Do you guys feel like the Wings might struggle in the East? I have a feeling they will struggle this upcoming season...?
I'm really not in love with their defense, I think it's actually pretty weak and I'm not sold on Howard even though he has been great.
Combine the defense they have with how the East operates and they're going to find themselves having to go from puck possession to grinding out wins defensively. I think they'll miss for the first time in 22 years.
Think it's gonna be a huge battle from the Rangers down to the leafs. Many teams in there with the ability to step up and surprise. Think the Canes and Jackets might even work their way into that group. Should make for some great hockey.
It's a bit of a transition year for us. I think we'll just make the playoffs and then likely be one and done. It's next year when things get interesting. Going into 2014-2015 we could have a fantastic young team.
I usually aim the hardcore fan that places us first, and when I don't feel it, I place us like 5th.
But this year doesn't feel good at all.
14- New Jersey
Our defense is piss poor. We do have a good offensive, puck possession team. But we've shown the league that our defense sucks. We still haven't addressed our size issues. Our wingers aren't great (Bourque was good last season, and Gallagher is still improving, Pacioretty is our only good LW). And nobody give me that crap about Briere playing the wing, he doesn't play good on the wing like he does in the center. I just don't see this hapening unless Bergevin manages to make some trades.
This "Best team in the conference" finished 4th last year (3rd in points). They swapped out Horton, Seguin and Ference for Erikkson and Iginla. Very reliant on 36 year old Chara-Iginla duo. Iginla racked up 5 points more than the beloved David Desharnais last year.
They gave their goalie a massive raise and 8 year contract.
Biggest problem with Bruins is they're still $2 million over the salary cap even after removing Savard on the IR, and that's with only 21 players on the roster. Someone else has to go.
I don't know why we always have to praise the Bruins, they're not a cut above anyone, especially not the Penguins, regardless of what happened in the playoffs. Everyone is reading way too much into the size they allegedly have (2 guys are big, the rest are cheap turds like Marchand).
I see them right in the mix with Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Capitals and Rangers - hard to say any of those teams is clearly better than the others.
Seem to recall similar comments about the B's last year... We all know how that story ended.
I hate the bruins with a passion, and would to see them implode. Reality is that their group, of which the leadership is largely intact & still very effective, is that they have a cup & runner-up finish in their past 3-years on the resume.
If anything, habs fans generally underrate them vs overrate them.
Very solid goalie
Top-6 defense deeper than most in the league
Great mix is scoring, toughness, role-players up front
Coach/system that fits their roster & has locker room support
Solid & surprisingly deep group of NHL prospects knocking at the door
Bruins simply have fewer holes/question marks than any team in the East.
I won't do my East ranking prediction right now but I wouldn't be surprise if we miss the playoffs.
Strongest division, a lot of good teams, a questionable D... it will be hard. No way we finish 2nd or higher once again.