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« on: Apr 10, 2014 at 20:52 »

Well in the last few weeks Bennett, Martin, and Letang have returned. Geno is supposed to be back for the playoffs. That means the team is finally healthy. Call me crazy, but if Fleury doesn't lose his fucking mind like the last two seasons. I actually think this team can compete for the Cup this year. I think it's good that everyone is looking at Boston as the team to beat and everyone is counting the Pens out.

Honestly though, I'm probably just trying to get myself excited for the best tournament in sports.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 11, 2014 at 10:07 »

It's hard for me to get excited when I know what Fluery is capable of...but nonetheless, go Pens!
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 11, 2014 at 14:45 »

My expectations are extremely low this year given the injury curse, Fluery's playoff meltdowns since 2010, and Bylsma's refusal to put his best team on the ice.  The NHL playoffs are largely about matchups though, and if we can duck Philly and Detroit in round one and hope someone else knocks off Boston, Eastern Conference finals are possible.

Scuderi really should be sat down for Despres, Pyatt or Adams should sit for Megna and Engelland, Bennett needs to play in the top six, the fourth line is just brutal but nothing can be done about that.

Losing to Philly Saturday will go a long way towards getting us our best first round match up (Columbus).


Hopefully Geno is back for round one.  Go Pens.

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 11, 2014 at 21:56 »

Yeah, I'm less excited this year than I've been in some time.  The playoffs since the cup run have all sucked and with the uneven play (injuries, yes, but uneven nonetheless) I see no reason to believe they'll get out of the second round.   Hope I'm wrong obv. 
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 14, 2014 at 11:27 »

Blue Jackets it is.  Also, Boston has to be having a wtf moment.  Your prize for the number one seed is:  A first round matchup with Detroit, who was 4-1 against you in the regular season.

Also, no reseeding in the new format, so it we knock off Columbus, it's winner of Rags-Flyers for us.  Could technically get to the finals playing Columbus-NY-TB/Montreal.

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« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 20:16 »

Well... it was a win. Fleury wasn't to blame for a couple of those goals in my opinion. I thought he settled down and played strong the rest of the game. I think Gibbons played well, but I'm not sure why he replaced Bennett on the 1st line. I think Bennett on the 1st and Stempniak on the 3rd makes sense. Also, if Glass has to play, he doesn't belong on a line with Sutter and Stempniak.
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« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 22:07 »

I think Gibbons played well, but I'm not sure why he replaced Bennett on the 1st line.

Bylsma had some not-very-transparent comments about it after the game, fwiw.
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« Reply #7 on: Today at 06:03 »

Yeah Gibbons can play. He knows how to draw a penalty too. A win is a win but my god do Scuderi an Adams need scratched. Any word wen Goc is back?
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