Are the Blues now the best team in the Central?
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07-22-2012, 11:54 AM
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1) Columbus was exactly a .500 team down the stretch(14-14-1) and even on their "strong end of the season only went 6-4 over the last 10. And that was playing in a no pressure environment with a ton of rookies taking up roster spots. There is no way they could sustain a high level of play long enough to get a PO berth. It's going to take at least 2 years and a monster return on Rick Nash for them to be a PO team.
2) Trotz went 5 years without making the PO's after taking over Nashville and has missed the PO's 6 times in 13 years as an NHL coach. I get that Trotz is considered one of the best coaches in the League, but even the best coach needs a team to work with and Trotz just isn't working with much for next year. He doesn't have any scoring and that defense is downright ugly without Weber and Suter leading the way. I doubt they go completely into the tank, but they look like we did from 2008-2011. Just on the outside with not enough scoring or defense to get over the hump.
3) Chicago is the closest competition we have, but they finished 8 points behind us in the standings and haven't done anything to close that gap. 8 points is a LOT of ground to make up in the Western conference. I think they'll grab one of the PO spots, but they aren't going to be competing with us for the top spot.
Agree with your take on Columbus and Nashville. Especially if they lose weber also. I understand what your saying about Chicago but they were #1 for almost the entire first half of the season and if it weren't for them going 9 games in a row without a win they would've been up there contesting with us.
I still think the blues will end up winning the division but chicago will be neck in neck with us the whole way
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