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Inferno 07-24-2013 03:36 PM

Eastern Conference Power Rankings Position 7
I've been doing this for like 4 or 5 years now, so let's get this party started.

Rank what will be the best teams in the Eastern Conference. You can choose to pick what team you think will win the East and be in the SCF, OR what team you think will finish 1st overall at the end of the regular season, use whatever criteria you think is most applicable...as this poll goes, just keep going based on who is left.

Here are the current Division setups:

Division C
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs

Division D
Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals

Here are the current results of our polls

Division C
1)Boston Bruins
2)Detroit Red Wings
3)Ottawa Senators

Division D
1)Pittsburgh Penguins
2)New York Rangers
3)Washington Capitals

Here are the current Eastern Conference Power Rankings:
1)Boston Bruins
2)Pittsburgh Penguins
3)New York Rangers
4)Detroit Red Wings
5)Ottawa Senators
6)Washington Capitals

Here are the current Playoff Matchups:
Home VS Away
Boston Bruins VS Worst Wild Card Team (8)
Pittsburgh Penguins VS 2nd Worst Wild Card Team (7)
Detroit Red Wings VS Ottawa Senators
New York Rangers VS Washington Capitals (AGAIN?!?!?!??!)

Poll to come shortly....

Inferno 07-24-2013 03:38 PM

tossup for me between Toronto, Montreal, Isles, and Columbus.

Gardner McKay 07-24-2013 03:58 PM

Gonna get bashed for this but IMO its the Piles.

MTL stupidly over achieved last season. I think they are a notch ahead of CLB (unless Bob repeats his Vezina season) and Toronto is the only team on par with them IMO.

dr robbie 07-24-2013 04:03 PM

Isles. They just seem to keep getting better and they definitely put up a fight against the Pens last postseason.

Raspewtin 07-24-2013 04:54 PM

voting Leafs again. they really need a shutdown D and they'll be good.

Edit: Why the hell are the Wings so high? Love their team but they were barely a playoff team until the last two weeks.....Weiss and Alfie don't propel them to 4th imo.

Muh 07-24-2013 04:58 PM

Went with Flyers. I think they bounce back, and predict them to be better then Caps.

Net Front Presence 07-24-2013 05:09 PM

Toronto. Followed by the Jackets.

Cynical TyranT 07-24-2013 08:14 PM

Habs, like Ive been saying, they always find ways to win games.

Lerb 07-24-2013 08:21 PM

im still voting canes :laugh:

KingWantsCup 07-24-2013 08:41 PM

Am I the only one thinking the leafs will miss the playoffs? They couldn't collapse last season because it was too short.

Lerb 07-24-2013 10:25 PM

I think people are picking based on last year a lot more than they are on this year.

you look at the teams that weren't expected to make it and the teams that did from year to year, ther'es a lot of turn over.

Further, last year is a short season which allowed for a lot of the meh teams to make it. If the list finished too similar to last year's, there's a problem.

Thirty One 07-24-2013 10:45 PM


Originally Posted by JCrusty (Post 69583389)
I think people are picking based on last year a lot more than they are on this year.

I thought that's what this poll was?

district9 07-25-2013 12:19 AM

Columbus after the trade deadline were 9-3 and had the best goaltender in the league. Lot of big injuries held them back last year, and they drafted very well.

RangersChamps2417 07-25-2013 12:25 AM

I think the Islanders are gonna be 6th, so they're a lock for me here

mrjimmyg89 07-25-2013 12:47 AM

Picked the Islanders. Like their offseason moves. Bouchard and Clutterbuck from Minny will do well in their top 9. They have more depth than Toronto. C-bus and them are equal there, but Tavares puts them over the top for me.

SoftEuro4thLiner 07-25-2013 03:29 AM

Islanders. Good offense top to bottom, solid, underrated defense. Only question mark is if Nabokov can keep up his play. TOR/PHI/CBJ and NYI in a wild battle for the 7th and 8th spots.

kovazub94 07-25-2013 03:45 PM

Toronto. The only team from this "second tier" group that clearly addressed their needs / improved their roster even if they overpaid doing it. Should've been ahead of Washington as well.

Montreal / Isles next

Inferno 07-25-2013 04:19 PM

still too close to call....

Inferno 07-25-2013 09:15 PM

ill keep this open till tomorrow...if its within 1 or 2 votes ill do a tiebreaker, otherwise, we'll move on.

Wolfpack21 07-26-2013 08:08 PM

How is Montreal dropping so far? I would have put them a few spots higher....

They had an excellent year last year and they only lost Ryder? Or am I forgetting somebody? There younger players have a decent chance of performing better this upcoming season no? I voted Canadians and for the eighth seed Blue Jackets or even Flyers.

HockeyBasedNYC 07-27-2013 04:24 PM

At this point in the poll its becoming clear that with the new alignment a team or two in the Metro division is going to get screwed out of a playoff appearance.

Voted Isles. They have been slowly upgrading their team and they are learning how to win, the right way. Columbus may surprise teams considering their past reputation. The Flyers, Canadiens, Leafs will all be competitive (The Leafs at the top of that group). Despite how much we hate the Devils roster, they could challenge for a spot if things break right for them, plus, I dont think Lous done yet. Then you have the Lightning who can score 50 goals in 10 games and get hot at the right time. The Canes, we'll see. Florida and Buffalo dont scare me but things can change quickly every year. Going to be a real tough go. Every night.

Again, a team or two will get screwed in the East for sure due to the new alignment and playoff structure.

Blue Blooded 08-02-2013 03:38 AM

I was waaay too late to the party on this one, but seriously the Leafs at #7?

They were an awful team that got some unprecedented shooting luck last year and they got worse in the offseason.

They replaced MacArthur with Clarkson, a downgrade even if we are disregarding contracts.

They kept Bozak over Grabovski, idiotic. Bozak is awful.

They re-signed Orr AND McLaren, why both?

They squeezed themselves so hard up against the cap that they will have to get rid of their top scoring D Cody Franson, who by the way is their only right handed D at the moment.

The Leafs won't make the playoffs. This isn't even coming from a place of dislike, I like the Leafs as an entity. They have just been making awful decisions lately for a decade.

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