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So I see we're looking for Here is the day I would assume, because you know that they're doing a 2014 playoff.
All right? No, that has not been confirmed.
I'm just not entirely sure.
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So that's the big spot that's going to be key for the for the NBA's decision is ah, having like how the article execute the testing these two regional clubs return to over facilities with voluntary small group.
And on on off is trading.
This is a stupid move.
My door that I couldn't disagree with board about that.
Would you like that? I could not disagree.
More face three for camp? No earlier than June 1st or july 1st.
Yeah, uh, with the phases or they're gonna be, like, progressing us them our our Sam veteran, our our say a veteran clubs in two hub cities for conference based round robins.
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All right, So, Michael, they're saying that we could get some hockey No earlier than July 1st.
That's pretty Yeah.
Is earlier than I expected.
It, to be honest are I'm very happy.
I thought it was mid mid to late your life, so I am thrilled.
Well, we don't know.
Know the confirmed date? Yeah.
I'm a big fan of this playoff format with their doing nab uh, for the for the cir***stances.
I think that's the best option that could have gone with and I'm happy they went with it.
Because now teams and we're trying to make a playoff push but didn't have those extra games due to the pandemic canceling the rest of the season.
Now they have a chance of making the playoffs with this new 2014 from it.
Teams that would not have otherwise made the playoffs.
Gyp, this is a pretty big ah.
Headlined out of this is the biggest head flight of ah, that we've had it for resumed of sports because they are they have made a PWEHR and there say that it's gonna be no earlier that, uh, then you don't.
In July 1st, I wish she was no later than July 1st cause we would your tea.
Yeah, but I think that we should like they're getting into the training camps.
What they said was about next week, so yeah, this is big. I'm very exciting.
And I will remember I'm sure here where we're gonna have eight million to call right here on SportsCastr over a bunch of these games.
Super excited for this.
Yeah, I they had a screen with the host cities in consideration, but, uh, I didn't scream shoddy in time to see it.
Let's see if maybe I could scroll back.
Didn't get that back to see what host cities they have thinking about.
So do this training Lucas trying to get Thea Now.
Yeah, I'm sure it's gonna be cities that have minor cases or not.
Minor case necessarily, but already opened up.
Um, have been planning on opening up Really? Down in the south.
Yeah, um, wait to hear some more.
Crimea enjoyment in is the host city.
They have 501 confirmed cases as of May 2nd March rial.
They have a lot more, but they're going del audio.
What? Uh, second most cases in the country of Canada.
Toronto with 5967 confirmed cases.
All these are Canadian.
None of the Americans so far, Right? And I'm not surprised.
Yeah, um, Winnipeg.
That's another Canadian of those air.
All all of them are in are in Canada, so yeah, I'm not really fix surprise, considering Canada is, you know, doing much better in terms of, you know, staying.
Um, so yes, you know Canadian happy me.
It is the national sport.
Who you who do you start? If you're Vegas Flurry or later.
I think that's a pretty it's it it Lennar.
Um well, I think it's probably gonna start flurry for the playoffs here.
Are they acquired? There Are, uh, this year.
The Blackhawks? Yeah.
I mean, Chicago.
Um, Sportsman's alerts is asking if Chicago will make it.
What about New York as a host city? That would be a horrible idea.
Yeah, I, uh I hope they don't do that, because that's the only way I would never do that.
Okay, he's asking What? What do they do for goaltending? Oh, it's yeah.
Yeah, because it is.
The host city would not do so.
Well, this Yeah, um, are they gonna do for the gold for their goalie situation there with the with the Rangers of the Islanders soon the Rangers.
But, you know, they got your BF and our luck.
Was there, Georgie of having a pretty saw year? Uh oh.
And she's starting to just organ, actually.
Big when he I mean that all three of them have played so far, Lundquist obviously has more experience to really Good question.
Um, you know where they start? The two young guys who are I was a veteran. Lundquist.
Um, very hard to tell.
Uh, probably Lundquist.
I don't know how his health ever anything like that is gonna work out.
Yeah, I mean that I don't know too much about their goaltending situation, but But I do know that this is some hockey, and it's I'm excited for it, cause if and that this believes me to believe that they NHL r n b a will make a decision sometime this week as well, Because now that the NHL has released somewhat of dates, they said no earlier than did July 1st.
Now the envy ating to do something along these lines of saying what they're gonna do time frame of when they're going to do it and all that.
So, um, so that's gonna be great as well.
Josh will say that he heard June 1st is when they're making their decision.
Um, I haven't seen anything, but let's see what Adrian loose.
Hrabowski said warships.
Suria, are you I haven't seen much for Yeah, I haven't seen anything with the NBA's decision.
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And it's a 20 four team playoff.
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Um, so I super excited said after the super excited for playoff hockey.
I was about the neighborhood prediction session.
Iraq driver Planning on making our predictions the day that the announcement came.
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Sam says whatever the panthers, it bobrovsky gets hot.
Well, it's playoff bobrovsky.
Never know what he did against the Lightning last year.
Yeah, I mean, that's a this great, great point.
You know, the Panthers a room with this 2014 playoff.
Um, all right. All right.
Uh, this is big. Obviously.
This is the first big progression that we had, Um, you know, as a country to getting more sports to getting sports back.
