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Eastern Conference Power Rankings - Position 1

View Poll Results: Which is the #1 ranked team in the East
Boston Bruins 19 17.76%
Montreal Canadiens 0 0%
Buffalo Sabres 0 0%
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 0.93%
Ottawa Senators 0 0%
Philadelphia Flyers 0 0%
Pittsburgh Penguins 44 41.12%
New York Rangers 4 3.74%
New Jersey Devils 0 0%
New York Islanders 0 0%
Washington Capitals 35 32.71%
Tampa Bay Lightning 4 3.74%
Carolina Hurricanes 0 0%
Winnipeg Jets 0 0%
Florida Panthers 0 0%
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07-18-2011, 12:45 AM
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Eastern Conference Power Rankings - Position 1

A few threads back we all had our random rankings of the Eastern Conference.....might as well make it a poll and see how we think things will turn out. Barring something major of course...if that happens i may have to revisit this...but for now....

Who is the #1 (best) team in the East.



(Poll coming, hold your horses!)

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I went with the Caps. I think they will once again win the East...

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I went with the Caps. I think they will once again win the East...
This, made some expensive but nice additions. Hamrlik, Ward...very good additions..obviously Vokoun as well.

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I had to go with the caps as well. Vokoun in net on that team is a scary proposition, although the penguins are pretty much still a powerhouse as well. Wouldn't be surprised if the Flyers are a darkhorse for first place as well assuming that new roster gels well.

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I voted Pittsburgh, but Washington in the #1 seed won't surprise me.

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Voted pitt, given malkin and crosby are 100%, if not then I pick the caps

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I hate saying this but it has to be the pens, even with Washington adding voukun. Pitt last year was a home ice team essentially without Crosby and Malkin. Healthy years from both and they'll likely take the 1 seed.

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Voted for the Penguins.

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Going with Caps.

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I'll give the nod to the Champs here

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Going with Pittsburgh, Washington didn't impress last year but I like what they have done with their team in the offseason.

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I think Pittsburgh is going to be an amazing team this year. I think they will be #1 in the conference for sure.

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07-18-2011, 09:23 AM
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I went with Pitt also. Too much top end talent backed by a solid netminder. I think this is the top 5...


1) Penguins
2) Bruins
3) Lightning
4) Capitals
5) Rangers

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As long as the Pens have Crosby, Malkin, Staal down the middle, a solid top pair and a goaltender who's in the top 3rd, you've got to have them as the favorites. (All depending on health of course.) In a way, I think losing Crosby and Malkin for much of last year will make them better as it gave other players a chance to step up.

Here's my top 5:

1) PIT
2) WSH
3) NYR
4) TBL
5) BOS

Again, all depending on health. While I think the Pens and Caps are the obvious choices for 1 & 2, I think that lack of depth will hurt the Lightning a bit during the regular season and I see Boston as more of a playoff club than a President's Trophy contender. With the Rangers' depth I think they've got a real chance at #3 in the conference.

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Capitals
Lightning
Penguins
Rangers
Devils
Bruins
Canadiens
Flyers

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1. Pens
2. Stamkos
3. Bruins
4. Caps
5. Rangers

I don't get why so many people really think the Caps are the best team in the East?

It must be because a lot of people think that Voukoun will vault them to the next level. I vehemently disagree, and contend that they will be the same team that does well in the regular season, then is quickly dispatched in the playoffs.

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Agree on the Caps but they could easily bomb out in the playoffs again.

I wonder about Crosby. He was out an awful long time with that concussion. If he gets nailed again and it's another concussion--I'm thinking he might be heading into Eric Lindros territory.

As for the Bruins--I see some Stanley Cup letdown. 1) A short summer to recuperate--they played a lot of playoff games 2) teams are going to be gunning for them 3) no elite players apart from Chara. A lot of very good ones though. Thinking Rask is going to take more of a load off of Thomas this time around.

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I'll go with the Penguins. The Capitals are starting to become an enigma to me. For a few years now they've been my pick to finally have their year win the Cup. They haven't even made it as far as the Conference Final. The Penguins looked like a possible favorite to come out of the East even without Crosby and Malkin. That's the mark of a good TEAM. Washington is certainly a good group of players... but a good team?

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Couldn't care any less where Washington finishes. That team is softer than charmin come post season play. Adding Vokoun doesn't change that.

Think they'll have a rough time winning the conference. I believe Carolina will play much better this year and Tampa will be about the same. The Jets will not be great, but don't underestimate the difference playing in front of a sold out crowd every night might make for Winnipeg's play on home ice.

Still don't see how Pitt doesn't win the conference if Geno and Sid are healthy. Bylesma has proven himself IMO at getting the most out of mediocre players in his tenure there. That team plays for him, night in and night out, regardless of who's on the ice.

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Agree on the Caps but they could easily bomb out in the playoffs again.

I wonder about Crosby. He was out an awful long time with that concussion. If he gets nailed again and it's another concussion--I'm thinking he might be heading into Eric Lindros territory.

As for the Bruins--I see some Stanley Cup letdown. 1) A short summer to recuperate--they played a lot of playoff games 2) teams are going to be gunning for them 3) no elite players apart from Chara. A lot of very good ones though. Thinking Rask is going to take more of a load off of Thomas this time around.
as a fan of the game of hockey, that would upset me. guy's got all the talent in the world and to have his career ended because of concussion issues would be terrible.

i picked TB, btw. if their 3rd pairing defense turns out to be M.A. Bergeron and Matt Gilroy, though, they don't stand a chance.

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Pennguins Because

Crosby, Malkin, Fluery, Letang, Kunitz, Neal, Staal
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Ovechkin, Backstrom, Vokoun/Neuverth, Green, Semin, Johansson, Laich

Crosby = Ovechkin 0 0T
Malkin > Backstrom +1 +1P
Fluery > Vokoun/Neuverth +1 +2P
Letang = Green = 0 +P
Kunitz < Semin -1 +1P
Neal > Johansson +1 +2P
Staal = Laich 0 +2P

Stanley Cup Rings +1 Penguins
Easier Division +1 Washington
Overall +2 Penguins.


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1. Pens
2. Stamkos
3. Bruins
4. Caps
5. Rangers

I don't get why so many people really think the Caps are the best team in the East?

It must be because a lot of people think that Voukoun will vault them to the next level. I vehemently disagree, and contend that they will be the same team that does well in the regular season, then is quickly dispatched in the playoffs.
You check out Rolosson's age lately? You really expect Tampa's goaltending to hold up all year? Compare that to Washington's goaltending. That alone could be the difference between 1st and 2nd in their conference and the difference between a top3 seed and a bottom 4-8. Not to mention other player depth. Yeah Stammer is great, but so is AO. Beyone that there is VL, Backstrom, Hedman, Green, then things begin to drop off for Tampa while Washington still has plenty of talent.


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as a fan of the game of hockey, that would upset me. guy's got all the talent in the world and to have his career ended because of concussion issues would be terrible.

i picked TB, btw. if their 3rd pairing defense turns out to be M.A. Bergeron and Matt Gilroy, though, they don't stand a chance.
Perfect example of what I mean. MAB and Gilroy as a third pairing. That's fishsticks bad...with Rolosson in net who runs hot and cold...OMG...that's not a first place team...not with the run and gun game they play. I'd love to see the Rangers' bigger forwards pin that team into their own zone with a stiff forecheck. It'd be lights out.


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Went with Pitt, They just have to much top end talent, as long as Malkin and Crosby can stay healthy this season. The east is theirs to lose.

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Pitt...IF Crosby is healthy.

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If Crosby stays healthy I think it's going to be Pitt.

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