Columbus, Carolina, Florida, and hopefully Atlanta, although I´m not all sold on their defense.
Edmonton Oilers. I´ve been away a couple of days, is the Comrie-thing over with? Anyway, they have no goalie, Salo is over and out.
I also see Detroit having problems keeping their standards also.
I'm pleasently suprised to see that people aren't automatically assume the Flyers will be worse off than last year because we got rid of Cechmanek.
personally i see philly's goaltending taking a hit this season, that being said i don't think it was the problem last season. as for playoffs, we shall see.
i think everything went bad for the offense on this team last year. amonte around to score 15+ powerplay goals could inject some life into the extra-man game that has been substandard for years. could be the spark needed. i think i picked them on an earlier post in this thread to go 10 points up. that'll probably mean some revenge wins against the sens...
I seen Jovo make some many brain farts last year in his own end. I consider players like that as defensive liabilitys.
and exactly how many games did you watch? including the post season i saw 93 games last season... and i didn't see him make many "brain farts" at all. you are probably thinking of Brent Sopel.
and the fact you state "in his own end" just decreases the validity of your statements. Jovo's knock in the past has been his giveaways in the neutral zone on the rush. i will admit... 2 years ago he did have many giveaways, but he had either on par with or less turnovers than noted defensive players such as Modano, Hatcher, Chelios, Ohlund, Fedorov, etc.
i can handle it when people make blind statements about our supposed goaltending troubles (with a player of the month and week goaltender who was our MVP for most of the season), or lack of secondary scoring (7th in the league in scoring beyond top-3 scorers).... but i hate it when people call Jovanovski a defensive liability. if he was, he would get loads of PK time and face other team's top lines.
I think Florida will be the most improved. They have looked awesome in pre-season. Bure is looking better than he ever has. I think they are going to be the surprise this year. They will probably win their division.
They have 4 solid lines and are not a very young team anymore. Should score alot more goals and if Luongo breakouts they will be a playoff team for sure