I know I'm really excited for this.
Very, very excited because, you know, this means and Luke mentioned it.
Soon the NBA's gonna come out with something.
Then we're going to see the game will be in the NFL.
I mean, they've been making announcement, but official announcements from of the commissioner of not, you know, been maybe it's so, uh, the Rangers, the Islanders, that penguins the nights, all a very interesting go situations.
I mean, I went through the Rangers.
Wasn't nights one. Very interesting, obviously.
Di Islanders, definitely as well.
And the Penguins a big one thing with this talk for for a while now, for weeks, You know where they're going to start.
A Golic's, um, coming into playoffs there.
And we still they haven't made a decision.
We will see some more decisions.
You know, Jari, Jerry, Jari, Adam, But and Matt Murray do the two, uh, options there for Pittsburgh.
They could go any way.
Yes, Sam, I agree.
I'd probably go with Matt Murray as well.
Uh, to start for the Penguins this year over Jari Memory also has a big laugh clearance, You know he's going a cup, but, you know, injury questions are always there, no matter what it is.
The Blackhawks and Carolina.
You know, they created letter away, and I got crawl for now.
Me, uh, rattled gruesome injuries.
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Um, they had, uh, low Robert Luna.
Um, they have Crawford.
Yes, uh, going darling Crawford, darling. Still later.
Um, Carter hard over Elliot.
Yeah, that's yes.
Darling hasn't been there for years, so I thought he was there in 2015 years and in there for a while.
Says that here, for some reason on Google, I was gonna say, isn't been there for years.
Carter, how hard over.
Elliott Carter Hearts tenant being incredible urine.
I mean, always getting all Bill Elliott, um, going there, Stick a little.
But Carter Hart has hurt this year, so that obviously, you know, you think with mind if I am the Flyers, I need to start heart first.
Really He's good. Yeah.
Brian Elliott I'm just gonna I don't Carter Hearts 24.
And I think Raelians 25 Carter Hearts 21.
Well, all right on.
I mean, it's a big decision to make.
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I mean, I think they have a big goal if in future.
And Carter heart.
Right? So you're not said Carter.
Hearts had an excellent season.
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Sam, I'm doing great.
I think that I think this is great news for sports fans all over the world.
I sent you that gift from SL of Chance, the rapper. Let's do that.
Yeah, Yeah, I was actually just at my friend's house, playing socially.
Just throw our hockey.
I'm super excited.
I've been super excited for the return.
I think that seeing? I think that teams that have the best chance, I think Colorado in Boston, our attitude are are going to be the finalists, right? I think that you see a lot.
I think I see a lot of potential in Vegas if big, if they figure out their goaltending.
I see a lot of I think you need to watch out for a lot of guys if the goaltending works out.
Yeah, I know. My take.
I'm actually gonna Would you mind if I don't go through each team H 20 on the platform? I'm sure we could talk about Santa affiliated that we all have interesting story lines around look like, especially in the goalie position.
There's a bunch of team.
Yeah, I don't have You want to start with the Minister of the West? Sure.
Let's go ahead of the Western Conference of the National logically let you pick a team.
Would you want to start? Start with a team? You think they are going to make the finals? The Colorado Avalanche? Yeah, I think that they have.
They've obviously got a situation where they have literally at one of where they have the most one of the most talented players and hockey and Nathan MacKinnon.
They've also got their up.
They got their rookie.
Chemical are who is me? Who is going to win the Calder? He's I like.
I let I prefer Quinn used, but I think that my car is the better player.
You obviously have a goaltending situation there.
You go with Grubauer.
Do you go with Frank? Who's I don't know, I think I mean, obviously, Grubauer has the experience.
Franco's has been.
All right, let me make sure I get the right pronunciation.
I've never I haven't watched.
Yeah, I've heard film shows France friends.
Sounds French does.
I have not watched the ABS as much as I want to there.
So exciting, though.
You get one of those talented players in the league.
UNDATED Makin you've got there.
You got Landis gog another another star player and then Camel car.
Obviously, who's I mean? I've mentioned him.
Sam Girard is having a having a decent season, and obviously you've got you got the best player in the league.
According to advanced stats, Valerian Yakushkin.
No kidding has the most ridiculous advanced stats.
He's like an average player but his advance staffer through the roof highway.
Uh, Chatah to, ah, wallpaper cave in this wallpaper.
Then I'm gonna be using here.
I think that the abs I think that I trust the abs in the postseason right now.
I think they their last two seasons have prepared them for a cup run.
What do you think about ask years Cup champions of the ST Louis Blues? They lose clues.
Yeah, well, are viewed them next.
I mean, obviously, I would assume that they had an equally competition there.
We do have now the official, um, a playoff format notes here.
Ah, Until never posted.
Um I mean, it's not like Jake Allen is having a horrible season like it was last year. Jordan.
But Jordan been consensual.
30 Bennington is I mean, Allen's.
Allen's basics are through the roof this year, but bidding then is the Bennington is a superstar.
So allow 24 teams will resume play top 12 in each conference, ranked by points percentage each conference assigned to Hub City.
Remaining seven teams will go to the draft.
Lottery is expected to 2019 2020 season regular season is complete for awards and record keeping purposes.
