Are any of you excited for the NHL playoffs?

  Normally I'm pretty excited about hockey in general... This year I will be even more of a nervous wreck than I was last year however. Last year wasn't a big deal, as the Philadelphia Flyers snuck into the playoffs with a win over the New York Rangers..   
  

  

  
 
  Little did I think they'd actually have a shot at the cup and make it to game 6 in the finals, in a crushing blow in OT.. dealt by none other than Patrick Kane.  Again this year will be different. We have high hopes.. high expectations. We're currently seated #1 in the Eastern Conference, and are expected to make another solid run for the cup this year. This worries me because I think Philly flourishes being the underdogs, and is really a team that needs to prove something in order to be successful. Mentally for the Flyers, this may not happen until they meet Vancouver (which currently holds the best season record, and is expected to be in the cup finals as well)  and may never happen, if they don't play like every single game is their last. 
 
 Our weakness of late (past 2 months) is our touted defense, and goaltending. Bobs and Boosh were both off to a great start this season, really giving us the feeling that we were finally complete. We picked up a few more defensemen so we could give Pronger some much needed rest.. and it was looking goood. This however has not been the case. With the defense caving at times, Bobs letting soft goals by, and Boosh remaining inconsistent (having yet to record a single shutout).. it's hard to say what the future will hold. 
 While I try to just think of it as "just a game".. it's not. It's more than that... it's bringing home that cup, it's achieving the golden goose. Without that, it's going to be extremely tough to face next year without feeling a little demoralized. That said.. the time is now. Raise your orange, black, and white with me, The broad street bullies need to reign supreme!                   -Good ol Hextall-
 
  
  
 So those of you hockey fans out there... are your teams prepared for the playoffs? Who do you like, and what are your thoughts? 
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Posted by FesteringNeon

  Normally I'm pretty excited about hockey in general... This year I will be even more of a nervous wreck than I was last year however. Last year wasn't a big deal, as the Philadelphia Flyers snuck into the playoffs with a win over the New York Rangers..   
  

  

  
 
  Little did I think they'd actually have a shot at the cup and make it to game 6 in the finals, in a crushing blow in OT.. dealt by none other than Patrick Kane.  Again this year will be different. We have high hopes.. high expectations. We're currently seated #1 in the Eastern Conference, and are expected to make another solid run for the cup this year. This worries me because I think Philly flourishes being the underdogs, and is really a team that needs to prove something in order to be successful. Mentally for the Flyers, this may not happen until they meet Vancouver (which currently holds the best season record, and is expected to be in the cup finals as well)  and may never happen, if they don't play like every single game is their last. 
 
 Our weakness of late (past 2 months) is our touted defense, and goaltending. Bobs and Boosh were both off to a great start this season, really giving us the feeling that we were finally complete. We picked up a few more defensemen so we could give Pronger some much needed rest.. and it was looking goood. This however has not been the case. With the defense caving at times, Bobs letting soft goals by, and Boosh remaining inconsistent (having yet to record a single shutout).. it's hard to say what the future will hold. 
 While I try to just think of it as "just a game".. it's not. It's more than that... it's bringing home that cup, it's achieving the golden goose. Without that, it's going to be extremely tough to face next year without feeling a little demoralized. That said.. the time is now. Raise your orange, black, and white with me, The broad street bullies need to reign supreme!                   -Good ol Hextall-
 
  
  
 So those of you hockey fans out there... are your teams prepared for the playoffs? Who do you like, and what are your thoughts? 
Edited by Moofey

The Canucks have been fucking unstoppable since Christmas. As long as they don't have to face a boring team (like Nashville) or a team that has their number in the playoffs over and over again -coughchicagocough- we'll be fine. 
 
1st seed in the west is clinched, 3 points more for the President's Trophy. Dunno how much I want em to win that, as it's a "curse" in a sense as far as the cup is concerned. Knowing how Vancouver has a history of playoff performances being the complete opposite of how they do in the postseason I won't be convinced that they'll win the cup until they've won it.

Posted by JJWeatherman

I'm more of an NBA Playoffs kinda guy, but I'll probably watch some hockey too. Maybe.

Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan

I might watch some here and there, but since the Blues aren't gonna be in it this year, I'll be watching the NBA playoffs more.

Posted by MatPaget
@Moofey: I don't believe in that curse. The odds are against a team that wins the President's Trophy. That's it. 
Posted by Discorsi

 I'm definitely looking forward to the playoffs. My team is the Ducks and well they have been on a tear as of late and have shown, especially recently, the ability to not only win close games, but to come back from a deficit. Plus we have pretty much the hottest player in hockey as of late Corey Perry. Hopefully Hiller is able to play and can regain even some semblance of the goalie he was before the injury. Although that seems really optimistic. Also hope Emery can keep it up in the playoffs as well. Definitely a good chance we will go deep ;) ... well I guess I should say that is if we make the playoffs although that is starting to become a foregone conclusion.

