8 teams that won't win it

8 teams that won't win it

Post by NJDevilC » Sun, 20 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Well, I cheated a little and watched the first three nights of
the playoffs before making predictions. But these are a little
different:  I'm picking the 8 teams that I feel have no chance
of winning the Cup. These teams may advance 1, 2 or maybe
even three rounds, but when the Cup is engraved, none of these
boys will appear. Listed in order from worst to best.

Chicago Blackhawks:  2 years ago I thought this team had a legit
      chance at the Cup. Now, they're struggling for an identity at
      the worst possible time. Hackett could stand on his head and
      it won't matter. Daze has been disappointing, and the losses
      of Roenick, Murphy, and Nicholls have killed them.

Ottawa Senators:  The popular upset pick amongst many on RSH,
      the Senators are young, but the lack of a consistent defense
      and the fact they are facing Hasek spells doom for a team that
      will contend in the future.

Montreal Canadiens:  This team can score, score, and score some
     more. But offense comes at a price, and the Habs have not paid
     the piper. Their defense is weak, and Thibault has yet to emerge
     as even a shadow of his predecessor. They're young, but they
     need to get better defensively.

Phoenix Coyotes:  Roenick, Tkachuk, Tverdovsky, Khabibulin make
     this team seem like they should be tough. I don't know why it
     hasn't materialized. Khabibulin has not had the greatest year (after
     he looked ready to emerge as the next great goalie after last year's
     playoffs) and Roenick still doesn't seem 100% offensively. They're
     another young and rising team, but they haven't arrived yet.

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim:  Yeah, I know:  Selanne and Kariya. This
     team is dangerous enough to knock you right out of the playoffs,
     and Selanne is the best offensive player in the NHL (once Mario
     is retired) but one line is never enough. Colorado, Dallas, New
     Jersey, and any other team that can shut down one line will beat
     this team easily.

New York Rangers:  They had a better year than I figured they would,
     but it just isn't enough. Lack of solid defense and injuries have
cost
     this team a chance at the Cup. But you never want to play them......

Edmonton Oilers:  Though they won't win it all, every game this team
     plays is a stepping-stone to returning playoff glory to Edmonton.
     Tons of offensive talent, a solid goaltender, and a strong work
     ethic could conceivably get this team to the West Finals. But no
     farther.

St. Louis Blues:  The more things change, the more they stay the same.
     The Blues have got about 100 different directions in terms of
personnel
     in the past few years, yet they continue to have no shot at the Cup.
     They could win one round, but never two (happening only once in the
     last 26 years). Now that their defen*** haev improved, their
problem
     is lack of consistent goal-scoring and few defensive forwards. Didn't

     seem to be a problem in years past.

The Rest? I think they all have a shot, though Philly, New Jersey and
Colorado are the clear favorites. A hot goalie (Beezer, Moog, etc.) could
change all that. Pittsburgh, Detroit, Dallas and Buffalo would be
surpirses
to me if they won it, but they certainly have a chance.

Kuch

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8 teams that won't win it

Post by Brad Lars » Fri, 25 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>Ottawa Senators:  The popular upset pick amongst many on RSH,
>      the Senators are young, but the lack of a consistent defense
>      and the fact they are facing Hasek spells doom for a team that
>      will contend in the future.

From what I've seen, it's there offense that's inconsistent.  There
defence has been great all the while missing Neckar and Hill
(Supposedly their 2 best).  Redden has been awesome for a 19 year old
rookie and even Duschene is starting to play good D.  Next year,
they'll have an excellent defensive corps, with Neckar, Hill, Redden
and Phillips.

Quote:
>Phoenix Coyotes:  Roenick, Tkachuk, Tverdovsky, Khabibulin make
>     this team seem like they should be tough. I don't know why it
>     hasn't materialized. Khabibulin has not had the greatest year (after
>     he looked ready to emerge as the next great goalie after last year's
>     playoffs) and Roenick still doesn't seem 100% offensively. They're
>     another young and rising team, but they haven't arrived yet.