Notes of national anthem Things You're There was That means Dr Seidl, Winds Art Ross and Pasta wins.
Um, Rocket Rashard.
I think he ties it with OBE.
You may be defense.
John Carlson deserves the Norris Norris.
Thank you, yes, the top four teams in each conference to play around Is it not to each division of top four in each conference.
Top four in each conference to play a round robin proceedings.
A regular season slash overtime shootout.
That doesn't make a difference anyway.
Neither conference, No remaining eight teams in each conference to play.
Best of five way didn't isn't Dallas in the top four.
I'll check that for you in a second, but it's going to get the House paralysis in its houses in the top.
What is it? Playoff overtime rules.
First round, second round, best of five or best of seven and conference finals and Stanley Cup playoff overtime rules in the first.
Like the first round is just over time.
No, no overtimes.
And if they go into overtime yeah, obviously, yeah, pasta and OVI tie for the, uh for the Rocket Rishard dry.
Seidel wins the Art Ross handily.
Let's see who wins the Masters.
Which means you have, which is a mean for the having the worst plus minus, right.
I'm just trying to get, um, the Hockey Masters winner this year.
Some, like you're gonna name.
So the Pappas playoff seeds, the top four seeds, the Bruins, the lining, the caps in the Flyers.
Everyone else's the Penguins.
They're gonna play the Canadians, Hurricanes, personal Rangers.
That the island, those Hurricanes Rangers is really interesting because the Rangers that the Rangers have nothing to lose this year, they have absolutely zero to lose.
They have, and they have their goalie.
They have what they what they believe to be their Foley of the future.
And Igor show Sturcken, who I think they should do.
I think they should.
Andres Afghanis, EU is, is the worst is as the lowest plus minus.
But when it comes to the Rangers, I think they starts just jerking in the playoffs because they have nothing to lose.
And I think she's Sturcken gives them, gives them like he's a wild card right now.
We don't know if he's like, if he performs the way he did in those 1st 10 starts, he that that team is going to have a good chance of making it out of the first round and even pushing, pushing a second round? Maybe I don't think they will, but, I mean, I'm not gonna say that they don't have a chance at I'm not gonna say they don't have a chance at making a deep playoff run if they have good goaltending.
And I think that you got the highest ceiling out of sister can.
Who cares if you have the lowest? Because you have a really low floor because you have a low floor.
You know why? Because you have no expectations.
Yeah, I guess so.
Sam, this I think it was the opportunity I want to go through, Um, playoff predictions here, but we're not going to do.
We're not We're not gonna go super.
And if, as in here is just what we're gonna settle here, uh, best of five.
We're not going to say, you know, they're gonna win fully one.
They're gonna win 32 or they're they're not winning That's right.
They're not going in three C e.
I mean, I haven't fleshed out all of my right.
So it's like, I'm just gonna say who I think.
I think you never like.
I'm just gonna think about like who I think is going to be.
Yes. Yeah. All right.
So, yeah, it's going to start with the round robins.
Well, how long? I think we should just keep it.
Bruins lighting caps.
Fliers are, You know, I find Roundabout.
So I think the flyers get the two.
If we do, it is the round Robin works and the Bruins got the one the capsule is three under lightning at before, cause I think the lightning I think I just think that little I think that the lightning are gonna have issues coming back, right, Ellen, be shocked at all.
And then also, you know, you got the Flyers, the Flyers.
I weren't stuffing really high on the flyers right in the Flyers, you know? And I was saying right on this quarantine started.
We're going through like, a big frozen kind for some teams.
And I was in the flyers, the Avio energy.
They were going up and up and up.
They were winning it on it. Games.
Do you think of momentous? You know, the momentum is pretty much stopped.
I mean, they've been playing for months now.
They were doing so well.
Do you think maybe it's gonna hurt them? I think it gives I think, what what really helps is it gives Carter heart time to write, like, relax and it gives it gives it like Travis.
Connect me is having a great season.
It gives It gives these young a young player young core there.
It gives young court time to like think about it and really and really maintain their level of play.
And it also gives the their older core Barra Shack and Djourou and Van Riemsdyk Time do.
And obviously Niskanen, who came from came from the capture Ratko for Rocco Good Ash last year.
Um, it gives them time to reload for a playoff run.
Which is why I think that older teams have just as much of an advantage as they would ever have because they're gonna be coming up because they're gonna be arrested.
So we're are just eso run. Run.
I'll, uh, stick with what you were with what you said you were gonna You said you were gonna have the eso.
The top four seeds in this order are the ruins.
Fliers, caps enlightening, right? Yeah.
And then with the Bruins, you're basically getting like, uh, kind of an exaggerated version of what I was saying with the Flyers.
Except you have.
Except instead of having a really young goalie, you have.
You have a 30 of the 32 year old goalies playing like the best goalie in the league.
But that's playing like what? He is the best golden week.
While he's not the best A place like this.
Yeah, I think this year he I think he's a Vezina winner for the season.
Well, no, I think hello.
Help, Right, That's close to pick Jets goalie.
And to your ask, Of course we're talking.
And then we're obviously this also, it also is a little bit.
It's going to be a little weird.
The Bruins obviously did make the did make two trades.
