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Who places first in the East?

View Poll Results: Who gets the most points in the East?
TB 2 1.92%
NYI 1 0.96%
NYR 38 36.54%
Philly 3 2.88%
Pittsburgh 29 27.88%
Winnipeg 1 0.96%
Toronto 3 2.88%
Boston 15 14.42%
Montreal 2 1.92%
Carolina 1 0.96%
Washington 2 1.92%
Florida 1 0.96%
NJ 2 1.92%
Ottawa 2 1.92%
Buffalo 2 1.92%
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01-10-2013, 05:02 PM
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Who places first in the East?

Which teams gets the most points in the East?

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01-10-2013, 05:06 PM
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Big, strong, skilled, great goaltending. What's not to like about the Rangers?

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01-10-2013, 05:08 PM
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Rangers. Outside chances to Penguins, Bruins, and Caps.

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01-10-2013, 05:12 PM
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In a shortened season, expect the unexpected. I don't think The Rangers, Bruins, or Penguins will finish with the most points in the east.

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01-10-2013, 05:15 PM
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I'd say the Rangers. Same as last year though, it will be tough for them to grind out 16 wins in the playoffs because of their play style. When you play everyone tight and close, individual efforts by the other team can steal games. Hence the game 7s in both the first two rounds and the Rangers running out of gas in the ECF.

Nash is an interesting addition and if he can gel with Richards (I don't think he plays with Gaborik tbh), that would be a humongous boost.

Injuries will also play a significant role. One big injury to any team can really screw things up. A short 10 game stint on IR is over a fifth of the season.

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01-10-2013, 05:58 PM
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In a shortened season, expect the unexpected. I don't think The Rangers, Bruins, or Penguins will finish with the most points in the east.
Exactly.

It's going to be some wild card team. Whatever team flies out of the gate strong. A team like the Islanders can come out of the gate winning 12 of the first 20, and they'd have to be pretty awful to fall out of a playoff spot.

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I don't think there's much argument for anyone but the Pens at this point. Malkin is on a warpath this year before you mention a healthy Sidney Crosby and a plan B for Fleury.

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Big, strong, skilled, great goaltending. What's not to like about the Rangers?
Agreed. There's some others that can contend but the Rangers are the most well-rounded.

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01-10-2013, 06:49 PM
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I think the Rangers would have to be seriously off their game to not be the #1 seed.

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01-10-2013, 08:27 PM
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I wouldn't bet on the Rangers. Bruins or Pens would be my choices.

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01-10-2013, 10:44 PM
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I voted for the Rangers but the Penguins are really built for regular season hockey. Hell, Philly was just a terrible draw for them in the playoffs.

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01-11-2013, 04:33 AM
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Big, strong, skilled, great goaltending. What's not to like about the Rangers?
What's not to like about the Rangers? They're boring as hell, one of the worst teams in the NHL to watch. For the game's sake, I hope they do not finish prominently in the standings.

I'm going to go with Pittsburgh's rise back to the top.

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01-11-2013, 06:07 AM
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I don't think there's much argument for anyone but the Pens at this point. Malkin is on a warpath this year before you mention a healthy Sidney Crosby and a plan B for Fleury.
This.

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01-11-2013, 08:24 AM
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I think the Rags finish 1st

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What's not to like about the Rangers? They're boring as hell, one of the worst teams in the NHL to watch. For the game's sake, I hope they do not finish prominently in the standings.

I'm going to go with Pittsburgh's rise back to the top.
"For the game's sake". What a joke.

Rangers and Penguins will be the top 2 teams in the conference. I went Rangers for the top spot but could easily be the Pens

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01-11-2013, 08:47 AM
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I'll pick the Bruins, if only because the shortened season will be weighted to divisional games and Philly, Rangers, Pens, NJ and an improved Isle squad is a much tougher division to rack up winning streaks in.

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I'll pick the Bruins, if only because the shortened season will be weighted to divisional games and Philly, Rangers, Pens, NJ and an improved Isle squad is a much tougher division to rack up winning streaks in.
That's a very good point. The NE division looks relatively weak, and rumor had it that the Rangers are gonna play PIT/PHI 5 times each. Still, odds are that it'll be one of NYR/BOS/PITT. I think the Hurricanes have an outside chance as well. Wildcard? If Lindback gets hot, I think the Lightning have a chance too.

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Boston's pretty much just as good as when they won the cup and they're in a much easier division. Also, no more Cup hangover to tank them for the first half of the season. To me, that adds up to the Rangers probably taking 2nd and Pittsburgh getting a rematch with Philly in the first round.

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I have a hunch this year has big things in store for Ottawa even though the Rangers seem strongest on paper.

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01-11-2013, 10:36 AM
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If Tuuka plays how hes capable of playing I think the Bruins will. We have Horton back, Seguin should improve (Im expecting 75-80 point pace), and our team is relatively unchanged since our Cup run.

Not sold on the Rangers, might take them a bit longer to develop chemistry and with a shortened season it gets amplified.

Pens are obviously up there as well.

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Boston's pretty much just as good as when they won the cup and they're in a much easier division. Also, no more Cup hangover to tank them for the first half of the season. To me, that adds up to the Rangers probably taking 2nd and Pittsburgh getting a rematch with Philly in the first round.
I'm thinking the same thing.

How I see it...
Bruins
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01-11-2013, 10:49 AM
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Really solid team and i can't help but think Nash reaches new highs under the spotlight. Its an excellent time to be a Rangers fan.

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