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Zip15 10-12-2012 09:08 AM

Eastern Conf. Standings: Who will finish #15? (Assuming there's a season)
 
Because we need something to do to pass the time, I figured we'd make a poll about our projections of the EC standings (assuming there's a season), starting from worst to first. So, which EC team will finish last in the Eastern Conference? Why?

BackGroundMusic 10-12-2012 09:12 AM

Went with Ottawa just because I don't see them stepping up. Losing Alfie will hurt. I want to see if Karlsson can come anywhere close to what he did last season. Turris seems to have taken a step forward, which is huge, but will he maintain it? Too many uncertainties.

Crazy Tasty 10-12-2012 09:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Zip15 (Post 54933487)
Because we need something to do to pass the time, I figured we'd make a poll about our projections of the EC standings (assuming there's a season), starting from worst to first. So, which EC team will finish last in the Eastern Conference? Why?

They play half the season, Miller gets hurt and Buffalo bombs. Last place in the league, lined up for 1st overall pick and we lose the lottery to Edmonton. :cry:

Zip15 10-12-2012 09:13 AM

I went with the Islanders. I like their young talent, especially Tavares who I think will take the next step if there's a season, but there's still a lot of holes in that lineup and the EC is very competitive this season. Also, Parenteau had good chemistry with their forwards, and for a team who already had trouble scoring, losing one of their top scorers can't help.

BackGroundMusic 10-12-2012 09:13 AM

CT went with Buffalo? :laugh:

Zip15 10-12-2012 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by iciclesonapapershelf (Post 54933549)
CT went with Buffalo? :laugh:

Hey, if the Sabres were a thoroughbred, the last two seasons would suggest we hang back and then charge hard down the stretch. This season may be six furlongs instead of one mile, and the race may be over by the time we start making a push.

And if Miller gets injured for a substantial part of the season, this team will be bad. (I suppose you can say that about many teams, but that was his assumption.)

BackGroundMusic 10-12-2012 09:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Zip15 (Post 54933611)
Hey, if the Sabres were a thoroughbred, the last two seasons would suggest we hang back and then charge hard down the stretch. This season may be six furlongs instead of one mile, and the race may be over by the time we start making a push.

And if Miller gets injured for a substantial part of the season, this team will be bad. (I suppose you can say that about many teams, but that was his assumption.)

Fair enough. I was just surprised by the immediate gloom-and-doom.

Crazy Tasty 10-12-2012 09:26 AM

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Originally Posted by iciclesonapapershelf (Post 54933659)
Fair enough. I was just surprised by the immediate gloom-and-doom.

Every other year I'm optimistic about our team. I'm taking a different stance this year. :D

1972 10-12-2012 09:28 AM

Well the Sabres could be anywhere from 1st to 15th in the east, depents what team shows up. I think they will finish somewhere around 8th this year but if Miller is off and a key defenceman gets hurt they could end up really bad. Looking at the list of teams its pretty close between 3-15. I am never one to hope for Buffalo to lose but Nathan Mackinnon would be a nice piece to add.

I pick the Canadiens

TehDoak 10-12-2012 09:37 AM

I'm going with Ottawa as well. Young team, went WAY over expectations last year. Their D is pretty awful in their own zone, goaltending is unproven, and everyone just seems prime for a letdown after alot of things broke perfect for them last year. I also see Tampa hitting rock bottom at some point soon. It is far to early to really make any picks for the season as the cap situation could change drastically for a few teams.

SackTastic 10-12-2012 09:39 AM

Islanders. Just because they're the Islanders

(I know I'm REALLY going out on a limb here.)

HiddenInLight 10-12-2012 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Crazy Tasty (Post 54933545)
They play half the season, Miller gets hurt and Buffalo bombs. Last place in the league, lined up for 1st overall pick and we lose the lottery to Edmonton. :cry:


I couldn't help but laugh at that. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Chainshot 10-12-2012 10:34 AM

The Leafs lack of proven goaltending seems like the biggest difficiency at a key position for anyone in the East. I pick them.

Duddy 10-12-2012 11:54 AM

isles

Woodhouse 10-12-2012 12:43 PM

Who had the worst record in 2012? I'd vote for them.

Taro Tsujimoto 10-12-2012 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Woodhouse (Post 54937539)
Who had the worst record in 2012? I'd vote for them.

Montreal did.

tsujimoto74 10-12-2012 01:26 PM

Toronto. That team has so so many holes, and they did absolutely nothing in the off-season to fix them.

ManuelCalavera 10-12-2012 01:53 PM

Toronto's a mess - the Islanders could have an Ottawa-like season where the youth steps up and starts performing. Montreal and Tampa Bay have some strong players - I just see Toronto being rife with inconsistency.

1972 10-12-2012 02:56 PM

I dont know why but I have a bad feeling its going to be the Sabres if there is a shortened season,

Fly Boy 10-12-2012 03:25 PM

Whoever is in the celler of the NE is going to be close to the bottom there and my guess would be the Leafs. However I really don't like Winnipeg's team and I think they will be in last place in the east.

sabresfan129103 10-12-2012 03:28 PM

Did I miss something? What happened to Alfredsson?

drinking bleach irl 10-12-2012 08:09 PM

Les Habitants

McTankel 10-12-2012 08:54 PM

Voted Toronto. Without stable goltending they have no chance.

Moskau 10-14-2012 07:29 PM

I'm the first person to vote New Jersey? That team is in trouble if Kovalchuk or Zajac miss even a small amount of time. What happens if Henrique has a sophomore slump?

1972 10-14-2012 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Moskau (Post 54996807)
I'm the first person to vote New Jersey? That team is in trouble if Kovalchuk or Zajac miss even a small amount of time. What happens if Henrique has a sophomore slump?

They are still a very good team who almost always find a way to get the job done, IMO the will not be anywhere near the bottom of the east.


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