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03-21-2013, 12:54 AM
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How would you rate the teams in the West?

Looks like we're starting to see the West sort itself out a bit. It's not as tight as it was a couple weeks ago. How would you rate the teams right now?

Here's my break down...

Tier 1:
Chicago
Anaheim

Tier 2:
Los Angeles
Minnesota
St.Louis

Tier 3:
Vancouver
Detroit
San Jose
Phoenix
Columbus (Yes, I did!)

Tier 4:
Edmonton
Dallas
Nashville
Calgary
Colorado

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03-21-2013, 01:20 AM
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Those rankings work for me. Chicago and Anaheim are clearly at the top right now, and I definitely think there is separation between teams like Los Angeles, Minnesota, and St. Louis and the rest of the pack. Columbus has really impressed me lately. Their fans should be proud of that team.

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03-21-2013, 01:24 AM
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Tier 1:

Anaheim
Chicago

Tier 2:

Everyone else except Colorado

Tier 3:

Colorado

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LA is closer to Anaheim and Chicago than St. Louis or Minnesota. Much higher goal differential, vastly superior possession statistics, etc. etc.

Chicago and Anaheim have the points, sure, but there's a reason we're starting to see LA separate from the pack. They got off to a terrible 3-5-2 start and have since gone 14-5-0. And thats with Mitchell and Greene on the IR and Quick putting up the worst statistical performance of his career. They're right up there with anyone in the league.

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I'd rate them as 14 teams with a system and then Colorado pond hockey hope Duchene and PAP and Landeskog and ROR and EJ steal you one with talent alone while Varly hangs out to dry and has to stand on his head to give you a chance every night.

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LA is closer to Anaheim and Chicago than St. Louis or Minnesota. Much higher goal differential, vastly superior possession statistics, etc. etc.

Chicago and Anaheim have the points, sure, but there's a reason we're starting to see LA separate from the pack. They got off to a terrible 3-5-2 start and have since gone 14-5-0. And thats with Mitchell and Greene on the IR and Quick putting up the worst statistical performance of his career. They're right up there with anyone in the league.
you're not biased at all

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Those rankings work for me. Chicago and Anaheim are clearly at the top right now, and I definitely think there is separation between teams like Los Angeles, Minnesota, and St. Louis and the rest of the pack. Columbus has really impressed me lately. Their fans should be proud of that team.
I really don't think Los Angeles, Minnesota, and St. Louis are that far off from Anaheim and Chicago. All three of those teams are tough to play against and are going to be threats come playoff time.

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Ducks
Blackhawks

Kings
Blues
Wild

Blue Jackets
Canucks

Everyone else

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I like your rankings to be honest. I agree with pretty much all of it

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Good tier: Ducks, Blackhawks

Bad tier: rest of conference.

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Good tier: Ducks, Blackhawks

Bad tier: rest of conference.
Agreed.

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Tier 1:

Anaheim
Chicago

Tier 2:

Everyone else except Colorado

Tier 3:

Colorado
Add Calgary to tier 3.

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I really don't think Los Angeles, Minnesota, and St. Louis are that far off from Anaheim and Chicago. All three of those teams are tough to play against and are going to be threats come playoff time.
I agree, absolutely, but it's also hard to argue that Anaheim and Chicago don't belong in their own tier. The difference may not be great, but it's enough that I think there should be two tiers separating those two groups. Call it Tier 1 and Tier 1.5 if you want.

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LA is closer to Anaheim and Chicago than St. Louis or Minnesota. Much higher goal differential, vastly superior possession statistics, etc. etc.

Chicago and Anaheim have the points, sure, but there's a reason we're starting to see LA separate from the pack. They got off to a terrible 3-5-2 start and have since gone 14-5-0. And thats with Mitchell and Greene on the IR and Quick putting up the worst statistical performance of his career. They're right up there with anyone in the league.
I can definitely see the reasoning behind it... but I held off on that because Minnesota has yet to play LA this season. I think Minnesota and St.Louis are definitely in the same tier, but don't think we have a clear idea about the difference between LA and Minnesota until they start playing each other.

