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post #31 of 2489
Honestly I would rather be set on the blue line and have iffy goaltending. Even Antero Nittymaki or Antti Niemi is going to have more good nights than ones where he completely blows a game letting in bad goals, and even Luongo or Lundqvist are going to have nights where they fuck up every once in a while. Having a weak blue line and/or bad team defence are game to game, night to night problems that affect the entire team philosophy. Detroit won their last cup with good team defense top to bottom and questionable goaltending. New Jersey seems to get bounced every year in spite of Brodeur ever since the Niedermayer, Stevens and Rafalski connection disappeared, and look at Calgary.
post #32 of 2489
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Originally Posted by AR_Six View Post
Washington is such a lose lose lose draft draft draft win team though, and I hate that model. Pit did it, won a cup, Chicago did it, won a cup. The Oilers are the next ones to pull that crap. It's why you have to respect the red wings.

Thing about Van is the regular season is almost a fait accompli - I don't see anyone else challenging for the NW division so they'll probably be top 2-3 in the west. It's the playoffs that remain the question, and who KNOWS what the team looks like by then with injuries, trade deadline, and players falling back to the Moose. Luongo has had 2 years in a row where he has absolutely crushed our first round opponents and then played mediocre in the 2nd round. At least the D should be better - again, depending on injuries.

Here's my fantasy team - 18 entrants, and I drafted 17th. Pretty horrendous. Had to go with a risk - reward model. All my picks still beat their TSN projections except my first one and I didn't want to take a flyer on Gaborik not getting hurt.

1. Alexander Semin (17th overall - TSN Projects 19th)
2. Corey Perry (19th overall - TSN Projects 15th)
3. Daniel Alfredsson (53rd overall - TSN Projects 41st)
4. Tim Connolly (55th overall - TSN Projects 53rd)
5. Dustin Penner (89th overall - TSN Projects 77th)
6. Brian Gionta (91st overall - TSN Projects 89th)
7. Tyler Bozak (146th overall - TSN Projects 111th)
8. Jamie Benn (148th overall - TSN Projects 115th)
9. Blake Wheeler (182nd overall - TSN Projects 167th)
10. Josh Bailey (184th overall - TSN Projects 173rd)

A lot of those guys are "wait and see if they pan out" picks, especially the last 4 who could have big years or could stop at 40 pts apiece. Also, unbeknownst to me when I picked Bailey, Burrows went undrafted the whole poll. Savard got picked like 200th. Would've been great risk picks.

I didn't say the Caps weren't a guilty pleasure. And yea, I have a whole lot of respect for the Red Wings. But I'm big Patrick Roy fan, so I can't exactly cheer for them

I am also interested to see how well Washington holds together with a cup - I don't know if they'd have the cap problems Chicago had.
post #33 of 2489
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Originally Posted by AR_Six View Post
Washington is such a lose lose lose draft draft draft win team though, and I hate that model. Pit did it, won a cup, Chicago did it, won a cup. The Oilers are the next ones to pull that crap. It's why you have to respect the red wings.

Thing about Van is the regular season is almost a fait accompli - I don't see anyone else challenging for the NW division so they'll probably be top 2-3 in the west. It's the playoffs that remain the question, and who KNOWS what the team looks like by then with injuries, trade deadline, and players falling back to the Moose. Luongo has had 2 years in a row where he has absolutely crushed our first round opponents and then played mediocre in the 2nd round. At least the D should be better - again, depending on injuries.

Here's my fantasy team - 18 entrants, and I drafted 17th. Pretty horrendous. Had to go with a risk - reward model. All my picks still beat their TSN projections except my first one and I didn't want to take a flyer on Gaborik not getting hurt.

