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08-11-2013, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by skorf View Post
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
Huh? SJ almost beat the defending SC champions and gave them everything they could handle. SJ would have been good enough to beat any Eastern club.
Plus in the matchup SJ owns us. They swept us last year, its been 2.5 seasons since we've beaten them in regulation time and to be precise we've beaten them once in regulation in the last 3 seasons. You expect, somehow, that we are better than the Sharks because of "trending down"? What does that mean objectively?

We don't match up well against Nucks either. We get schooled by veteran clubs time and time again. Plus that the Nucks are much more consistent than us in regular season and show up for a much higher proportion of games. Nucks are good in the regular season, always.

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