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08-10-2013, 09:42 PM
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skorf
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Originally Posted by Roof Daddy View Post
Smid is an excellent shutdown guy IMO, and would be most effective paired with J Schultz. I don't care if Smid ever scores another goal again if it allows J Schultz to play like a 4th forward.

As for the question at hand, obviously we want to make the playoffs. Dumbest question ever. It seems the real question is can we, and I say hell ya. LA, VAN, SJ and ANH will be tough to supplant (not entirely sold on ANH though), but the Central Division only has CHI and STL as locks. MIN, DAL, COL, WPG, NSH - we're as good as any of those teams. As for my guess as to how it plays out....

LAK CHI
VAN STL
SJ WPG
ANH EDM

First round matchup with the Hawks would be epic.
Winnipeg won't be ahead of us, they aren't very good.

They struggled a lot last year and have not improved... and this year they won't get to play tampa, carolina, and florida so many games.

Also not sold on Vancouver this year either, the Loungo situation I could see getting ugly and being a distraction.

Also not sure why San Jose is guaranteed to be better then us, Niemi stood on his head last year (can he do it again) and they were still only the 6th seed, they are trending downwards and are aging.

But I completely agree that we can compete for a playoff spot

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