Posted by TwoOneFive

im going to start growing a beard very soon.  
 
and yo, about the Flyers last year... 
 
It was the most amazing and entertaining play-off run EVER.  
just a few months before the playoffs they were ranked like last place. Then, in their last game of the season, they made it into the play-offs because of ONE GOAL IN A SHOOT-OUT.  
 
And then they spanked the NJ Devils 4 games to 1. The Devils were one of the best teams all season and favored to go to the cup. 
 
But then things became EPIC 
 
The Flyers lost 3 games in a row to the Bruins. And then holy shit the flyers hang on by their finger nails with a OT goal to win game 4! The won game 5, game 6 and then in game 7 all hope seemed to be loss. Only TWICE before in NHL history had a team come back from a 3-0 deficit, the last time was in 1975. But in game 7 the flyers were down 3-0 after the first period. Then, of course, history was made and the flyers rallied and scored 4 unanswered goals to win the series and leave the Bruins in utter defeat and shame. How could you win three in a row and then lose four in a row?!?!! BAHAHA
 
It felt like, wow, nobody deserves it more than we do now. Especially after the Flyers practically took a dump on the habs. they even beat them 6-0 in the first game. what kind of play-off team loses like that?! Flyers win the series 4-1
 
but then... 
 
 they ended up losing the cup to chicago.  
 ugh...
 
For this reason alone, The Flyers will want it SO MUCH MORE than any other team. They overcame SO MUCH last year, more than any other team could ever imagine, just to come up short in the Stanley Cup!!! IT SUCKED SO BAD, it still hurts just thinking about it. I hate chicago so much. blackhawks...oprah..obama! YACK!
 
FLY GUYS ALL THE WAY!!
Posted by YoThatLimp

Only if my home team gets in (Chicago), hah.

Posted by shootermcclay

Absolutely. The great thing about the playoffs is that any team that makes it can win the Cup.  I would love to see Ovechkin and the Caps take the Cup after completely changing their style of play to a defense-first mentality.  It all depends on how well their rookie goaltenders can perform.

Posted by pigmartyr
@Moofey: 
Shows what you know if you think Nashville has a boring hockey team. Predators gonna make it happen this year.
Edited by canucks23

NHL playoffs are always my fav time of the year. This year's even more exciting considering i'm pretty confident the canucks can actually go all the way this time. But who the fuck am i kidding, they always blow it in the playoffs.

Posted by Lukeweizer

I'm from Vancouver... so yes.

Edited by nywt

I'll definitely pay attention to it (my buddy and I always have a Stanley Cup wager) but my team isn't in it this year. And before everyone gets started, yes I know the Leafs are bad and haven't won the cup since '67 but you've got to keep hope alive. I bleed blue and white. It will also do my heart some good to see the Flames miss the playoffs.

Posted by crusader8463

I got into it last year for some reason, but it's not doing anything for me this year. My grandfather watches it all the time though.

Posted by MonetaryDread

YES!. The Canucks have been killing it lately. I just hope the team doesn't choke.

Posted by quicksand31

Huge fan of playoff hockey. It's second only to the NCAA basketball tournament as far as playoff excitement/quality goes, in my opinion.  My Pens are a bit too beat up to do much this year, I fear.

Posted by Malakhii

Yes. I'm hoping Lundqvist can become a Super Goalie God and push the Rangers through. 

Posted by FrankCanada97

Toronto Maple Waffles. Will probably only catch the Stanley Cup Final.

Posted by MightyDuck

Definitely, long time Blackhawks fan here.
 
Last year was amazing, but sadly, I'm feeling greedy and want it again this year.  Here's to hoping they nail down that 8th seed.

Edited by matti00

Canucks and Bruins/Rangers final. I'M CALLIN IT
 
Also, remember at Christmas when the Avalanche were 3rd in the Western Conference and 1st in goals per game? *sob*

Posted by McNaastyy

Greatest hockey franchise of the last 20 years!! Detroit Red Wings son!!!!

Posted by Example1013

What's an NHL?

Posted by blueduck

Go Flyers, can't wait for it to start.

Posted by EndlessObsidian

HELL YA BABY!!!! Now if only my Hab's could pick up the slack in the last few games of the season. Also, I'm hoping and praying that they make a run in the playoffs like they did last year.
Posted by FesteringNeon

After the Flyers loss yesterday, things arn't looking too good going into the playoffs. If the Senators beat Philly, I will personally be mad, and stuff. 

Posted by ColinWright

I am now officially excited for the playoffs. Missing Cally is a huge blow, but I can't wait to see how this pans out. Got tickets for game 3 at the Garden and couldn't be happier. The shaving stops now.

