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07-10-2012, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by BoltSTH View Post
Last season we were 8 points out of the playoffs, 10 for the division

If we get:
- a modest 0.91% from the goalies which should happen with improved goalies and upgraded defense
- our transition is even a little better which should be there with Carle, a more experienced Hedman, D not playing more minutes than they should
- our power play is just league average which should happen with Salo added

it should translate to an average +1 goal difference per game which gets you that 8 points (plus you are taking them away from opponents). Anything above those modest expectations and we may get the division and 3rd seed.

Of course you can be a pessimist and expect Salo to miss 40 games, Hedman gets concussed and goes LTIR, Lindback is a bust, Carle is awful, and the coach loses the team, but I am not one of those.
Unfortunately everything you mentioned above sounds plausible

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