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Doogie2K
Apr 13th, 2011
2:00PM UTC

SNN Predicts: 2011 Conference Quarterfinals

Bonus Predicton: Hoop is a Jerkstore, Wins Again

Welcome to the fourth annual SNN Predicts series of articles (fifth overall, if you count the 2004 version done on the forums, lost to the mists of time but notable for the fact that I went 0-4 in series involving the Flames), in which we act like we know what we’re talking about and make our (mostly) blindingly obvious predictions, with a shocking amount of success, considering some mainstream reporters usually wind up under .500 by the time the Stanley Cup is finally awarded somewhere around Canada Day. The East was actually remarkably stable this year, with all the positions pretty much staying the same through the final couple of weeks, despite a hard charge from Carolina down the stretch. Meanwhile, out West, seeds 4-9 were decided by putting all the teams into a blender, hitting “purée,” and seeing what came out: thus how Anaheim mysteriously wound up with home-ice advantage. Countdown to the first article pronouncing Vancouver “Canada’s team,” and urging Canadians to root them to “our” first Stanley Cup since 1993? Let’s say T minus ten days. (You will note that I jacked most of that intro from last year’s post. I figure why mess with a good thing?)

Editor’s Note: Matt’s picks are going up late, because he’s screwing the pooch really busy at work. So I present the other three, and will edit his in whenever he gets around to giving them to me. [Ed: And now they're up.]

Editor’s Note #2: Picks may be late, considering Round #2 starts tomorrow and I have a presentation to prepare for on Friday morning. I may write postmortems for all the series on the weekend or something, or I may get distracted by a shiney.

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Ender
Apr 19th, 2010
3:51PM UTC

Stanley Cup Playoffs?

In which I post links to two articles which I think capture why some of us care.
Also, how 'bout those Sharks?

But the best hockey that ever has been played? Sorry, the Olympics didn’t provide that two months ago. By its very nature, it couldn’t.

Scintillating? Undoubtedly. Memorable? Without question.

But as relentlessly breathtaking as any of the Battles of Alberta? Uh, no. As repeatedly riveting as Rangers-Devils in 1994? Not a chance. As raw as Philly-Boston in the ’70s or Montreal-Quebec in the ’80s or Detroit-Colorado in the ’90s? No, no and no.

Via: NHL.com

Now we’re headed back to the House of Horrors for another Game 7. The demons from my childhood await. Will I care beyond this series? Yeah, maybe. I like this particular Bruins team and would consider buying a Lucic jersey if the money wasn’t going right to the Jacobs family. Screw them. I guess it’s more about the Canadiens and Lafleur and that bloody sofa and every other awful memory from my childhood. The Bruins are playing the Canadiens in Montreal, one game, winner take all, and even Gary Bettman can’t screw that one up.

Stomach, prepare to get punched.

Via: ESPN

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Doogie2K
Apr 14th, 2010
4:00PM UTC

SNN Predicts: 2010 Conference Quarterfinals

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a really stupid idea.

Welcome to the third annual SNN Predicts series of articles (fourth overall, if you count the 2004 version done on the forums, lost to the mists of time but notable for the fact that I went 0-4 in series involving the Flames), in which we act like we know what we’re talking about and make our (mostly) blindingly obvious predictions, with a shocking amount of success, considering some mainstream reporters usually wind up under .500 by the time the Stanley Cup is finally awarded somewhere around Canada Day. Round One in the East seems like a cake walk, which is why someone is going to pull off the shocking upset, and Round One in the West seems much more open, which is why every team you’d expect to win will. It’s the way of the world. Countdown to the first article pronouncing Vancouver “Canada’s team,” and urging Canadians to root them to our first Stanley Cup since 1993? Let’s say T minus ten days.

Matt and Gerard were comically late getting their entries to me, so this goes up mere minutes before the start of the playoffs. But it’s on time! Improvement from last year! After the jump, let’s see some predictions…

Not really much to say about tonight’s game that hasn’t been said already. The Caps’ stars left their gameplan in a bin, and all tried to do it all themselves. The Habs block a million shots, Halak stops the other million, and it’s 2-1 for the bleu, blanc, et rouge over the red, white, and blue.

Conference semis start tomorrow. We’re on the clock, gentlemen.

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Doogie2K
Mar 7th, 2010
1:04AM UTC

Useless Historical Statistic of the Day: Playoff Futility

A few months back, when it first looked like the Coyotes were a legit team, I became curious about their current active playoff futility streak — no playoff series wins since 1987, when the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Calgary Flames in a six-game Smythe Division Semi-Final — and how it compared to other historical paragons of failure.

Turns out, it compares pretty favourably, in exactly the wrong way. More specifically, I’m pretty sure they currently hold the NHL record for most seasons played without a playoff series victory. These are the longest streaks I could find:

  • Winnipeg Jets-Phoenix Coyotes: 1987-88 to 2003-04; 2005-06 to 2008-09 (21 seasons)
  • Quebec Bulldogs-Hamilton Tigers-New York Americans: 1913-14 to 1916-17; 1919-20 to 1934-35 (20 seasons)
  • New York Rangers: 1950-51 to 1969-70 (20 seasons)

Note that the Bulldogs-Tigers-Americans franchise streak includes their final four seasons in the NHL’s predecessor league, the National Hockey Association. Note also that all these years are inclusive, and that seasons in which a team did not play — 2004-05 for the Coyotes; 1917-18 and 1918-19 for the Bulldogs — are excluded for obvious reasons. This also means that while the Ottawa Senators did not win a playoff series between the old franchise’s last Stanley Cup in 1927 and the new franchise’s first series victory in 1998, only twelve seasons were completed during that stretch — six as the old Senators, one as the St. Louis Eagles, and five as the new Senators — which puts them down the list a bit.

This list should also give us Oilers fans a bit of perspective, for however bad things seem to be now, we’ve only missed the playoffs four seasons in a row: we have a long, long way to go before we’re as historically bad as these guys.

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Doogie2K
Nov 12th, 2009
11:03AM UTC

This Made Me Feel Sad and Old

The scene: I’m at the Hitmen game yesterday, and two kids, maybe seven years old, are looking at the back of their Miikka Kiprusoff statue thing to see what other players are available.  They see that Shane Doan is available as both a Coyote and a Jet.  Recorded verbatim:

Kid #1: It’s the same guy, but he’s with a different team.
Kid #2: Who’s “Winnipeg Jets?”
Kid #1: I don’t know who Winnipeg Jets are.

Sadder still: the realization that the idols of my childhood were nearly all retired before these kids were even born.

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