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11-16-2012, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by coldsteelonice84 View Post
Why would Florida not make the playoffs next season? They will be a better team than last year.
Well lets see.

- They lost Garrison. He was solidly their #2 D. Played lots of SH minutes, PP minutes, and ES minutes against top opposition
- Campbell/Weiss/Versteeg/Fleishmann all either had career years or essentially matched previous career years
- Theodore played significantly better than he has over the majority of the last 5-7 years
- Their division was terrible. Washington is looking better with Ribeiro as their 2nd line C, potentially improved goaltending via Holtby, and assumed rebound years back to their averages (or better) from Ovechkin/Backstrom/Green. All are key players, and two were injured for large portions of last season while Ovechkin just had a down year
-Florida made the playoffs with a fairly large negative goal differential, and it doesn't look like that goal differential is likely to improve. It's pretty rare to sneak into the playoffs with that type of stat

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