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01-18-2009, 10:27 AM
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Division champion, your call?

From a non-fan perspective (try to be realistic), who will win the division this season....Boston or Montreal?

And please mention the reason why.....should be interesting!

I pick MTL.....but it should be a very close battle....

My main reason? our no.2 has played 20 games or so this season and Boston just begin to have this injury bug we had since a month or 2. So, when Price is back, Boston will finally lose some games with Kessel, Sturm and Bergeron missing. I respect Bruin's offense but they can't be as good as they were without Kessel....

Ur thoughts?

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01-18-2009, 10:41 AM
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Boston. They have a great team, they keep winning even with important players injured, and they have a 10 points head start.

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Boston will win it.

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01-18-2009, 10:43 AM
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Boston has been hit by the injury bug as much as us, and fared better.

Unless there is an Ottawaesque reversal of situation, I don't see them losing the East.

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Boston.

But don't stop believin' and all that good stuff.

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01-18-2009, 11:15 AM
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Boston, It's their turn.

2006/Ottawa
2007/Buffalo
2008/Montreal

None of the teams made it to The Stanley Cup Final.......

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Boston will win the division, we will finish 4th in the standings with the 2nd best record in the conference.

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01-18-2009, 11:22 AM
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Dunno . I'm not Nostradamus.

It's not that important anyway . We're heading toward a 111 points season and boston 127 points season.

My guess habs 120 points and Boston 125 points.Because we had a slump and Boston none.So if we finish without any other slump and boston no slump we will be quite close to each other by the end.

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Boston will win it imo

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01-18-2009, 11:30 AM
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I'll be the first to say Montreal.

When Koivu, Higgins, Price and Tanguay will return we'll be unstoppable. Boston's breath will be cut soon, they are overplaying themselves.

It will be really close though, that's a random call.

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01-18-2009, 11:31 AM
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Boston has been hit by the injury bug as much as us, and fared better.

Unless there is an Ottawaesque reversal of situation, I don't see them losing the East.
How so?..have their 1st line(at the time of the injuries) been out for a month+, at the same time their #1 Goalie is also injured??..

I don't think there has to be an ''Ottawaesque reversal'' like you say..
They haven't had a losing streak this season, I think the most is 2?..not even sure..

If they lose 3in a row..and we win 3..then it's only 4pts separating us..
So, they don't have to collapse like Ottawa did in order for us to clinch the division. We just need to play excellent hockey, and they need to have a little drop, that's all it takes.

That being said, I think they'll finish ahead but I expect them to get upset by the low seed in the PO.

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Boston probably will, but they will eventually have a losing streak, so who knows?

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01-18-2009, 12:09 PM
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Boston can have the division, i want Eastern Conference Champs!(then to be followed by the cup!)

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01-18-2009, 12:20 PM
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It doesn't matter. I think Boston will win it, but I also think Montreal has yet to hit their stride. I think our team is finally starting to come together, and when we get all our players back...watch out. We'll be playing our best come playoffs, and that's where it matters.

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01-18-2009, 12:25 PM
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Boston definitely has a better chance of winning the division but some of you guys give up way too easily. We're ten points back with a game in hand with half the season left to play, including a couple more against the Bruins.

Every team goes through a few rough patches every season -- the Bruins just haven't hit theirs yet. Have some faith.

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01-18-2009, 12:33 PM
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Boston definitely has a better chance of winning the division but some of you guys give up way too easily. We're ten points back with a game in hand with half the season left to play, including a couple more against the Bruins.

Every team goes through a few rough patches every season -- the Bruins just haven't hit theirs yet. Have some faith.
I'm not sure if it's as much a case of lack of faith as it is of just simply being apathetic. Anything can happen, and sure, 1st place for us isn't out of the question, but who cares really. We're two good teams who are playoff bound, and anything can happen in the playoffs, no matter your seed.

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I would prefer fourth and knock out a team in the Atlantic. First would mean playing a team like Buffalo, who has serious upset potential.

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01-18-2009, 12:46 PM
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I say Boston wins it.

With that being said, everything has been going great for the Bruins up to now, but we are starting to see a couple of cracks in their armor. They are 5-3 in 2009 thus far and Thomas had to steal two games for them against the Habs and Islanders. The game against the Habs was a very good example of a team where all the bounces are going for them.

They have lost Kessel for at least a month, Sturm for the rest of the season and Bergeron for god knows how long. This should hurt them in the short term.

I think the Bruins record is somewhat overrated by the fact they have lost only one game in December out of 13 games. But if you look closely at their December, 10 out of the 13 games they won were against bottom feeders (Toronto, Carolina, Florida, TB, St-Louis, Atlanta (3 games!!!)). The other 3 games were against the Caps, the Pens and the Devils. They lost against the Caps.

Good for them for not losing games they should win, something the Habs haven't been able to do on a consistent basis this year, but still, the second half of the year will be harder on them than the first half.

I still say the Bruins win the division, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Habs bypassed them if they continue their good play when the injured players comes back.

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01-18-2009, 01:21 PM
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Boston will win the division, we will finish 4th in the standings with the 2nd best record in the conference.
Same here. Finishing first is not the end of the world. The Habs got kicked out of the playoffs last year after the second round and had a very hard time against those same Bruins who finished 8th.

I just hope the Habs will beat Boston in the remaining games they have between each other until the end of the season. So they can send a message and beat them if they ever face again in the play offs.

I think Detroit is the only team that had won its conference and the Stanley Cup the same year since a long while.

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01-18-2009, 01:29 PM
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I'm not really a Habs fan...but i think they will catch Boston in the end of the season, Montreal will likely clinch the division by 1 to 3 points.

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01-18-2009, 01:32 PM
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Detroit were 9 points back of SJ last might and were 1 pt back last night. Anything can happen.

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Detroit were 9 points back of SJ last might and were 1 pt back last night. Anything can happen.
^ last month*


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01-18-2009, 01:36 PM
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Dunno . I'm not Nostradamus.

It's not that important anyway . We're heading toward a 111 points season and boston 127 points season.

My guess habs 120 points and Boston 125 points.Because we had a slump and Boston none.So if we finish without any other slump and boston no slump we will be quite close to each other by the end.
no way 2 teams will have that many points

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Given their ten point cushion I would have to go with Boston.

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I think that the Habs are playing as good as the Bruins right now, but they have 10 points ahead of Montreal. I say the Bruins, but by the end of the season the Habs will be a better team than the Bruins are right now.


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01-18-2009, 01:54 PM
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I think that the Habs are playing as good as the Bruins right now, but they have 12 points ahead of Montreal. I say the Bruins, but by the end of the season the Habs will be a better team than the Bruins are right now.
10, not 12.

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