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 Post subject: Re: Around the NHL...4.3.18
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:36 am 
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
IF the Pens win in regulation tomorrow, the rest doesn't matter.

Let's start there.

I think the reward for 2nd place in the division... in this ULTRA STUPID NHL playoff system is going to be their kryptonite, NJ. NJ plays two teams with nothing to play for, Columbus plays two great teams with everything on the line. Philly is behind and is even in danger of being caught for the last playoff spot.

If I have to guess...

Philly @ Boston
CBus @ Washington
NJ @ Pittsburgh
Toronto @ Tampa Bay

I guess this format was set up to get some Canadian teams farther along into the playoffs, but it didn't exactly get Toronto an easy draw.


Naw I don't think it has anything to do with Canadian teams. It has to do with "we want to create divisional rivalries" and sorta model it after the old "Top 4 in each division play each other": Adams, Patrick, Smythe, etc

But this has completely backfired for them (surprise surprise)

But yea if we win tonight we're pretty much locked in the #2 Metro and that sweet sweet home ice...


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 Post subject: Re: Around the NHL...4.3.18
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:28 pm 
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Grabbed this from nhl.com
"In the simplest terms, tonight the Pens can lock up home-ice advantage in the First Round if they defeat Columbus in regulation and New Jersey loses to Toronto in any fashion."

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 Post subject: Re: Around the NHL...4.3.18
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:59 pm 
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I thought PIT gets 2nd slot by winning in regulation? I don't see NJ losing either of its last two games vs teams with nothing to play for.

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 Post subject: Re: Around the NHL...4.3.18
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:19 pm 
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
I thought PIT gets 2nd slot by winning in regulation? I don't see NJ losing either of its last two games vs teams with nothing to play for.


Nope because NJ is only one point behind Pittsburgh.

So if they won out while Pittsburgh only captured one of two?

They’d have 99 points to the Pens’ 98.

Pens should just win out if they want the second slot.

Well, beat Columbus and at least get to OT against Ottawa.

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