Morning Free Association: Playoff Picture Update 3492947

Detroit did us a favour by beating the Senators last night. Of course, it would have been better had they beat them within the 60 minutes of regulation play. So, yeah, the Tooties got a point. Toronto didn’t care and went on to win against the hapless Sabres. All of this knocks the Bruins down into the second Wild Card slot again.

If the playoffs were to start today, The Bruins would face the Capitals, likely winners of the President’s trophy for the second season in a row and their final opponent of the regular season. This would probably suck. Other scenarios have them facing either Toronto or the Senators. Such fun.

Anything can happen in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tonight, the Lightning are in town tonight hoping to chip away at the four-point lead the Bruins have over them. However, the Bruins can put the final nail in their coffin tonight by delivering them a loss. Technically, the Bolts could still tie things up at the end of the regular season in the Darkest Timeline™

The Darkest Timeline

but would still lose on ROW (Boston leads in ROW by 6 and Tampa Bay cannot possibly catch up).

On this final stretch, the Bruins know what they need to do.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yay! Finally got a couple people to commit and we’re hitting the river!!! It’s at a perfect level!! Laters! I might check in from the rink tonight. Go Bs!!!!!!!!!!!!

The London Bear
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Facebook just reminded me that on this day last year I watched the Tampa Bay Lightning get stuffed 5-2 at Barclays Centre! Hopefully they play like that again tonight.

carvinbass18
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You know, the more I think about this “No NHLers in the Olympics” thing, the more annoyed I get by it. I understand not wanting your players to get hurt during the tournament, but they still let players go to Worlds once eliminated from the playoffs. It wasn’t an issue during the World Cup. They’re worried about the “condensed schedule”, well, how fucking good did that working out thanks to the bye week? Jesus how many back to backs & 3 in 4 nights were there, league wide?! This could have been excellent faith in negotiating the next CBA, but no. Now I’m just annoyed

Satan81
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We’re hearing a lot about whether it makes financial sense to go to the Olympics, but what’s stuck in my head is where the NHL is getting its players. If you look at the demographics, the international participation has been going up and up. If the league wants to keep improving the product they put on the ice, it’s clear that they need continued international growth of the game.

The London Bear
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Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

My problem with not “allowing” NHL players in the Olympics is that if you are trying to promote the sport you are damaging the free advertising for how awesome the sport can be. I am pretty sure it was Olympic hockey that got me back into the sport.

This is one of those rare occasions where people that normally would never turn on a hockey game turn it on because of national pride and lets be honest it is one of the few competitive sports in the winter games that are fun to watch.

Not sure if the smaller countries would be able to have the talent pool to compete with college level players, so effectively you lose the leveling of the playing field.

carvinbass18
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Not sure if the smaller countries would be able to have the talent pool to compete with college level players, so effectively you lose the leveling of the playing field.

exactly, you haven’t said only amateur players, you’ve said no NHLers, which allows Russia to use it’s KHL players, sure there are other nationalities in that league, but there’s a reason they’re in the Russia, not US or Canada playing in the NHL.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

IMHO, it was a mistake for the IOC to ever allow pros to compete in the Olympics.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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It seems like it’s all about money. We don’t want our players getting hurt – well, unless it’s in our tournament. There’s a lot of money that moves around surrounding the games and the NHL wants a piece. Unfortunately, it’s not in a form where IOC can do much with it even if they wanted to bring in other sports leagues. The NHL would have you believe that the IOC is structured comparable to the NHL and is raking in the $ for their own gain. Outside of the obscene amount of graft surrounding site selection & construction, that’s not how it works.
IOC isn’t doing themselves any favors either — digging in their heels over minor expenses like insurance & travel.

It sucks, because I really really like Olympic hockey.
I presume that the NHL ‘ban’ will extend to AHLer’s under contract to the parent club (whether 2-way or 1-way). So we will get KHL & SHL guys vs NCAA guys. Not a great deal for the U.S.

carvinbass18
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I can’t believe I’m saying this either, but Canada gets hit possibly harder now.

phonymahoney
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I could go either way, though. I love the winter olympics but it’s also cool to make the college kids who get to play in them famous.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

1980!!

phonymahoney
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A rag-tag bunch of amateurs!
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phonymahoney
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They’re worried about the “condensed schedule”, well, how fucking good did that working out thanks to the bye week?

Or, you know, the semi-regular lockouts.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I’m disappointed by it, too, but I’m also unsure about the long-term viability of the Olympics anyway. It’s getting harder and harder to find host cities (for good reason, e.g. Rio). So, unless the IOC radically changes something, I’d expect this to be a moot point in the not-too-distance future.

The London Bear
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Not sure how it worked out economically, but it seemed to be a big success for London.

We got some great new facilities, extra housing, redevelopment of rundown areas. And during the games there was a great atmosphere in the city.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I think London is the exception that helps prove the rule.

But look at the bids for the 2024 games and beyond. Cities keep pulling out. And, let’s not forget how the city of Boston reacted when it was announced that they might try to make a bid for the summer (?) games.

It’s getting harder and harder to sell the Olympics. And, don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOOOVE the Olympics; I’d be very sad to see it fall by the wayside.

