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Eastern Conf. Standings: Who will finish #14?

View Poll Results: Who will finish 14th in the Eastern Conference?
Boston 0 0%
Buffalo 1 3.23%
Carolina 1 3.23%
Florida 2 6.45%
New Jersey 2 6.45%
New York Rangers 0 0%
Montreal 7 22.58%
Ottawa 3 9.68%
Philadelphia 0 0%
Pittsburgh 0 0%
Tampa Bay 1 3.23%
Toronto 13 41.94%
Washington 0 0%
Winnipeg 1 3.23%
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10-15-2012, 09:40 AM
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Eastern Conf. Standings: Who will finish #14?

Continuing with the poll, who do you think will come in second-to-last in the conference? Why?

15. New York Islanders (16 of 52 votes, 30.77%)

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Going with Toronto here. Until they can figure out how to kill penalties and/or find consistent goaltending, I think they'll struggle in a tough, very even conference.

Gave some thought to Florida and Tampa Bay, as well. I could see Florida regressing after losing Garrison and Samuelsson, and I question whether Fleischmann and some of those other guys will all replicate their seasons. Also, despite winning the division, they had a -24 goal differential, and those things can end up catching up with you. I think Florida has built a very nice stable of prospects, but this could be a one step back, before two steps forward in the coming years. In Tampa's case, if Stamkos is anything short of Superman next year, I could envision a scenario where they struggle, as well. Plus, I also see Washington, Winnipeg, and Carolina being better than last season, which will likely negatively impact the Lightning and Panthers.

(Don't know how I made this a private poll. Whoops. Can mods change that, or do I?)

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i think toronto is a safe pick at #14.

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going ottawa...no way Karlson replicates his year...with the loss of carkner,foligno and konopka they completely lost their toughness and an entire pk unit...Michalek is a huge ?? and the goaltending is among the worst in the league

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I had the Leafs at #15 in the last poll, sticking with them here at #14. Youth will be served there, but their netminding just doesn't seem up to snuff.

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