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thestonedkoala 06-27-2013 07:51 PM

Easier or tougher next season?
 
With the new realignment taking place next year, we got two teams that have been strong contenders (St. Louis, Chicago), two teams that are up and coming (Nashville (after taking a step back this year)) and Winnipeg) and two teams that are rebuilding (Dallas and Colorado). That leaves us in the middle and I think next to Nashville and above Winnipeg. So, do you think this team will take a step back or a step forward next year?

Minnesota 06-27-2013 08:03 PM

Colorado, Edmonton and Colorado have the worst defenses in the league... Can't imagine we'll have an easier time scoring goals next season.

rynryn 06-27-2013 08:12 PM

Tougher...I think that's fairly obvious. Blues are very capable of heading into inexplicable skids so we have a little chance to be number 2 though.

Fel 96 06-27-2013 08:20 PM

One thing for sure, better.

Randy BoBandy 06-27-2013 08:30 PM

I think Colorado is just going to leapfrog us soon. They have great young forwards in Duchene, O'Reilly, Landeskog, Mackinnon. Stastny not so much because of his contract but hes still very good. If they can get their defense to step up they could be a sleeper. I like their forward depth alot with the addition of Tanguay too.

TaLoN 06-27-2013 09:21 PM

I'd rate the Wild as 3rd in the new division...

Chicago
St.Louis
Minnesota
Winnipeg
Nashville
Dallas
Colorado

NugarifiK 06-27-2013 09:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fel 96 (Post 68113045)
One thing for sure, better.

This

Haite 06-27-2013 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fel 96 (Post 68113045)
One thing for sure, better.

Yeah, I personally wouldn't even look that much into opposition.

SphinX 06-27-2013 11:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fel 96 (Post 68113045)
One thing for sure, better.

I cant see how it turns out when Parise and Pommer gets better chemistry with each other/their linemates.

OpRedDawn* 06-28-2013 02:22 AM

Part of me wouldn't be surprised if we missed the playoffs... lack of top end / game changer type players...

But then the other part remembers we did pretty darn decent against the SC champs with a injured roster..... who knows

Jarick 06-28-2013 09:11 AM

I think the conference is going to be easier but Wild will be worse with the net effect of being a bubble team again.

Randy BoBandy 06-28-2013 10:10 AM

Its hard to say with all the changes to come in the next few weeks. But I will take a stab at the standings.

Chicago - still awesome but minus some of their depth guys, contender
St.Louis - Great D, big forwards, skilled youngsters, solid playoff team
Minnesota - bubble team, hopefully chemistry improves
Colorado - very young bubble team that could surprise
Winnipeg - who knows probably a bit better than last year but not much
Dallas - Jamie Benn and Loui Erikkson are all that matters
Nashville - no scoring, good Defense, cellar dwellars

bozak911 06-28-2013 10:44 AM

Chicago: Stanley Cup Hangover.
St.Louis: Hitch's third year as a coach never go well.
Minnesota: Improved at the deadline, injuries killed them. Fully healthy?
Winnipeg: Should be fun games, but I still do not like their roster.
Nashville: Will not be able to score...
Dallas: Uhm... wut?
Colorado: State of horrifying transition...

W75 06-28-2013 11:12 AM

I don't know. Tough.
Last season was tough. The year before it was tough. It's been tough for a while.

Minnesota easy, there's no such thing.

llamapalooza 06-28-2013 12:01 PM

Here's the plus side: if we finish ahead of WPG, COL, DAL, and NSH, we're guaranteed a playoff spot.

And if we only finish ahead of three of those, and beat three of VAN/CGY/PHX/EDM/ANA/LAK/SJS, we get a spot.

By default, those are the best odds at a playoff appearance in our history. (8/14 instead of 8/15.)

Randy BoBandy 06-28-2013 05:18 PM

So your saying theres a chance?

TaLoN 06-28-2013 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OpRedDawn (Post 68128181)
Part of me wouldn't be surprised if we missed the playoffs... lack of top end / game changer type players...

But then the other part remembers we did pretty darn decent against the SC champs with a injured roster..... who knows

If this team can learn to score on the PP... look the %$@#@ out! ;)

DeuceMN 06-28-2013 10:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Randy BoBandy (Post 68162909)
So your saying theres a chance?

:biglaugh:

Nicely done:nod:

DeuceMN 06-28-2013 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TaLoN (Post 68166995)
If this team can learn to score on the PP... look the %$@#@ out! ;)

Did someone say Yeo?

:help:

Puhis 06-29-2013 04:10 AM

Umbrella set-up doesn't work, not enough creativity.

Roll the PP from behind the net, cycle the puck and use the D down low. Overload the slot. Or something.

J22 06-29-2013 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Puhis (Post 68185371)
Umbrella set-up doesn't work, not enough creativity.

Roll the PP from behind the net, cycle the puck and use the D down low. Overload the slot. Or something.

The lack of creativity isnt caused by being in the Umbrella, Its caused because the PP is run through Suter, Koivu, Parise and not one of those three is willing to take the puck into a scoring area.

Victorious Secret 06-29-2013 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by J22 (Post 68202297)
The lack of creativity isnt caused by being in the Umbrella, Its caused because the PP is run through Suter, Koivu, Parise and not one of those three is willing to take the puck into a scoring area.

This, and when they are able to finally set up the power play, they just stand in there spots and seem to forget they can skate. No one moves. The dangerous pp's are the ones that are rotating and moving all the time. Its just brutal to watch. They ain't gonna move out of your way Suter so you can bomb it. At least Heatley makes some moves and passes before doing a clap bomb at the goalies face.

Ladde 06-29-2013 04:43 PM

With Mike Yeo? I donīt know if itīs either a hot streak or a cold streak at the start.

rynryn 06-29-2013 04:49 PM

Hawks PP was every bit as horrible as ours, with more tools.

TaLoN 06-30-2013 12:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by J22 (Post 68202297)
The lack of creativity isnt caused by being in the Umbrella, Its caused because the PP is run through Suter, Koivu, Parise and not one of those three is willing to take the puck into a scoring area.

Disagree, Parise lives in the scoring areas... Koivu is a solid all around player but has never been overly creative.


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