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09-03-2012, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by iamjs View Post
Pittsburgh is a better team than both the Detroit Red Wings and the Washington Capitals and is probably a better organized club than the Los Angeles Kings. For that reason, the Pens will finish in second place in the Norris Division - far behind the Canadiens.
And THN missed their projection by one year. The Pens did finish 2nd in the Norris in 78-79 and made it to the 2nd playoff round. But 77-78 turned out badly: Hadfield and van Impe retired. MacDonald and Stackhouse missed 51 and 30 games, respectively. The "uncoachable" Pierre Larouche, captain Ron Schock and Syl Apps were all traded (the latter effectively with a 1st round pick for.... Dave Schultz), the goalies' GAA ballooned up, and Pittsburgh finished only 4th in their division.

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