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Title: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: TPIR_rules on May 14, 2021, 11:33:24 PM
Here are my first round & Stanley Cup Champions predictions:


Pittsburgh over NY Islanders in 6
Boston over Washington in 6
Carolina over Nashville in 5
Tampa Bay over Florida in 7
Toronto over Montreal in 6
Edmonton over Winnipeg in 5
Colorado over St. Louis in 6
Minnesota over Vegas in 7


Stanley Cup Champions: Boston
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: TPIR_rules on May 29, 2021, 05:20:14 PM
Here are most of my second round predictions:


Boston over NY Islanders in 6
Carolina over Tampa Bay in 7
Colorado over Vegas in 7


I'll give my North Division second round prediction when the matchup is set.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on May 30, 2021, 02:52:23 AM
One thing I will say is that the fans in Canada have returned for Game 6 in the Toronto-Montreal series, albeit with just 2,500 capacity wise. Well this is going to a Game 7 after Montreal wins it in OT once again and Game 7's have not been kind to the Leafs. Is this the year that it changes? We shall see...
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on May 31, 2021, 09:34:24 PM
And Toronto's Game 7 curse continues along with the Stanley Cup drought, this time blowing a 3-1 series lead to Montreal (which ironically is the final score for Game 7). Montreal moves on by a 3-1 score in Game 7, winning the series 4-3, and will face Winnipeg in Round 2.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: Nate Powalie on June 01, 2021, 10:59:16 AM
And Toronto's Game 7 curse continues along with the Stanley Cup drought, this time blowing a 3-1 series lead to Montreal (which ironically is the final score for Game 7). Montreal moves on by a 3-1 score in Game 7, winning the series 4-3, and will face Winnipeg in Round 2.

The Maple Leafs will break their drought eventually, but yeah that score is ironic.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: TPIR_rules on June 01, 2021, 10:22:09 PM
Here is my North Division second round prediction:


Winnipeg over Montreal in 6
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on June 07, 2021, 11:10:02 PM
The North Division 2nd round is over and Montreal wins it in 4 to sweep Winnipeg in overtime (I think the turning point was when Mark Scheifele got suspended 4 games due to the hit and the Jets were without one of their best players). That's 7 games in a row won for Montreal and the drive for 25 continues.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 08, 2021, 10:27:44 PM
I guess we'll never know, but whoever was coming out of that division was or is slated to have difficultly against their next foe.  I'm still a bit surprised that Scheifele pretty much got the book tossed at him.

The other surprising thing is what New York has done up to this point.  I think if they can get by Boston, I might consider going with the Isles to make the cup final which would avenge their ouster last season
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: jmorgan on June 11, 2021, 12:27:21 AM
Stanley Cup semifinals are now set:

Vegas vs. Montreal
Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: Nate Powalie on June 11, 2021, 09:52:40 AM
Stanley Cup semifinals are now set:

Vegas vs. Montreal
Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders

My predictions for the semis...
Vegas beats Montreal in 6
And the Islanders go the distance (a full 7 games) to wipeout the Lightning
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 12, 2021, 06:57:17 PM
My predictions for the semis...
Vegas beats Montreal in 6
And the Islanders go the distance (a full 7 games) to wipeout the Lightning

Wipeout might be too strong of a word, when it comes to the reigning champions going down following a hard-fought series, but thatís just my opinion.

This series could go either way.  The only surprise for me is if itís over in 4 or 5 (assuming no one gets hurt).  New York was very competitive last season, and couple that with a shorter period between the two seasons, and this repeat of last yearís ECF bonds well for the Islanders.  Tampa is the real deal.  However, Barry Trotz typically avenges defeat, and he has a rather balanced & decent team.  Whoever wins this series, IMO will win the cup if Montreal upsets Vegas.
 
