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Wed, 01 May 2013 02:15:09 GMT
2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

A series by series predictions for the 1st round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and a glimpse into the next 3 rounds. The NHL playoffs since the 2004-05 lockout has been a unpredictable beast. You make the playoffs on the last day of the regular season and you find your way to the Stanley Cup finals. What makes a good regular season team is clearly not what makes a good playoff team. Here's my sense of what might happen this playoff season.

Wild v Blackhawks

The Minnesota Wild have badly underperformed and scratched their way into a playoff spot. That said, a hot goalie and some timely scoring might give them a chance. But goaltending and scoring have not been their forte this season. They do have some grit with Cal Clutterbuck, but on the whole this team is soft. Not a recipe for winning the Lord Stanley's mug. An underdog to win a series and a longshot to win it all.

And the Wild are playing the recent Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks are loaded with talent; Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane. Their was the question of goaltending at the start of the season, but Corey Crawford has been great. The consensus is that the Hawks are the team to beat in the West.

Winner: Blackhawks

Red Wings v Ducks

This isn't the Red Wings we knew in years past. There's no Nicklas Lidstrom. End of story. It's just not the same team.

The Ducks have been an off-and-on team for years with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. They even won a Stanley Cup a few years back. I don't think this team has the depth to make it far in the playoffs, but I do think they have enough to handle the Wings. Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne are getting older by the day.

Winner: Ducks

Sharks v Canucks

For the 1st time in a long while, the Sharks aren't expected to do anything this playoff. They're suppose to boy out to the much better Canucks. And with perenial non-playoff performers like Joe Thornton, they have every excuse. But remember, they are very deep in talent and someday, if Joe is willing, they might surprise in the playoffs. And don't forget, that's a Cup winning goalie between the pipes; Anti Niemi.

The Canucks are very much like the Sharks of a few years ago. Some playoff success, but everybody expected so much more. And because of injury, they'll be starting the playoffs with long-time playoff disappointment Roberto Luongo in net. Whichever team loses this series, will cement their reputation as playoff losers.

Winner: Canucks

Kings v Blues

An extremely talented team that should have little problem taking care of the Blues. But I'm not sure a team led by the party boys (Jeff Carter and Mike Richards) can make it two years in a row. I'm thinking the hangover from last summer hasn't quite warn off yet.

The Blues are... well... a blue colar team. No stars and a lot of names even I don't recognize. Just a lot of hard work. Their goaltending load was split between three goalies. It's very rare that teams with no talent advance in the playoffs.

Winner: Kings

Islanders v Penguins

The worst run organization in the NHL made the playoffs on the back of their one superstar John Tavares. That's about as far as they'll get. I doubt they could handle an injury riddled Penguins lineup in a seven game series. And the Pens are getting healthy.

If Sidney Crosby returns to the form he displayed early this year, then we might see a 16 game winning streak. Unless... remember last year... total collapse of the flower.

Winner: Penguins

Senators v Canadiens

Senators played way over their heads all year. Now they have a healthy Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson. They can steal a round, at most.

The Canadiens are looking back between the pipes and putting their faith in Carey Price. A career 8-15 playoff record. This might be Price's last chance. If he falters again, then the fans in Montreal might start calling for a change.

Winner: Canadiens

Rangers v Capitals

I really liked the makeup of the Rangers at the start of the season. Things didn't go as expect and the team was rebuilt mid-season. Mid-season of an already short season. Henrik Lundqvist could put the team on his back lead them thru a few playoff rounds, but I doubt it. Teams rebuilt mid-season rarely go anywhere in the playoffs.

Alex Ovechkin is on fire and we're heading into the playoffs. This team is gonna live and die on his stick. I don't see much problem dispensing the Rangers. Then... in the 2nd round, it's OV time or bust.

Winner: Capitals

Leafs v Bruins

As a long-time Leafs fan, what a relief. Playoff games. Everything sits on James Reimer's shoulders. They're a tough and fast team that can score. Can they keep the puck out of the net? Reimer did it all year.

The Bruins are either the toughest team in the playoffs or the 2nd toughest. And the Leafs are either the toughest or 2nd. Expect a lot of hitting. Fighting. Injuries. Whomever wins is likely gonna get beat the next round anyway. This is war.

Winner: Bruins

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 02:11:32 GMT
NHL Awards

Here are my choices with a couple games left in the NHL season for the individual award winners. In a couple cases, my choice is partial based on the assumption that the team will or will not make the playoffs and if that changed, then my opinion would change. But I doubt it. You'll find my choices a little different that the conventional people who think they know hockey.

