Is a Canadian hockey team going to make it to the '17 Stanley Cup finals this year?

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Is a Canadian hockey team going to make it to the '17 Stanley Cup finals this year?

And if so, which team has the best chance, as yesterday was pretty brutal?

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Exciting game going on right now late in the third, it's tied 2-2, between Maple Leafs & Capitals.

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Overtime now! 

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Nope....It's not good for business. It's been 24 years since a Canadian team won the cup..I'm glad I was able to witnesss it because it's not going to happen again. Bettman wants an American team to win. And the best players in the league are all on American teans, I think in 25 years most Canadian will fold thank to huge contracts and clauses like non-movement. Players have a right to choose from a handful of teams when being traded and 98% will always pick an American team.

Top team will either lose in 7 games or make it to the 2nd round and lose in 4. Canadian teams are small potatoes now. None can compete with the stronger teams. I wish it still was like years ago where players made a modest salary,teams played harder and more toughness. Back when you got traded where you got traded. No clauses,no huge contracts.

The NHL really fucked up by giving the players way too much power. The game sucks now.

It's not about winning,it's about playing for bonuses and/or a new contract. I was a fan until the NHLPA union. The one union on this planet that should be shut down. Hockey players are now pampered and spoiled. It wasn't like that back when it was entertaining to watch. Players played to win. There were modest bonuses for playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup. They fought,they hit and they shot the damn puck. Dump and chase didn't exist.

Bring me back to glory days of the 70's. Now THAT was hockey.

Pogo

As a Canuck fan I am cheering for the Sharks and the possibility of a second first round draft choice.

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Why can't Montreal play the whole game the way they played the last 5 minutes of regulation time?

Go Habs Go!

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Yesterday:  who-hoo!

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Please, please, please, let the Ducks eliminate the Flames in the first round. Movement in the districts adjacent to the Saddledome is bad enough as it is without hordes of suburbanites allergic to the C-Train bringing their cars into these districts.

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Sweet!

Radulov had a big day on Friday with one goal (the winner) and two assists, and is tied for 1st in the playoff scoring so far this season.

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Overtime again.

Go Leafs Go!

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Happiness is a Leaf fan tonite!

 

bekayne

Leafs win!

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Go Leafs Go! (they are down 3-2 late in 2nd period but survived being short 2 players for 2 minutes, and then they scored)

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

What's the progressive part of corporate sports?  The bloated, multimillion dollar salaries?  The bloated, multimillion dollar profits?  The public subsidies?  The exclusive trademark rights?  The $95 seats?

Hate to be a downer.  But cheering for the local corporate team doesn't seem to me that different from cheering for Hooter's Restaurant.  It surprises me that even progressives will make a special exception in order to cheer on someone from 2000 miles away who represents "the home team".  Sorry, but it's just very bizarre.

Anyway, carry on.  Will some "Canadian" team of mostly non-Canadians make it to the finals?  I'm on tenterhooks!!!

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Go Leafs Go!  (3-3) Nice comeback so far.

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Congratulations Toronto!

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23 year drought - that's a long time!

Will Canada End Its Stanley Cup Drought? Well, It’s Not Impossible

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/will-canada-end-its-stanley-cup-dro...

Pogo

I agree with Magoo and feel somewhat guilty for the attention I give the game.

 

Caissa

The critique of the NHLPA, above, seems like union bashing to me. YMMV.

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Go Habs Go! (for tonite)

Tough game so far for the Habs.

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Rangers win, series tied 2-2

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Go Sens Go!

No Boston goal, I hope, hope, hope.....