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01-12-2013, 02:35 AM
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On a serious note, TSN has us atop their preseason rankings:

With the Pens it all depends on the defense. No doubt the Pens will score and score a LOT absent major major injuries. However, the defense last year was as we all know bad. Seriously bad. But I just do not see the parts as bad as showed last year. I expect a bounce back season. If only because Fluery will do better, and he has a legit backup to push him now. But the defense itself will tighten given they had this past offseason to work on the problems. And I have maintained before that the problems were more system oriented than player skills eroding, and you can fix system flaws. Maybe they will not be a top five defense like we have seen from them not that long ago, but they do not need to be that. Cut the sieve down to maybe 10-13 in the league and there is a cup winning team given how the rest of the team stacks up. So my betting is that they make that rather modest bar and TSN has it about right.

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