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by buckeyehoppy » Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:43 am
by skatingtripods » Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:14 pm
by buckeyehoppy » Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:29 pm
Skating Tripods wrote:Pretty accurate for the most part.I disagree with a few things though. I think the Flyers find their way into a playoffs over a team like Toronto. The Flyers did lots of wheeling and dealing during the offseason and young guys like Carter and Richards are just going to keep getting better. Biron's a solid goaltender who never really got his fair share of the work in Buffalo, and he's historically a phenomenal second-half goaltender. Plus, Philly's in a weak division.I think Florida also has a legitimate shot. Vokoun almost single-handedly catapulted Nashville into the playoffs a couple years ago. Their blueline is young, but very talented. In the pathetic EC Southwest division, they have as good a shot as anyone. Atlanta has been the poster child of inconsistency, especially from its superstars.In terms of the West, you overrate Vancouver immensely. Sure Luongo had extremely gaudy stats with Florida, but that's just because of the volume of shots that he faced. He's always been a goalie that needed lots of work to be sharp and in the tough, rough and tumble western conference, he won't fare near as well. Their defense also is not all that spectacular. Guys like Bieksa and Salo are solid, but not going to lead them that far.San Jose is a better team than you give them credit for. They've got two bonafide superstars and a great supporting cast. The D is young, but very very mobile. Guys like Ehrhoff and Carle can really transition well.I certainly can't disagree with Ottawa on the big stage, but I still don't like Vancouver that much. I'm thinking Ottawa faces an upstart Minnesota team in the finals. They score just enough, play the perfect system and have the best goaltender that no one has heard of. Ottawa's only real stumbling block is in net. That's a big problem to have in April. Their goaltending is what will carry them as far as they go.
by skatingtripods » Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:59 pm
buckeyehoppy wrote:Of course, you have to bear in mind that these predictions happened before the start of the season, and a lot of things have happened even since the start of the campaign.Vancouver is a team in disarray at this point. There is a lot of talent there with Naslund, Morrison, and the Sedin brothers. However, the Sedin brothers are off to a slow start as is Bieksa and Vigneualt is calling out some of his players for their sloppiness thus far. It's a long season, but their D has been subpar to this point and Bieksa need to be rock solid if they expect to go on a run.
San Jose definitely has the tools to go all the way, but do they have the heart? I think the Sharks are slowly but surely finding out that Wilson isn't the answer as the bench boss. I also have a hard time believing that Nabakov will ever get his game to a high enough level to take the Sharks that far. I'll agree with you on Ehrhoff, though. He looked great here in Cleveland and has just kept improving. A lot of teams would like to have this guy.
Right now, the feeling here is that it is (I hate to say this) Detroit's conference to lose. This is the one team who has the best balance of vets and youngsters along with a coach who know how to go the distance. I don't like the Dead Wings, but you have to hand it to them...they know how to win and understand that you have to beat the teams you should and step up when it counts.
We'll see how Philadelphia does in the balance of a full season. Biron should be the goalie that you claim but has always struggled with consistency. His consistency is what cost him the Buffalo job. I've always liked Marty, but he and Flyers aren't going anywhere near the playoffs if he goes into one of those one or two month jags where he regularly gets beaten like a rented mule. The Flyers are still a little too green on balance to sustain a Biron meltdown.
Florida is a team I like, but I'll like them better in another year or so with or without Vokoun. If their is an upstart team in that division, it is Washington and they have the D and the G to back that up. I still like Carolina and Tampa better in that division, though.
by buckeyehoppy » Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:52 pm
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