Eastern Conf. Standings: Who will finish #14?
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10-15-2012, 09:48 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Going with Toronto here. Until they can figure out how to kill penalties and/or find consistent goaltending, I think they'll struggle in a tough, very even conference.
Gave some thought to Florida and Tampa Bay, as well. I could see Florida regressing after losing Garrison and Samuelsson, and I question whether Fleischmann and some of those other guys will all replicate their seasons. Also, despite winning the division, they had a -24 goal differential, and those things can end up catching up with you. I think Florida has built a very nice stable of prospects, but this could be a one step back, before two steps forward in the coming years. In Tampa's case, if Stamkos is anything short of Superman next year, I could envision a scenario where they struggle, as well. Plus, I also see Washington, Winnipeg, and Carolina being better than last season, which will likely negatively impact the Lightning and Panthers.
(Don't know how I made this a private poll. Whoops. Can mods change that, or do I?)
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