Western Conference Playoff Teams
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08-24-2013, 02:12 PM
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I don't like making predictions, so to answer the OP, "we'll see."
I wouldn't bet the house on Vancouver still being one of the best in the Western Conference. Roberto Luongo lost his job last year and I think everyone knows he's still there only because his contract was less dumpable.
Also think a LOT of folks might be sleeping on Dallas. They've got sooooooo much young talent up front and they have one of the best goalies in the world, and so if their young defense makes progress, Lindy Ruff should be able to fill in whatever's left of the gaps.
I think Vancouver still has a ton of talent and Lu will have something to prove this year. They might not be in the top half record wise in the west, but I still think they are in the playoffs, even with a much tougher schedule.
I think the loss of Ryan and suspect Goal tending will hurt Anaheim, I can see them missing the playoffs.
Edmonton still has suspect defense and poor goal tending, lots of young talented forwards, but I think they miss the playoffs again.
I can see L.A. taking a step back with the loss of Bernier and Scuderi. That has to hurt them, but I still think they make the playoffs.
Phoenix has to be the most improved team in the west with the Ribs signing, should help get them in the playoffs.
But, who knows, a hot goalie or key injuries can carry or crush a team, anything can happen, it should be fun...
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