April 12th, 2012, 10:02 PM #1
Fast start for Pacific Division
Kings, Sharks & Coyotes each win their opening games.
April 12th, 2012, 10:42 PM #2
I am not, actually.
I should've placed some bets!!!
April 12th, 2012, 11:46 PM #3
I wonder how much that has to do with those three teams essentially playing playoff hockey the last week of the season just trying to claw their way in.
Those teams were already in the mode while the top seeds were coasting a bit at the end.
April 13th, 2012, 02:20 AM #4
I am rooting for St. Louis, that was a tough loss to take at home in a series that home ice looks pretty important in.
The Kings are miles upon miles away from being done with Vancouver, and I won't even begin to get excited about the second round until the clock reads 0:00 on the fourth win. But that said, IF the Kings do pull off the upset, I'd much rather take our talents to St. Louis rather than, say, the winner of Nashville/Detroit (assuming Chicago tops Phoenix as well).
April 13th, 2012, 03:03 AM #5
But but...it's such a weak division. Chicago didn't want to pass Detroit in the standings to they could play the 3rd seed. Blah blah blah.
April 13th, 2012, 03:14 AM #6
If anyone purposefully threw games to face beast-mode Mike Smith, they deserve his wrath.
Originally Posted by NastiMarvasti
April 13th, 2012, 03:32 AM #7
Smith is reminding me of Halak from 2 years ago.
April 13th, 2012, 10:27 AM #8
If Smith stays hot the Yotes will be tough to beat. Vrbata leaving the game in the 1st worries me though...
April 13th, 2012, 10:34 AM #9
Has there been an injury report on Vrbata this morning? I hope he is not seriously hurt. I have a lot of respect for that guy and he means so much to the Coyotes offense.
Originally Posted by Wile E.
April 13th, 2012, 11:19 AM #10
yes and no... there was still quite a bit to play for for a number of teams in BOTH Conferences that went down to the last week of the season, and just about every team had reasons to show up.
Originally Posted by MaxwellSmart
Bettman was on NHL Live the other day and discussed the number of playoff combinations and final records were possible, and it was pretty impressive. in the West, it had been very up and down for every team in the playoffs this season, and all had some make or break moments.
again, i mentioned in another thread that i think there's 6 and maybe a 7th team truly capable of coming out of the West.