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08-10-2012, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by New York RKY View Post
The are still quite a few people that picked them #1 in the league.

Offense was never the issue for them. Losing Staal does hurt their offense but it also hurt their PK and defense just as much. Their defense and goaltending was always the issue for them and they got worse in the defensive side of the game in the short term.

They'll be a top 3-4 team in the league because of Crosby and Malkin and Letang but I don't think they're the best team in the league.
I agree on the notion that they will not be #1 in the NHL, but I am picking them as #1 in the Eastern conf.

Also, I disagree that their PK will suffer because of losing Staal. Sutter is just as good defensively.

Losing Michalek will hurt them but not enough to move them off the top spot in the east IMO.

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