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02-11-2007, 10:27 AM
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Have you guy's seen the standings?

Eastern Team GR PTS
1. Buffalo * 25 80
2. New Jersey * 27 74
3. Atlanta * 24 69
4. Pittsburgh 27 67
5. Ottawa 25 67
6. Montreal 25 64
7. Carolina 24 63
8. Tampa Bay 26 62
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9. Toronto 26 61
10. NY Islanders 26 60
11. NY Rangers 26 59
12. Boston 28 54
13. Washington 25 54
14. Florida 25 53
15. Philadelphia 27 36


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Despite what many on this board including myself, have said and thought, about the season being over. Wow things are close, things may change quite a bit in 26 games.


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02-11-2007, 10:32 AM
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Yep, not shocked at all. From the start of the year i projected:
1) Jersey
2) Buffalo
3) Ottawa
4) Atlanta
5) Montreal
6) NY Rangers
7) Pittsburgh
8) NY Islanders

I didn't think Carolina would still compete, but I still think this is how it will end up. I'd feel mighty proud ;p. Ottawa might drop off though.

I also thought Edmonton would finish 5 out west though and now im not sure they're even gonna make it

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02-11-2007, 10:37 AM
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Its over Johnny, so OVER, ITS OVER!

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02-11-2007, 10:38 AM
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Rangers were predicited to be 3rd in the east, 10 points away. Do they have it in em?

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02-11-2007, 10:41 AM
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Rangers were predicited to be 3rd in the east, 10 points away. Do they have it in em?
Ehh...yeah but so do alot of other teams. it's going to be close down to the wire just like it has been all year. The only thing at stake will be home ice advantage which isn't a big deal to us now anyway. The match ups will all be up in the air until the final game. I wouldn't be surprised to see less than 5 point gap between 4th and 8th at the end.

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02-11-2007, 11:14 AM
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Remember the Ranger's aren't on the ice again until Thursday... we'll see how far away we are by then.

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02-11-2007, 11:21 AM
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Remember the Ranger's aren't on the ice again until Thursday... we'll see how far away we are by then.
Does not matter. We'll still have games in hand.

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02-11-2007, 11:24 AM
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Does not matter. We'll still have games in hand.
exactly, we already have games in hand over MTL and CAR, so regardless of what they do in the next few nights we'll have even more. I hope the team isn't scoreboard watching as much as guys around here are. There's still a lot of hockey to be played and they really only need to worry about the games they are in. The rest will take care of itself.

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exactly, we already have games in hand over MTL and CAR, so regardless of what they do in the next few nights we'll have even more. I hope the team isn't scoreboard watching as much as guys around here are. There's still a lot of hockey to be played and they really only need to worry about the games they are in. The rest will take care of itself.
Speaking of scoreboard watching TB/NJ at 3:30 on NBC. I predict a 0/0 shootout win by NJ, lol.

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02-12-2007, 09:16 AM
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Does not matter. We'll still have games in hand.
They're only good if you win them

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02-12-2007, 09:53 AM
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I've seen allot of eastern conference games lately.

Carolina have been the least impressive team of thoose on the inside, and IMO they are actually followed by Montreal and especially Atlanta!

And I am not talking about a small margin. Thoose three teams have IMO not looked good at all (Though Montreal have as usual been without allot of manpower)

On the other hand I have been pretty impressed by Tampa lately, I defenitly hold them as a PO team. Toronto are also pretty strong, but they are also a bit fragile. Though they can be really hard to stop when they get gooing, and are really hard to beat. Thats a team I think can go either way. I am not really worried about NYI, they are on the fence now, they are working really hard compared to the past. But it defenitly seem like they have to work too hard to get away with two pts, I really wonder if they can keep it together the entire season. Pittsburgh are interesting. They had gotten away pretty easy this season. Not had any real trouble, if they are seriously pushed, I could see them drop somewhat. Though right now they are getting away too easy, its like allot of teams play them like they are a team to beat easily. They get allot for free. Though I do think they will make it. They don't have the toughest schedule left, and are in the middest of a role.

If I were to rank the teams I think are in the hunt it would look like this:
1. Tampa (64pts, 25 left)
2. NYR (59pts, 26 left)
3. Montreal (64pts, 25 left)
4. Toronto (61pts, 26 left)
5. Atlanta (69pts, 23 left)
6. Carolina (63pts, 24 left)
7. NYI (60pts, 26 left)

It will be a really thight race. If we play decent I think we will come really really close, like make it or miss it by a point. If we can get a good streak for 5-6 games during the 26 thats left, and play decent for the rest, I think we are a lock.

It will be interesting to see how much Montreal or Atlanta can fall.

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02-12-2007, 10:07 AM
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From the start of the season I said that Carolina and Montreal will NOT make the playoffs and I will stick with that.

Here are my predictions (without points):
1. Buffalo
2. New Jersey
3. Atlanta
4. Pittsburgh
5. Ottawa
6. New York Rangers
7. New York Islanders
8. Tampa Bay

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02-12-2007, 10:29 AM
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ola...

Tampa can impress at times - still coming to grips with Holmvist being the guy that carries them. I liked him as a Ranger, but didn't think of him as a starter for a team looking to make the playoffs, and playing well! He was unimpressive, at best, against the Rangers, but that seems to be his only bip in a while.

I agree about MTL - they haven't seem to have been playing well of late. They need Kovalev to surge again like he did after a slow start and which got them to where they are now.

