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09-05-2013, 09:35 PM
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Not with that bottom 6 they aren't.
The bottom six isn't actually that bad. Boyd Gordon, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Ryan Smyth are above average 3rd or 4th line players.

I don't think a bottom six really determines whether or not a team is in the playoffs or not. Your top six, goaltending, and top 4 D are the ones that have to get the job done.

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That makes no sense. Maybe you're kidding.
The realignment swapped Detroit and Columbus for Winnipeg. East now has 16 teams, the West has 14.

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The bottom six isn't actually that bad. Boyd Gordon, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Ryan Smyth are ok 3rd/4th line guys.

I don't think a bottom six really determines whether or not a team is in the playoffs or not. Your top six, goaltending, and top 4 D are the ones that have to get the job done.
If Hemsky buys in, and Jones and Smyth have bounce back years, then we're not in a bad position at all.

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09-05-2013, 09:42 PM
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Is it just me or are they really off on their Winnipeg prediction? Might have to visit bodog and put some money on the over. Better travel schedule and playing in the weakest division, I have them at 90 points.
They were playing in the weakest division by far last year and still couldn't get over the hump.

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I picked up an NHL magazine the other day and it predicted the oilers finishing 2nd.

In the conference.

They had Florida finishing 16th so they weren't totally high, but...
I grabbed that one two,I think it was an editorial mistake, because their write ups had the Oil as a fringe team.

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09-05-2013, 09:49 PM
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Oooohhh! That's how it works! So I guess we don't need a regular season at all. Let's just have the playoff lottery right now
Chicago has the same odds at the start of the season. For all we know Kane and Toews could get season ending injuries 10 games in and Crawford could s**t the bed trying to live up to his contract.

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09-05-2013, 09:56 PM
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I grabbed that one two,I think it was an editorial mistake, because their write ups had the Oil as a fringe team.
Must have been. I didn't read the rest of the rankings.

I don't think 7th or 8th is unreasonable but a miracle would have to happen for us to get to 2nd.

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The bottom six isn't actually that bad. Boyd Gordon, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Ryan Smyth are above average 3rd or 4th line players.

I don't think a bottom six really determines whether or not a team is in the playoffs or not. Your top six, goaltending, and top 4 D are the ones that have to get the job done.
Hemsky is not a bottom 6 player, Jones is way below average and Smyth isn't NHL calibre anymore. If they play significant minutes, forget playoffs. Eakins will have to play the top 6 into the ground if we are to see any post season play. Our only hope is Hamilton, Joensuu and Acton to beat out the two Ryans. If they can not beat out Smyth or Jones, then i have to question why we even bothered signing them.

Hemsky might be alright, but the best case would be if he eventually gets traded for a real 3rd line player.

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Hemsky is not a bottom 6 player, Jones is way below average and Smyth isn't NHL calibre anymore. If they play significant minutes, forget playoffs. Eakins will have to play the top 6 into the ground if we are to see any post season play. Our only hope is Hamilton, Joensuu and Acton to beat out the two Ryans. If they can not beat out Smyth or Jones, then i have to question why we even bothered signing them.

Hemsky might be alright, but the best case would be if he eventually gets traded for a real 3rd line player.
Jones is above average. He had a bad year last year after coming back from having his eye completely messed up a few weeks before the season started. The two seasons before he was the perfect third liner, unfortunately because of injuries he was playing on the first or second lines and getting flak for not producing enough when playing over his head.

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Chicago has the same odds at the start of the season. For all we know Kane and Toews could get season ending injuries 10 games in and Crawford could s**t the bed trying to live up to his contract.
I don't think you understand what he is saying.

In the west there are less teams to beat out for a playoff spot; as the east has two more teams, one per division. Which in turn means if you are in the west, your odds of getting into the playoffs are higher than an east team

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Jones is above average. He had a bad year last year after coming back from having his eye completely messed up a few weeks before the season started. The two seasons before he was the perfect third liner, unfortunately because of injuries he was playing on the first or second lines and getting flak for not producing enough when playing over his head.
well, i guess we'll differ on that one. he gets some goals (mostly from cherry picking). but he doesn't bring much else. not very physical, not the least bit nasty.

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If RNH is ready to go and indeed stronger I give it a 93% chance. If Hall has to play center however for a lengthy amount of time in place of him I give it a 4% chance.

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If RNH is ready to go and indeed stronger I give it a 93% chance. If Hall has to play center however for a lengthy amount of time in place of him I give it a 4% chance.
ic wat u did there

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The bottom 6 are very important, look at last season when the kids were struggling, you need contribution from others , the hawks had contributions, from the likes of Andrew Shaw, brandon Saad, Dave Bolland Markus Krueger, and Micheal Frolik . All scored huge goals, for the hawks in the regular season and especially in the playoffs, and in fact the cup winning goal involved 3 of those guys.
The Oilers bottom 6 leaves a lot to be desired, but maybe hemsky and smyth can be better, ryan Jones did have an off season last year, and if he can return to his form from a few years ago, there could be hope.

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09-06-2013, 02:17 PM
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Tough to make the playoffs in the west, as always. Even with the realignment (although I expect Columbus and Detroit to both make the East playoffs).

Vancouver is no better than they were last season.

Locks for the playoffs are:

Los Angeles
St. Louis
Chicago
San Jose

I don't think there are any guarantees after these four teams. I wouldn't be stunned to see Minnesota and Anaheim make it, nor would Edmonton and Phoenix stun me. I honestly only see Calgary and Colorado as the only two teams that are highly likely to miss the playoffs.

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