Maybe it wouldn't be so bad facing off against a not so hot bruins team. (Although Rask has been on fire which may be a problem)
That was my exact thinking as well Looked at the Bruins last 10, see they suck, thinking maybe I would rather play them at this point. I then proceed to look at Rask's recent stats, NOPE! Would rather not face Boston But we have shown we can't beat them this year, it isn't a walkover as it has been in the last couple.
Question: Will the majority of people pick Columbus in their top 8 teams in the west for next season? I know it's early for that...but still.
Edit: Wait...realignment, forgot, who is in Columbus' division?
No they will still likely be 10th or 11th next year.
EDM has to be in the mix for the 8th spot. Colorado should be better. Although DET will be leaving the conference. They might make it close but I'm not penciling them in for a playoff spot. Goalie Bob might not be close to what he was this year and then all bets are off.