Hart

Had Craig Anderson not been injurred, his sneeking the Senators in the playoffs with a 1.71 GAA and .941 SV% would've won him the Hart, but I can't give it to a goalie that only played half the season? Can I? Without Anderson's heroics early in the season, this injury riddled team could very well be competing for the 1st overall pick in this summers entry draft instead of being in the playoff race. Still, I can't believe

How about a forward that played only 3 quarters of the season? Sidney Crosby was still leading the NHL in scoring and 2nd in assists with 3 games left in the season. His linemates are #1 and #2 in the plus-minus leaders (he's currently 4th) and he's in the top 15 in faceoff wins.

Can you give it to two forwards, Martin St Louis and Steve Stamkos, who may win the Art Ross for most points while leading their team to a lottery pick instead of a playoff spot? These two players rank last and 2nd last on their team in plus-minus for forwards. This isn't new territory for this pair. These are two players that I would absolutely not consider for the Hart. In fact, I doubt this team will ever make the playoffs until they break up their core group of offensive players who don't skate in their defensive zone.

Alex Ovechkin is by far the Hart winner in the 2nd half of the season, but is that enough to overcome a very bad start? Remember 2 months ago when everybody was saying OV was washed up? Now he's gonna win yet another Rocket Richard trophy and is a prime candidate for the Hart as well.

Other players I would consider voting for are Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Toews and John Tavares. All four elevated their teams to new heights this season, but none stood out as much as Crosby or Ovechkin.

Winner: Sidney Crosby

Vezina

Let me start by repeating the same argument that Craig Anderson would've won here too had he not been injured.

That said, people are starting to talk about Sergei Bobrovsky as the prime candidate for the Vezina. And I agree. Without Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets would not be in the playoff picture.

I'm also gonna make a case for another goalie that took a team that hasn't made the playoffs in a decade into the playoffs this season; James Reimer. In the game that clinched the playoffs for the Leafs, they were outshot 50 to 22 by the Senators, yet won the game 4-1 on 49 saves by Reimer. Getting outshot isn't a rarity in Toronto these days (years).

You could also make a case for Tuukka Rask, Henrik Lundqvist, Cory Schneider, Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford, but Bobrovsky and Reimer were the best this season in my opinion.

Winner: Sergei Bobrovsky.

Norris

He's hated, just as much as he's loved, but this year he became a true all-star and Norris candidate; P.K. Subban. He hits hard, he leads all d-men in goals and points and has a nice plus-minus to boot.

How about Brooks Orpik? If he could only score. But how about 10th in hits and 6th in blocked shots? This guy is a true unsung warrior.

And then there's Dion Phaneuf. Twenty-sixth in blocked shots, 6th in hits, 6th in points, 3rd in goals, 5th in ice-time. Now those are some impressive numbers.

Ryan Suter is another possibility, but his team has under-performed even with Ryan playing his best season yet and they don't look playoff bound.

My finalist are Phaneuf and Subban.

Winner: P.K. Subban.

Calder

Jonathan Huberdeau leads all rookies in goals and points and he's nearly leading a bad Florida offense in both categories as well.

Justin Schultz leads all rookie defensemen in goals, assists and points, but he does have a lot of offensive help on a very talented Oilers team.

Cory Conacher is a nice story and does lead all rookies in assists and points. That said, he accumulated most of those points playing along side the offensive-minded Lightning.

I'm deciding between Huberdeau and Schultz.

Winner: Justin Schultz.

Lady Byng

I don't really care.

Selke

This is by far my favorite award. Mostly because I think it's histerical that the most recent winner of the award doesn't even play much on his teams short hand unit. Pavel Datsyuk may very well win this award again, but in my opinion he isn't even in the top 20 best defensive players in the NHL. If he's so good defensive, then how come he only ranks 3rd on his team in short-handed ice-time per game for forwards? And how can you even give the award to a player that isn't played much in defensive situations like power plays?

Let's look are real defensive players, not just great offensive players who are reasonable defensively. The real great defensive players are those that hog most of the short-handed ice-time and are on the ice in the last minute when your team is winning by a goal.

This guy should've won the Frank J Selke most every year he's been in the NHL. No other player even needs to be named. He leads the league in short-handed ice-time by a forward with 163 minutes. No other player has more than 131. In those 163 minutes, the power-play has only 11 goals. His new team joined this season had their penalty kill go from 24th last year to 3rd best this year. He plays every shift against the other teams best offensive players and maintained an even plus-minus. And does he play in the final minute in one goal games? He must. He has 3 empty net goals this season. No player since Michael Peca has scored such a high percentage of his games into empty nets (just saying, didn't double check that stat).

Winner: Jay McClement.