They traded for Andre Kasha from Anaheim, and they traded for Nik Richie, also from Anna. Hi.
So it's gonna be interesting to see how they blend in with team, especially with Danton Heinen gone.
Um, but I think Ciara giving Charb like good time to arrest at Marchand and Bergeron TV serving on the wrong side of 30 like they need this time.
And then you see posture, knock.
It's just gonna is a machine.
I think that having an excellent season get Torey Krug is fantastic.
Torey Krug reminds me of Torey Krug.
Reminds me of PK Suban at is at his best in my opinion and a phenomenal offensive defenseman.
So one thing I want to go into before moving to our qualifying round, you know, saying that have flyers were going up, up, you know, they're waiting so many games and then the whole, you know, Pandemic happened.
They had to cancel the season.
The Capitals will pretty much go in the opposite way.
You know, the Flyers going up in the Metro Tackles were going down.
It was all hectic.
I'm gonna say this.
I think the capitals now, after this, we'll start winning games in the playoffs.
You know, they were not doing so well.
I mean, now help some time to rest.
The capitals are another one of those teams with it.
With a core of older players, you've got obviously, John Carlson, who is going to do.
If he does not win the Norris, I will be extremely surprised you've got out.
Ovechkin, who is who is one of the greatest, was one of the greatest to ever play this game.
You've got Nick Backstrom, who's who's just fantastic you've got.
I mean, and these those.
They're all guys that are on the wrong side of 30.
Um, you also got your I mean, goaltender braid and hope he was gonna be a free agent after this season.
Yeah, I don't I don't think they should bring him back.
And let's see unless he has like, unless he has, like, a miracle playoff run the way he did two years ago.
I don't think you bring hold me back, I think, because look, because if you look at his basics this year, he's got the same percentage of 8 97 goals against 3 11 It's not great.
Samsonov is the goal of the future for them, but hopefully is still the goalie at the president.
All right, sand, I think.
And I think that is also really interesting.
What they're gonna be playing, obviously without Brandon Life sick.
Who is kind from those after? I don't know if you guys covered what happened with Brennan. Life sick.
Yeah, but And Tom Wilson is gonna gonna still be given dirty hits.
Pavel is is gonna be tumbles Donaldson's that.
I think that if talk Tom Wilson is that guy, if he's on your team, you love him.
If he isn't, you hate him, right? Right.
I mean, Brad Lordship, I think, is a perfect example for Well, I think Martian and Wilson are also Martian is, like, actually one of love ex players in hockey.
Yes, but I mean, I hate her.
Marcia, Marcia, I respect the report.
Wouldn't stand you love bread, Marcia.
He's one of those guys that, like, if you if he's on your team, you love him.
And like it's similar to PK suban like I can't stand.
Yeah, I don't know.
I mean, I hate Marc Andre Fleury.
I always have mean flurries.
Well, that that this is your captain as a painting, right? Yeah.
They don't give them cats, man.
that makes you 10 more cents on.
So I wanted caps.
Ended up beating him when they're right, right? I mean, you could imagine and happy I waas and that that's, like revenge.
Like, I mean, the Bruins won the when the Bruins won the cup in 11 beating Luang go blue.
Rondo started his career with the Islanders on the same team as a day No Ciara, right.
Huh? Now we're going to go into the qualified around, and we're gonna go to our first thing on the West yet.
We're gonna go east, always first.
You want to start with Toronto? All right, so what? We're gonna go in order here? The five seed versus the 12 seed? Yeah.
I don't think this is close at all.
I Montreal you gotta understand Montreal 19 regulations when 38.
30 total ones, they sneak in here.
They're gonna battle. The pain is the five seed.
I think this could be asleep, but you never know.
Remember penguins last year been fair so well, but we're talking about the Canadian.
I mean, this is things that Epstein that needs to fire their coach right now, Yet they have not been doing something.
I have no idea how Claude Julien is still in that organization.
He has run like this.
They he is completely ruined.
And we thought, Remember last year how we thought? Yes, very ****y.
Neami was looking like the future of this franchise.
He put He gives him fourth line minutes is here.
No, he's not 1/4 liner.
You should be on the second or third line.
And during any season, she struggled on the fourth line, so they sent him down to the H l, which I mean struggle.
They might get send you down a bit on the fourth line you've got you can use.
Not 1/4 liner, though.
He's a second or third liner.
I mean, Nick Suzuki, obviously, the is a player.
That is that I like watching like Yeah, yeah, but I mean, I do not trust Carey Price anymore either.
Like, he's not the same goalie that he was for five is not a single us for five years ago.
We got the payments winning.
They also and also the have sold.
They sold at the deadline.
They traded Ilya Kvasha through my caps.
I mean, you're not losing your not getting much.
We're losing much with Coleman because, I mean, he's not. He's not.
I mean, using the KHL For, what, Six years? He's not the same player he was in player, right? The Ilya Kovalchuk is the all time leader for points in the current Winnipeg Jets franchise.
He never played a game for the Winnipeg Jets.
All right, with you don't need all with the Thrashers, right? Right? Right, Linda? Yeah.
I mean, that would make sense.
The big kids have been around for very long.
Well, yes, some.
Ah, Blake Wheeler is the leader for points since the Jets move.
