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PHT Extra: Can the Jackets upset the Penguins?

Apr 15, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

Click play, if only to check out Halford’s hair, which I can’t ever remember looking better. Not even joking. That’s some playoff style right there.

  1. claudegirwho - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM


    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Leave that for the FLYERS !

    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM


  2. mcphillthy - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Yes! Ha!

  3. orangandblack - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Unfortunately, no

  4. pittsburghfan71 - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    No they can not.

  5. pigeonbutt - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    CBJ/Pitts: Pretty unlikely but I’m imagining that Jackets will give them a good run while giving the continent a better peak at Johansen. Bobrovsky will be on the case and steal a game or two.

    Dallas/Ducks: I’m leaning towards Mike and his hair’s pick of Anaheim but not as emphatically. Dallas has been getting on a good run of hockey and as Jason mentioned strong goaltending. Either way Getzlaf and Perry vs Benn and Seguin is going to be heavy.

    MTL/TB: Yeah goaltending all the way. I actually watched the game Bishop got injured in and felt bad for their playoff run. MTL is deeper in the back end and even if Tampa forces a shooting game MTL has had some excellent performances from their forwards.

  6. amityvillefun - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Go Blue Jackets!*

    *(Anyone other than the Penguins.)

  7. dboldave - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    I’m afraid the Jackets don’t stand a chance. They might steal a game but this is going to be one-sided.

  8. theageofquarrel - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    They could but won’t.

  9. timmons94 - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Jackets have a chance. Any opening rd series could go either way. With fleury in the next. No such thing as a cakewalk. Will make 10 fantastic saves then let in an easy 1. 2. Or 3. Love the kid. But he has to be spooked in the playoffs

  10. chanceoffleury - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    I hope in the least they put up a solid fight. I think part of the difficulty with Boston last year was that up until that point the Pens weren’t challenged. People overexaggerated the Islanders series and made it closer than it was. The Pens never trailed throughout the series, and once Vokoun got in the Pens tightened up their D and had their way with both the Isles and Ottawa. I like the goaltending challenge that Bobrovsky might provide early in the playoffs. All the other main contenders have really solid goaltending the Pens will need to get past if they want the Cup. The Pens didn’t face a half decent goaltender until the conference finals last year and I think it was a contributing factor to their offensive collapse. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to see Columbus win 1 game. As a Pens fan that stayed with them through the bottom-feeding years, I can relate to the insane amount of excitement is ignited through a fanbase after even 1 playoff win. Columbus fans deserve at least a little flame of hope to help keep the rebuild on the upswing.

    • slysipops - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      are you applying for a job with ROOT TV ?

    • islesjb - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      The Isles very nearly took the series 7 games- it took an overtime winner to close the series out after a couple good chances for the Isles to end it. It WAS close (and it’s all we have)

    • bobhpine - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Overexaggerate is a tautology, a redundant construction that serves nothing other than to repeat meaning. Just say exaggerate. The definition of exaggerate covers it.


  11. capsrockva - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Fleury, has stunk recently in the playoffs so I say yes. I just want anyone but Pit/NY/Boston to win the cup. That’s why I picked Anaheim in the NHL’s bracket challenge on their page.

  12. erbaker67 - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    It’s going to be like the Isles last year in my opinion. Teams that are fast like them can give the Penguins fits but I think it won’t be as easy as people think it will be.

  13. bmscalise - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    The Pens aren’t a perfect team, but they will win this series. Playoffs are about match-ups, and the Pens match up as well against the Jackets as they match up poorly against the Flyers.

    This group of Penguins has never had a problem controlling the BJ’s attack, even though Johansen might score some goals and Bob might steal a game. They haven’t had a hard time scoring against them, particularly on the PP. They are rested and will be coming into the series as healthy as they’ve been all year. Letang is flying, and Geno will be back by Game 2, if not tomorrow.

    I’m also a little baffled by the idea that the crowed in Columbus will be the difference. Even if I thought home ice made that much of a difference in the playoffs (and the numbers say it doesn’t), Pittsburgh fans always fill up a good third of that building. The Pens literally couldn’t ask for a friendlier rink outside of Pittsburgh, and the fans will manage to get the tickets.

    The Pens may get beat, but it won’t be by Columbus.

  14. kicksave1980 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Absolutely. It might not be likely, but any time you have the reigning Vezina trophy winner in your net, you can win a series. How many times have we seen a goalie take a series over? Pittsburgh is great, obviously, but Columbus isn’t that bad. It’s not crazy to think that a goalie could make the difference.

    *I do think PIT will win the series, though.

  15. tfilarski - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    I hope not though. Would love to see more Giroux v. Crosby

  16. jacketsfan7 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I hope lol

  17. jacketsfan7 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    I think the pens will definitely win, but I do think the jackets will give them a scare like the islanders did last year, this series is going to at least 6 games

  18. cityofthechamps - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    But really the crowd is going to be half pittsburgh, half columbus at those blue jacket games. I have been to one of the games at nationwide arena vs the pens and literally the entire upper deck was all pittsburgh fans. So maybe the jackets have a chance, but it will not come from full support from their own crowd, lots of pittsburgh will be there

    • stakex - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Well I don’t know if a wild home crowd will have much of an impact, but I think your example is a bad one. Columbus hasn’t been a good team pretty much ever…. so its no surprise that any given home game they play has a split crowd, especially against a much more popular team like the Pens.

      However, this will be only the 2nd playoff series in Columbus history. Make no mistake about it, the Columbus fans will be out in full force for it… and the crowd will most certainly not be 50/50.

  19. slysipops - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    HOPE SO ! will the PENS goaltending choke………….again ?

  20. 19inarow - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    The Jackets may be this year’s version of the 1988 Devils. Likely not, but I do smell the slight whiff of upset wafting around this series.

    And then there’s Fleury.

  21. mangoman1966 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Would like to see the pens play the flyers providing they get by Columbus. Don’t think flyers get out of new York alive. Rangers in Six

  22. muckleflugga - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    jackets in six, maybe less

    book it

  23. stakex - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Well obviously they CAN upset the Pens, the question should be is it likely to happen. On paper the answer would be “not very”…. but this series is far from the slam dunk for the Pens many think. Columbus has a significant advantage in net, and its hard to rule out a team with such an advantage.

    • miketoasty - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Columbus has an advantage in net? Really? No one knows which Fleury we are going to see but nonetheless Bob has 7 total GP in the playoffs with 0 wins and 2 losses. Which means that he only replaced goalies for 5 of those games played and only started 2 games.

      Fleury has been to the Stanley Cup Finals twice, winning once, while playing in 80 playoff games.

      Also, if you want to include the regular season Fleury has been the better goalie there too. Until Bob gets a major workload in the Playoffs Fleury should hold the slight advantage in net (Again, at least until we see which Fleury is going to show up).

  24. billiam55 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    i want to see a rangers and blue jackets series. so im hoping both teams advance

  25. bbmadface - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    sorry but no chance Columbus beats Pittsburgh 4 times, even in 10 games. Pens in 5

  26. toiletclown - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    This is a joke of an article. Son please

  27. dirt2013 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    The over / under here is 5.5.Can the BJ’s make it to game 6 should be the question.Bob can and will get toasted.

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