Phoenix has a ton of potential in the minors.  Lots of World Juniors
in the system.

Quote:
>Mighty Ducks of Anaheim:  Yeah, I know:  Selanne and Kariya. This
>     team is dangerous enough to knock you right out of the playoffs,
>     and Selanne is the best offensive player in the NHL (once Mario
>     is retired) but one line is never enough. Colorado, Dallas, New
>     Jersey, and any other team that can shut down one line will beat
>     this team easily.

Jagr is better than Selanne

Quote:

>Edmonton Oilers:  Though they won't win it all, every game this team
>     plays is a stepping-stone to returning playoff glory to Edmonton.
>     Tons of offensive talent, a solid goaltender, and a strong work
>     ethic could conceivably get this team to the West Finals. But no
>     farther.

Next to the Avs, the Oilers are the most exciting team to watch.
Youth and speed are going to give the Stars fits.  They have a great
work ethic and can hit when they want to...

Quote:
>The Rest? I think they all have a shot, though Philly, New Jersey and
>Colorado are the clear favorites. A hot goalie (Beezer, Moog, etc.) could
>change all that. Pittsburgh, Detroit, Dallas and Buffalo would be
>surpirses
>to me if they won it, but they certainly have a chance.

Avs vs NJ or Philly would be a great matchup.  Roy vs Brodeur or
Forsberg vs Lindros

 
 
 

8 teams that won't win it

Post by Artur Roytbur » Sat, 26 Apr 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


> >Ottawa Senators:  The popular upset pick amongst many on RSH,
> >      the Senators are young, but the lack of a consistent defense
> >      and the fact they are facing Hasek spells doom for a team that
> >      will contend in the future.

> From what I've seen, it's there offense that's inconsistent.  There
> defence has been great all the while missing Neckar and Hill
> (Supposedly their 2 best).  Redden has been awesome for a 19 year old
> rookie and even Duschene is starting to play good D.  Next year,
> they'll have an excellent defensive corps, with Neckar, Hill, Redden
> and Phillips.

Well, they don't have to worry about Hasek anymore.

Quote:
> >Phoenix Coyotes:  Roenick, Tkachuk, Tverdovsky, Khabibulin make
> >     this team seem like they should be tough. I don't know why it
> >     hasn't materialized. Khabibulin has not had the greatest year (after
> >     he looked ready to emerge as the next great goalie after last year's
> >     playoffs) and Roenick still doesn't seem 100% offensively. They're
> >     another young and rising team, but they haven't arrived yet.
> Phoenix has a ton of potential in the minors.  Lots of World Juniors
> in the system.

Khabibulin didn't have a great year? I wonder what you expected from
him. He had 7 shotouts to tie Roy for the second shotout leader,
his % is .908 and he had to face 2094 shots. I think that you are wrong
about Khabibulin.

- Show quoted text -

Quote:

> >Mighty Ducks of Anaheim:  Yeah, I know:  Selanne and Kariya. This
> >     team is dangerous enough to knock you right out of the playoffs,
> >     and Selanne is the best offensive player in the NHL (once Mario
> >     is retired) but one line is never enough. Colorado, Dallas, New
> >     Jersey, and any other team that can shut down one line will beat
> >     this team easily.
> Jagr is better than Selanne

> >Edmonton Oilers:  Though they won't win it all, every game this team
> >     plays is a stepping-stone to returning playoff glory to Edmonton.
> >     Tons of offensive talent, a solid goaltender, and a strong work
> >     ethic could conceivably get this team to the West Finals. But no
> >     farther.

> Next to the Avs, the Oilers are the most exciting team to watch.
> Youth and speed are going to give the Stars fits.  They have a great
> work ethic and can hit when they want to...

> >The Rest? I think they all have a shot, though Philly, New Jersey and
> >Colorado are the clear favorites. A hot goalie (Beezer, Moog, etc.) could
> >change all that. Pittsburgh, Detroit, Dallas and Buffalo would be
> >surpirses
> >to me if they won it, but they certainly have a chance.

