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07-04-2011, 10:26 AM
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Eastern Conference Standings Predictions 2011-2012

Just as the thread title says. How do you think the teams will finish? We can revisit this in April 2012.



Washington-
Philly-
Boston-
Pitts-
Tampa-
Montreal-
Buffalo-
Rangers-
Carolina-
Toronto-
New Jersey-
Winnipeg-
Ottawa-
NYI-
Florida-

My Predictions:

1. Boston
2. Tampa (This slot hinges on Stamkos as he is still a RFA at this point)
3. Pitts (Winning the division will hinge on Crosby's health and his full recovery from concussion.)
4. Washington
5. Buffalo
6. Philly (They are lucky I slotted them 6th, but I could see them falling further)
7. Montreal
8. Islanders (Yes I went there)
9. Rangers
10. Ottawa
11. New Jersey (Don't see them making the playoffs)
12. Winnipeg (Don't see them making it either, but with an intense atmosphere and new city, could move up)
13. Toronto
14. Carolina
15. Florida (Bought and overpaid for a lot of pieces. I just don't see them coming together)


Okay everyone you got your mission, Eastern Conference standings for 2011-2012 season. GO....

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07-04-2011, 10:42 AM
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1. We've seen what they can do without Crosby+Malkin, now lets see what they can do with them back
2. The signing of Vokoun really boosts their playoff chances
3. Lost very little this offseason
4. Gained a lot this offseason. Their D is strong now with Myers, Regehr, and Ehrhoff
5. Smart move signing Roli to another year. They could fall if Stamkos leaves them
6. They struggle early without Richards/Carter's scoring
7. The signing of Richards helps, but not by much
8. This all depends on Price. If he has a season like last year, their higher up
9. Just miss again. Parise and Kovalchuk can't do it all. Brodeur becomes very shaky
10. Connolly will get injured yet again, putting the Leafs back where they started
11. Getting there, but not there yet
12. They sort of overachieved last year. Skinner wasn't supposed to make such a big impact
13. This is still the Atlanta Thrashers team. They have many needs that have to be filled
14. Made lots of signings this FA, but we don't know if it will help
15. The rebuild continues


I think any spots from 7-13 are interchangeable. Plus, the team that gets Stamkos, move them up 2-4 places








And for the heck of it:

Pens def Canadiens 4-2
Rangers def Capitals 4-3
Bruins def. Flyers 4-1
Sabres def. Lightning 4-3


Penguins def. Rangers 4-3
Sabres def. Bruins 4-3


Sabres def. Pens 4-2


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07-04-2011, 11:29 AM
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1. Vokoun=steal, ovechkin will be back to scoring 50 goals

2. still got it goin for them

3. with a healthy Sid and Geno, they will be back to win the division

4. questionable contracts but Pegula has made himself a contending team

5. :tbl Stamkos and Rolo guide their team to the playoffs, but Vinny struggles

6. Carey Price has a vezina type season and leads the Habs

7. I think I should put them lower, but whatever....their core was demolished

8. I think the Isles do make the playoffs this year and the DP, Montoya platoon works out....also (insert top 4 d-man here) makes the trade worthwhile

9. Yeah...um....one player doesn't help the team (especially when Gaborik only plays 10 games this year....)

10. A Contract dispute with Parise sparks hatred in the locker room, and they fire (insert mediocre coach here)

11. The Laffs always feel like they have a good team, but Tim Connoly only plays 20 games this year....

12. this year will be the collapse of the Canes again

13. :Winnipeg first and last year they will play in the Eastern conference will be a bad one

14. Too much money spent on average players

15. Let the rebuild begin!


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1)Boston
2)Penguins
3)lightning
4)Capitals
5)sabres
6)flyers
7)Montreal
8)Islanders (if they get a top 4 dman)
9)Devils
10)Rangers
11)hurricanes
12)Jets
13)Toronto
14)Florida
15)Sens

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07-04-2011, 11:43 AM
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Probably easier to do this when you have an idea who will be on each of the teams in a month or two. Before that guesses are stabs in the dark.

