Power Play! NHL 13-14 (and beyond?)

Bel-Cam Jos

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No thread yet? And it's already 5 games or so in? 2:00 for delay of game... commenting.

Pens with Fleury in net? 3-0. Without last year's yank-him-from-the-playoffs netminder? 0-1. And Crosby's hardly produced yet.
A 4-goal rookie outburst?
A rookie coach outburst and $10K fine?

It's on!
 

Bel-Cam Jos

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I joined a fantasy hockey last year in the strike-shortened season, and after two weeks my 2-0 record this year has already DOUBLED last year's win total for the Wampa Rats. :eek: Currently ranked the #2 team of 20 in the league. :D Thanks, 4-0 M-A Fleury, and several other current and former Penguins! :thumbsup:
 

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Penguins leading their division (still not used to the new names yet) and Crosby's tops in points, my fantasy team's climbed back to .500 (6-6), Fleury's still the starter in Pittsburgh. All good (except the health of Pens D-men).
 

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Watching the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, MI was enjoyable. They mentioned that the temperature ROSE to 14 at one point; it looked cold (might be the coldest WC game the NHL's had), and I don't believe it ever stopped snowing. I liked the kids in USA Olympic players' jerseys at the end.
 

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After today's games, it's the break for the Winter Olympics. Weird how the NHL plays so close to the event; I expected them to have more than a day or so to travel, get settled, and then prepare. [edit] Quick online check: men's hockey begins Wed. of next week, so that's about three days of preparation; plenty, right?
 
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Bel-Cam Jos

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Two "outdoor" games this weekend: one in snow with the Blackbears beating the Steelguins easily (but Fleury's helmet was awesome; gold pads, maybe not so much), the other in a closed football stadium between two Canadian teams.
 
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Couple of notes about this season:

Detroit may not make the playoffs, after 22 straight years of doing so. Weird that it happens in the first year in the Eastern Conference, a conference with not as many powerhouses as the West.

Colorado is a great young up-and-coming team that might win sooner rather than later, despite their youth. Patrick Roy has been doing a fascinating job.


Pittsburgh and Boston will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals, unless they don't meet before then. Book it.


Good to see Ryan Miller play for a decent team in St. Louis after having to put up with crap in Buffalo for so many years.
 

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Pittsburgh and Boston will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals, unless they don't meet before then. Book it.
Well, they're the two who clinched playoff spots first, although the Pens are limping (some of them literally) into the post season with an injured squad. Today the tangle with the 'Hawks at home, on TV (if the NBC Sports Network doesn't black it out again, saying "You Don't Subscribe To This Channel" :mad: ).
 

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The remaining playoff slots are going fast: new format has top three in each of the new divisions, plus two others per conference. Metro is the Penguins' now, so therefore the worst they can finish is in 2nd in the East. Out West, you might need 100 points just to get in.
 

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While I don't want it to happen, the Boston Bs can play this entire post season against only Original Six teams, if they meet the Rangers in the conf. finals, and Blackhawks in the Cup Final. But with their win today, here's hoping the Pens can close out the Jackets in the OH capital on Monday, to further their own Cup run. :thumbsup: I also didn't realize it until the announcers mentioned it: the first four games in the Pitt/Columbus series were all the same score of 4-3.