> Avs vs NJ or Philly would be a great matchup.  Roy vs Brodeur or
> Forsberg vs Lindros

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8 teams that won't win it

Post by Jas Yeu » Sun, 27 Apr 1997 04:00:00


says...

Quote:
>Avs vs NJ or Philly would be a great matchup.  Roy vs Brodeur or

              ^^

Are you sure you want to watch the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley
Cup Finals? They are so BORING to watch! Good team, yes, but are
the most boring team to watch!

Anyone but the Devils from the East.

 
 
 

8 teams that won't win it

Post by Ken Campanil » Sun, 27 Apr 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

> says...

> >Avs vs NJ or Philly would be a great matchup.  Roy vs Brodeur or
>               ^^

> Are you sure you want to watch the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley
> Cup Finals? They are so BORING to watch! Good team, yes, but are
> the most boring team to watch!

> Anyone but the Devils from the East.

I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Same as the Panthers last year.  THANK YOU
RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think that Colorado/Philadelphia would be the most exciting final.
 
 
 

8 teams that won't win it

Post by Brian Scula » Sun, 27 Apr 1997 04:00:00

Quote:




> > says...

> > >Avs vs NJ or Philly would be a great matchup.  Roy vs Brodeur or
> >               ^^

> > Are you sure you want to watch the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley
> > Cup Finals? They are so BORING to watch! Good team, yes, but are
> > the most boring team to watch!

> > Anyone but the Devils from the East.

> I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Same as the Panthers last year.  THANK YOU
> RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> I think that Colorado/Philadelphia would be the most exciting final.

 Edmonton-Philly would be great!
Brian
 
 
 

8 teams that won't win it

Post by hatr.. » Tue, 29 Apr 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


> > > >Avs vs NJ or Philly would be a great matchup.  Roy vs Brodeur or
> > >               ^^

> > > Are you sure you want to watch the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley
> > > Cup Finals? They are so BORING to watch! Good team, yes, but are
> > > the most boring team to watch!

> > > Anyone but the Devils from the East.

> > I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Same as the Panthers last year.  THANK YOU
> > RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> Brian

----------------
You could not be more correct!!!
The Devils are a very good team, but I don't
think anyone would disagree that they are
extremely boring to watch. Even New Jersey
faithful will agree to that...

hattrick

 
 
 

8 teams that won't win it

Post by Kevin Stern » Wed, 30 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


> > > > >Avs vs NJ or Philly would be a great matchup.  Roy vs Brodeur or
> > > >               ^^

> > > > Are you sure you want to watch the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley
> > > > Cup Finals? They are so BORING to watch! Good team, yes, but are
> > > > the most boring team to watch!

> > > > Anyone but the Devils from the East.

> > > I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Same as the Panthers last year.  THANK YOU
> > > RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> > Brian
> ----------------
> You could not be more correct!!!
> The Devils are a very good team, but I don't
> think anyone would disagree that they are
> extremely boring to watch. Even New Jersey
> faithful will agree to that...

I'm a Flyers fan, but for all the trouble that the Flyers have in
playing against the neutral zone trap, I must say that I love to
watch it.  I love close-in, defensive hockey.  I love the physical
play along the boards.

Keep your soccer-field rinks and your fast-skating ballerinas in
Europe where they belong!

-- K.

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8 teams that won't win it

Post by sonny hays-eber » Wed, 30 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> In article


Quote:

> > You could not be more correct!!!
> > The Devils are a very good team, but I don't
> > think anyone would disagree that they are
> > extremely boring to watch. Even New Jersey
> > faithful will agree to that...

> I'm a Flyers fan, but for all the trouble that the Flyers have in
> playing against the neutral zone trap, I must say that I love to
> watch it.  I love close-in, defensive hockey.  I love the physical
> play along the boards.

put me down with kevin. i'm happiest watching a defencive struggle that
will be decided by a single goal, or perhaps two. i find them far more
entertaining than a large scale shootout ending up a 8-5 final score. it's
that emphasis on defence which is a part of what makes the playoffs more
exciting for me than the regular season.