And Blake Wheeler is a form is a former Boston Bruins.
So I see you got the pain.
Was winning this one? Yeah.
I got the penguins in a suite.
I do not think he has given to him, and I think ****.
And I think that this run and I think that this series will get Marc Bergevin to fire Claude Julien.
We shall see we're gonna be want to our 16 vs or 11 seed because the Rangers, I had really high hopes on the Rangers this year.
They've disappointed me.
I thought the Rangers.
I told him I thought the rain.
I thought that would be here.
I got the devil's.
Could have been like Stanley Cup.
Not define asset, but playoff contenders? Yeah, that's are not that stupid.
They were like last year's Brown's.
I mean, I got for me.
At least I looked up the Devils so much, I was telling everyone how high was the devil's.
I mean, I love the plans.
I have a couple friends who are Devils fans.
I know someone who I know, someone who's I know.
I know someone who owns that who owns part of that team.
So, like I'm around, a lot of I'm around a lot of people that, like the devil's it at what times? And yet they were.
They were hyped up a lot, and I thought that, and I thought that the Devils would make the playoffs.
I did not think that I thought I was the was the opposite with the Rangers.
I was I was super confused when they signed Artemio been Erin.
I thought it was the wrong move for them.
I thought they should.
I thought they should have started tanking.
And I think that they're still in a situation where they'd be better off where they'd be better off.
But Panera has been fantastic, but I think that it's just Erkin is truly the goalie of the future, and Panera is truly and this and this and we CNBC 2019 20 Panera and for the next 567 years.
Then, by all means, the Rangers are Rangers made the right decision, But I'm I'm very disappointed.
Not a little disappointed.
I'm very disappointed in Capo Kokko.
He has been absolutely atrocious this year through his advanced stats are awful.
He's not used, he's practically invisible.
Jack uses, and Jack and Jack use hasn't been much better for the Devils.
I mean, the to get the 2 to 2 draft picks from this year's draft at both the two top graphics industry.
I mean, they're very young, that's true for and when you look at the Rangers, you look at a team.
I mean, they did the ah guy that I really like this year's Adam Fox who I think is overshadowed by the other rookie defenseman, um, in my car.
But Fox is still great player than Philip Eagle is.
Is having a decent season.
Tony DeAngelo, another good defenseman they've got.
They've got a young team that but I think that my my stance before the season was is that they should have been tanking.
I did not think they had the talent to be a playoff team might.
And I thought that especially with lung twists, albatross contracts and me.
And I thought, you can't really tank with Lundquist.
They should just kind of waited out with Lundquist and then go full blown tank.
But, hey, this might work better for them because if you look, it's just Durkin is truly the goaltender of the future.
And I mean, yeah, they gave Jacob Trouba a lot of money.
They gave Chris Kreider a decent ah crap amount of money they gave Panera in a crap ton of money.
They're gonna if Kokko is what they wanted to be there, gonna have to pay him on the money.
Same thing with advantage yet who? I don't know how I haven't mentioned yet, but they're gonna have.
They're gonna have to pay a lot of money.
But they're going to be ready to do that when cause Lung Quist is probably going to retire within the next.
I think that Lundquist, I think I hope for the Rangers sake that they get that they get to say a proper goodbye to him.
But I also hope for the Rangers sake that, like they don't have to pay that cap number for the future.
I mean, I don't like the Rangers.
So, like, I'd love to see them have to pay that cap number.
But so All right.
Yeah, I assume you got the hurricanes here.
Um, I do have the hurricanes, but I have it be I have it going to distance since close.
Yeah, I think it's gonna e.
And I think it really I think it will take a really impressive performance in the final game from David and no, not from David Airs from Peter Mrazek.
Razek is I mean, you go and razz occur Reimer for the future.
I mean, you gotta go with drastic, but I mean probably or as a yeah, yeah, because he is four years younger But also another reason why I trust Carolina in the final game is they have Justin Williams.
Didn't they trade Justin Williams? She on this? No, they still have him.
They still have him.
They still have a up on Williams.
We give her now to the Islanders and the printer.
Hers? No, Sorry.
Pan answers S and m it.
That's what the banner said that I said Printers.
Pictures there seemed to watch out for if yes, if certain.
If you get Sergei bobrovsky form, this is a team.
This is not only a contender to win this series.
This is a contender to go to the conference finals.
We have Eastern got something, but I don't think I don't probably.
But I don't think that Brodsky exists anymore.
I think the Islanders take this.
I'm going to say the aisles take hysteria.
I think that the Islanders are a team.
I think the Islanders are a great our hockey team.
That has a lot that as I mean, they've got a phenomenal coach Barry Trotz, a Cup winner.
They've got they've got offense.
They've got to events at mean Kulak is really underrated in my in my opinion, um, and diamantes also really underrated.
And they they brought in Andy Green for some leadership.
It got him and boy Chuck to to defenseman who have been around.
They've been around a while, so I mean, they can help lead.
Obviously, Josh Bailey is very divisive amongst that fan base, but I think he's a productive player and I think that pavilion and bars l are also pretty **** good.
I do have concerns about how much they're paying.
Jean Gabriel Pageau.
I'm not a big fan of Pageau.
Nelson has also got a big contract.
