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04-10-2013, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Numbers View Post
For example:

Pittsburgh: Crosby, Neal, Letang, Martin
Ottawa: Karlsson, Spezza, Cowen, Michalek
Boston: Begeron
Toronto: Lupul
Minnesota: Heatley
Chicago: Bolland
New Jersey: Kovalchuk
New York R: Staal
St. Louis: Halak
Vancouver: Booth, Kesler. And Chicago's was much worse, missing Sharp and Hossa for long stretches in addition to Bolland.

When playoff time comes around most of the above list will be back. The Canucks aren't screwed missing two top 6 forwards and one defenseman, the iced roster will still be good. But it becomes a situation where the team cannot afford even one more injury (unless I guess it's to a goalie).

Basically, if everyone is a bit late and we have to play the first round without those guys, we will still have a better than 50-50 shot against San Jose, Detroit or Minnesota. I would give the nod to any other opponent we might have to face in the West. When healthy, we are a toss-up or better against any team in the league except perhaps Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago and L.A., each of whom I would narrowly favour (but by no means are we huge underdogs there).

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