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07-04-2012, 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Haj View Post
Washington went through a prolonged slump, injury problems and a crappy year by Ovechkin.

Carolina had their best goal scorer out for most of the season.
Let's not forget that Washington loses Semin, which will hurt their secondary scoring. I'm also not sold on their goalie situation, but it could work out for them.

Carolina should be much better with Staal and Staal.

Tampa goalie situation is also suspect. It could work out for them, but I'd be uncomfortable with Lindback as my number one backed up by Garon...

Winnipeg is better on paper, but we'll see what happens on the ice. They have good depth, but lack top-end punch like we do.

I really don't think our division is so much improved over last year that it should be a reason to worry. If we can't handle slightly better competition, we don't deserve a playoff spot anyways.

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