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Thoughts On A Monday Evening

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Conventional wisdom is that the Western Conference matchup to avoid is the No. 4 / No. 5 fight between two of Detroit, Nashville and Chicago. After all, the thinking is, you’d rather finish sixth and face the Pacific Division winner. Here’s the flaw: travel. Since 2000, nine Central Division teams have won a first-round series against a team at least two time zones away. How many went on to reach the Cup Final? One. (That’s Detroit, which captured the crown in 2002.)

• Had an interesting conversation this week with a non-Florida employee who really thought Brian Campbell deserves much more consideration for the Norris, and even a little for the Hart. Don’t know if I’d go that far on the latter, but he’s quietly lifting mountains for the Panthers. Campbell, who’s played every night, leads the NHL in time on ice (overall, even-strength and per-game).

• Think the NHL was extremely unhappy about Quebec City’s arena announcement. Hated the timing, and let the organizers know it. The more you try to look into what is really going on, the more you realize there may not be five people who know the truth. And, they’re not talking. Best guess: they are working very hard to find a way for Greg Jamison to buy the Coyotes.

more including Pens/Flyers talk…

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SolidTG7's avatar

I do find it odd that everyone seems to overlook Karlsson’s defensive deficiencies while completely ignoring Campbell who has a similar knock.

I don’t think either of the penalty kill much which is something the Norris candidate should do.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 04/02/12 at 10:00 PM ET


His point about the winner of the Flyer/Pens series coming out of it beaten up is spot on. I just hope that neither team does anything stupid on Saturday BEFORE the series to weaken the other team through injuries. If it’s going to be a hard-hitting, high emotional series, it’ll be a great series. But, hopefully the cheap shots on both sides will stay to a minimum. Both teams have a legitimate shot to win the series within the rules. Trite to say, but it’ll come down to goal-tending and production from the 3rd/4th lines. The big boys are going to get their points on both sides.

Posted by penguinsfan on 04/03/12 at 08:24 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

I’d much rather see the Wings fall to six and play any of the potential three seeds, other than SJ. SJ is just like Detroit right now—had a rough go of some injuries that created inconsistency, and they could either be an easy out, or they could wake up and their talent could take over. Scary proposition.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/03/12 at 10:13 AM ET

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