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01-07-2013, 10:09 PM
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With the short season ANYTHING could happen. As someone said, the Leafs actually have a shot of making the playoffs with their patchwork goaltending tandem if either one is hot for a stretch. Older teams will definitely be the most advantaged by the short season - they'll be less effected by the layoff and less worn down for the stretch drive than they'd normally be. Calgary, especially with Kiprusoff's usually ridiculous workload, could even see the playoffs this year. The other consideration is how many players on each team went to play in Europe - for example, Ovechkin might be considerably more game ready than Crosby.

In the SE, don't forget that Florida may get Luongo cheap. That would greatly affect any predictions for the division.

My seemingly random prediction:
1. NYR
2. Boston
3. Carolina
4. Philadelphia
5. Pittsburgh
6. Ottawa
7. Washington
8. Tampa Bay
9. Buffalo
10. Winnipeg
11. New Jersey
12. Florida
13. Montreal
14. Toronto
15. NYI

About the only part of that I'm at all confident about is 1-2, 4-5. SE is a complete crapshoot, as are 6-12.

Last edited by vBurmi: 01-07-2013 at 10:15 PM. Reason: Remembered who NJ lost.
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