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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #90 on: September 15, 2005, 10:44 PM »
Cheapest flight is $455 from Saskatoon.

I figure I could probably drive it for $350 - $400.

Bah, maybe I am insane. 

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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #91 on: September 15, 2005, 10:47 PM »
Ok, you live in Canada, right?  December?  Highway 13?  17 hour drive, in winter, one way.  To save maybe $100?

Let me ask you this: how much did you spend on SW junk this month?

Hint: cut back by $25 for the next four months :-*
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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #92 on: September 16, 2005, 03:32 PM »
Jesse/Brent - I'd be up for a Wild game if you make it down here... (wow, that was weird to type - I'm usually telling people to come "up" to MN, not "down" to MN ;))

Pre-season game start tonight and one of my pals has an extra ticket to check out the Wild v. Phoenix on Saturday so I might up up checking it out...
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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #93 on: September 16, 2005, 04:29 PM »
Nice ESPN article about Kariya and the Preds. Nice to see some preseason exposure for Nashville on a national level. I know our major paper has really stepped up coverage of how training camp is going, so hopefully that will help us boost interest locally. Our home opener is almost sold out, so that's a good sign considering it's a Wednesday night game.

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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #94 on: September 16, 2005, 05:07 PM »
Jesse/Brent - I'd be up for a Wild game if you make it down here... (wow, that was weird to type - I'm usually telling people to come "up" to MN, not "down" to MN ;))

Pre-season game start tonight and one of my pals has an extra ticket to check out the Wild v. Phoenix on Saturday so I might up up checking it out...

Have you been to many Wild games, Jeff?  The only games I've been to were 2 Flames games in Calgary - very enjoyable.

So Brent, you want to pay for gas or beer?  Which will be cheaper?   :P

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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #95 on: September 16, 2005, 06:16 PM »
Love to go, but not going to happen.  Going to Vancouver for Christmas and moving in February.  No $$ to spare :(
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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #96 on: September 21, 2005, 02:26 PM »
I belong to a ticket buyers group with some guys at work (9 of us) and we had our Season Ticket Draw last night.  Once again this year I bought in for 4 games.

October 25   vs. VANCOUVER
November 25   vs. ST. LOUIS
January 30   vs. DETROIT
March 21      vs. CALGARY

(The Red Wings was my #1 pick ;D)

The Wild have looked pretty good so far in their pre-season outings, but holy crap have there been a LOT of penalties though.  I guess it's all the "adjusting to the new rules" that's going on...


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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #97 on: September 22, 2005, 06:08 PM »
OK, time for everyone to submit their picks on who will make the playoffs.  Here are mine:

Western Conference
1) Detroit Red Wings (Central Division champs)
2) San Jose Sharks (Pacific Division champs)
3) Calgary Flames (Northwest Division champs)
4) Colorado Avalanche
5) Dallas Stars
6) Vancouver Canucks
7) Nashville Predators
8 ) Anaheim Mighty Ducks

Eastern Conference
1) Philadelphia Flyers (Atlantic Division champs)
2) Boston Bruins (Northeast Division champs)
3) Tampa Bay Lightning (Southeast Division champs)
4) New Jersey Devils
5) Ottawa Senators
6) Toronto Maple Leafs
7) Montreal Canadiens
8 ) Pittsburgh Penguins
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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #98 on: September 23, 2005, 11:58 AM »
OK, time for everyone to submit their picks on who will make the playoffs.  Here are mine:

Man... kinda hard to pick when anything could happen with the new rules and what-not.   :-\ 

Here are my best guesses:


Western Conference
1. Detroit Red Wings (Central Division champs)
2. San Jose Sharks (Pacific Division champs)
3. Calgary Flames (Northwest Division champs)
4. Dallas Stars
5. Colorado Avalanche
6. Vancouver Canucks
7. Nashville Predators
8. Minnesota Wild

Eastern Conference
1. Boston Bruins (Northeast Division champs)
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (Southeast Division champs)
3. Philadelphia Flyers (Atlantic Division champs)
4. Ottawa Senators
5. New Jersey Devils
6. Montreal Canadiens
7. Pittsburgh Penguins
8. Atlanta Thrashers

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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #99 on: September 26, 2005, 12:49 AM »
Just got my Kings/Red Wings tix for October 13th!!!!   ;D

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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #100 on: October 3, 2005, 02:21 PM »
Guess no one else is ballsy enough to make some predictions... lame Canadians all claim to love the sport but are afraid to make any brash predictions.  ::)  :P

I'm getting pretty excited for this week... should be fun to have the NHL back!
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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #101 on: October 3, 2005, 07:44 PM »
Guess no one else is ballsy enough to make some predictions... lame Canadians all claim to love the sport but are afraid to make any brash predictions.  ::)  :P

I'm getting pretty excited for this week... should be fun to have the NHL back!

