Pre-Game Talk: Time to talk Playoffs

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  1. The Cobra Rent A Goalie

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    idk playoff McD could be the second coming of the great one...we cant take any team lightly. our playoff history has been very bad. i would be happy to just get past the first round vs the Jets.
     
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    Since my team has ZERO chance to advance, here is to pleading for the Leafs to NOT lose to Edmonton.
     
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    You've come such a long way from saying the Leafs would struggle within the Canadian Division.
     
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    Games like tonight are exactly why I have zero faith in this team.

    I didn't like the effort, I didn't like the intensity (there was none) and I didn't like the lack of a killer instinct once again.

    The PP is still shit... they stand around and pass... wow, amazing.

    I really hope they prove me wrong in 2 weeks time.
     
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    LOL no, they're not tanking. Don't be silly.


    This is an elite team, faith has nothing to do with it.
     
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    My faith doesn't matter, of course lol. But until they do some damage in the playoffs, they are still the same team to me. Like what I have seen overall this season, but I still see some a lot of concerning things. Their eliteness is TBD imo.
     
  7. Eternal Leaf Registered User

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    Can't win them all.

    Over the course of a regular season, you will have all sorts of games including endings like these.

    Their intensity in the playoffs is going to be a lot higher than a regular-season game against the Habs while holding a 9 pt lead over 2nd place.
     
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  8. Seath The Scaleless Hanta Yo

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    What was your tune for the previous 5 games?

    I agree about the PP, but intensity doesn't really matter in a meaningless game. The effort was there.
     
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    Over the past 5 I felt their intensity was higher, and other than the 1st period against the Canucks on Saturday they really took care of the puck. They also brought a real tight defensive effort in the 3rd of all those games. They played fairly loose tonight, looked somewhat disinterested. Fore sure, it happens and agree with a 9 point lead on second maybe it was a good one to snooze through. Like I said, I'll be happy to be proven wrong; happy would be an understatement.
     
  10. Stephen Moderator

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    I thought tonight they were playing a very quiet shut it down road game, low event, let's get the 2 points and get out of here type thing, which I didn't mind, but at some point they lulled themselves into energy saver mode and didn't have the killer instinct to wake up and finish it. Didn't think it was a train wreck but a fine line between a routine win and just letting it slip away.
     
  11. ViewsFromThe6ix ████ 60% *LOADING*

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    How? Leafs have destroyed Winnipeg virtually every game they've played.
     
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    I think they did what they needed to do most nights to win - locking down and playing low event hockey is a skill this team needs. Keefe putting out that weird group with Matthews on his weak side to take that draw at the end was clearly him trying to help Matthews get his 40th in a game that didn't matter (1 point or 2 points are basically the same at this point), and it backfired. Worth it - as it would've been massive for the team if he got the 40th.

    If anyone is using a meaningless game like this as a measuring stick for this team, give your head a shake.

    The OT was a bit of a shit show, but it's supposed to be, and doesn't exist when it matters.
     
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    Well said. And what you describe I feel like I watched in the play in round last season too. My worry is that they think they can flick a switch... history says that is not gonna happen. They need to bring some sort of decent effort down the stretch here to at least show themselves they are ready for playoff hockey. Lets see how the next two go vs the toilet seats... if we go 0-3 my level of concern will be higher, not Nic Cage high, but working its way up the LV strip.
     
  14. Clark4Ever What we do in hockey echoes in eternity...

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    A healthy Habs lineup with Price at the top of his game might give us more trouble than the Jets based on their current form.

    I would love to see a Leafs-Habs playoff series, but if it doesn't happen in the first round, it could benefit us.
     
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  15. PromisedLand I need more FOOD

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    when is the expected start date for the playoffs anyway?
     
  16. Stephen Moderator

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    If you're nursing a 2-1 lead in the playoffs, the more successful approach is actually to up your energy level and forecheck harder as the game winds down. What you want to do is skate harder, get the forechecker in deeper, make your stand at the opposition blueline and just start clogging and layering and disrupting and killing momentum as far from your own zone as possible while creating turnovers vs a more and more desperate team. You don't want to be fading and collapsing to the slot to let the other team siege you at will. Not saying this as criticism of one faceoff loss in the last minute of tonight but that's what you would like to see in a similar 2-1 situation in a live playoff matchup.
     
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    It's not overlooking. He knows what he's doing.
     
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    Can’t win every game. Didn’t like some things, but would rather lose a game or two to keep them humble.

    The excitement in the Habs PGT is at epic levels - let them believe for a night.
     
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    Same team ... cling to the past if you must, no good reason to do so though IMO. Team's different every year, simple as that.
     
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    Ugh not going to feel that great going in if we don't have Hyman and Foliño
     
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  21. zeke The Dube Abides

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    That guy is a mod.

    True story.
     
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  22. Cleetus Find me a EN I cant score into

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    I hope Hyman will be back, it looked like Foligno was limping? but they called it a upper body, weird... hope he will be fine though
     
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    I mean....the leafs were in control of the game all the way.

    2 goals when they had an extra skater. It happens.
     
  24. zeke The Dube Abides

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    From struggle to make the playoffs all the way to lock for the final four, in just 4 months.
     
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    Except the one I've been cheering for has been the exact same my entire life except for 4 years. I get what you are saying. I will patiently wait for the playoffs to come to be amazed... hopefully. I am 100% onboard, but a big piece of me is saying 'hey man, been down this road before, calm your shit'.
     

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