Posted by SlightConfuse

i enjoy playoff hockey so yes

Posted by yoshimitz707

Yes, I am very excited to see Vancouver fucking choke again and get swept in the first round by Chicago

Posted by Empirepaintball

Well I'm an Avalanche fan.

We're 3-21 in the last 24 games.

Yuck.

Posted by Mesklinite

I think we'll see a canuks/flyers this year.

I'd love to see the habs up there, but I think they'll lose in 2nd round to whomever they face off with. But whatever they do is a bonus, our bleu line is devastated.

Sedin brothers deserve a cup.

Hextall was AWESOME.

Posted by MightyDuck

Let's Go Hawks!  Big game tomorrow!

Although, if we were still under last years "how to get into the playoff" rules, the Hawks would already be in.  I'm just a tad bitter, hah.

Posted by AjayRaz

are the Canadiens going to be in it?

that's how much i've been following lately. i was on hockey's ass when the season started but it kind of drifted away. 
if they are, i guess i'll watch here and there 
Posted by MightyDuck
@AjayRaz said:
" are the Canadiens going to be in it?
that's how much i've been following lately. i was on hockey's ass when the season started but it kind of drifted away. 
if they are, i guess i'll watch here and there 
"
Yep, they're in!
Posted by zityz

Well, My team isn't in it again this year. [Toronto] but whenever they're not in it I root for Vancouver, Montreal and funny enough Nashville. They seam to have great teams each year.


Also, the Irony of Phoenix in the playoff is a bitter sweet laugh.
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@GetWhatYagive: ah, thanks! interest has suddenly skyrocketed! 

man. i am not a competitive person. i always feel really sorry for a team when they get eliminated. 
Posted by SpicyRichter
@GetWhatYagive said:
" Definitely, long time Blackhawks fan here.  Last year was amazing, but sadly, I'm feeling greedy and want it again this year.  Here's to hoping they nail down that 8th seed. "
Only to be destroyed in the first round

Here's hoping the Canucks can actually get passed the Chicago speedbump this year
Posted by mpdebo

GO SABRES!

Posted by Bigrhyno

Less so than I would be because the Devils didn't make it to the playoffs, but I'll be watching.

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Posted by spudtastic

I'm not excited because of how late in the year it is.the usual - leagues dragging their schedules waaaayy over into the next seasonal sport's time frame. We hit 80F here today!

Posted by KaosAngel

Flyers going to win?

Of course.

Posted by NoCookiesForYou

Rooting for the Flyers. They've played really well throughout the season, their lineup is stacked with talent. The cup is theirs to lose.

GO FLYERS GO!

Posted by FesteringNeon
@SpicyRichter said:
" @GetWhatYagive said:
" Definitely, long time Blackhawks fan here.  Last year was amazing, but sadly, I'm feeling greedy and want it again this year.  Here's to hoping they nail down that 8th seed. "
Only to be destroyed in the first roundHere's hoping the Canucks can actually get passed the Chicago speedbump this year "
If they even make it in this year! HA! @mpdebo said:
" GO SABRES! "
Booooo. YOU TAKE THAT BACK!@Shard said:
"


"
Epic! Thank you Detroit.. for not only beating the Hawks today.. but for this above picture. I really wish that landed. 
Posted by Commisar123
@bukkookkub: Wahoo go Blackhawks :).......at least I hope we even get in :(
Posted by ShadowVirus

Yeah, I can't wait for the Playoffs, I'm a Ducks fan, who have been on a bit of streak recently, managed to clinch the 4th seed of the western conference. The only thing that sucks about being a Ducks fan in the UK is that the games are on at like 3am here.

I'm surprised there isn't any sort of NHL thread somewhere on the forum seen as there' more NHL fans here than I expected there to be. 
Posted by mpdebo

BOO Philadelphia Flyers BOO

Posted by FesteringNeon
@ShadowVirus said:
" Yeah, I can't wait for the Playoffs, I'm a Ducks fan, who have been on a bit of streak recently, managed to clinch the 4th seed of the western conference. The only thing that sucks about being a Ducks fan in the UK is that the games are on at like 3am here.
I'm surprised there isn't any sort of NHL thread somewhere on the forum seen as there' more NHL fans here than I expected there to be. 
"
Then consider this blog it. I don't mind getting the notices either... kinda keeps me on my toes as far as your guys are concerned. 
THE FUN IS JUST BEGINNING! 

Posted by MightyDuck

Thank you Minnesota Wild!

Bring on the Canucks!  GO HAWKS!

Posted by SpicyRichter

Man hawks got LUCKY there!

This will be a good first round. ie. time to bust out the brooms! ;)

Posted by angelfan91

GO DUCKS!!!

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