That early prediction is subject to change, depending on how the Canadians defeat the Golden Knights, but I donít see Vegas losing.  The Habs may prove that theyíre okay and not the beneficiary of a crap-ass division, but it will not be easy doing so four times before losing four times. FWIW, just a season ago, they treated that season as if they were slated to draft the top overall pick
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: TPIR_rules on June 13, 2021, 05:54:37 AM
Here are my Semi Finals & REVISED Stanley Cup Champions predictions:


Tampa Bay over NY Islanders in 5
Vegas over Montreal in 6



Stanley Cup Champions:  Vegas
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: danderson400 on June 13, 2021, 10:00:55 AM
Any reason why uSA Network has a few games this round?
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: therealcu2010 on June 13, 2021, 06:05:16 PM
Conflicts with Olympic trials. Remember that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are much later than usual this year.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: FieldsFan336 on June 14, 2021, 12:40:38 PM
Islanders take game 1 of their series against Tampa Bay with a 2-1 victory.  Vegas-Montreal begins tonight
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 15, 2021, 07:43:00 AM
Marc-Andre Fleury strengthens his case for the Conn Smythe, and obviously put Vegas one step closer to the Finals and possibly the Cup with a 4-1 victory over the Canadians.  It's the 90th postseason victory for the 3 time Stanley Cup Champion.  1-0 lead for the Golden Knights over Montreal
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on June 17, 2021, 05:56:23 AM
Montreal has tied it up with a crucial 3-2 win, stopping the Golden Knights rally late in the game where Carey Price made 29 stops. Series is now even at 1-1 with the series shifting back to Montreal.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 21, 2021, 10:06:29 PM
Not counting tonight, of course, both series have been pretty much competitive.  If I was betting, I probably would've had Tampa and Vegas closing things out in 4 or 5.  I often "predict" those things upon the moment when a certain point within the postseason is set.  Montreal is actually doing real well against Vegas, while New York might have had a better chance at redemption against Tampa.

I doubt the NHL will be thrilled with Islanders/Canadians, but I don't think it would totally suck for a Cup final either if it ever came to that
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on June 21, 2021, 10:46:42 PM
One thing for sure is that if it wasn't for Marc Andre Fleury's gaffe in Game 3, Vegas would have been up 3-1 in the series. I think the other big issue is how horrible in some cases the refs have been officiating in the postseason, and it seems like every year it still continues to be that way.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on June 23, 2021, 12:19:31 AM
Montreal is now just one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals as they won over Vegas 4-1, and take a 3-2 series lead. They have a chance to finish this series at home on Thursday night in Montreal (which also happens to be Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, a holiday in Quebec).
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 23, 2021, 10:51:06 PM
It's really looking like Tampa's cup to lose (and really, they haven't lost it yet)
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: jmorgan on June 24, 2021, 11:16:50 PM
For the first time since 2011, a Canadian team makes it to the Stanley Cup Finals, as Montreal defeats Vegas in OT. This is the first appearance for the Canadiens since they won it all in 1993.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 24, 2021, 11:18:17 PM
I think the Canadians drought will end after 28 years, but only if the Islanders persevere and avenge their defeat a season ago
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on June 24, 2021, 11:28:55 PM
And to do it on Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Quebec's holiday) at the Bell Centre, couldn't have written a better script than this. I just hope the fans will be safe and celebrate but also realize there's work to do to win the big prize and not only the drive for 25, but to end Canada's Stanley Cup drought.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: pricefan18 on June 24, 2021, 11:46:04 PM
EDIT: Disregard this, totally forgot the fact Tampa Bay is still in the playoffs yet.......my bad lol.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: bigblue999 on June 24, 2021, 11:52:35 PM
The NHL's favorite team loses again.  :oldlol:
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on June 25, 2021, 11:08:21 PM
And it's the Tampa Bay Lightning that goes to the Stanley Cup Finals, winning a close one, 1-0 to win it 4 games to 3 over the New York Islanders. New York did have a chance to tie it up with the extra attacker late in the third but couldn't get it past Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 25, 2021, 11:28:02 PM
I have no idea what to expect from this series.  The more likely scenario of Tampa winning in 5 would be a bet I'd go to last.  Isles played them much better than last year, all the way to the end.  TBH, I could see Montreal winning the series outright.  While they may have entered the semis out of a bad division, it's still a nice achievement to get to the cup final
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: pannoni1 on June 26, 2021, 09:33:15 AM
With the Islanders out, the New York City region is in jeopardy of reaching the decade mark without a major title if the Yankees/Mets can't pull it out this fall. A decade may not seem like a lot for a smaller market that has just one or two major sports franchises, but for a metro that includes nine total, it's the equivalent of going 30 years without a title in a three-team market like Tampa Bay.