But I think I think they'll be fine and I'm and I do think that.
And I do think that semi on Varlamov is the way to go a goaltender here.
It's close between him and Bryce, but I do trust Varlamov more.
Yeah, so we're on that.
We want to the final match trip of the qualifying round.
Then we're gonna move on to the next round.
The blue drag its versus the Toronto Maple leaves the eight seed versus the nine seed beliefs.
Have the eight seed jackets got the nine seed.
Uh, Sam, What do you think about this matchup? I mean, I think as much as I'd like to say that I think the Leafs are gonna lose, I think that the Leafs have an overwhelming amount of offensive talent that I think that when it Columbus is a mediocre hockey team, they're not a they are not.
They're not really that good in my, I think Toronto.
Yeah, they Yeah, they have the same amount of points, but the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most talented offensive teams I've ever seen.
I mean, they they have.
They have decent goaltending.
I mean, Anderson is very good, and I think that you're Anderson is not.
And obviously you with Matthews martyred.
Embarrass me, Lander.
And I need this entire does entire in fire offensive.
The entire offensive unit is in an absolute machine.
All right, Um, so eso who do you got? Winning this.
I got four out and I got toronto over Columbus.
All right, so for the next round, I assume it's Thea.
The higher seed plays the higher seed.
Set the lower school.
It would be it would be 89 plays 17 10 plays, too, just the same.
Like the same way.
The N C A A tournament works but the top working.
But imagine it's not foresee.
Counting buys eso.
Our first matchup here will be the Boston Bruins against the Toronto in middle.
You see it again.
Yeah, and I say years old fourth time.
And I know third time in a row their third time in room four, not four times since fourth time since 2013.
And I have same result Bruins in, however many games it will be.
So attention is the Bruins are machine believes that an offensive machine, the Bruins are a machine on both sides.
You sure you got the Bruins here? Hey, I got the roads.
Do you think of sleep? He thinks coming close.
You know, I think that I think that, like it's either a leader.
Be if it's a seven game series, you're six or seven.
All right, Our next matchup here, let me just what do you think I get the Bruins to? I don't think the are now match up.
Would be really is the two seed I have.
Philly is the to I am doing as the Islanders.
As much as I talked up beyond as much as I just said out high, like the Islanders, I think they're an underrated scene.
I think that filly is, I think, Phillies on a mission.
I think that they get I think that they get one or two.
Really good. Siri's out of Carter heart.
I mean, I went to a Flyers game this year and Philly. I went to the camps.
One there, well, started a center, and they played, uh, they played very well.
It was once, and I hacky there, Billy and I have the flyers.
You know, they that score might have not showed.
It was a two point game at one point game, but they played like it was a four point game.
So so then we got Carolina and Washington are any guide? Washington.
So yeah, I don't hear correct.
I think that I think that Carolina went all in this year with their trade debt on acquisitions, a tro Jack and Shea.
And I think that Carolina shocks the world.
You're not gonna like that.
I just think I guess you know that I would be if this happened after last season.
Leafs fans would like to join you in that pain.
Oh, no, but I think he's gonna playoff hoping nothing like that.
Two years? I don't think that that Brayden Holt pizza, I just simply don't think that hope he exists anymore.
All right? Right.
I don't I think that Peter Mrazek plays adequately enough to win this series.
And I think that the Hurricanes, I really enjoy watching the Hurricanes, their team, they're they're scrappy team there.
They they're disrespected.
And they're they're a fun team.
Then, as now the Penguins, something winds.
Yeah, and I mean, as much as I just said, Tampa Bay's I don't I think there I think that they choke.
I don't think that Pittsburgh is, as I don't think Pittsburgh's is as good as their records shows.
I think that there, I think they're on the way down there on the downswing, and I think Tampa takes a serious humus, Bud Light and you either that there's a t in their but whatever pretend they're the t. I know there's a t.
I know at this point at this point, I mean, I've already said that the Lightning or to win that Siri's? Yeah.
So when I think, Lenny, even with that one and I'm gonna go by your predictions here, we're gonna move on so that it would be pops in Tampa and Carolina.
There will be Boston in Boston, Care lion? No, because the 14 the one plays the four.
Not waiter that receding.
No, I don't I wouldn't think so.
When it Well, the 60 is here.
Still there, but no.
But the one would play the four like if Unless there's receiving.
I think it is the one Russian before, so and I think that that would be Boston in Tampa.
And that's where I think Tampa's luck runs out.
I think Tampa gets right here.
Yeah, Boston is an absolute machine, all right.
And then we got, um, the Canes and the flyer salami branded for that.
But the canes and the Flyers and the other thing is that Philadelphia is going to win this series because I think they're a another team.
That another hungry team.
And I just think that at the moment I trust Carter heart interest Carter Hard to win one or two playoff series.
I don't trust Carter Hart Toe win three playoff series.
I think that Carter Heart played extremely well in a in the 1st 2 in the first series.
And then I think once they play Boston in the in the conference finals, I think that's where it runs out.
Yeah, all right.
I've been saying this little I've literally been saying that since before the break.
All right? That means this is your Eastern Conference final.
Ladies and gentleman, the Boston Bruins sources the Carolina Hurricanes.
Sam, according to your weight, too.
