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SmootSmack 10-04-2005 12:37 AM

NHL Predictions
 
I don't know if there are any other NHL fans here. If you're not that's cool, but if you are I'm posting my predictions for the season here. Would love to read some others.

Northeast:

Ottawa: Basically going for it all now with the signing of Dominik Hasek
Boston: They may be a bit slow on defense, but have some solid veterans
Montreal: Hopefully the year off didn't completely kill their momentum
Toronto: Don't know about some of these "big name" acquisitions, like Lindros
Buffalo: Without Satan they don't have a prayer

Atlantic:

Philadelphia: Can't stand the Flyers but they're good, really good
New Jersey: As long as they have Brodeur, they can compete
New York Islanders: Losing Peca hurts, I doubt Yashin can carry this team
New York Rangers: Jaromir is better than Sidney Crosby right now
Pittsburgh: But Crosby might just be good enough to push Pitt out of last

Southeast:

Tampa: Have everything they need to repeat as Stanley Cup champs
Florida: Niewenduyk could have found better than this
Atlanta: Heatley needed a change of scenery, but his loss will really hurt
Carolina: Major drop-off at this point in the conference
Washington: They need to unload Olie and get some more prospects

Central:

Detroit: The Yankees of the NHL
Nashville: I'm biased, I like the Predators and Kariya is a perfect fit
Columbus: Rick Nash is a legit superstar and Adam Foote is a great mentor
Chicago: Khabibulin is a nice addition, but I think they still lack speed on O
St. Louis: The new cap rules have really hurt the Blues. Time to rebuild

Northwest:

Calgary: Iginla is going to need help if they want to return to the Cup finals
Vancouver: You could argue they've underachieved considering their talent
Edmonton: Peca and Pronger-veterans to help the youngsters down the road
Minnesota: They play too close to the vest too often
Colorado: Don't be surprised to see Sakic gone by the trading deadline

Pacific:

San Jose: Talented, but I think coach Ron Wilson can only take them so far
Los Angeles: I really like the Demitra signing to help Roenick
Dallas: The window has probably closed on them.
Anaheim: Solid defense with Niedermayer and Ozolinsh, but little scoring
Phoenix: Gretzky was the greatest ever but can he teach others to be great

Final Four: Ottawa, Philadelphia, Nashville, Vancouver

[B]Stanley Cup Champs: Ottawa over Vancouver (4-3)[/B]

Gmanc711 10-04-2005 01:21 AM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
Well I have never been a huge NHL guy, but everytime I watch hockey I end up loving it. So I'm going to try to get into it a little bit this year, working in slow. I have a media pass to Buffalo, so I'm hope they win the Stanley Cup lol. In all seriousness though, the Flames I think (from reading) have the best team so I'll go with them.

Redskins8588 10-04-2005 07:37 AM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
The PENS will take it all this year!!!

Well, I can dream right?!?!

BDBohnzie 10-04-2005 01:46 PM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
I haven't kept up with the NHL enough to make any solid predictions...however, look for Alexander Ovechkin to battle Sydney Crosby to the death for Rookie of the Year. LA could be a sleeper, as well as Edmonton and Pittsburgh.

My Final Four prediction is: Buffalo, Philly, Colorado, Calgary

Stanley Cup: Calgary over Buffalo in 6

RedskinRat 10-05-2005 03:12 PM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
Red Wings all the way.

Riggo44 10-05-2005 03:35 PM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
I am really not a big Hockey guy. But Go Ducks!!!! Quak Quak! ;)

PSUskinsfan11 10-05-2005 06:33 PM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
I live in central PA and hate ALL philly teams, but I do love the Flyers....Brasher is a cannon.

itvnetop 10-06-2005 05:23 AM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
i hear the new rules are offense-oriented, making for a more entertaining game... can anyone explain to us novices what these new rules are and how they will benefit scoring?

BDBohnzie 10-06-2005 11:06 AM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
Found this on MSNBC: [url]http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8672777/[/url]

Found this on TSN: [url]http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=131130&hubname=nhl[/url]

These 2 should be able to explain it fairly well.

itvnetop 10-06-2005 11:15 PM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
thanks man... excellent overview of the new rules!

steveo395 10-08-2005 01:43 PM

Re: NHL Predictions
 
Go Flyers!!


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