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    Default NHL 2011-2012 Thread - Grab A Beer And Talk Some Puck

    The regular season starts Thursday and it looks like the pre-season games are pretty much over, so.......let's get on with this.



    Hope you like the dressed up the thread title for a change of pace. I wanted to go with this.....

    NHL 2011-2012 Thread - Grab A Beer And Punch a Canadian In The Face

    .....but decided not to since I like all of you in here who live north of the border.




    My expectations of the Bruins this year?? Honestly don't know what to think. They're young enough and talented enough to be right there in the mix again at the end but trying to go back-to-back is an unreasonable expectation. And who could possibly expect Tim Thomas to play to that insane level again. Gonna make for a very interesting year around here.


    All I ask is that they don't lose a playoff round to Montreal or Philly. Even better if we can knock one or both of them out again.


    Good luck to all of you (well, most of you).....enjoy a season trying to dethrone the Champs...




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    Yeah, thanks for bringing my beer request to fruition DD! DD = class act.

    As far as the Rangers go, there are expectations that they will improve upon last year's 8th place finish. They brought in Brad Richards, the young core is one year older and has one more year of experience, and of course the King is still in net.

    The main cause for concern right now is health. Marc Staal has been out all of the preseason with post concussion syndrome. He's still feeling the effects of a hit his brother Eric laid on him back in February. Michael Sauer hurt his shoulder against the Flyers last week. That's 2 of the top 4 defensemen on the shelf right now. Richards has had concussion issues in the past. Gaborik always seems to miss time. Ryan Callahan (the new captain) is also bound to miss some time based on his style of play.

    I am going to be optimistic and predict a middle of the pack finish in the East. For the first time in a long while, I can say that the Rangers will be one of the hardest working teams in the league. I'm not going to go all in and predict a Cup run. There are enough questions surrounding the Rangers where I have to think they are at least a year or two away.
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    Man, time is flying. I remember Game 7 like it was yesterday and it's already October?!

    As for the Wings I'm not sure what to think this year. They'll be a contender of course and it will be nice to see a more regular infusion of young blood. We have enough cap space to make a big trade at the deadline (a la 2008 with Brad Stuart) so I have confidence we'll be a strong team going into the playoffs but how strong I can't even speculate. I'm picking the Wings to the lose in the 2nd or 3rd round to the Sharks for the third year in a row. I think San Jose is on a mission this year, and with a more balanced team they could really do some damage.

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    Anxious to hear what our Leafs fans are expecting this year. Been a team on the rise but the Eastern Conf is stacked. Playoffs this year?
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    Oh....Let's get this Season started. 3 day countdown till Thursday....

    Really looking forward to the Sharks season out here in NORCAL. Everyone here still has high hopes after making it to the "final 4" the last 2 years.

    Sharks got stronger on Def with Brent Burns. Look for Burns to put up some BIG points. The Sharks 1st Unit Powerplay is going to be SICK! Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski down low with Boyle-Burns on the Points.

    Also look for Big Joe to continue to be a great 2way forward. Most of you East coasters didn't see it, but Joe really became a 2way Center that could check the other teams top line.

    Logan Couture should continue his breakout after putting up 32 goals as a rookie. Still think he should have got the "Calder" over Skinner for his 2 way play. If the playoffs had counted it would have been Logan in a walk.......

    And having M Handzus as the 3rd line Center will take some of the pressure off the top 2 lines to check. Should also improve the PK as well.

    Game on for Team Teal......




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    Gettin ready for my next beer buy before the season opener. Thinking maybe Bear Republic Racer 5 or some Lagunitas IPA. Got to keep in local NORCAL for good luck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    Anxious to hear what our Leafs fans are expecting this year. Been a team on the rise but the Eastern Conf is stacked. Playoffs this year?
    Your prediction is as good as mine. I think they have the pieces to do it but will this be the year they get their shit together? There's a lot of questions and we're about to get some answers Thank God it's hockey season.

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    Anyone want to offer a Finals pick yet? Did anyone pick correctly last year? I remember there were a lot of posts going for Philadelphia.

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    Eastern Conf Champs - Philly or Boston
    Western Conf Champs - Dallas or San Jose
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    Other news...
    I've been LOVING the job Shanny has been doing thus far with the length and amount of suspensions he's doled out but how he let Malone walk for his hit on Campoli is beyond me. Wasn't a vicious hit but it was a headshot nonetheless.
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    Looks like Mathieu Perreault finally got a spot on the Caps this year. Last year he was recalled from the Bears several times and showed flashes of brilliance (not to the levels of Ovechkin). Mathieu is small, but he is fast as hell and goes balls to the wall. He's still young at 23 and has more to learn, but I hope he gets alot of ice time this year.
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    Sean Avery's time in New York looks to be done. Placed on waivers today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    Anxious to hear what our Leafs fans are expecting this year. Been a team on the rise but the Eastern Conf is stacked. Playoffs this year?
    I hope they make the playoffs but wouldn't bet a nickel on it happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    I hope they make the playoffs but wouldn't bet a nickel on it happening.

    There's some cutting-edge analysis for ya. Way to go out on a limb, Mike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    There's some cutting-edge analysis for ya. Way to go out on a limb, Mike.

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    Leafs just acquired Steckel from NJ for a 4th rounder.

    Wouldn't be surprised if the rumoured Turris/Bozak deal happens soon.
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    As a Flames fan I can't really be too excited for the upcoming season. No real moves were made in the off-season so I can't see the team getting any better than last year.

    But I'm still gonna say we will squeek into the playoffs. This is purely based on Kipper and Karlsson playing great in net and me drinking tonite.

    Hoping that Bourque will finally have a break out season. Iggy will be Iggy as usual as long as his back injury that kept him from pre-season doesn't keep him out too long during the regular season.

    Was also hoping for Backlund to have a great year but he is out for 6 weeks now after a surgery on his finger.

    BTW - Hoegaarden is the beer of choice this week.

    Let's get the season going.
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