First matchup between the two... Sat March 30th.

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Tier 1:

Anaheim
Chicago

Tier 2:

Everyone else except Colorado

Tier 3:

Colorado
This is probably the most accurate.

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LA is closer to Anaheim and Chicago than St. Louis or Minnesota. Much higher goal differential, vastly superior possession statistics, etc. etc.

Chicago and Anaheim have the points, sure, but there's a reason we're starting to see LA separate from the pack. They got off to a terrible 3-5-2 start and have since gone 14-5-0. And thats with Mitchell and Greene on the IR and Quick putting up the worst statistical performance of his career. They're right up there with anyone in the league.
Wild have gone 13-5-1 in that same stretch.

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I'm fine with the rankings in the OP for the regular season.

I'm also fine with the how the Kings' style of play will translate to success in the playoffs. In a seven game series I see the Hawks, Kings and Ducks as the toughest teams to beat. Anaheim made a smart acquisition in picking up Steckel.

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1. Chicagaheim
2. St. Minlacouvroit
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Looks like we're starting to see the West sort itself out a bit. It's not as tight as it was a couple weeks ago. How would you rate the teams right now?

Here's my break down...

Tier 1:
Chicago
Anaheim

Tier 2:
Los Angeles
Minnesota
St.Louis

Tier 3:
Vancouver
Detroit
San Jose
Phoenix
Columbus (Yes, I did!)

Tier 4:
Edmonton
Dallas
Nashville
Calgary
Colorado
Very good list.

LA and STL could move to tier 1

VAN could move to tier 2

Having said that, no team will be favored in a 7 game series against ANA or CHI.

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1. Chicagaheim
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4. Calgarado
Ok, that post is so full of AWESOME!

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LA is closer to Anaheim and Chicago than St. Louis or Minnesota. Much higher goal differential, vastly superior possession statistics, etc. etc.

Chicago and Anaheim have the points, sure, but there's a reason we're starting to see LA separate from the pack. They got off to a terrible 3-5-2 start and have since gone 14-5-0. And thats with Mitchell and Greene on the IR and Quick putting up the worst statistical performance of his career. They're right up there with anyone in the league.
Not that close. They have gone on a great 14-5 run? The Hawks and Ducks have 3 losses ON THE SEASON.

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LA is closer to Anaheim and Chicago than St. Louis or Minnesota. Much higher goal differential, vastly superior possession statistics, etc. etc.

Chicago and Anaheim have the points, sure, but there's a reason we're starting to see LA separate from the pack. They got off to a terrible 3-5-2 start and have since gone 14-5-0. And thats with Mitchell and Greene on the IR and Quick putting up the worst statistical performance of his career. They're right up there with anyone in the league.
The only reason I disagree with you is because LA has failed to show that they can win on the road consistently. With Chicago being 13-2-2 and ANA being 9-2-4, LA's 5-8-1 sticks out like a sore thumb.

If they can manage 4 wins out of the upcoming 5 game road trip, I can feel comfortable agreeing with you, 3 and I start to waiver, but 2 or less reaffirms my position.


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Wild have gone 13-5-1 in that same stretch.
So LA and Minnesota are basically neck and neck in the same stretch. More reason to wait to split them unless one severely outplays the other when they start to actually play each other.

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Not that close. They have gone on a great 14-5 run? The Hawks and Ducks have 3 losses ON THE SEASON.
...and they'll all be 0-0 again when the playoffs start.

I am really hoping for a series with the Hawks, Ducks, or both. I think we would see some really good hockey. The Kings seem to have the Blues' number, so don't be offended St. Louis fans.

I guess the Kings and Wild will be testing each other near the end of the month.

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Avs fans in this thread crack me up.

Don't worry guys I'm sure your coaching staff might be able to come up with some sort of system one of these days.

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