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Will Canada field a playoff team?  Probably not!

Will the Panthers fall apart under the weight of expectations?  Probably!

Will @RIPPA angrily misspell Zibanejad in anger at various points? Definitely!  

Welcome back Hockey Night in North America!

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Can anyone explain why PA Parenteau was on waivers? Because we know for a fact based on the past that 3 or 4 players worse than him will move for a draft pick at the trade deadline.

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Eichel had to be carried off the ice after doing his ankle in practice. Dear God please kill me.

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I got my ass kicked by the flu last week. I believe it could be true. :)

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The big news tonight is unquestionably the regular season debut of Hunter the terrifying yet loveable lynx. 

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So, statue for Matthews outside the ACC by the end of the first period? This is scary. 

And my Leaf fan buddy just responded with "it's already erect and so am I." Hah.

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17 minutes ago, evilwaldo said:

Hockey will never work in the desert.

 

You're the worst.

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4 goals. And one period to go! I wonder if the Toronto media will be talking Mathews/Leafs or Blue Jays tomorrow??

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So, is God just playing as a Be a Pro mode on NHL with Matthews on easy?

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I mean... the Leafs pretty much HAVE to lose this game now just so this appears a little realistic.

This stat line would be insane for a full game and we're only through 2 periods.

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1 hour ago, Oyaji said:

You're the worst.

You have no idea how many times my friends in Canada bitched and moaned about the Coyotes. Ever since the draft they have been silent about Phoenix and Las Vegas.

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This one example doesn't mean hockey in Phoenix or Glendale works though. Their team still has the shits in terms of support and the ownership has changed hands yet again. Only Carolina (another sun belt team) had fewer people show up to games last season and their cheapest seats are $25 this season. While, yes, it's ironic Matthews grew up a fan of the Coyotes, a team many Leafs/Canadian fans believe never should have been, and now he's their savior, hockey along the southern States is still a mixed bag and mostly negative. There's no need to repeat that condescending remark every time he does something. Maybe Canadians wouldn't care about Arizona having a team if we'd have more Canadian teams too, but look how hard it was for Winnipeg to get a team back. And now Quebec City has a fantastic new arena and the demand but we can't have that or else the league would be out of alignment in terms of the conferences and the weak Canadian dollar. Even with the weak dollar up here and all of our teams being in the dumpster competitively, the Jets have the lowest value among Canadian teams but they're still 20th. The bottom six are Florida, Arizona, Carolina, Columbus, Nashville and Tampa Bay (and think of their current successes!). I think that explains at least some of the resentment those organizations receive up here. No doubt Las Vegas will be joining them in another year. 

Edit: Never mind that shyit! The Leafs lose despite the heroics. Vancouver would very much like it if the Leafs were somewhat competitive and just missed out on the playoffs this year. We need all the help we can get in this unintentional intentional tank.

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I'm perfectly okay with the Leafs losing every game this season in exchange for Matthews scoring 4 every night. :D

(Nobody mention that was his man who scored in OT!)

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Nah, dawg. It makes too much sense for the year with a low-end first overall by the sounds of it would go West to Van City. You get Auston Jesus Matthews, we'll take Owen Nolan #2 or whatever.

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We were doing our hokcey draft at a local bar last night, while watching the Toronto/Ottawa game, and everyone was joking about taking Matthews after the hat trick, but nobody pulled the trigger, so I ended up getting him in the second round, 26th overall. He was so happy to be on my team, he promptly scored a 4th goal. :)

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What are his expectations after that debut? Is 65 points crazy? I'm thinking the young guys start to take over this league soon. Not exactly going out on a limb but I think McDavid finishes top 3 in points this year.

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I had the #3 pick, and KNEW McDavid wasn't making it to me, and he went 1st. Honestly, if he doesn't get injured for a significant amount of time this year, he is a lock for top 3 in points.

After drafting my team, I wish it was a keeper league. I loaded up on young forwards, hoping they kick ass this season. :)

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With Crosby's concussion and history of having a broken brain, taking McDavid first kind of makes sense.

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