The LA Times had a WC preview this past Sunday.  Had the Flames, Sharks and Wings at 1, 2 and 3.  Avs were at #8. 

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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #102 on: October 3, 2005, 08:22 PM »
Guess no one else is ballsy enough to make some predictions... lame Canadians all claim to love the sport but are afraid to make any brash predictions.  ::)  :P

I'm getting pretty excited for this week... should be fun to have the NHL back!

The LA Times had a WC preview this past Sunday.  Had the Flames, Sharks and Wings at 1, 2 and 3.  Avs were at #8. 

Avs at 8... >:( Here are my predictions with the Avs, not in 8th.

Western Conference
1. San Jose Sharks (Pacific Division champs)
2. Detroit Red Wings (Central Division champs)
3. Colorado Avalanche (Northwest Division champs)
4. Calgary Flames
5. Dallas Stars
6. Vancouver Canucks
7. Nashville Predators
8. Minnesota Wild

Eastern Conference
1. Philadelphia Flyers (Atlantic Division champs)
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (Southeast Division champs)
3. Boston Bruins (Northeast Division champs)
4. Ottawa Senators
5. New Jersey Devils
6. Montreal Canadiens
7. Atlanta Thrashers
8. Pittsburgh Penguins
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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #103 on: October 3, 2005, 08:24 PM »
Flames #1?   Holy mackarel.  

Mikka Kiprusoff = Jean Sebastien Gigeure until he proves otherwise.  Same can be said for Khabibulin; he's always been good, but a stellar playoff run with more offensive support than Kipper had.

Jarome Iginla is the real deal, but will he show up again this season or take a powder every other year as he has in the past (relative to his ability).  

The Flames entered the last playoff race as a low seed.  Yes, they had a great playoff run, in large part due to Kipper.  See point above and use it for comparison of Anaheim in previous season following their (unsuccessful) cup run.

Sharks #2?  Uuuuuuuh, not convinced here.  They seem old to me.  Some decent additions but if it goes to faster play I think that age is going to factor in. 

Wings, I like the wings.  I think Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Lang are going to make it pretty interesting.  Goaltending seems to remain an issue though. 

As for being a lame Canadian, well, perhaps it's true, perhaps not.  The problem is my prognostication would depend on whether the league enforces its rules or not.  If it does, then I like a lot of the younger teams.  If it does, I see old peckers like Roenick and Tkachunk retiring by Christmas.  I like that notion. 

I'll presume the rules will be marginally enforced.

Eastern (lame name, go back please) Conference
1. Ottawa Senators
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (goaltending has become a question mark)
3. Pittsburgh Penguins
4. Philadelphia Flyers
5. Boston Bruins
6. New Jersey Devils
7. Atlanta Thrashers (if Kovy signs >:(, without, they drop)
8. Carolina as a surprise - yep, still 5000 fans per night :P

Western (blech) Conference
1. Detroit Red Wings
2. Nashville Predators
3. Vancouver Canucks
4. San Jose Sharks
5. Colorado Avalanche
6. Dallas Stars
7. Edmonton Oilers
8. Calgary Flames - who will make the playoffs and lose in the first round :P

And you can figure out the division champs from their relative placements above, I'm going with overall rankings in the conference. 
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Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« Reply #104 on: October 3, 2005, 09:56 PM »
I'm glad Brent gave my mighty Penguins a LITTLE more credit than some of you guys did.   ::)

I guess having the greatest player in the league, Palfy, LeClaire, Recchi, etc., just doesn't cut it with some of you.   :-*

I was at the game last night here (Pens/Caps) and they beat the piss out of the Capitals...  No big feat, I know, especially given that the Caps had like no recognizeable names on their roster really...  But a 7-1 victory feels good nonetheless, and if the team I watched last night is what we deliver this week (and all season) then I'm sure we'll be higher than 8th in the Eastern conference.  I watched a Pens team that looked like they were the 93 team, and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

BTW I've been hearing some naysayers on Lemieux again...  I had to remind a buddy of mine that in his last season before his injury he was winning the points race, again, and quite handily.  He had a vicious 1-timer in the game last night that was just so spot-on with his timing, and it was a wickedly hard shot.  He doesn't take shots like that unless he's feeling 100% they say so as a die-hard Lemieux fan I'm just giddy as all getout to be going into the season with him seemingly quite healthy.

I'm just slap happy to have hockey back though, it's been too damn long.

Oh, and the Arena wasn't sold out last night but it had a much heftier crowd than usual for pre-season games I noticed.  I was surprised.  They were into it too, and back to old form...  Applauding guys who fought for control of the puck and kept it in the offensize zone for a long time rather than applauding the hits (not much hitting anyway).  I love this town. :)
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