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08-18-2011, 01:42 AM
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I'll be very surprised if the Canucks finish first and I'm a lifelong fan. They'll be starting the year undermanned and overworked. Last regular season was very special and I doubt it will be repeated by this core.

They'll finish 3rd imo.

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08-18-2011, 02:27 AM
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i think it's too hard to tell, but everyone can agree on 2 things:

top 5 will be in some order: sj, la, van, det, chi.

nash and ana will probably round out the top 7.

the last playoff spot could go to:

minn, calgs, dallas, stl, cbj

edmonton, col, and phx are not going to be in contention.

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08-18-2011, 02:30 AM
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If ducks have a healthy Getzlaf/Hiller all year and Selanne comes back then I could see them winning the pacific

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08-18-2011, 02:33 AM
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People forget how strong the Blues were before losing everyone to injury.

A full year with Stewie, development of Berglund, Pietrangelo, Oshie, and Shattenkirk. Not to mention bringing in vet presense over the AHL depth they had last year. The Blues are going to be a playoff team, and I'd lay money on them finishing 5-7.

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08-18-2011, 09:08 AM
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i think it's too hard to tell, but everyone can agree on 2 things:

top 5 will be in some order: sj, la, van, det, chi.

nash and ana will probably round out the top 7.

the last playoff spot could go to:

minn, calgs, dallas, stl, cbj

edmonton, col, and phx are not going to be in contention.
Colorado will certainly be in contention.

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08-18-2011, 10:56 AM
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My team (Dallas) may or may not make the playoffs but I'm certain to quite certain that they will finish higher in the standings than Edmonton and Minnesota. I'm also not buying into Columbus and Colorado is a big question mark.
Really? Granted I'm a homer but I think Minnesota has legit shot at finishing higher than Dallas. We should be better than last year where we were in the race until Koivu got hurt late in the season and we fell apart. Really the only changes were we got rid of Burns who was shaky in the defensive zone at times and added some scoring in Heatley/Setoguchi. If our defense can just say defensively sound, our forwards should be able to score some goals finally.

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08-18-2011, 11:01 AM
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There is no pleasing everyone, but here is my attempt:

Tier 1 - Division Winners
Vancouver
San Jose
Detroit

Tier 2 - Playoffs/Division contenders
Chicago
Los Angeles
Anaheim

Tier 3 - Playoff Bubble
Nashville
St Louis
Columbus
Dallas
Calgary

Tier X - Big question mark (Could break out or bust)
Minnesota
Pheonix
Colorado
Edmonton

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08-18-2011, 11:15 AM
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There is no pleasing everyone, but here is my attempt:

Tier 1 - Division Winners
Vancouver
San Jose
Detroit

Tier 2 - Playoffs/Division contenders
Chicago
Los Angeles
Anaheim

Tier 3 - Playoff Bubble
Nashville
St Louis
Columbus
Dallas
Calgary

Tier X - Big question mark (Could break out or bust)
Minnesota
Pheonix
Colorado
Edmonton
You nailed this

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08-18-2011, 11:27 AM
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I wouldnt put the kings so high. I honestly think they might take a step back this year and this coming from a die hard haha. But maybe who knows.
If the Kings take a step back that means 8th seed at the least. Yet you put them in 5th. How does that work exactly

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08-18-2011, 11:43 AM
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If the Kings take a step back that means 8th seed at the least. Yet you put them in 5th. How does that work exactly
I was wondering that myself. In my world, 7th to 5th is a step forward.

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08-18-2011, 11:44 AM
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1. Vancouver
2. San Jose
3. Chicago
4: Detroit
5: Los Angeles
6: Anaheim
7: Nashville
8: Columbus
9: Edmonton
10: Minnesota
11: Colorado
12: St. Louis
13: Calgary
14: Dallas
15: Phoenix
Chicago and Edmonton too high imo, STL too low.

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08-18-2011, 11:49 AM
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If the Kings take a step back that means 8th seed at the least. Yet you put them in 5th. How does that work exactly
My guess is that he's assuming they would have had 4th seed had they not lost Kopitar, which isn't too far fetched considered, a single win out of those 4 losses would have gotten them the 4th seed.