1. Alexander Semin (17th overall - TSN Projects 19th)
2. Corey Perry (19th overall - TSN Projects 15th)
3. Daniel Alfredsson (53rd overall - TSN Projects 41st)
4. Tim Connolly (55th overall - TSN Projects 53rd)
5. Dustin Penner (89th overall - TSN Projects 77th)
6. Brian Gionta (91st overall - TSN Projects 89th)
7. Tyler Bozak (146th overall - TSN Projects 111th)
8. Jamie Benn (148th overall - TSN Projects 115th)
9. Blake Wheeler (182nd overall - TSN Projects 167th)
10. Josh Bailey (184th overall - TSN Projects 173rd)

A lot of those guys are "wait and see if they pan out" picks, especially the last 4 who could have big years or could stop at 40 pts apiece. Also, unbeknownst to me when I picked Bailey, Burrows went undrafted the whole poll. Savard got picked like 200th. Would've been great risk picks.

WTH league are you in that there are 18 teams playing?
post #34 of 2489
Actually 19 - 19 draft teams. Ie, there were 19 people in the pool. Each person picked 10 players.
post #35 of 2489
Everybody always says goaltemdimg is the key to wining the cup...I'm not so sure anymore. Was Cam Ward the last goalie that really won a team the Stanley Cup? Fleury was good for Pitt, but I don't think he was a bigger difference maker than Crosby/Malkin were. I agree, I'd rather be set on the blue line than have the King in nets.
post #36 of 2489
We were just talking about this yesterday. Niemi didn't win the Hawks a cup, he just only completely blew games occasionally and the forwards and top D pair won him more games than he was able to blow. Fleury was okay, but his performance those two runs was generally overrated. Osgood was the beneficiary of awesome team D. On the other hand, while Leighton didn't carry the flyers last year they wouldn't have made it without him, and you see teams like Washington that probably would do a lot more damage if their goaltending didn't let them down. I think it has a lot to do with whether you're confident in your ability to win and aren't playing tentatively because you're worried the G will let in a soft one. The Hawks were in that mode rarely (I thought we had them by the middle of game 2 but then fucked it up), because they knew good odds they could outscore a bad Niemi performance.

Opening night tonight!

As the season goes along if you watch a really good game post that it was a really good game! I need to know which ones I've PVR'd that I should watch, and which are better skipped.
post #37 of 2489
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Hey does anyone here use NHL Gamecenter Live on NHL.com? I'm going to teach in South Korea again and thought about trying it out. Last season, I survived on highlights and taped games from the previous night. Thanks for any info.
post #38 of 2489
Going to the Oiler's season opener tonight. Not expecting them to win much this year but I still enjoy going to the games.
post #39 of 2489
Bobrovsky looked solid for Philly in the preseason and he did it again tonight.
post #40 of 2489
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Everybody always says goaltemdimg is the key to wining the cup...I'm not so sure anymore.

ask the flyers this question....
post #41 of 2489
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Originally Posted by Casual View Post
Bobrovsky looked solid for Philly in the preseason and he did it again tonight.
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But there are 81 regular games to go. As teams see him in action, it'll be interesting if they can figure him out.
post #42 of 2489
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Going to the Oiler's season opener tonight. Not expecting them to win much this year but I still enjoy going to the games.

Eberle's goal was SICK. Thats what I want my first NHL goal to look like.

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ask the flyers this question....

Goaltending didn't lose them the Cup, in fact, if anything, it may have been what carried them to the finals. The were just too beat up and bruised by the time the better Hawks came to town.
post #43 of 2489
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Bobrovsky looked solid for Philly in the preseason and he did it again tonight.

Yup. But the season is long. Rookie goalies burn out by the 3/4 of the season.
post #44 of 2489
Man, the Hawks/Avs game was awesome! I wish I'd seen the whole thing. Turco made some spectacular saves, but he also let out some hugely fat rebounds.
post #45 of 2489
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Eberle's goal was SICK. Thats what I want my first NHL goal to look like.
Yah that was ridiculous. Hopefully there are plenty more of those to come. Looking forward to Hall scoring on sunday.
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