And I agree on Carolina, although I think they can be a scary good team at times and if Ward gets hot like last season, they could be a good team. Grahame has started a couple recent games, which I assume is to rest Ward for the stretch run (after he had a couple rough starts). Ward will likely be the difference for them.

Agree about the rest, for the most part. I think the Isles, if they get good goaltending, will be there stride for stride. Toronto - I actually haven't seen many of their games, but they seem to have a decent balanced attack and a decent PP.

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02-12-2007, 11:12 AM
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Eastern Team GR PTS
1. Buffalo * 25 80
2. New Jersey * 27 74
3. Atlanta * 24 69
4. Pittsburgh 27 67
5. Ottawa 25 67
6. Montreal 25 64
7. Carolina 24 63
8. Tampa Bay 26 62
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9. Toronto 26 61
10. NY Islanders 26 60
11. NY Rangers 26 59
12. Boston 28 54
13. Washington 25 54
14. Florida 25 53
15. Philadelphia 27 36


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Despite what many on this board including myself, have said and thought, about the season being over. Wow things are close, things may change quite a bit in 26 games.
rangers are going NO WHERE even if they make the playoffs

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02-12-2007, 11:26 AM
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Tampa can impress at times - still coming to grips with Holmvist being the guy that carries them. I liked him as a Ranger, but didn't think of him as a starter for a team looking to make the playoffs, and playing well! He was unimpressive, at best, against the Rangers, but that seems to be his only bip in a while.
You are right, its very hard to make it without getting great goaltending. I've seen a ton of Holmqvist, he can be really good behind a defense that plays well, you know like Fernandez in Minnesota at times. But if Tampa can't provide that it could be a big problem for them.

Though for Tampa guys like LeCav, Prospal and co have started to look hungry again. You defenitly got the feeling that they were kind of satisfied last season and early this season.

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St. Louis...

was reunited with Lecavalier against the Devils, and we saw the results. Sometimes sprinkling your best guys throughout the lineup doesn't always work.

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From the start of the season I said that Carolina and Montreal will NOT make the playoffs and I will stick with that.

Here are my predictions (without points):
1. Buffalo
2. New Jersey
3. Atlanta
4. Pittsburgh
5. Ottawa
6. New York Rangers
7. New York Islanders
8. Tampa Bay

2fors do you really believe that or are just being loyal to your predictions?

I think one team in that group will not make the playoffs: Atlanta.

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02-12-2007, 12:00 PM
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atlanta has lead the southeast division the whole year, i think if anything theyre a lock. i see us pipping montreal for a spot, as TB is looking good and when's the last time a defending cup champ hasnt made the playoffs? (answer: Jersey in '96).

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rangers are going NO WHERE even if they make the playoffs
So you're saying that if the Rangers somehow finished 6th (which is certainly possible) they would have no chance against Atlanta?

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rangers are going NO WHERE even if they make the playoffs
I can just feel the confidence exuding from you....

I see the final standings looking something like this:

1. Buffalo
2. New Jersey
2. Atlanta
4. Ottawa
5. Pittsburgh
6. Tampa Bay
7. New York Rangers
8. Montreal

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I can just feel the confidence exuding from you....

I see the final standings looking something like this:

1. Buffalo
2. New Jersey
2. Atlanta
4. Ottawa
5. Pittsburgh
6. Tampa Bay
7. New York Rangers
8. Montreal
I hope you are right...except I would rather Carolina make it instead of Montreal!

Carolina - Sabres first round match up would be sweet!
Rangers - Devils is always great!
Atlanta - T.Bay - not really into it but I guess it would be a rival series?
Ottawa - Pittsburgh! The best! High flying scoring hockey! awesome

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02-12-2007, 12:33 PM
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I hope you are right...except I would rather Carolina make it instead of Montreal!

Carolina - Sabres first round match up would be sweet!
Rangers - Devils is always great!
Atlanta - T.Bay - not really into it but I guess it would be a rival series?
Ottawa - Pittsburgh! The best! High flying scoring hockey! awesome
I didn't realize it as I was posting but my predictions do make for some interesting matchups....

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atlanta has lead the southeast division the whole year, i think if anything theyre a lock. i see us pipping montreal for a spot, as TB is looking good and when's the last time a defending cup champ hasnt made the playoffs? (answer: Jersey in '96).
I've seen then twice in little over a week and they were awful.

Just checked their results lately, they got 6 wins in their last 18 games, or playing .333 hockey, over a pretty long period of time, 18 games.

They got 69 pts, thats a pretty big margin down to the 9th spot. But I can see them not making it unless they make some big changes. And they also got Kovalchuk, who is a major cancer in general.

I mean its a team who haven't been in the PO's yet. They got Hartly who is a pretty demanding coach. They got two major stars and ought to be a contender at this point after all the high picks they have had. If they start getting close to the 9th spot its a terrible spot to be in.

At the same time they got the personell to turn it around.

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2fors do you really believe that or are just being loyal to your predictions?

I think one team in that group will not make the playoffs: Atlanta.

And exactly why I can't believe that?

What you don't seem to get is we are only 4 POINTS out of 8th with TWO games in hand on Carolina and Montreal...who are both struggling. We win those 2 games in hand...or even win one and loss one, and we are right up there with those teams!

So yes, I believe that...because the final standings will be very close at the bottom...we could finish 6th or 7th and be only 1 or 2 points above the team right behind us!

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The Rangers destiny is less about where they stand right now so much as which Rangers team shows up.

The one that hustles and plays with some semblence of unity or the one that looks lost out there.

The issue for this team has been and will continue to be consistency.

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