Well, and obviously we're gonna still think a bit more about this, But as of right now, this is what you know.
I Bruins flyers again.
Fliers being a man.
I told you I saw you know, trucks.
Carter Hart to win two playoff series.
I don't trust him to win three.
So this is the flag.
I've been saying the Flyers will play the Bruins in the conference finals since before the quarantine Bruins versus Flood.
And I have a bruise String conference.
Two teams want a big hot street you think continue their hot streak Post quarantine the Bruins in the finals for the Eastern Conference final.
Who you got? We have awesome.
I said that hard.
I've managing this many times.
I think the Bruins of the best team in hockey, and I don't think I think that they I think they win this series, and I think they went it handily.
Please handle it like maybe and maybe in like, But I think that the games that the Bruins win are won handily, but I think that it's a six game series right out of the West.
The mom to list eso got the top four seeds or the Blues, the Avalanche, the Golden Knights and the dull in the Dow stars.
I think it goes ST Louis, Colorado, Vegas, Dallas in that order.
That's your herds in right now.
Um, so it's only just write it down. Blues.
EV's nights and the stores are right.
The up qualifying round.
I'll read each matchup and then we're going to it.
Oilers vs Flyers got the Predators versus the Coyotes and Canucks versus the Wild Calgary Flames version.
The Winnipeg Jets.
We're going to start with the Oilers vs the Blackhawks.
Sam here on the phone with my lighting.
It's really neither way you do.
You get your getting the best player in hockey and the Art Ross winner.
And they're two different people and they're on the same.
Yeah, Edmondson is knowing that, I mean, and you get a Chicago team that sold off their starting goaltender and Lennar? Yeah, and and a team that really didn't expect to make the playoffs like you Video and the end.
When you get to that, you realize that T Oilers are going to take this series and they're gonna take the Blackhawks and they're gonna beat him like a like a like a high school principal in the sixties.
All right, when we want out of the fridge works is the Coyotes.
I agree with you.
I do think it's human.
Yet another another diss funk.
Arizona's My I am not like what Arizona has done this year, but then again, neither have I liked what the Predators is done this year.
I think they both I think that I don't really like either of them at this point, but I mean, someone's gotta win, and I think Nashville is the better team, so I think they do prevail.
But I don't think it.
I think it's ugly the whole way.
Yeah, I'm gonna go national.
Hera's Well, you know, I have seen the feel castle there, you know you got you got focused on Arizona in Arizona.
I am. So my errors.
Are you there? Phil Kessel, Arizona National, though, you know, they got the weapons.
They got their, um, with the predators who are now the connects versus the wild says up there on the banner.
I've talked up the Canucks for a while and I think they're really talented.
They're really young, They're hungry.
They're they're a team that I think.
I mean, they're really good.
And I think that I think that there 2021 Cup contender, I think that they win this series and yeah, I think the Canucks win this series and I think that they show that they have potential for the future.
But I don't think they make a cup run this year.
I think they make a cup run in 2021 but they still do beat the wild because the wild another team that I don't think deserves to make the playoffs.
Yes, I don't think so, either.
But they you, uh we want our final.
By the way, Lou Greta earlier, the Canadian the Canadian cities will be peace to the neutral site cities.
You have no fans anyway, right, But Edmonson still technically has home ice advantage.
I mean, there's no difference since the same.
It's not like baseball.
Where the field there different size, it's It's right.
They are the same.
There are the same. But you know me, obviously.
And you any more definitive, you don't Even anything is one of the big things that the playoffs is like.
If, like if Montreal had their home ice, like for a couple of games in that in that series against Pittsburgh, I'd give them a bit of a chance.
I mean, I'm not giving them.
I'm not giving them that Siri's, but obviously like Montreal crazy.
He'll crazy home ice advantage at the at the center of l.
Same thing with Boston.
They get great home ice advantage.
Well, dinner playing.
Yeah, but like I'm saying, like so I think it does take away a little bit and especially with goaltenders.
If you look at a guy like Carter, Heart is first, his first riel postseason is now going to be without the crazy postseason environment.
So I think that benefits him.
Certainly in here.
All right, Sam Flames, Jets Woolen.
I think that the Jets have the better goaltending in this series of counter Alba.
And as much as as much as I like Johnny Gaudreau in the Flames there on a down year.
And I think that the Jets there, I think the Jets goaltending takes this series for them.
Another team that played under my expectations this year.
Yeah, Johnny Gaudreau is one of my favorite players to watch, but he's just having it down here.
Yeah, Doctor, you go a David Rich Or do you or do you go with Cam Talbot? Talbot? Probably.
I mean, Rich obviously played more games this year staring at this point, or at this point, I think either way they lose theirs.
So they got I'm just running the matchups here, asking, All right, so we got the blues versus the Jets.
It's your first Siris in the, uh thing.
I think I think that the blues are blue.
They're a team that is really entertaining Standing the defending cup champ.
See, I don't I don't want to talk about that.
But you got Jordan biddings in there, and you've got a team that I think the trans alot is leaving this.
I think Tran Jewel is leaving.
I mean, with this scandal extension, they can't afford, they can't afford a torrential.
And I think that they're I think they're gonna be a motivated hockey team.
I just think that you're going to see an upset somewhere in these first.
