm

Manimal wrote:I watch the highlights on Don't tell me the score, which is great as it has no spoilers on the result.
I just have to remember to stay out of social media until I've seen it. I really don't like watching a game or highlights when I know the final score.

I do the same. :thup:
For example, today I watched the Habs-Rangers game as I was eating breakfast, then watched all of the other game highlights on DTMTS which is usually 6-7 minutes per each game. All in all, a great way to start the day! :-D
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby philou21 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:16 pm

Columbus won't last long. They have a young team and not alot of experience. What is bad IMO is a 108 pts team vs a 111 pts team in the first round. I don't really like how it works.
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby nino33 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:26 pm

philou21 wrote:Columbus won't last long. They have a young team and not alot of experience. What is bad IMO is a 108 pts team vs a 111 pts team in the first round. I don't really like how it works.
With "the loser point" and the completely unbalanced schedules, I don't think points mean as much as they used to (in terms of showing how good a team is/comparing teams), especially in terms of "playoff hockey" (the Capitals have been at/near the top every regular season for a decade yet never get past the 2nd round in the playoffs)

Alas, with so many teams making the playoffs, I don't think it matters so much anymore to be at/near the top in the regular season.....having Columbus/Pittsburgh play each other seems like "two good teams playing" but Columbus isn't and never was a real threat to win the Cup IMO (especially given Bobrovsky's career 0.891 playoff save percentage)
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby philou21 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:02 am

Not looking good for the Hawks right now. Even Rinne has 1 point! :D
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby philou21 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:39 am

The Wild and the Jackets are already down 0-3. I'm not surprised for the Jackets but I was expecting the Wild to put up a fight. At some point they were close to be 1st overall in the league and they fell short towards the end of the season. It seems to follow them in the playoffs too.
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby Primis » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:40 pm

philou21 wrote: I'm not surprised for the Jackets


I was incredibly surprised given that I watched the start of that game and CBS stormed out to a 3-1 lead, and MA Fleury looked truly awful in net. I'm not sure how they found a way to lose that one. PIT was shellshocked.
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby ClassicSwarley » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:17 pm

I think if CBJ had held onto that lead and won Game 3, they would've had a decent chance to pull this series back, but now.. It's a shame because I really hoped they would put up a bigger fight against the injury-riddled Penguins.
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby philou21 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:18 pm

So many 3-0 lead right now. :-o
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby philou21 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:55 pm

Everyone got fired in Buffalo. Not a big surprise though but I wonder if they did it faster with what Eichel said yesterday. :-D
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby Primis » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:18 pm

philou21 wrote:Everyone got fired in Buffalo. Not a big surprise though but I wonder if they did it faster with what Eichel said yesterday. :-D


There's not much doubt it was Eichel. Eichel's camp leaked that they wanted him out, then publicly denied it to try to save face, knowing the Sabres would still know where the statement came from.

Not a reputation he should want so young -- a coach killer.

I didn't think terribly highly of Tim Murray, but good luck replacing Bylsma. Both of Pegula's franchises are clown shows, I swear...
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby philou21 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:43 am

Yeah I thought the same about Eichel too. If he didn't get along with his coach go tell the owner or the GM in person. If the team didn't get along with him they should've done the same. The Sabres could have done better though and they could be managed better too with Eichel IMO. I was never impressed with Bylsma so that's not a big surprise for me.
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Re: Official NHL Season 2016-2017 Thread

Postby philou21 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:31 am

Summer's gonna be long with the Habs gone now. All that trash talk on the net, the radio and the newspaper for 6 months. Same reharshed questions and opinions from the last 10 years.

The Habs can't only count on Price to get far, it doesn't work like that. People are expecting him to do miracles when he's already carrying this team in the playoffs almost each years. Price stats in the playoffs aren't bad at all but MTL scores like 1-2 goals per games. They shown a stats earlier of the last four playoffs presences of the Habs in the playoffs and they always scored like 13-15 goals per series. You can't win with that!

Radulov was like the only player that gave his all in all the games. He was amazing to watch. Gallagher, Lekhonen, Weber and Markov all put up a good effort too but 5 players is not enough. The captain Pacioretty has NO GOALS in like 28 shots. People were amazed by that but if they watched the games they would've seen that 80% of those shots are from the blue line. You don't score often from that distance with wrists shots. The guy was invisible and seems to hate the rough play of the playoffs. Galchenyuk was atrocious too. I wonder if Radu will want to resign with them seriously, I would be mad if I was him. :D

In MTL they always want to make the playoffs for the big $$$ and because it's MTL. They have 24 Cups and they have pride. Too big IMO. How about a real reconstruction now? They should've done it as soon as they drafted Price 12 years ago. Now goalies are a bit harder to come buy and it was their best shot with him in the net. I'm wondering how many time's left for Bergevin up there.
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