Still, I'm pulling for the Habs to end the drought for the World Next Door.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 26, 2021, 12:53:27 PM
With the Islanders out, the New York City region is in jeopardy of reaching the decade mark without a major title if the Yankees/Mets can't pull it out this fall. A decade may not seem like a lot for a smaller market that has just one or two major sports franchises, but for a metro that includes nine total, it's the equivalent of going 30 years without a title in a three-team market like Tampa Bay.

Still, I'm pulling for the Habs to end the drought for the World Next Door.

I was thinking about the Jets and the Giants, but several things factor into why they're probably getting to the century mark without a title.  The Super Bowl is a week later this time; it still could've and should've been on February 6th.  It doesn't matter since the GMEN won on 02/05/2012.  Plus, both football teams technically participate in New Jersey.

It's not a big deal since neither team likely will compete for another title.  I think there is optimism that both the Mets and the Yankees can get it done however before 2022 gets here
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: TPIR_rules on June 28, 2021, 02:19:23 AM
Here is my Stanley Cup Final prediction:


Tampa Bay over Montreal in 6
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 28, 2021, 04:35:57 PM
I like Tampa to repeat regardless of if they do it in 4, 5, 7 or even six games.  I think Montreal was tested in the best way possible, based off of who or what their competition turned out to be.  I donít know or think itís enough, and you could see them getting blown out of the final.

If I had to choose a length for this series, I agree the Lighting wins in 6.  Assuming they hold at home, the Canadians need to steal a game on the road, obviously.  I really only see Tampa winning on the road; even if Montreal can steal a game, Tampa too much that they can rather easily steal 2 games on the road.

Carey Price is a big deal, and his team plays the type of game that can drive people crazy (similar to New York).  Of course it took the Lightning 7 games to close out the Islanders, so while theyíre prepared to beat the Canadians, they might struggle doing so.  In fact, they might not win the series, but I think they will.  Their goaltender in Vasilevskiy is a nice asset which may result in Montreal finding it impossible to have any success in the Stanley Cup Final
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on June 29, 2021, 11:50:49 PM
The series got off to a predictable start with Tampa Bay routing Montreal 5-1.  The series continues Wednesday night on NBCSN, and then starting on Friday, it's on NBC for the remainder of the final.


Here is the schedule, for your information:

06/28: Canadians at Lightning (Tampa leads 1-0)
06/30: Canadians at Lightning (8:00 PM EST) +
07/02: Lightning at Canadians (8:00 PM EST)
07/05: Lightning at Canadians (8:00 PM EST)
07/07: Canadians at Lightning (8:00 PM EST) *
07/09: Lightning at Canadians (8:00 PM EST) *
07/11: Canadians at Lightning (7:00 PM EST) *


* If Necessary
+ On NBCSN

By the way, despite the adjustments due to the Olympic Trials amongst other stuff, the Stanley Cup Finals has always aired a couple games on NBCSN.  Recently it's been Games 2-3 (after it was Games 1-2 and 3-4 before that)
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on June 30, 2021, 12:22:39 AM
For those of you viewers in Canada (and some areas near the Canada/US border), the games are on Sportsnet and CBC.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on July 01, 2021, 12:09:04 AM
Tampa Bay takes a 2-0 series lead.  While not as bad looking as game one, it appears that Montreal's style of hockey is not going to cut it against the champs
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on July 02, 2021, 09:40:09 PM
I think Montreal would have preferred to play the New York Islanders to be honest, not to mention that they were trying to get the capacity at the Bell Centre to 10,500 for home games to maybe turn things around but that was denied. Still while anything is possible, I think the Tampa Bay goalie is making the difference in this series.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: bigblue999 on July 02, 2021, 11:00:14 PM
Tampa's one win away from repeating as champions. Last time a team was swept in the Finals were the Capitals in 1998.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on July 02, 2021, 11:24:08 PM
Fortunately, it looks like things are going to get back to where the season & structure play out the way it did in 2018-2019.  I don't think Montreal gets anywhere near this point any other year.  Tampa probably wins against Colorado and Las Vegas, but they'd be battling to repeat.  Ditto within conference where they battle against teams like Pittsburgh, Washington, and Boston.  New York (Islanders) actually gave them a series, but NYI would have produced an awful series against Montreal.  Total coin-toss, but both teams play a game that's tough to watch and bad for hockey
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on July 03, 2021, 12:06:41 AM
Plus you also have Seattle joining into the mix for next season, so that will make it 32 teams in all, and that would mean 8 teams each of 4 divisions, with Arizona moving to the Central Division and Seattle playing in the Pacific Division. It will be interesting to see how Seattle will do as Vegas in their inaugural run made it to the Stanley Cup Final but lost to Washington in 5 games.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on July 05, 2021, 11:09:02 PM
No sweep for the Lightning. The Habs force Game 5.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: Nate Powalie on July 05, 2021, 11:27:12 PM
No sweep for the Lightning. The Habs force Game 5.

