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Old April 29th, 2012, 12:45 PM   #1401
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I loved the Canadiens of the 70s, especially when they beat the Broad Street Bullies. But there's no way that Lafleur was a better skater than Orr, Coffey, and Fedorov.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 04:50 PM   #1402
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Point in time means little. The trendline from 20 years ago would be interesting to see. Not that I'm expecting you to provide it.
Good question, Dennis. I was wondering about this myself. Here's a link to someone who did the research (as of 2009). I didn't bother to double check the work but he provides sources on nhl.com to do so if anyone chooses.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...4181205AAfK5W5

Currently
To date (2008-2009), 785 players have played in the NHL this season
410 are Canadian (52.2%)
173 are American (22.04%)
202 are other (25.73%)


In 1997-98, 763 players played at least one game in the NHL
464 were Canadian (60.81%)
126 were American (16.51%)
173 were Other (22.67%)

In 1979-1980, 658 players played at least one game in the NHL
553 were Canadian (84.04%)
64 were American (9.72%)
41 were Other

In 1966-67, 179 players played at least one game in the NHL
173 were Canadian (96.65%)
3 were American (1.68%)
1 was Slovakia/Canadian (0.56%)
1 was English/Canadian (0.56%)
1 was Polish/Canadian (0.56%)

The highest rate of increase of any country has been the United States.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 04:56 PM   #1403
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So how are we doing on our picks anyway? I think I went 4-4 in the first round. Knew I should have taken Phoenix over Chicago because Smith has been on fire the last couple months but I just couldn't bring myself to pick a team that has never won a single playoff series.

I think it'll be the Rangers and Flyers in for the East in what should be an outstanding series. Lundqvist will be the difference as the Rangers advance to the finals.

The West is superior in all phases, IMO. Any of the 4 remaining teams could will the whole damn thing but I'm taking Kings over Preds in the West final.

SCF: LA over NY.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #1404
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Mike....you did go 4-4.....everyone else (but me, went 3-5). I went a sucktacular 1-7!
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Old April 29th, 2012, 06:18 PM   #1405
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I thought you were taller than that PackFan.
Im just messing with ya OP You sure have been grumpy since cindy was knocked out.

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I loved the Canadiens of the 70s, especially when they beat the Broad Street Bullies. But there's no way that Lafleur was a better skater than Orr, Coffey, and Fedorov.
As a boy in the late 70s I knew all the great Montreal teams and Toronto too, as I watched hockey Night in Canada every Saturday. The Red Wings only had about 20 games on tv at one time. I never seen Orr but Fedorov was probably the faster skater I ever seen.

At this point I don't really mind who wins. I guess I would like the Rangers since they are an original 6, Phoenix and Nashville meh
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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #1406
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I like the Rangers, too. Pulling for the Blues to come out of the West then Nashville.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #1407
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Interesting, Mike. Thanks. Sorta what I was expecting.

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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #1408
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Nah Packy just a little fun, can't believe Shanahan took that pic? LA / Philly SCF. Although Nashville is getting good goaltending too.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #1409
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LOL OP I just got the joke! Wooosh!
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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #1410
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Not surprising that Shanny is a good sport.

Phoenix is looking really good right now but the series doesn't start until the home team loses a game. Nashville will be a mad house (and I have to admit I kinda like the maize-out thing they do).
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Old April 29th, 2012, 10:09 PM   #1411
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Wow Phoenix takes a 2-0 series lead over Nashville....maybe Bettman should buy a few more troubled clubs with League money. Certain there are many angry owners that didn't make the playoffs or an early exit must wonder how much more they will have to spend on Bettman's favorites? Directly competing against their own financial interests while subsidizing the failing Phoenix franchise?

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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:00 PM   #1412
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5-3 no less! A game even Hannibal could love
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Old May 1st, 2012, 02:35 PM   #1413
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Dale Hunter has "Sasha" Ovechkin benched most of the time, played 13 minutes but scored the game winner, earning the split in Manhattan. Dale Hunter has his team blocking shots, clogging shooting lanes, smell an upset.

LA rolls St. Louis 5-2 heading home with 2-0 series lead, looks grim for the Blues.

NJ in serious financial trouble, one of the owners is facing bankruptcy, team will lose at least 6 M this year and the remaining ownership will not cover losses, expect them to dump 20 M in salaries. Wonder when it hits the players on the ice?

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Old May 1st, 2012, 11:51 PM   #1414
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Nashville will suspend their players for being out to late , Shanahan Bettmann will not, even if its a head shot.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 01:48 PM   #1415
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The Nashville Predators have suspended forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for cruising for chicks until 4 am while the rest of the team tries to regroup and respond to 0-2 start against Phoenix....that means the Predators now must win 4 of the next 5 games to stave of elimination, good luck.

Really like LA, Phoenix & Washington , couple of last place teams, no business in the playoffs preforming like their jobs depended on it....22 guys outworking their opponents, hungry.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 02:18 PM   #1416
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Nashville will suspend their players for being out to late , Shanahan Bettmann will not, even if its a head shot.
Good point Packfan, no doubt Captain Shea Weber should give them both the "Zitterberger" treatment.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 02:51 PM   #1417
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The Nashville Predators have suspended forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for cruising for chicks until 4 am while the rest of the team tries to regroup and respond to 0-2 start against Phoenix....that means the Predators now must win 4 of the next 5 games to stave of elimination, good luck.

Really like LA, Phoenix & Washington , couple of last place teams, no business in the playoffs preforming like their jobs depended on it....22 guys outworking their opponents, hungry.
cough cough "goose looneys" cough cough
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 04:30 PM   #1418
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That was the 1st thing I thought of too, Tony.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 10:45 PM   #1419
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Nashville, bounces back 2-0, and Rangers/Wash in 2nd OT...... 1-1. Great hockey.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 11:15 PM   #1420
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6 minutes to go in the 3rd OT and still playing...I should be sleeping, but sleep is overrated.

GOAL RANGERS!!!! Final score 2-1, ended with 5:19 to go in the 3rd OT. Fun game to watch.
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