If you’re interested in jumping in next time, we’ll be hosting #PuckChat on Twitter every Thursday. You can get an idea of what to expect here. We’ll have a morning session—and then an evening session for those who prefer to participate when they’re a little more awake. We’ll take the tweets from both sessions and put all the responses here.
So without further ado, here’s what the masses think!
Question #1: If the playoffs started tomorrow, who do you see in the Stanley Cup Finals?
@adamkmay: Bruins and Stars.
@andrewlefebvre: Vancouver and Philly
@Baroque97: Vancouver and Philadelphia
@bluejacketsbabe: #Canucks vs #Flyers
@Bytor2112: The #Blackhawks pounding the #Pens…. who else?
@CanuckKayli13: #Canucks and #Flyers. I believe in my team.
@Devsfan55: Wings vs Bruins
@EliseMichelle: Vancouver/Boston RT
@FaughABallagh_: Flyers/Nucks. Might be fun. Lotsa pests/skill
@FightNightatJoe: Tomorrow? Vancouver and Philly. Tomorrow, but with healthy players, Detroit and Pittsburgh
@guyl4rj: Vancouver vs Pittsburgh
@happygirl1029: Dallas and Pitt – whoo hoo go Stars!
@hawknut: Everybody’s got the Flyers & Vancouver & I have Pens & ‘Nucks. Pens goaltending give them the edge.
@Hockette: Flyers (Orange and Black baby!) and Detroit. (They never falter in the back end)
@joegrav: Philly and Detroit
@kevinmfay: Right now, Van vs Philly
@LeOtherKid: Depends on if Wings get Nabby
@micahsussman: Philadelphia and Dallas. Now that Turco is gone, it is poetic justice
@miss__michelle: canucks vs flyers. i hate admitting that.
@nathcartmel: my heart would love anyone V Lightning my head says RED WINGS V PITTSBURG
@NonAmericanHero: Flyers (unfortunately) and Canucks
@opiatedsherpa: Off the board a bit, #Rangers & #Stars. Not gonna jinx my team.
@PatrickIn323: For no good reason, give me the Stars vs. the Canadiens. Stars in 6.
@QueenCrash: Me vs. Ovechkin. I win. No but really, #Detroit vs. the #Pens
@richardsfan91: Stars and Bolts
@rmarcham: If they started tomorrow? Would lean Canucks & Bruins (as long as VAN doesn’t play CHI)
@shmermel: Vancouver Canucks vs Boston Bruins
@SpeakoftheDevs: Pens vs Caps! /Bettman’d
@stars_gal: I say Bruins v. Canucks.
@talkendo: Boston – Detroit
@TheProgramBTR: This is real simple…any team other than the Rangers or Flyers. Seriously likely Detroit and Boston.
Question 2: Pretend for a moment you’re Lidstrom or Stall: Who is your first pick for your team in the All-Star Draft?
@andrewlefebvre: I’d pick Richards but I’m biased thats because
@Bytor2112: Buffy of course. You wouldn’t want that huge ass in your goalies face…
@CanuckKayli13: Um, this is a hard question. I’d go with Ryan Kesler or Danny Briere.
@cbjnick: RJ Umberger
@davidlasseter: Stamkos, not even close.
@EliseMichelle: Massive bias, but now that he’s been added? Danny Briere. The guy kills it on a big stage.
@FaughABallagh_: O. Effing V. Stamkos would be my 2nd choice if OV was taken.
@FightNightatJoe: Brett Lebda or Jason Williams.. In all honesty, Pavel Datsyuk. He might be injured, but still the best.
@FTFsTCY: Joe Thorn… er, Dany Heat… wait, Patrick Mar… um…
@hawknut: To rertread an answer from a few weeks ago, whoever says BizNasty gets a game misconduct.
@Hockey_girl75: Stamkos of course. I want a million goals!
@hockeywitch17: Do the Sedin twins get drafted to opposite teams in the All-Star Game?
@JobaRules26: Patrik Elias, just to piss everyone off
@JordanOrtillan: “In protest” I would pick Sidney Crosby =P
@KasiaCh: Has to be Toews. Best overall guy over past year.
@kevinmfay: Mike Green b/c he’ll be in his element. No defense. Seen Stamkos?
@MichSox: If I was Staal I would pick Sharp first. I want to change my answer, if I was Staal I’d pick Sharp or Price
@Mikey_Lombardi: The fan in me says Elias, but Stamkos would be the best choice overall.
