Canadian Division (Canada Cup) Part XI

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  1. WaitingForUser Registered User

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    I had Toronto and Edmonton battling for first with WPG and Vancouver in 3 and 4. Didn’t think the Habs would make it so I will own that one. I went 3/4 in the right order though (so far).
     
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    no that would be vegas
     
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  3. RealisticLeaf55 Win it clean for J.T

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    I feel like the Leafs are just playing to not get injured, and I honestly don't blame them.

    This race between Jets and Habs has become very entertaining.
     
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    I fully expect them to win atleast 1 round. But every year shit happens in the nhl. Tampa being swept by Columbus being one of the biggest upsets in recent memory. What happens if they lose? Probably nothing much but I guess it depends how they lose. The past few years they've been mostly outmuscled and they addressed that this year. If they lose to great goaltending I dont expect much change. Just whinny fans.
     
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    Yep the Pacific has been far worse than the North but that doesn’t fit with the North is trash narrative here so....
     
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    Why Vegas,
    Colorado is better than any team in the North atm.
     
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    Ottawa with the best record in the last 10 games in the North at 7-2-1.
     
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    Fair.
    I'd love to see the Habs KO the Oilers and setup a potential barn burner of a second round for Canadian Div. Bragging rights tbh.

    Should be a riot
     
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    The truth is that there is a weak path to the semis in the playoffs literally every single year. Some team benefits from it. Next year it will likely be out west. This year it is arguably in the North(we actually have no way to quantify it this year). For whatever reason it is being whined about a lot more this year in years past. Do the Leafs have a more open path to the third round this year then in past years? Absolutely. Do I care? Not even a little bit. We will be back to playing a top 5 team in the league in the first round next year so everyone else can suck it up.
     
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    Not really, there's too many factors outside of your control. Do you blow a team up if you suffer key injuries? The goal posts just keep moving, at the start of the season we were told we wouldn't win the division. When we started to dominate the division and didn't lose first place the narrative switched to the North is bad and Toronto will get swept once they get out of it. Now it's unless they reach the cup final they need to blow up the team? At some point it just becomes ridiculous.
     
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    Your first problem is thinking what fans think has any baring on what the team will do. Your second problem is trying to pretend any statement isn't subject to change based on what actually occurs.

    If the Leafs lose round 1 and have sub .800 goaltending, it'd be hard to make the case that they should blow it vs finding competent goal tending. If Matthews/Tavares/Marner all get taken out game 1 from 3 dirty suspension hits, it would also be hard to make a case to do much of anything different. If they somehow get outplayed or embarrassed by any team in the North, than yea, time to consider bigger moves.

    We won't know until we see what happens though so this exercise is a waste of time. It seems like a desperate attempt to get an early victory lap in before a single playoff game is even played.
     
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    Oiler fans should not be so boastful IMO until they can prove they are not the McDavids. You were gifted the greatest player in the world - enjoy it.
     
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    youre joking right? comparing Avs , Wild and Blues this season to Habs Jets and Oilers cmon now
     
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    Yotes, Kings, Sharks and Ducks are Sens level IMO which makes the division crazy unbalanced.
     
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    They're failing at that though... (Well, apparently. Foligno)
     
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    ...But what if they fail, again, to meet these high expectations?
     
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    Just seems to me like his back was bothering him, they shut him down for the game and possibly the remainder of the season for good measure It was the right call. How do you predict a back spasm? You don't. It just happens.
     
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    Nobody is getting "rid" of anyone. The idea is always to improve the team. If the Leafs fail again in the playoffs you have to consider that the team's core has a problem. If they can't get out the North then there's a serious problem.
     
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    What does the start of the season have to do with anyone? I am talking about right now. Like you said, the Leafs dominated the division. Now it feels like you're trying to convince yourself that a first or 2nd round loss is probably just fine. It's not. There are expectation here. A loss like that for the Leafs, at this point, is a major choke.
     
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    I never pretended any of this, what are you even going on about?
     
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    Not really, it depends on why they were eliminated.
     
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    Well, yeah. Does this even need to be said?

    What's going on here? :laugh:
     
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    It has to do with the sliding goalposts. It has nothing to do with how I feel about the team. It’s about how a team is told they are bad, play in a bad division, there results should come with an asterisk etc.

    Oh but if you don’t make the finals it’s a choke job? At some point it’s just ridiculous.
     
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    You seem hell bent on creating a narrative that any setback in the playoffs means they need to blow the team up.

    Why?
     
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