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Which Northwest team is most likely to miss the playoffs?

View Poll Results: Which team misses the playoffs
Calgary 94 59.12%
Colorado 8 5.03%
Minnesota 39 24.53%
Vancouver 18 11.32%
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10-09-2007, 06:28 PM
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Which Northwest team is most likely to miss the playoffs?

Chances are that only three teams from the Northwest make the playoffs this season. Although I could be wrong and it is still early days I think it is likely that Edmonton will be one of those teams because they are in rebuilding mode. Who will be the other and why?

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10-09-2007, 06:34 PM
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I think Minnesota will be 5th in the NW

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I think Minnesota will be 5th in the NW
I think you're wrong.

And I voted Calgary.

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I think Minnesota will be 5th in the NW
Idk , a lot of people said b4 the start that the Wild may win the NW.
I know you're an edmonton fan , but i think that Edm could be out , or Calgary.

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10-09-2007, 06:39 PM
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Calgary. Iron Mike will run them into the ground.

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The way I view it is that, although I think the Oilers will be bad, they aren't part of the poll.


Minnesota only marginally improved through a couple signings and a salary dump. Calgary, Vancouver and especially Colorado improved. When that happens you lose.

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10-09-2007, 06:54 PM
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If the Keenan experiment fails (which is a distict possiblity), calgary will miss the playoffs.

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I think you're wrong.

And I voted Calgary.
I'll do you one better. I guarantee he's wrong.

Anyways, Yeah Calgary for me too only because I think some key players will have had enough of Keenan by the 50 game mark and tune him out. This in turn will cause massive benchings and force Iginla to play 30 minutes a game and Phaneuf 40. Both miss the final 15 games due to exhaustion.

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Idk , a lot of people said b4 the start that the Wild may win the NW.
I know you're an edmonton fan , but i think that Edm could be out , or Calgary.
Oh, I think edmonton will be out of the playoffs too, but I have a feeling Min will be 5th. I dunno.

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10-09-2007, 07:49 PM
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Besides the oilers, I would have to say the Flames, especially if:
1. Iron Mike implodes the team
2. Kipper has any sort of long term injury.

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Calgary.

-Vancouver is the defending divisional champion, so they'll get the benefit of the doubt regardless. And, unless Luongo goes down, I can't see it happening.
-Minnesota will be up there with Vancouver for the division. They might be the unsexy team but great talent at goaltending and a well-planned defensive system (sounds like Vancouver a little, no?) put them right at the top.
-Colorado? Well... I'm an Avs fan. I wish we had amazing defense, but Budaj is fine in the net (will prove to be legit #1 this season to all critics) and our defensive depth isn't bad. Not amazing, but above average to good defensively. We'll see though.

This leaves out Calgary, though I also have a hard time believing they'll miss out. Yet, four teams from the same division in the playoffs? Possible, but unlikely.

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10-09-2007, 08:52 PM
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Minnesota only marginally improved through a couple signings and a salary dump. Calgary, Vancouver and especially Colorado improved. When that happens you lose.
That's how I see it also. But second to Minnesota being the team on the outside, Calgary is the next possibility depending on how the Keenan experiment pans out.

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10-09-2007, 10:08 PM
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I don't think Calgary will win their division but I don't think they'll miss the playoffs either. They'll finish 2nd or 3rd in the division and anywhere between 4th and 8th in the conference.

I understand we haven't won a game yet, but I think you people will look pretty stupid voting Calgary as the team most likely to miss the playoffs in the Northwest division.

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I don't think Calgary will win their division but I don't think they'll miss the playoffs either. They'll finish 2nd or 3rd in the division and anywhere between 4th and 8th in the conference.

I understand we haven't won a game yet, but I think you people will look pretty stupid voting Calgary as the team most likely to miss the playoffs in the Northwest division.

I don't think that people think that Calgary will miss the playoffs but out of the 4 teams listed it would make the most sense.

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Minnesota only marginally improved through a couple signings and a salary dump. Calgary, Vancouver and especially Colorado improved. When that happens you lose.
Those teams improved? If Minnesota only marginally improved, then what did those two teams do better than Minnesota? Also consider the age of the teams and how improving youth plays a factor.

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Those teams improved? If Minnesota only marginally improved, then what did those two teams do better than Minnesota? Also consider the age of the teams and how improving youth plays a factor.
calgary didn't improve but vancouver has more depth on defense now (miller, edler should be better). The sedins are a year older. The team knows the system and has some chemistry from last season.

They improved at least as much as minnesota.

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Those teams improved? If Minnesota only marginally improved, then what did those two teams do better than Minnesota? Also consider the age of the teams and how improving youth plays a factor.
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calgary didn't improve but vancouver has more depth on defense now (miller, edler should be better). The sedins are a year older. The team knows the system and has some chemistry from last season.

They improved at least as much as minnesota.
A point to each. Minnesota improves on the basis that Gaborik doesn't get injured (), Burns, Koivu and PMB's continued growth with James Sheppard coming in, and Fernandez's departure. Vancouver improves on the basis of improving 'young' players (Krajicek, Sedins), IF Naslund rebounds, Miller, and major depth on D and on forward grit. Oh, and Luongo getting better, which is hard to believe.

I'd have to give the Wild a bit of a lead on improvements there, if all their 'IFs' come true. As for which team is better? Your guess is as good as mine.

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calgary didn't improve but vancouver has more depth on defense now (miller, edler should be better). The sedins are a year older. The team knows the system and has some chemistry from last season.

They improved at least as much as minnesota.
Minnesota will have more depth at defense (Hill), has an upgrade at center (Belanger > White), has numerous young players that are coming into their own (Burns, Koivu, and Bouchard), and have a multiple top prospects that are expected to contribute at some point in this season (Sheppard, Pouliot, and Kalus). The Sedins are now 27 and aren't going to improve by a significant amount. Minnesota has everything Vancouver has and much more. windflare has it right.

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What makes the Northwest intersting is that on paper all of the four top teams are playoff teams but it is hard for four teams to make the playoffs from one division.

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Tossup between Minnesota and Calgary. Both teams have the talent to make the playoffs, but I think Keenan is going to sink the Flames unless Sutter takes the team back before it's too late.

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