Adams

The Ottawa Senators have been devastated with key injuries, yet the team still managed to stay in the playoff hunt. Paul MacLean deserves consideration for the Adams for holding this team together all season.

John Capuano deserves a gold medal for managing to put the worst managed hockey organization in the NHL into the playoffs. His team has Tim Thomas, Alexei Yashin and Rick Dipietro accounting for $11-12 million of the cap space. Without these players, who aren't even on the team, they wouldn't meet the CBA team salary floor for 2012-13.

The Columbus Blue Jackets suck. If they make the playoffs then Todd Richards is another candidate for coach of the year. This team is made up almost entirely from players unwanted otherwhere in the NHL.

All three coaches have taken a bad team to the promised land.

Winner: Paul MacLean.

GM of the Year

The Penguins added Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Douglas Murray and Brenden Morrow to an already stacked team. Ray Shero must be using a different math then the other General Managers in order to fit so many stars into the same salary cap every other team struggles with. Their backup goalie Tomas Vokoun is better than most NHL starting goalies and he signed him for next to nothing.

Not as impressive as the Penguins, but the Bruins added Jaromir Jagr and Wade Redden at the deadline. Peter Chiarelli also managed a very skillful trade to free up salary room by trading Tim Thomas to the Islanders. The trade was clearly made to circumvent the salary cap for both teams, as the Islanders were under the salary floor and the Bruins needed some room to work with.

I can't put my finger on a 3rd GM that stood out as much as these two.

Winner: Peter Chiarelli

Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:06:28 GMT
Dustin Brown v Antti Niemi
Today is game 3 of the Hottest NHLer playoff. Vote for who u think is hotter;
Dustin Brown v Antti Niemi.

To vote for Brown simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Dustin_Brown @TalkSportscom

To vote for Niemi simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Antti_Niemi @TalkSportscom

Votes are tabulated over 24 hours.

View the entire Hottest NHLer playoff bracket at
http://challonge.com/hottestnhler
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 23:31:28 GMT
Henrik Lunqvist v Matt Duchene
Today is game 2 of the Hottest NHLer playoff. Vote for who u think is hotter;
Henrik Lunqvist v Matt Duchene.

To vote for Lunqvist simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Henrik_Lundqvist @TalkSportscom

To vote for Duchene simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Matt_Duchene @TalkSportscom

Votes are tabulated over 24 hours.

View the entire Hottest NHLer playoff bracket at
http://challonge.com/hottestnhler
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:24:04 GMT
Mikko Koivu v Ales Hemsky
Today is day 1 of the Hottest NHLer playoff. Vote for who u think is hotter;
Mikko Koivu or Ales Hemsky.

To vote for Koivu simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Mikko_Koivu @TalkSportscom

To vote for Hemsky simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Ales_Hemsky @TalkSportscom

Votes are tabulated over 24 hours.

View the entire Hottest NHLer playoff bracket at
http://challonge.com/hottestnhler
Sat, 14 Jan 2012 16:59:03 GMT
Top Ten Talk-Sports Pages

Thought it would be interesting to list our top 10 pages on www.Talk-Sports.com from the last month. Just for fun.

  1. http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Sidney_Crosby (96k pageviews)
  2. http://www.talk-sports.net/nascar/girlfriend.aspx/Dale_Earnhardt_Jr (68k)
  3. http://www.talk-sports.net/mlb/girlfriend.aspx/Brian_Wilson (56k)
  4. http://www.talk-sports.net/nfl/girlfriend.aspx/Aaron_Rodgers (41k)
  5. http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Jonathan_Toews (40k)
  6. http://www.talk-sports.net/nba/girlfriend.aspx/Derrick_Rose (38k)
  7. http://www.talk-sports.net/nascar/girlfriend.aspx/Tony_Stewart (37k)
  8. http://www.talk-sports.net/mlb/girlfriend.aspx/Derek_Jeter (29k)
  9. http://www.talk-sports.net/nfl/girlfriend.aspx/Clay_Matthews (22k)
  10. http://www.talk-sports.net/mlb/girlfriend.aspx/Tim_Lincecum (20k)

Actually, Sidney Crosby's page 2 had 22k pageviews and would've finished 9th.

