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04-19-2013, 12:43 PM
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Chris Cutter
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Logically speaking I'd say the Islanders based on their team on paper but this year other than that one game we cameback in the third to win, our defense has been complete garbage against them. They have no solution to shutting down Tavares & Moulson and our PK struggles against their defensemen who are good puck-movers (Streit, Hamonic and Visnovsky). Ottawa hasn't been healthy all season long and they've been competitive in 95% of the games they've played (mainly due to incredible goaltending from all of their goalies: Anderson, Lehner and Bishop). The possibility of them getting Karlsson in time for the playoffs makes it a big NO from me. Which leaves us to the Leafs, I think that they have a good system and kinda like us they have no game breaking talent, just a lot of depth. Their defense is in a better shape than ours right now but I prefer our offense a whole lot compared to theirs. Players like Grabovski and MacArthur don't seem to be a good fit under Carlyle and some players are overachieving for them (Kadri & Lupul when's he healthy). I feel like a series against them would be similar to what we had to go through with Boston in 2011 but Boston was a much better team in terms of talent and depth. I think Toronto is the easier match up but with our line-up, our forwards and defensemen will be tired after a 7 game series with them and if we play the Bruins in the 2nd, we have close to no chance in winning a series against them after taking so much abuse against the Leafs.

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