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09-25-2011, 01:48 PM
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the pens being the team to beat doesnt mean they wont be beaten. as for bylsma and boudreau, i am fairly certain if the caps won the next two cups and bylsma made it no further than round one that you would have a hard time convincing most here that bb is the better coach.

personally, i think the pens are very hard to figure. i think without 87 and 71 they played over their heads and the playoffs back that up. this season i dont think they are a lock for anything. crosby may or may not play and may or may not be at previously seen level of play. malkin's knee surgery generally takes at least a full year to return to full strenth. how good these players are this season are at least as big a question as the caps 8 and 19.

i think they could finish first in the east or miss the playoffs entirely. i am splitting the difference and saying that the pens, flyers and rangers are all going to have their struggles.

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