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01-22-2013, 03:28 PM
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I can see the Canes unimpressively winning the division. Much like Florida last year.

Only because they're the only ones with any solid footing heading into this season.

I thought Tampa "upgraded" enough on defense so that their offense could handle the workload, but I need to see a few more games before I go back and eat my words.

Florida is going to be somewhat patchwork between phasing out the random assortment of UFAs and bringing up their highly touted prospects, so they're another tough call.

I can see Washington putting together enough points to sneak into 8th place. Oates will be tested this season, but with Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green... they'll still find wins.

And then... Winnipeg. I don't know. Their transition game is somewhat dreadful, maybe it's just early season rust... but it seems like it's going to be tough work for them to win enough games this season.

Just my musings on the South East.

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