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7 or 8 seed, the Montoya/Nabokov(I really believe this is what we'll see too) tandem will provide solid goaltending and with acquisition of a top 4 dman will show them to take the next step in their team development.

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1. Washington
2. Pittsburgh
3. Boston
4. Tampa Bay
5. Buffalo
6. Montreal
7. Philadelphia
8. NY Rangers
9. New Jersey
10. NY Islanders (could change if this top 4 Dman is acquired or another free agent signing, but with the current roster I believe we fall a bit short this year)
11. Carolina
12. Toronto
13. Winnipeg
14. Florida
15. Ottawa

I hope I'm wrong about the Isles. I think they will finish anywhere from 11-7 depending on the rest of this offseason, and injuries during the season.

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07-04-2011, 11:57 AM
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I'd love to say the Islanders are a playoff team, but they still need a top 4 dman and the goaltending is still a big question mark.

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Interesting how most people on this thread on the main board have the Isles finishing 13-15th.

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Interesting how most people on this thread on the main board have the Isles finishing 13-15th.
Better then usual. I think normally the main board has us dead last every year. Surprised some think we'd have a shot at 13th.

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obviously far too soon to tell but I can't see the Islanders any higher than 10th-11th at this stage. If they can stay in the 7-10 range for the first half that would be a huge confidence boost.

Still too many holes and "what ifs" IMO - and all teams have those.

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1)Boston
2)Penguins
3)Lightning
4)Capitals
5)Sabres
6)Montreal
7)Islanders (This would be contingent on DP injured/placed in ahl at start of season)
8)Flyers (Don't think they will jell well, until 2nd half of season)
9)Devils
10)Carolina
11)Rangers (Richards and Rupp aren't enough to fix rangers)
12)Jets
13)Sens
14)Florida
15)Toronto

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Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh
Boston
Washington
Buffalo
Montreal
Philly
Islanders
Carolina
Rangers
Toronto
New Jersey
Winnipeg
Ottawa
Florida

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I can't believe they're thinking of leaving Winnipeg in the East.

We should first be commenting on standings predictions come September.

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Washington- As usual, they will be great. Love their additions this offseason
Boston- Made few moves other then getting rid of salary and have assets to make smart moves
Pens- How can they not be in the top 3? Softer this year though. Good for Haley and Martin though
Buffalo- Leino was a bad overpayment but adding Regher and Ehrhoff was smart.
Philly- Wild card. Bryz+that defense should make them a lock. Without Carter and Richards they should take a hit in the standings.
Tampa- I hope Gervais, MAB and gilroy don't cost them a spot.
Rangers- They got the best free agent in Richards. I'm positive they make the playoffs.
NYI- I'm not going to leave this team out. Isles have one of the best offense in the East, and I mean that. Get me that top 4 dman, keep injuries low and don't start Ricky when games are on the line.
Montreal- Cole was a terrific addition and Price was incredible last year. Not a fan of the D and offensive depth. That should cost them.
New Jersey- They are surpisingly young. They lack puck movers on the back end (like the Rangers) and are top heavy in offense. Given the bad defense and many young players I think they falter. The year after they should do well.
Toronto- I don't like them.
Carolina- Cam Ward is an absolute beast. Having said that, losing Cole hurts and all they did was retain players. Last year they were insanely lucky with only 56 man games lost to injury, I say that increases and hurts them.
Winnipeg- Tough scheduling should affect them and lack of good forwards.
Ottawa- Lack of secondary scoring and goaltending is streaky.
Florida- They spent money but I don't like the guys they brought in. They had no choice though, I just don't think they will be impactful.

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Isles 2011-2012 Prediction

Alright, on many threads i've been reading many people have the islanders anywhere between 13-15. I think that's very insulting for this team that is on the rise. The Isles can realistically finish ahead of Winnipeg, Florida, Ottawa, New Jersey, And Carolina. I think the Isles will battle all year between 7-10 until the last game of the season. I know the Islanders have been bottom dwellers for a while, but the Isles deserve much more than 13-15

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How have the Islanders upgraded their roster from last year? The east is stacked with talent and even the bottom dwellers have improved their rosters.

