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Second Round Predictions

The second round of the playoffs are here and all those teams we picked in the first round are gone. The Rangers? Gone! The Ducks?! GONE! The Blackhawks?! They’re gone too?! What the hell happened in the first round?! At least those Stanley Cup favourite Los Angeles Kings are still here…right!?
Will Ovechkin finally overcome that pesky Sidney Crosby? What about Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators, can they beat all those guys in San Jose who used to have ‘C’s on their sweaters? And can the Real Johnny Hockey, John Tavares overcome Camp Moneyball down in Tampa?

Here’s our picks and predictions for the 2nd round:

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Paul

Western Conference Semi-Final
Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues – Stars in 7

Jamie Benn may be selfish, but he knows what to do when he gets the puck. Also Spezza is doing a nice job filling in for Seguin.

Western Conference Semi-Final
San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators – Sharks in 7

Rinne could win the series for the Preds, but the Sharks seem to have hit their stride at the right time. Jumbo Joe seems like he’s ready to do whatever it takes to get Little Joe a 4 goal game.

Eastern Conference Semi-Final
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders – Lightning in 7

This one is totally ready to come back and bite me, but as nice as he is, and as good as his playoff numbers have been, how can I pick a team backed by Thomas Greiss in net???

Eastern Conference Semi-Final
Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Caps in 7
The Capitals are the 2011 Canucks, built to dominate in the regular season, and then lose in a heartbreaking SCF game 7. Except they have Justin Williams.

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Ryan

Western Conference Semi-Final
Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues – Stars in 6
I know one thing in life, never trust the St. Louis Blues. They’re boring as hell and always let their fans down. Regardless of the Blues being the better and bigger team, I must pick with my heart.
Even with Dumb and Dumber in net for Dallas, I gotta pick them!

Western Conference Semi-Final
San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators – Sharks in 6

The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators are both really big teams. But the Sharks can out score them. The only way this series goes in Nashville’s favour is it Rinne allows zero goals and Shea Weber injures all the Sharks with slap shots from the point.  

Eastern Conference Semi-Final
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders – Islanders in 6

If you listen to the podcast, you’re aware of my general disdain for the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s time for John Tavares to get his time in the spotlight. Playing on the Islanders all these years makes him fairly forgettable in the highlight packs on Sportscentre. He needs this run. Travis Hamonic will have a spectacular playoff run and a western Canadian team will trade the farm for him. EVERYBODY WINS!

Eastern Conference Semi-Final
Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Penguins in 7
Do I want to see the Capitals win? Yes. Do I want to see Ovi finally make it to the 3rd round? Yes. But will they? Probably not. All the pressure is on the Capitals shoulders. If the Penguins keep scoring goals and one of their 3rd stringers play half decent, the Pens could take this. My pick is based solely on a hunch and personal belief that the Capitals will crumble under all the hype of their supposed Cup run and all the Caps’ playoff struggles of the past.

I also put the Penguins would win in game 7…it’ll probably be a 6-5 game with Justin williams scoring all 5 goals for Washington…mr. Game 7 and all!

Episode #107 – TaraSlaggin’ Tarasenko

First round of the playoffs wraps up, Tarasenko and Hitchcock disagree on ice time and the Capitals and Penguins are getting ready for a CLASSIC!

Dave, P Mac and Ryan are with you this week to talk about the first round upsets. What will happen in Los Angeles and New York following disappointing first round exits? Firings? Trades? Buy outs? Who knows!

They touch on the tough outing for the Florida Panthers and Jagr showing his age. Where can he wind up next year?

They also talk about the Canucks off season and whether or not they should be buyers on July 1st. Who should stay and be developed and who could be sent packing.

They look at Vladimir Tarasenko’s on bench squabble with coach Ken Hitchcock and what this means for the team. Is he untouchable? Or can the Russian superstar be on the block?

Enjoy!

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Episode #106 – Pride (In The Name of Demko)

The band is back together! Well, except Dave, but Ryan, Geeta and P Mac are all in the same room again! They’re talking about the 2nd round of the WHL Playoffs and the Kelowna Rockets and the Victoria Royals’ series that Ryan was covering.