@miss__michelle: hmm a goalie def tim thomas or Price.
@momofsjo: I’d pick Tim Thomas
@nathcartmel: steven the hammer stamkos, you need that one-timer in your all star team!
@NonAmericanHero: Steven Stamkos- best goal scorer available
@opiatedsherpa: Daniel Sedin, for the off chance of getting both
@patriceleonard: Big Buff
@PatrickIn323: Tough one, but give me Ovechkin. He always puts on a show at the All Star Game.
@QueenCrash: Patrick Sharp. Amazing forward & a handsome sonuvabitch taboot.
@richardsfan91: Loui Eriksson or Duncan Keith
@rmarcham: Ovechkin. He always plays well in the ASG (and better to have him in the ASG than not).
@SensDew19: if Crosby is healthy, I’d go with him. If not Toews
@shmermel: Stamkos or Thomas
@SpeakoftheDevs: If I’m Staal: Lidstrom!
@stars_gal: Byfuglien, def.
@sweetbob: Blake from “Mighty Ducks” #CakeEater
@talkendo: If he’s able to play, Crosby. If not, Chara.
@TheProgramBTR: Dany Briere…wins MVP’s
@xgabranthx: Probably Stammer.
Question 3: We’ve talked about the worst — now we want to know, besides your team, who has the best fans in the NHL?
@aegounaris: Just based on my Twitter feed, Habs fans, hands down
@agrinavich: Sharks fans always seem to impress me.
@Allierific: excluding their winning the cup, I think Chicago has decent fans. And throw Boston in there too. I think Bruins have a pretty faithful following.
@andrewlefebvre: oh everyone knows its Toronto, they’ll pay for ANYTHING as long as it wears a Leaf’s jersey…
@bluejacketsbabe: Buffalo. Passionate people.
@CanuckKayli13: I’m going to have to say #Habs fans.
@Caps_Girl: Ummm, nobody? (biased)
@damnitjason: Been a fan of Kings people lately. Leafs fans make ME want to kill myself
@davidlasseter: Have you heard the Bell Centre?
@Devsfan55: For their psycho team love Montreal. For intelligent non-confrontational discussions Isles and Stars
@FightNightatJoe: My Devils fan tweeps are awesome.
@gottabe_KD: I like Sharks fans a lot.
@hawknut: Love my Hawks fans,but aside from us, #Preds fanbase is great. Not the biggest in size, but those knuckleheads a RABID.
@Hockette: the Toronto Maple Leafs. they stand by their team no matter what. the “no matter what” is extreme in T.O.!
@icebaby20: I love the Oilers fans, always so full of hope
@JobaRules26: Florida Panthers have the nicest fans, but IMO best fans are in Chicago
@kevinmfay: PHX. They never make a lot of noise for a bad call. oh wait…
@khabibulin39: Stars fans seem to be pretty cool.
@micahsussman: I am pretty sure everyone is going to say blackhawks because we are the best fans on earth #detroitsucks
@MichSox: Besides our fans, I like Bruins fans. I also like #Habs fans, that could be cause they are my 3rd team.
@Mikey_Lombardi: Stars fans are great.
@mozy19: gotta give credit to the Sharks fans, man. Unreal fans in an often underrated, and recognized US market.
@patriceleonard: best? it’s a toss up. NICEST? Nashville & Kings
@PatrickIn323: The Blues! Most are hockey smart & polite. You know…the polar opposite of all the Red Wing bandwagoners.
@QueenCrash: Met lots of awesome TB fans when I was in Florida last week. Congratulated me on the Hawk’s Cup win & everything.
@richardsfan91: The Hawks or Canucks
@rmarcham: The Jets are the…what? Not yet? Oh…well, then, I’ll say Habs fans.
@SensDew19: hmm I personally dont mind #Habs fans (crazy I know) or #Kings fans. #Kings fans are as adorable as Drew Doughty #justsaying
@shmermel: Nashville has the best fans I’ve seen
@TheProgramBTR: Flyer fans…I enjoy that they have not won a cup since 1975 Nasville has some crazy good hockey fans.
@TomFerda: Maple Leaf fans are tops. As bad as they are every year, they still fill the seats with a passion; like Detroit Lions fans
@xgabranthx: Anaheim or Edmonton
@Yotesgurl: I generally enjoy Bruins fans. Crazy bastards. Sharks fans don’t talk a lotta smack cuz they know rd 1 playoff jokes can be had.
Question 4: Showboating: Is it worse this year? Or is it just more publicized this year?