If the Islanders can escape without those massive injuries, I would bet they'd be knocking on the door to the 8th spot. However, given the track record from past seasons, management does nothing to give them the extra push. They're going to continue to rely on their youth and hope they get lucky on the waiver wire or with a free agent leftover.

If the roster stays as is, I'd predict 10th-13th.

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Its easy for people to glance at the standings and forget how well the Islanders played after stumbling out of the gate and how with all the injuries young players got to step in and develop and earn playing time. This looks to me like a much improved group that will finish between 6th-10th. I can really see them being a dynamic team this coming season. I'll probably enjoy watching them more than my Coyotes.

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Its easy for people to glance at the standings and forget how well the Islanders played after stumbling out of the gate and how with all the injuries young players got to step in and develop and earn playing time. This looks to me like a much improved group that will finish between 6th-10th. I can really see them being a dynamic team this coming season. I'll probably enjoy watching them more than my Coyotes.
Let's see how they play with some actual pressure on them, and remember they finished 1-7-1.

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Still not sold on them for the playoffs, but a potent regular season team and adding Vokoun for peanuts and getting a 1st and 2nd for Varlamov convinces me that George McPhee has pictures of people in uncompromising situations or something.


Health is the only thing holding them back next season.


I'm anticipating a little bit of a SC hangover, but not enough to severely derail things up in Beantown.


I see them fighting it out with WAS for the top seed in the conference, but WAS looks a little stronger on paper right. If for apocalyptic reason Stamkos isn't signed, I reserve the right to slide them the f-ck down the standings on principle alone.


"Washington got Vokoun for what?!" -Homgren

Don't like what 'they' (read Snider) did this offseason so far, but still a strong team.


Billionaire owner going on a spending spree in his first year at the helm. Hmm, this sounds familiar. I only pray he doesn't decide he wants to develop the land around the HSBC arena...


Healthy Parise is a huge boost. Is Brodeur a question mark yet?


Richards should really help that PP and any team with Lundqvist in net will compete for a spot.


Just picking them to miss the playoffs may lead to rioting. Cole will a target of the fans by midseason, overpaid for his services.


Think Carolina, Montreal, and the Rangers will battle for the final spot until the last week of the season, think Carolina falls a little short.


Didn't address our top needs yet (top 4 D, top 6 forward) and as usual, the goalie situation is up in the air.


Like Riemer a lot, but doesn't feel like a playoff team yet.


A real wild card. Lots of new pieces, chemistry could be an issue early on, but could make some noise eventually. Regardless, I think all those signings were to get to the cap floor without having to rush any of their prospects this year. Bad contracts all around, but smart strategy overall.


I think they ride the wave of emotion and get off to a really good start, but come back to earth eventually and settle into a lottery position by season's end.


Still in re-building mode.


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Not enough shakeup in these predictions IMO. Normally there is a surprise or two that sneak into the post season.

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I say we finish between 5 and 8 in the East, I honestly think we would have made the playoffs last year if it wasn't for injuries, so imagine this year...!!

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There's no way in hell the current team makes the playoffs.

Add a top pairing defenseman, and then we can talk about squeaking in at eighth.

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Tampa Bay
Washington
Pittsburgh
Philly
Boston
Buffalo
New Jersey
Islanders
Rangers
Montreal
Carolina
Toronto
Winnipeg
Ottawa
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1. Washington
2. Pittsburgh
3. Boston
4. Tampa Bay
5. Buffalo
6. Montreal
7. Philadelphia
8. NY Rangers
9. New Jersey
10.Carolina
11.Isles/Toronto
12. Toronto/Isles
13. Winnipeg
14. Florida
15. Ottawa

Something like that,still need a top4 dman atleast.

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