NHL Playoffs 2017 [OT] 100 Years of Playoff Salt

Smiley90

Stop shitting on my team. Start shitting on my finger.
While I was filling out the bracket I realized the Hawks are gonna win the cup again but I couldnt get myself to actually pick that.

So I picked the Caps.
 
Going after the third line makes sense. Grabs-Hayes-Miller are incredibly dynamic offensively, but they tend to bleed shots defensively. They are constantly looking for an advantage to try to pounce and counter back up ice, but that makes them pretty susceptible in the defensive zone. If they read wrong and go too aggressive, it creates grade A scoring chances for the opposition.

Going after the third pairing, however, is probably not the same level of advantage. You would be better off targeting our 2nd pairing, where Staal and Holden tend to sit flatfooted and use their sticks to try and make plays, frequently allowing a skilled skater to dance circles around them. Galchenyuk could have a field day against them. The bottom pairing, on the other hand, has our best D-man not named Ryan McDonagh in the form of Brady Skjei and a perfectly capable defensive defenseman in the form of Brendan Smith. And even though Skjei is a rookie, you're not going to be able to take advantage of his inexperience. He played top minutes in the playoffs last year against the Penguins, where he was one of the very few bright spots of that campaign, so this isn't new to him.
It would be all fine and dandy if AGally weren't playing with Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen haha
 
I picked Hawks over Caps in most boring bracket ever. Just don't see any big upsets this year (Bruins over Sens not an upset don't @ me SNESgaf I'm sorry). I did pick the Habs to beat the Bruins in the second round though, mainly because sometimes you have to look at a sports city and say "just fuck those guys already".
 
Vancouver has the same amount of points as Toronto did last year, and they're twenty one points clear of last place

that's... incredible
It's been a rough year :(

I picked Hawks over Caps in most boring bracket ever. Just don't see any big upsets this year (Bruins over Sens not an upset don't @ me SNESgaf I'm sorry). I did pick the Habs to beat the Bruins in the second round though, mainly because sometimes you have to look at a sports city and say "just fuck those guys already".
My hot take picks are Blue Jackets over Pittsburgh and Oilers win their division.
 
I have Pens repeating. That's not an easy thing for a Wings fan to put in their bracket. Caps bow out in Rd.2 of course (I believed in you frauds last year. Ovi come play at the Worlds bud).
 

DopeyFish

Not bitter, just unsweetened
i have not seen a single publication or a person at a publication take the leafs

i really hope all the caps players are reading these articles :>