The London Bear
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I don’t really understand what the point of the bye week was. I assume it was to give the players a rest, but by taking a week out it meant they had to condense the schedule even more.

Will there be more games next year due to the extra team or will they stick at 82. Do there need to be that many games? Hmm.

carvinbass18
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No, they don’t. The schedule is too long too, it should be around 65 IMO, but they’ll never take games off the schedule

The London Bear
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More games = more money I guess.

It’d be fun if they did something like the soccer League Cups – a straight knockout tournament with a random draw after each round. Have a shorter regular season and run it concurrently. Of course, there would need to be 32 teams for it to work, but we’re almost there.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Eh. I barely watched the last Olympics. I rather watch hockey at 7pm EST than 4am anyway.

carvinbass18
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Would you feel the same way if they were in a more compatible time zone?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Perhaps. But then again, I didn’t watch the World Cup of Coffee either.

carvinbass18
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Fair enough, but even that has it’s own problems, the #1 being it’s not an international tournament IMO

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Good morning, friends. It’s been a while.

My school won a shootyhoops national championship last night. That’s exciting.

I’d trade it for a Bruins playoff birth, though.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yay?

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I’ll be honest: I’d be waaaaaaay more excited if Hawaii won something. I’ll cheer for UNC because of the piece of paper on the wall, but my heart belongs to the Rainbow Warriors.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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That makes sense. Undergrad fandom triumphs the doctorate.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Anyone but Carolina, but congrats anyway! I actually hope to get my MBA from UNC one day.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I can understand that sentiment, but “anyone” includes Duke, so I can’t get behind it.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

You could simply expand the sentiment to include any school in (either of the) Carolina(s). Then Duke gets excluded.

The London Bear
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Hello,

Hey Bruins, you should clinch tonight. Clinching is good. It’s fun, trust me. Try it and you’ll see.

This should be a fun sporting week. As well as the hockey there’s the Masters golf, F1 grand prix of China, MotoGP of Argentina and round two of the Rye House go-karting championship!

Is there an official date for the start of the NHL playoffs? I can’t remember if they just go straight into it or take a few days off first.

So, NHL are not going to the Olympics. This makes me sad – such a short-sighted, inward-looking decision. Pleased to see the response on social media has been almost universally negative.

Hope everyone is well.

carvinbass18
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Clinching is great!

Also, Indy is at Long Beach this week too.

April 12th

Me too. That’s dumb.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Clinching is great!

All they need to do is win in regulation tonight & we can all stop worrying about Final-Day Collapse Part III.
SO WIN, GODDAMMIT BRUINS!!!!!

The London Bear
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April 12th

Great. Thank you for that. I’ll have a word with the boss, make sure he saves some space in the paper so I can preview it!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!!!
Looking to get back on water today!!!!! The rain came down and the rivers are up!
I just knew the Tootsies would steal a point last night, the fuckers.
Reffing two tonight. Haven’t resigned yet.
I think the Bs can beat Toronto, they have a lot of trouble with the Sens, and let’s not even talk about the Caps
Coffee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

carvinbass18
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I just knew the Tootsies would steal a point last night, the fuckers

Dumb jerks. And here we are, enjoying on of their gifs, and that’s how they repay us!?

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

The Wings have another chance to get it right tonight. Hopefully they don’t drop the ball on the back half of their home-&-home.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

It is, however, one of the all time great gifs.

phonymahoney
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Hey peeps!
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  • Yesterday was total garbage at work.
  • Of course, I took time out in the middle of the day to go get X-rays on my knee and see a guy about the thing they cut off my leg in November that grew back again immediately.
  • Intrigued? He removed it completely this time instead of shaving the top off for testing. It took maybe ten minutes. I can’t take the dressing off until tomorrow, which is killing me because I NEED to see it!
  • Please, Bruins, clinch tonight. PLEASE.
  • So excited about McAvoy and JFK.
  • Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    The thing on your leg could be the beginning of a science fiction movie. Don’t ever take the bandage off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Better “the thing they cut off my leg” than “the thing they cut off (my leg)”!

    phonymahoney
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    Ha! Like that movie Basket Case!

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

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    phonymahoney
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    yessssssssssssss

    ……it’s looking at me

    carvinbass18
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    Has JFK’s visa issue been resolved?

    The London Bear
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    Saw one tweet saying he could play tonight. Not that random tweets are any kind of authority, of course.

    Do you think they’d play him in such an important game?

    carvinbass18
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    I think so, especially if they want to bolster the 3rd line defensively

    phonymahoney
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    specially if they want to bolster the 3rd line

    I read “bolster” as “lobster”.

    http://media1.giphy.com/media/4OAey2OqUtaFi/giphy.gif

    carvinbass18
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    wtf? haha

    The London Bear
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    I guess he couldn’t be any worse than Hayes!

    carvinbass18
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    Good morning everyone.
    Backes is doing his impersonation of my favorite gif and you cant prove me wrong

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    I think with how the regular season went I’d rather play the Capitals in the playoffs than the Leafs. Think that would give them a better shot honestly. The most important thing though is that they get in. Auston Matthews is really good at hockey.

    I’m now going on day 2 of no frame kits. Not good, and I’ve really got nothing.

    Bruins: JUST. WIN. I DONT CARE HOW. JUST. WIN.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    It’s the
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