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Rite of Spring 2018-“What happens in the playoffs stays in the playoffs”

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Holy crap, I made an accurate sports prediction, gonna print that one out and eat it so that it may become a part of me.

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Even at 4-0 this team makes me sweat. Caps lost Game 1 in each of their last two series, though, and Tampa rebounded perfectly after losing Game 1 last series, which worries me. But still a great, complete performance. 

 

Still means nothing yet. 

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Lightning are 2-6 in home Game 1's since 2014. Sure would be nice to not blow the home ice advantage at the start of the series all the damned time.

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Come on, Caps. Three more games and I can just enjoy the playoffs without worrying about who wins for once. Foot on the throat.

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Three more games Washington. Three more games until you guys get to play for the Cup.

 

Vegas or Winnipeg will be waiting, don't let all Caps fans down now.

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On 5/10/2018 at 9:50 PM, habsfan1 said:

I have a feeling Rinne just played his last game as a Nashville Predator.

He has a NMC and one more season on his contract. He's still playing above average, especially for his age. Yes, there were absolutely consistency issues, in the playoffs, but the guy just had a Vezina-caliber season and 2 shutouts in 7 playoff games. 

 

It needs to be addressed, but this isn't an abandon ship situation.

 

If anything, Nashville eats cap space and moves to a 2 goalie system, letting him choose to either finish out his career as a Predator, or go be a veteran backup for another franchise.

On 5/11/2018 at 12:46 AM, habsfan1 said:

Would Vegas be in this position without Marc-André Fleury?

Absolutely not. Playoffs, probably, but not 1st in the Pacific, and there's no way they would have gotten out of that LA 1st round series with Subban in net.

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Asking a 36-year-old goalie with hard miles and a bad hip to go out and win a Stanley Cup is a lot to ask, but a year at $7MM for a backup is steep and the Perds don't seem inclined to retain salary. My guess is something like a 48/34 split with Saros and then no hesitation to commit to Saros in the Stanley Cup as soon as things get dodgy.

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The NHL has to step in to save their goodest boys.

 

Edit- Well look at that! Go Jets go!

Edited by Ice_Cap

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Well this has been a good start.

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1 hour ago, the admiral said:

Asking a 36-year-old goalie with hard miles and a bad hip to go out and win a Stanley Cup is a lot to ask, but a year at $7MM for a backup is steep and the Perds don't seem inclined to retain salary. My guess is something like a 48/34 split with Saros and then no hesitation to commit to Saros in the Stanley Cup as soon as things get dodgy.

That's more what I'm thinking. I was just saying that if they absolutely were going to try to shake up the crease, I could see them trading Saros and going to a more established young goalie who they can do a 2-man system with. Then let Rinne retire and back to a single goalie.

 

I think it comes down to the confidence they have that Saros is ready for the #1 job sooner, rather than later. With Hartman and Saros being the only significant contracts up for negotiation, this offseason, the Preds are poised to have a good run next season, with little need for changes.

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We have a good goal, 3-0!

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3-1 Jets after one? I’ll take it. 

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This is fine.

 

Narrator: It wasn’t fine.

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Thank you Wild Bill.

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Hm, the playoff game with Las Vegas is sponsored by Las Vegas, that's cool.

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Two questions on my mind as we watch this game wind down:

 

1) Why is Coach of the Year Gerard Gallant playing useless knuckle-dragger Ryan Reaves in the third round of the Stanley Cup against a team that's loaded at forward?

 

2) Recognizing that the Jets were the second-best team in the league who knocked off the first-place team in the league and were more likely than not to make Fleury look human at some point, how wretched were the L.A. Kings that the Knights made them look like they didn't belong in the NHL?

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Well that was an education. Vegas looked dead from the jump. Ryan Reaves is gonna be the death of the Knights if he keeps getting into late game situations.

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