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08-21-2004, 08:48 PM
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How do you think the preds will finish this year? I say we go 46 wins 20 wins 12 ties and 8 over time loses.

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How do you think the preds will finish this year? I say we go 46 wins 20 wins 12 ties and 8 over time loses.
I say we go 41-28-12-1. It'll be an increase over last year, IMO, but nothing major.

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How do you think the preds will finish this year? I say we go 46 wins 20 wins 12 ties and 8 over time loses.

i don't see us finishing with 112 points.

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95 points. 5th or 6th in the West, 2nd in the divison behind Detroit (last year for them finishing first for a long time)

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95 points. 5th or 6th in the West, 2nd in the divison behind Detroit (last year for them finishing first for a long time)
I would say that this is correct within 3 points either way. And I disagree about Detroit.

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7th-8th in the West 2nd-3rd in the Central 12th-17th in the League. Around 90 Points...

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7th-8th in the West 2nd-3rd in the Central 12th-17th in the League. Around 90 Points...
Wow, two BJ fans showing the love..... I agree with Sir Ozzie I'll add I think St. Louis will continue their downward spiral.

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6th. They'll win the division in a couple years.

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Wow, two BJ fans showing the love..... I agree with Sir Ozzie I'll add I think St. Louis will continue their downward spiral.
We're just realists We don't have the blue and white googles on all the time. Doubtful the Jackets make the playoffs next season, but we might actually beat the Preds ONCE this year by playing better instead of the Preds giving us the game (which they did twice last season). I admire the way your organization has run itself by way of trading, drafting and free agent signings.

I doubt the Blues make the playoffs next season. They have Lalime in goal, for crying out loud.

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I would say that this is correct within 3 points either way. And I disagree about Detroit.
If Columbus can learn to play defense (and find some more talent back there), and we can learn to score (and find some talent up front), then I'd say that Detroit's central dominance is going to end within the next few years. If the new CBA is in any way favorable to small market teams, then I just fail to see Detroit being able to adequately address their needs. If the NHL adopts a system even remotely similar to that of the NFL's, a premium will be placed on young, productive talent. And Detroit has little of it. They aren't the worst off as there are others in worse shape. But they certainly aren't in an enviable position if the new CBA is different from the current.

I am not talking about a complete meltdown by Detroit, just that I think they won't be nearly as dominant as they once were. That, combined with the predicted upsurge by Nashville and Columbus (I just don't see Chicago competing at a high level for a while) and you have yourself a ball game.

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08-22-2004, 09:57 PM
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Preds will finish 5th or 6th.

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7th-8th...depending upon the disparity between the top/lower tier teams....

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I get mixed feelings sometimes when I think of the coming season. With the emerging young talent in Chicago and Columbus- I feel that some of these teams will have a season similair to our 03-04.

Preds will really have to keep the intensity for the total 82 (hopefully) games. I believe that Central will really heat up and be more enjoyable than ever to watch.

Blues- they are going nowhere.

So I dont know where we will end up, but I know that the Central games are going to be spectacular.

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I think Chicago is looking better now than at the end of last season. Ruuto is a player, he's like a cross between Erat and Tootoo. Bell can't fight worth a flip but he can play, Arnason won't be there long. If Thibault could ever stay healthy they would fight for a playoff spot, IMHO.

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I predict the Central will be one of the toughest top to bottom in the NHL very soon. Columbus just needs defense. Nashville just needs offense, and has some excellent prospects underway. Blues are past their peak now, and the Wings need a serious top to bottom rebuild, but will always find a way to compete via the purse.

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I would predict 7th - 9th depending on what happens in teh offseason. Do we resign Erat and Hall? Is Numminen brought in? Who gets teh call ups to play with the big club? The Preds are just now on the verge of becoming an annual contendor. I think we should make the playoffs, but a few bad injuries especially at center.....and we may just miss them...

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We really need to sign both Erat and Hall., Im not convinced that we need to blow money on NUmminen. I'd also like to see Shish, and Id like to get a better look at Pivko.

I think we make it, but I still think it will be a long hard struggle to the end.

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I'm guessing a finish similar to last years.

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If Columbus can learn to play defense (and find some more talent back there), and we can learn to score (and find some talent up front), then I'd say that Detroit's central dominance is going to end within the next few years. If the new CBA is in any way favorable to small market teams, then I just fail to see Detroit being able to adequately address their needs. If the NHL adopts a system even remotely similar to that of the NFL's, a premium will be placed on young, productive talent. And Detroit has little of it. They aren't the worst off as there are others in worse shape. But they certainly aren't in an enviable position if the new CBA is different from the current.

I am not talking about a complete meltdown by Detroit, just that I think they won't be nearly as dominant as they once were. That, combined with the predicted upsurge by Nashville and Columbus (I just don't see Chicago competing at a high level for a while) and you have yourself a ball game.
Never Underestimate Chicago. They didnt have one NHL Goalie last season, and Thibault is still a very good goalie.

Heres how I think the Central will play out

Detroit-1st in Division,1st-3rd in Conference, 4th-8th in League.

Nashville-2nd-3rd in Division 7th-8th in Conference, 12th-17th in League

St. Louis-2nd-3rd in Division 7th-8th in Conference, 12th-17th in League

Chicago-4th-5th in Division, 14th-15th in Conference, 25th-28th in League

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Never Underestimate Chicago.
I don't underestimate Chicago. I think they can be real good, but not for a few years. Unlike most people on these boards, I don't subscribe to the 'average free agents make your team much better' theory. They got a lot of nice little pieces, but they still don't have a defense. They are, once again, going to have to rely on Thibault to win them games. If he goes down like last year, they'll have a very bad year again. They are several years away from being good as a large part of their team for the next few years hasn't even stepped on to NHL ice.

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Never Underestimate Chicago.
Ha! Wirtz or the Front Office will screw that team up every time! Every good young player that comes up in their organization, they usually let go. See Hasak, Roenick, Belfour.

Before the Preds, I was a 'Hawks fan. They had a good young crop of players then, Ethan Moreau, Christian LaFlame, Dan Cleary. They're all on other teams now.

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