I think you're going to be a major upset somewhere.
And I think that I look at counter hell, Buck and I see a guy that is going to it is just going that it's gonna take a village to beat Connor.
Hell, Buck and I think that this is This is my This is my boldest take of the playoffs.
I think Winnipeg defeats ST Louis.
All right, well, that three prints eating the blues, that is a pretty big That's that's extremely bold for me, by the way.
Like, yeah, I could a jet start the jets? I don't trust them as much But I think that I think they pull something out.
And like most E Sam veteran here is this is down on the ticker.
Any kind of playoff predictions.
Any show for my little on now the Predators versus the Golden Knights? I said this earlier. I didn't.
I do not like what? The goal, What the Predators have been doing this year.
I'm just not a big fan of it. They're fine.
I think Vegas wins the Siri's handily.
Robin Lehner is going Robin Lehner and net, especially if letters and that they win this for certain.
For sure, I think flurries gonna be anything.
What? Why do you go with Flurry over Lennar, where he struggled this year when the last letter Over the last two years, Robin Lehner has been, in my opinion, the top seven Top five fully in the week.
Right? But hello was Leonard Vegas, for he's played three games to the Knights.
Anyone? All three of what? Alright, what? And obviously, you know I'm up tonight.
Letters had a pretty solid season.
This pretty good one.
Yeah, he did struggle a little bit, but he was still very good here and last year he last year.
I imagine, like, use, finished third in the Vezina last year.
He won the Jennings in the Master Jim last year, all right? Yeah, when I had her Excellency's in last year with the Islanders.
Live on now to the connects versus the abs.
Yeah, as much as as much as I like the Canucks, I think that thing the Colorado is the team to be is a force to be reckoned with.
And I think Colorado wins this series.
I think it's close, but I think that I think that at the end be abs come out on top.
Because I think that and I think that it ends up being, I think that it ends up being, um, the Avalanche doing really well on doing really well with their special teams in the series that I think separates it.
Um I think the oilers take it a zoo.
I think I As much as I like Ben Bishop in Dallas, I think that the Oilers they have all the town that I, Mike Smith and that they got They've got a team that is ready to win.
Okay, I think Conner MK David Wills this team to victory, right? Um, alright, Well, on now to the Oilers, who will face the Blues? Starting with Blue Stripes was Jets, either because of just one Hold on.
Now I got to restructure this.
The Oilers of face, he adds.
Sorry. No, they would not.
It would be like one force like it would be gets Oilers.
And I think the Oilers win that or I says, it's Oilers and I think the Oilers take that Siri's.
So let's get right.
Yes, and the Oilers take that.
I just think that I think that when you have the best, you got the best player in the league.
It's the best goalie in the league.
I think that especially when you get drunk, you need put dry, settle there and you and you give a decent goaltender to the Oilers.
I think I think Mike has a decent Siri's, and I think that, and I think that MK David just goes God mode in this Siri's right.
You wouldn't be shocked at all. We got the Avalanche.
We got the cold nights.
Yeah, I e I think This is the Siri's where the Avalanche begin to assert themselves as just a dominant force to be reckoned with.
And I think that they I think they sweet Vegas Suite, Vegas.
Well, maybe not sweet, but I think that it's I think it's very I think that the series will be one sided.
Yeah, wouldn't be, uh, Wouldn't be shut there.
So we got the the Western Conference finals Clean Red Lincoln Oilers and Colorado Avalanche.
And as I said, the avalanche are gonna get really hot.
They will take this Siri's.
And it will be not as one sided, but it will still be one sided.
Sam, you said in the beginning.
Rebel inch versus Boston.
Yeah, it's gonna take a machine to stop the Colorado.
But Boston is that machine? Yeah. Here.
I I just said it's gonna take a machine to stop Colorado, but Boston is that machine.
It's basically you look at the Bruins and you just see talent all around.
If you strong offense strong defense.
Sorry about that, by the way.
You see, strong off and strong, he just you see strong offensive play.
Strong beacon struggled, sending strong all around and I.
That's why I think you see the Boston Bruins taking the Stanley Cup.
And I have just jinxed them.
I know 100% that I just jinxed Wipro's.
I'd be happy with that.
Thank you so much for joining us here.
Thanks for having me on Michael.
Oh, look, NBC Sports is rerunning the Western Conference finals from 2012.
All right, um, so we got back when the coyotes were relevant.
All right? Uh, playoff predictions quickly a itself cover head.
Sam had avalanche of Bruins.
I wouldn't be shocked.
Both teams your hot coming into it.
Um, so it looks like they will be here is Well, we have gone on for an hour or so minutes about so thank you.
Stand for doing us.
And really, I'm really looking forward to seeing the NBA's plans.
The MLB's plans.
I know plants I didn't want.
I just want sports, and I want them back.
It's an irresponsible and, uh, soon of safe that suited.
I don't want anything that I don't want anything to happen before it's safe.
I I'm sorry about my lighting.
I'm using my computer's Aymara and there's sons, sons coming.
And I'm not using my webcam right now because, I mean, I didn't expect Teoh to be doing this, but thanks for having me on.
I'll make sure I'm gonna I'm definitely I'm definitely going to tune in tonight.
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Thanks for joining.
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