Yep. Josh Anderson, a former Blue Jacket, netted the OT winner, as Montreal beat Tampa 3-2. Game 5 will be Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa on NBC, with start time TBA.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on July 05, 2021, 11:43:32 PM
Not only that but they also had to kill off a double minor penalty in the waning moments of the 3rd into overtime, and the drive for 25 is still alive, but still uphill knowing one team in the history of the Stanley Cup Final has overcome a 3-0 series deficit (that being the Toronto Maple Leafs).

Game 5 will also be seen on CBC/Sportsnet in the English market, and on TVA Sports in the French market. It will be at 8 pm Eastern on Wednesday.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on July 06, 2021, 07:24:00 AM
Anything is possible, but it's going to be extremely tough for Montreal to win another game, let alone 3.   Last night featured the type of OT goal that can "change a series" even though it's reserved for Game 6 (or even 5).  When you had it won, only to lose, it can bring a team down.

I just don't see Tampa being that team.  All of their victories were not close, whereas their loss was on the road in OT.  Still painful being unable to cash in off of their PP.  Not that they were listening to their mayor, but looks like her wish will be granted.  At least a chance to win at home. 

I think they will; in addition to being a much better team, the Lightning would be motivated to close it out on Wednesday, at home, in front of fans, & with the opportunity to celebrate their title in a way they really couldn't with ease in 2020
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on July 07, 2021, 10:53:02 PM
Congrats to the Lightning!

Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on July 07, 2021, 10:56:27 PM
Anything is possible, but it's going to be extremely tough for Montreal to win another game, let alone 3.   Last night featured the type of OT goal that can "change a series" even though it's reserved for Game 6 (or even 5).  When you had it won, only to lose, it can bring a team down.

I just don't see Tampa being that team.  All of their victories were not close, whereas their loss was on the road in OT.  Still painful being unable to cash in off of their PP.  Not that they were listening to their mayor, but looks like her wish will be granted.  At least a chance to win at home. 

I think they will; in addition to being a much better team, the Lightning would be motivated to close it out on Wednesday, at home, in front of fans, & with the opportunity to celebrate their title in a way they really couldn't with ease in 2020

Looks like your prediction came true, but at least Montreal gave it their cinderella run and they had chances late in the 3rd to tie it up. My hope though given that a Canadian team is back in the Stanley Cup Final gives me hope that Canada will end its drought eventually.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: bigblue999 on July 07, 2021, 11:13:37 PM
And thus ends 16 years of the NHL on NBC.
Title: Re: 2021 NHL Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on July 07, 2021, 11:56:38 PM
And thus ends 16 years of the NHL on NBC.

End of an era for sure.  Not a surprise though; this year just wasn't the same with Doc.


Looks like your prediction came true, but at least Montreal gave it their cinderella run and they had chances late in the 3rd to tie it up. My hope though given that a Canadian team is back in the Stanley Cup Final gives me hope that Canada will end its drought eventually.

Well, they can.  As mentioned, the structure was unique this year; I wonder if Montreal or any Canadian team would've reached this point in a regular year.  For instance, maybe they upset Pittsburgh again, but I don't think they surpass Washington or the Islanders.  Obviously they die against Tampa, but they'd fall for sure against Boston (due to a better team and a little tradition)