I've been doing this for like 4 or 5 years now, so let's get this party started.
Rank what will be the best teams in the Eastern Conference. You can choose to pick what team you think will win the East and be in the SCF, OR what team you think will finish 1st overall at the end of the regular season, use whatever criteria you think is most applicable...as this poll goes, just keep going based on who is left.
Here are the current Division setups:
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Here are the current results of our polls
2)Detroit Red Wings
2)New York Rangers
Here are the current Eastern Conference Power Rankings:
3)New York Rangers
4)Detroit Red Wings
Here are the current Playoff Matchups:
Home VS Away
Boston Bruins VS Worst Wild Card Team (8)
Pittsburgh Penguins VS 2nd Worst Wild Card Team (7)
Detroit Red Wings VS Ottawa Senators
New York Rangers VS Division D #3
Suprised to see so many people picking the caps. I don't even see them as a playoff team. Though, if Ovechkin keeps up his second half streak I suppose a lot could happen. I'm with those saying Columbus, but Toronto should be up there too I think.
No way Caps will be better than Leafs (at least not by the margin they currently lead in this poll). Toronto who took Boston to within one period to elimination and improved since then against Caps who lost the benefit of earnings gimme points in perpetually weak division? Toronto all the way.
Voted for the Jackets. Think they're getting underrated here. They have the reigning Vezina winner and added Gaborik and Horton to an already pretty good support cast.
Same here. With Horton and switching conferences, I think they are going to be a tough team to beat because they will be on a high with a lot less travel. They will surprise teams in the East who might not take them as seriously as they should due to their past reputation.
2 huge injuries to start the year and staal is an unknown.
with everyone healthy we're easily up there with Boston and Pittsburgh...shuffle the boards and see where they end up...all 3 could finish in 1st place.
How quickly will the team adjust to the new system. How will Richards rebound.
How will the bottom 6 perform.
Will Brass confirm.
Will Stepan confirm.
Will kreider step up.
Will Staal return at (or close to) 100%.
Those are some of the questions in my mind.
I am optimist and I see good things, but I cannot rank them that high based on the uncertainty at this point.
There is nothing wrong with having the Rangers ranked 3rd.
They finished 3rd/4th last year in the playoffs
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The Ovenchickens lost their #2 center in Ribeiro and didn't replace him. Unless Kuznetsov comes over this season and makes a big impact, I don't see them higher than being a bubble team. Montreal for me. Their team barely changed this offseason and their young guys are another year older and better.