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01-05-2013, 06:16 PM
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Last year's defence was way better than the current Cowen and Kuba-less edition (not to mention a declining Gonchar + Phillips, as well as a Karlsson who will almost certainly not match last year's heights).
I see no reason why Karlsson cant match last year. Remember he was badly snake bitten for almost half the season.

Gonchar and Phillips will have less games on their body, as will Alfie (and Gonchar certainly sounds like he is doing alright in the KHL)

Sure we are down Cowen and Kuba, but we also have added Methot and Lundin is a capable #6. Strong goaltending (which we have no reason to believe we wont have) should be enough to take this team to the playoffs, especially in a season where one 6 game win streak could be enough to get you in.

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