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#2
Once you see the 2 on 1 I knew wed be screwed. So Leafian.
#4
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
April 18, 2024, 11:15:21 AM
Quote from: bustaheims on April 18, 2024, 10:35:38 AM
Quote from: cabber24 on April 18, 2024, 10:12:49 AMWhat do you think about PHI pulling their goalie when they were already eliminated? I guess Tororella didn't know PHI was already eliminated when he pulled the goalie (minutes in real-time). I think Detroit has a right to be pissy about the situation. This is the NHL and teams should not be pulling goalies in a tie game when the outcome does not affect their team. I feel Tororella should have been told by his organization not to pull his goalie since they were already eliminated. Had PHI won DET would be in the playoffs.

If Philly/Torts had ample time to be informed they were eliminated, sure, but, with the information they had at the time, they believed they needed a regulation win to have a shot at a playoff spot. And, the league shouldn't be dictating strategies to teams. It's not like they decided they preferred to see Washington in that spot ahead of Detroit.

The Wings can be as upset as they want, but there was little that could be done to really avoid this situation. The Flyers were doing everything they felt could maximize their chances of making the playoffs. That's their right. It's not their fault the Wings needed everything to go their way in various teams' final games of the season.

Absolutely. If you want to get in to the playoffs then play better. I can't think of something that has caused controversy that we should be caring less about.
#5
Had a feeling we'd see a brutal game with Jones in net. See you Saturday gents.
#6
Hobbling into playoffs, AM stuck on 69. Kuch gets 100. Hooray.
#8
Quote from: bustaheims on April 17, 2024, 09:04:17 AMAs much as I don't have a ton of faith in this team to do much in the playoffs this year, Boston is probably a better match up than Florida. Their record is deceiving - if the Leafs win tonight, they'll have the same number of wins, with the difference 2 or 3 RW and 1 or 2 ROW (depending on how the game ends). They'll also have a very similar goal differential (1 goal difference in Boston's advantage heading into tonight's game).

Overall, the two teams are fairly evenly matched - goaltending is obviously in favour of Boston, but offense is similarly in favour of the Leafs. Boston's defence has a good reputation, but the Bruins' possession numbers are all worse than the Leafs (and in the bottom 1/3 of the league, actually). Special teams does favour Boston, though.

If the Leafs can weather the forecheck at all, it should make for a closer series than I think people expect.

I think it'll be close but my own personal negativity surrounding the match up is literally just so my spirit doesn't get crushed if they do lose in round 1 again :)
#9
Quote from: bustaheims on April 16, 2024, 08:54:26 AM
Quote from: Frank E on April 15, 2024, 04:15:17 PMI'd bet once Matthews gets his 70th that that'll be his last shift for the year.

The game still holds some meaning for Florida, so I doubt that'll happen. If he scores early, though, he'll definitely have a lighter night than usual.

It's pretty wild to think it's a foregone conclusion that we'll play the Panthers but there's still a reasonable chance we play Boston.
#10
Once I saw that botched clear by Brodie I knew it was over. Ugh.
#12
Cant believe he's still in there
#13
Sammy's turned into a pumpkin. He should be yanked.
#14
If that were Rielly doing that he'd be thrown out of the game.
#15
Good lord you need a save.