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Bigger surprise team?

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Blue Jackets 81 86.17%
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04-18-2013, 09:11 PM
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Bigger surprise team?

Columbus or Islanders?

Blue Jackets: Bob in the race for Vezina? No Nash no problem? Big holes to fill for a team, a starting and yet emerging goalie and replacement(s) for an All-Star. Blue Jackets are right there for a playoff spot and in my opinion, have looked strongest among the West bubble teams. (enter CBJ wagon) But I really like whats going on in Columbus.

Islanders: Nabakov and Tavares show. Quite possibly the opposite structure here in the East when looking at CBJ and the Islanders. A strong vet goalie in Nabby and a stud in John Tavares. The Islanders look primed and seem to be getting hot at the right time to earn themselves a playoff bid.

So, who is your biggest surprise bubble team? And who do you think has the better shot in making the playoffs or who can go further?

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04-18-2013, 09:12 PM
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04-18-2013, 09:12 PM
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I actually thought the Isles were going to finish 8th from the start.

Columbus I thought was a slam dunk last place team.

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04-18-2013, 09:27 PM
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NYI for me, they lift Parenteau and didn't really improve their team much. Meanwhile Columbus made a million moves (Foligno, Erixon, Dubinksy, Anisimov, Bobrovsky, etc).

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04-18-2013, 09:31 PM
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Not sure if anyone had Columbus lower than like, 26th place.

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04-19-2013, 01:30 AM
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Bobrovsky alone.

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04-19-2013, 03:47 AM
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CBJ. And I'm glad they move to the Eastern Conference where they belong next season.

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04-19-2013, 03:52 AM
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The Jackets were supposed to be contending for the first overall, not a playoff spot.

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04-19-2013, 08:48 AM
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Columbus. I had them pencilled in for last overall or close to it.

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04-19-2013, 09:19 AM
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I thought the Jackets did very well in the Nash trade and added Bobrovsky as well into the mix. I didn't expect them fighting for a playoff spot but I knew they would be a much harder group to play against. The Islanders I didn't think were there yet. Nice to see them back and competing, Snow has done a great job there with what he has to work with

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04-19-2013, 09:21 AM
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everyone knew the Isles had talent. just has a horrible management

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04-19-2013, 10:18 AM
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Columbus ,

Early in the season they were in a battle for a top 5 pick , and look where they are now .

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Columbus because of the Rick Nash trade.

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04-19-2013, 11:37 AM
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Islanders for me. Maybe because I just don't see them as often?

The Nash trade looked a lot worse in headlines than it actually was. They often looked like a team that just didn't care, and they shipped out the guy who IMO was one of the biggest culprits of that apathy for some players who are known for their hard work.

Bob also looked like a great acquisition. Not that I would've had him pegged for the Vezina race or anything, but I figured he would do a lot better for them than Mason had in recent years.

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04-19-2013, 11:56 AM
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That's a tough one, but I'm leaning Columbus.

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04-19-2013, 12:06 PM
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Most surprising team? Anaheim. They sucked two years ago, but made the playoffs with Cory Perry shooting 22% over the last 2 months. They sucked last year and did awful. They suck this year but between crazy shooting percentages, a hot start for Viktor Fasth, and winning some 1-goal games they're sitting pretty for 2nd seed.

Betting heavily against them in the playoffs.

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