They touch on Andrew Shaw’s use of a homophobic slur towards an NHL referee and gestures that got him both suspended and fined. They talk about the severity of the suspension and why it’s necessary in this day and age.

They also look at Thatcher Demko’s signing with the Canucks. There was some concern the hot shot Boston College goaltending prospect and 2nd round Canucks draft pick would not sign with the team and leave egg on the face on GM Jim Benning. They look at his summer plans and where he will wind up in the Canucks’ system next season.

The gang looks at the Philly fans and the wild and unfortunate game 3 in Philadelphia as the Flyers and Capitals come together to calm a hostile crowd!

Finally, they look at Jonathan Drouin’s amazing turnaround in Tampa. From being the black sheep of the organization. Sitting out the season after demanding a trade and off ice behaviour problems to playing a solid 200 foot game, the type of game Jon Cooper and Steve Yzerman wanted from him all along.

Enjoy!

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PON Road Show 01 – Kadri Gets Paid

With Ryan away on the road covering the WHL Playoffs, we put out a mid-week show from the Road. Featuring PON’s black ace Stu Walters (TSN 1040, WHL on Shaw), Ryan and Grant, they set up to record as the Blues and Blackhawks head to overtime.

They look at the new big six year contracts in Toronto for Kadri and Rielly, what this means for the older Leafs and the pro’s and con’s of these long term deals. They also look at Henrik Lundqvist’s eye injury in Game 1 vs Pittsburgh.

They also talk about Arizona Coyotes’ firing their GM, what’s needed to get them over the top and out of their rebuild mode and the new coach and GM in Ottawa.

The Canucks’ offseason comes up again, the Sedins’ fantastic leadership and just what is needed to help develop the young kids and turn them into the leaders and professionals that they are.

There’s also a surprising amount of talk about Eric Brewer!

Enjoy!

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Episode #105 – Post-Mortem

The NHL season is over, a lot of teams were terrible, most of them Canadian and the PON’sters are getting ready for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Paul, Ryan and a fired up Geeta via Skype are with you this week to talk about the Canucks year end awards and the potential buyout of Alex Burrows. They look at the positives and negatives of the Canucks’ 2015/16 season and look towards the draft lottery.

Paul explains a couple draft lottery possibilities, and the gang tries to figure out what the Edmonton Oilers can do with that first overall draft pick, if they win the lottery, their fifth since 2010.

They look back at the never ending ceremony to honour the last game at Rexall Place and the pro’s and mostly con’s of the exhausting event. A lot of of Oilers’ talk this week as this HAS to be the year they finally go in the right direction… It’s gotta be. Right?

Finally, they look towards the playoffs, Geeta and Ryan rave about the Philadelphia Flyers and their always pesky playoff presence. They are the team that always makes the playoffs that much more interesting and they’re going up against the Capitals, ready to upset!

The gang also talks about PK Subban trade possibilities AND the problems in Boston that could trickle down to Vancouver as new hires.

Enjoy!

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Episode #104 – The Suspendable Duncan Keith

The lazy dog days of the NHL regular season are here. Contenders are resting up, tank teams are putting their better players down with “injuries” to preserve them for summer hockey or as a precaution and the Canucks are milling about Yaletown with not a care in the world!

Dave, Geeta and Ryan join you this week to talk about running into Emerson Etem, Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann in a rather unlikely spot in Vancouver. They talk about the Canucks’ weak defence going into the end of the season, the absolute positives of Nikita Tryamkin and Dan Hamhuis taking everybody’s little brother, Ben Hutton, under his wing.

They look at Duncan Keith’s latest suspension for a dangerous slash on Charlie Coyle, whether he deserved more and what will happen to the Blackhawks in the post-season. Could their deadline tinkering cause for a stinkering?

Another podcast, another week of slagging Nazem Kadri, who was both fined for embellishment AND cross checked a Red Wing in the head on Hockey Night in Canada.

Finally, the gang looks at the Oilers moving to Rexall and Ryan’s trip to Prince Albert to cover the Raiders’ early playoff exit!

Enjoy!

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