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:42:03 GMT
Nic Harris on Talk-Sports

Nic Harris of the NFL Carolina Panthers sent us a video acknowledging his Talk-Sports fans, which we used to replace his girlfriend forum.

http://www.talk-sports.net/nfl/girlfriend.aspx/Nic_Harris

This is part of a program where we replace the girlfriend forums for players who are concerned about the content on their girlfriend forums. Please see the link for more details.

http://www.talk-sports.net/game/?guid=20090819102541

Sat, 21 May 2011 00:26:59 GMT
Cute Posts

Just another cute post left on Talk-Sports

Hello,handsome mr Nick Riewoldt would you like to go out on a lunch break for some time with me because i bet you have had lots of girlfriends and other girls that have had crushs on you as-well going out with you,mr Nick Riewoldt.love always from your crush fan who thinks your the most #1 handsome football man xoxo
Sat, 26 Mar 2011 23:46:45 GMT
Get Your Twitter On

We just added a Tweet button to almost every webpage on Talk-Sports. You can find it in the right sidebar. Simply click this button to post a link on twitter. Try it! Check it out on the SCGFB.

http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Sidney_Crosby

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:17:06 GMT
Donna Wofford Talk-Sports Cyber-Bully
Donna apparently use to date a minor league baseball player. Now her, her sister Kim and her friends (Stacy Hurley & Melissa Thomas) live on her exes girlfriend forum. You know what they say about woman scorned.

In early December, Donna texted her ex and told him she was committing suicid. He called 911. Comments were placed on Talk-Sports (supposedly from her sister) that she took her life. Sister’s don’t brag on public forums that their sister committed suicide. I tried to verify her death, but nobody died in Florida that month by her name. Her family promised to provide me proof, but I’ve received nothing. I called her phone number and someone answered. She said it was her sister. I emailed her and her sister replied. I suspect in most all cases that it was actually her and not her family.

Their latest post from January 25th.

its Kim, Donnas sister. Old news I know but....I have a pic of {ex’s} new girlfriend...she is discusting....gross....she weighs about 250 and boobs down to her knees....She sent my sister a pic and she forwarded it to me....wow we both couldnt stop laughing. I am glad my sister isnt sleeping with him anymore. Hey {ex}, any green pus comming out of your little guy??? You may want to go to the health department to get some test run...I am just saying??? LOL


Apparently over a month after her suicide, Donna sent a pic of his new gf to her sister. Further, their continues to be posts on the players forum from the same IP address used by Donna over a month after her supposed suicide.

Other comments left from Donna, family and friends.

HE DOES HAVE A NICE PACKAGE!


I came on here because on {player name} page it said that {ex} was lucky because he was with an older woman who was good at oral and loved 3somes. But its been deleted. So {ex} must have been telling someone.


They are thru! They were f buddies and she was no prize either! Don't know if he has anyone now probably the chicks at the swingers place.


Donna and Marc hadn't slept together in over a year before she met {ex}. He cheated first so She went out looking and found {ex}, thats what I read on another site about them. Have fun girl, I wish I had so many men wanting me! You must know what your doing!


Yes Randy this is Donna's sister she passed on the 8th and this phone will be shut off sometime today. a life beautiful life has been lost.


Off herself?? Who is asking this? She is dead. I hope that all the people involved in hurting and accusing her are happy! Let her rest in oeace and keep her off this ridiculous blog!


I previously advised Donna if the abuse didn’t stop, that I’d create this webpage to document her behavior for everybody to see. It’s done.
Fri, 12 Nov 2010 01:57:31 GMT
Andrew Fantuz Video

Andrew Fantuz, nominee for Canadian CFL Player of the Year, sent us a video to replace his girlfriend forum. Check it out!

http://www.talk-sports.net/cfl/girlfriend.aspx/Andrew_Fantuz

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:41:05 GMT
Michael Phelps Girlfriend
Discussion forum for Michael Phelps' girlfriend. Does Michael Phelps' have a girlfriend? Is he dating someone? Is he married? Would you date him? Did you date him? Please leave a comment. Please do not post inappropriate comments, this is a friendly forum for fans. If you see inappropriate comments, then please report to report@talk-sports.net.
Thu, 14 Oct 2010 16:04:00 GMT
Updated NHL Rosters

Per multiple requests, all NHL rosters have been updated.

http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/

Be the first to tell your young star that you love him.

http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Jordan_Eberle
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Taylor_Hall
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Tyler_Seguin

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:55:18 GMT
Top Talk-Sports pages

I thought it'd be fun to list the top Talk-Sports pages in the last month. In thousand's of pageviews.