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08-18-2011, 12:05 PM
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There is no pleasing everyone, but here is my attempt:

Tier 1 - Division Winners
Vancouver
San Jose
Detroit

Tier 2 - Playoffs/Division contenders
Chicago
Los Angeles
Anaheim

Tier 3 - Playoff Bubble
Nashville
St Louis
Columbus
Dallas
Calgary

Tier X - Big question mark (Could break out or bust)
Minnesota
Pheonix
Colorado
Edmonton
I'm with this guy.

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08-18-2011, 12:09 PM
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I am amazed at how low people are putting St. Louis.

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08-18-2011, 12:16 PM
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I am amazed at how low people are putting St. Louis.
They've been listed as 7,8,9,12 and Playoff bubble. People have even commented that STL was low when put at 12.

Are you telling me they are a guaranteed playoff team with potential division contention?

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08-18-2011, 12:17 PM
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Edmonton has back to back 62pt seasons; 9th in the West is almost assuredly 92+ points. I don't think Smyth and some young players developing adds 30 points. They're still not a good team.
I think injuries will play a huge part. If the Oilers can shake the injury bug to key players (Whitney, Hemsky, less time lost from the kids), then they will be a much better team. It wasn't until Whitney and Hemsky went down that the Oil really tanked last year. Adding Smyth, as well as Hemsky and Whitney for over half of the season, along with young players developing, will help the Oilers become a much, much better team. Not playoffs, but better.

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08-18-2011, 12:19 PM
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If ducks have a healthy Getzlaf/Hiller all year and Selanne comes back then I could see them winning the pacific
Not over San Jose and LA.

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08-18-2011, 12:22 PM
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1. LA Kings
2. Chicago Blackhawks
3. Vancouver Canucks
4. San Jose Sharks
5. Nashville Predators
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Anaheim Ducks
8. Minnesotta Wild
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don't know really about the rest. Pheonix won't have a good year, the blues and Avs should be better.

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08-18-2011, 12:34 PM
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1. Vancouver
2. San Jose
3. Chicago
4: Los Angeles
5: Nashville
6: Detroit
7: Anaheim
8: St. Louis
9: Calgary
10: Columbus
11: Edmonton
12: Colorado
13: Minnesota
14: Dallas
15: Phoenix

I also want to say that most teams did something to improve quite substantially this summer. Phoenix and Dallas got quite a bit worse by losing their best players.

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08-18-2011, 12:36 PM
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Bolded are definitely too high.
"Definitely..." i.e. there is no chance for the Hawks to win the division? I wouldn't agree with that one.

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08-18-2011, 12:38 PM
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Not over San Jose and LA.
Anaheim easily has a Pacific division winning team if the Selanne/Hiller stars align and the team plays at the level they have proven they can play at in the last half of last season, for the majority of the next.

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There is no pleasing everyone, but here is my attempt:

Tier 1 - Division Winners
Vancouver
San Jose
Detroit

Tier 2 - Playoffs/Division contenders
Chicago
Los Angeles
Anaheim

Tier 3 - Playoff Bubble
Nashville
St Louis
Columbus
Dallas
Calgary

Tier X - Big question mark (Could break out or bust)
Minnesota
Pheonix
Colorado
Edmonton
Perfect.

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08-18-2011, 12:39 PM
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"Definitely..." i.e. there is no chance for the Hawks to win the division? I wouldn't agree with that one.
DRW better figure out a way to beat the Hawks in the season series if they want to win the division. The Central is going to come down to divisional play.

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08-18-2011, 12:40 PM
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Not over San Jose and LA.
Anaheim got clobbered by injuries last year and still finished 4th in the West.

Sure they didn't have the offseason that The Kings or Sharks did, but what do you think Anaheim could have done with an average number of injuries?

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08-18-2011, 12:43 PM
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Anaheim easily has a Pacific division winning team if the Selanne/Hiller stars align and the team plays at the level they have proven they can play at in the last half of last season, for the majority of the next.
The key in that statement is if the stars align. San Jose and LA have more depth than Anaheim. Barring injuries to all three teams, I don't see Anaheim keeping up. I think I would expect them to go further than either in the playoffs though. They seem built for a playoff run.

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