@adamkmay: Seems like its caught on lately. I guess if you got it, flaunt it. Better win though, or look like an asshat
@andrewlefebvre: I haven’t noticed an increase in showboating. I wish I had though, I like it
@Allierific: I don’t pay that much attention to it, but I think it’s just more publicized. as long as it not a CONSTANT thing, I don’t care. for myself, it’d get old after awhile, but I do like watching them showoff their skills. They’re awesome players. otherwise they would not be playing in the NHL.
@Bytor2112: As long as it doesn’t turn into the NFL, where they celebrate after everything they do.
@cbjnick: Could be worse look at the nfl
@crazygirlemy: I think it’s just more publicized this year.
@damnitjason: People are getting scored on suddenly, so their jockstraps are in a bunch.
@davidlasseter: It only seems to be showboating if certain people do it.
@Devsfan55: I think its about the same
@doogie2k: whining about celebrations and shootout moves has increased. Beyond that…
@EliseMichelle: I say it’s more publicized, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
@FaughABallagh_: More publicized. Everyone is too thin skinned
@FightNightatJoe: A mix, but players dare to try more in shootouts. Making a joke out of what’s already a joke. Love it
@gimmeapuck: Personally I’m a fan of the showboating. Wow us & give us something to talk about other than bad hits and missed calls!
@gottabe_KD: Showboating is just more publicized
@HabsWatch: Just watch opening to #HNIC every Saturday to see this is just media over-reaction #NHL #Habs
@hockeycardshow: All in good fun
@kevinmfay: Unless it becomes like the NFL, & it won’t, who cares.
@micahsussman: Why is showboating bad? These guys are playing a game they should have fun. Plus it adds some entertainment value
@MichSox: Showboating is about the same to me just being publicized more and even publicized more in other sports too.
@miss__michelle: more publicized. just because some kid did a really entertaining spin-o-rama and the goalie was sore he got beat
@NonAmericanHero: The people complaining. Someone has a reason to celebrate (scoring a goal), let them. You’d do the same.
@opiatedsherpa: Way too publicized & scrutinized. We need more!
@palindrome713: More publicized. I mean how is there respect in a shootout? It’s a skills competition, this isn’t new!
@patriceleonard: doesn’t matter to me. I LOVE it. Show me you love what you do. Show me you’re excited! Hockey is a game of raw emotion. They are human.
@PatrickIn323: There’s always been showboating. And there are a lot of shades of gray in that discussion.
@QueenCrash: More publicized this year. That & they made those Ovi-head commercials, so it’s easier to pick on him. *Guilty*
@rinkrebel: More publicized I think. People making a big deal out of nothing.
@rmarcham: It’s more publicized & those on receiving end are more sensitive. If Tiger Williams scored a goal now, riot?
@SensDew19: I wouldnt say its worse (or bad anyways) the reactions from fans and Stamkos is really stupid though
@shmermel: Its more publicized. Most occasions in most sports are not a big deal
@stars_gal: Honestly, I’m not anti-boating. (But, more publicized.)
@talkendo: More publicized Love it, tho
@TheProgramBTR: Showboating is more publicized….just blame Canada
@Yotesgurl: People can showboat, but when a guy scores a big goal and just skates back to the bench, BADASS. #NoBiggie
Question 5: And finally, the man with the “pose”, give us one word to describe Carey Price:
@_Lavaland_: Douche. – He lost all my respect w/that.
@Allierific: OMG! I love it! HAHAHA! that pose was awesome, just awesome. Like hes saying, “Sorry Kunitz. You’re f’ing denied.”
@andrewlefebvre: uhhhhhhhhhh, hood?
@Bytor2112: Can’t tell under the oversized jersey and all, but does Carey Price wear his pants down on the ice? #habs
@hawknut: INFORRRRRMER. ginandjuice.
@Hockey_girl75: Gangsta. :p
@kevinmfay: overrated ‘pwned’
@micahsussman: I know that @amanada11 will love me for this one: carey price is FAT!!!!
@momofsjo: Lightning since all the ones I know like Bruins too
@palindrome713: Amusing. Oh former WHL’ers.
@PatrickIn323: I’ll go with “unproven.”
@QueenCrash: “Price-less” Oh man, that was all sorts of cheesiness.
@SensDew19: entertaining. I tried to find one word to say “most scrutinized goalie for having an attitude” but couldnt haha
@Yotesgurl: 1 word to describe Carey price…. #NotAsGoodAsHisCousinShaneDoan.