  1. Sidney Crosby's Girlfriend (211k views)
  2. Dale Earnhardt's Girlfriend (116)
  3. Jonathan Toews's Girlfriend (111)
  4. Mike Fisher's Girlfriend (73)
  5. Tony Stewart's Girlfriend (43)
  6. Sidney Crosby (42)
  7. Mike Richards's Girlfriend (32)
  8. Derek Jeter's Girlfriend (29)
  9. Joaquin Benoit's Girlfriend (28)
  10. Joe Mauer's Girlfriend (26)
  11. Tim Lincecum's Girlfriend (24)
  12. Aaron Rodger's Girlfriend (24)
  13. Patrick Kane's Girlfriend (24)
  14. Jonathan Toews (22)
  15. Sidney Crosby's Pics (21)
  16. Alex Ovechkin's Girlfriend (21)
  17. Brian Wilson's Girlfriend (20)
  18. Darren Sharper's Girlfriend (18)
  19. Jonathan Toews Pics (18)
  20. Daniel Gibson's Girlfriend (16)
  21. Brent Seabrook's Girlfriend (15)
  22. Maxime Talbot's Girlfriend (15)
  23. Evgeni Malkin's Girlfriend (15)
  24. Dale Earnhardt Jr Sucks Forum (14)
  25. Ben Roethisberger's Girlfriend (13)
  26. Maxime Lapierre's Girlfriend (13)
  27. Jay Cultler's Girlfriend (13)
  28. Jeff Carter's Girlfriend (13)
  29. Alexander Semin's Girlfriend (12)
  30. Derrick Rose's Girlfriend (11)
  31. Barry Zito's Girlfriend (10)
  32. Niklas Hjalmarsson's Girlfriend (10)
  33. Dirk Nowitzki's Girlfriend (9)
  34. Carlos Bocanegra's Girlfriend (9)
  35. Dale Earnhardt (9)
  36. Patrick Sharp's Girlfriend (8)
  37. Adam Burish's Girlfriend (8)
  38. Nicklas Backstrom's Girlfriend (8)
  39. Alex Rodriguez's Girlfriend (8)
  40. Kasey Kahne's Girlfriend (7)
  41. George St Pierre's Girlfriend (7)
  42. Jordan Staal's Girlfriend (7)
  43. Danny Briere's Girlfriend (7)
  44. David Wright's Girlfriend (7)
  45. Terrell Owen's Girlfriend (7)
  46. Mike Fisher (7)
  47. Shane O'Brien's Girlfriend (7)
  48. Dale Earnhardt Jr Pics (6)
  49. Pau Gasol's Girlfriend (6)
  50. Brett Favre's Girlfriend (6)
Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:28:02 GMT
Brett Favre Nude Pics?
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Allegations that Brett Favre is creeping on Jenn Sterger. See video. The video is NSFW.

http://deadspin.com/5658206/

I'd like to add that this isn't the first time Jenn Sterger was mentioned on Talk-Sports or became a hot term on Google. She appears to be looking for the attention.

http://www.talk-sports.net/game/?guid=20060108132726

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 23:52:45 GMT
Marketa Linden, Talk-Sports Cyber-Bully
Marketa Linden is a bully who lives on the Sidney Crosby girlfriend forum. She claims to be a super model, singer and royalty. Nobody has any pictures of her modeling, nor has anybody been able to find a copy of her single “The Life in the Confidence.” She claims her title is Her Royal Highness Princess Marketa of Bohemia, Duchess of Windsor, but I highly doubt that’s true. She appears to have a Czech upbringing, which might explain why her written English is nearly incomprehensible and full of mispelt words.

She quite often send emails using fake names. But it’s obviously the same person as the messages contain the same nearly incomprehensible English and spelling mistakes.

She claims that Kathy Leutner, Sidney Crosby’s girlfriend is harassing her and making death threats. She has never been able to substantiate the death threats. She has provided screenshot of abusive comments left on her Blogspot blog. There’s no proof that the comments are actually from Kathy Leutner.
http://twitpic.com/2n1amj
http://twitpic.com/2n19b2

She began contacting me in April of this year with wild accusation and within a week was threatening to sue Talk-Sports for $1,000,000.
http://www.talk-sports.net/game/?guid=20100414162052
Lately, I was contact by Pittsburgh Penguins security. It appears she’s been sending the same threatening emails to Penguin staff.

Marketa’s Blogspot blog
http://whatmarketawears.blogspot.com/

Cache of her blog before she protected it
http://tinyurl.com/2vvyp5v

Marketa’s Czech blog
http://linden.blog.idnes.cz/

Pic of Marketa
http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp242/BRITANNY_album/Image013.jpg

Press releases about Marketa
http://marketalinden.134101.free-press-release.com/

Marketa’s Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1172351270

Marketa’s Twitter
http://twitter.com/Piyoneer

Another of her blogs.
http://piyoneer.com/blog/index.php

Her corporate website.
http://www.communicatconsulting.co.uk/

Example of her Talk-Sports comments
http://www.talk-sports.net/ip/posts.aspx/86.9.112.110
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