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Anton Dubinchuk 01-19-2013 05:22 PM

Where will the Canes finish the year?
 
We didn't actually do one of these, maybe because we didn't want to jinx it, so sorry if that's the reason, but a lot of us are talking about being way better this year without actually saying where we'll finish. Season starts in two hours, but better late than never!

Novacane 01-19-2013 05:24 PM

Middle of the playoff pack. Either 3rd due to noone taking the division by the horns or someone else taking it and us falling in around 5th/6th/7th.

halleJOKEL 01-19-2013 05:25 PM

6th or higher.

Roboturner913 01-19-2013 05:33 PM

According to SI's half-ass season preview....14th in the East. :laugh:

Boom Boom Anton 01-19-2013 05:35 PM

My guess....somewhere between 6-10..so I'll vote 7-9 fringe playoff team. Two reasons for me.

1) Defense is a huge question mark, and 1 injury and they are toast.
2) A lot of new parts that need to gel in a short season. Hard to do.

Anton Dubinchuk 01-19-2013 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Boom Boom Anton (Post 57863023)
My guess....somewhere between 6-10..so I'll vote 7-9 fringe playoff team. Two reasons for me.

1) Defense is a huge question mark, and 1 injury and they are toast.
2) A lot of new parts that need to gel in a short season. Hard to do.

*2 injuries and they're toast. Remember McBain's a healthy scratch right now, and even if he's starting slow like he always does he's NOT a healthy scratch caliber player.

Boom Boom Anton 01-19-2013 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Anton Dubinchuk (Post 57863437)
*2 injuries and they're toast. Remember McBain's a healthy scratch right now, and even if he's starting slow like he always does he's NOT a healthy scratch caliber player.

It depends who the injury is to. If it's to Corvo or Sanguinetti, then no big deal and McBain will aptly fill in. If it's to Harrison, then they lose 1 of 2 physical guys they have and are an even softer defense, but might be able to manage. If it's to Faulk, Gleason or Pitkanen, then it's big trouble.

Anton Dubinchuk 01-19-2013 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Boom Boom Anton (Post 57863719)
It depends who the injury is to. If it's to Corvo or Sanguinetti, then no big deal and McBain will aptly fill in. If it's to Harrison, then they lose 1 of 2 physical guys they have and are an even softer defense, but might be able to manage. If it's to Faulk, Gleason or Pitkanen, then it's big trouble.

Fair enough, although I'd say if it's Faulk or Pitkanen McBain would be able to fill in as well.

We wouldn't be able to last through a Gleason or Harrison long-term injury though, I agree. We'd have to sign a Vandermeer or Huskins or Eaton or someone of that ilk.

SkinnerStaal 01-19-2013 05:53 PM

I think our season goes as Semin goes (plays well - division champ; plays so-so - our normal spot of scraping for the final seeds in the playoffs)

I think Semin is going to play pretty well - Division champs baby!

WWAD 01-19-2013 06:33 PM

Harrison is a replacement caliber player. When did he become some irreplaceable physical bulwark of the Canes defense?

halleJOKEL 01-19-2013 06:43 PM

When he became one of only two defensive defensemen employed by the team.

Lazyking 01-19-2013 06:45 PM

Playoffs or Bust.

Clark Gillies 01-19-2013 07:37 PM

I think the other 2 east divisions are going to beat each other up enough for our SE division championship to give us the 2 seed.


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