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Eastern Conference Predictions

  • The new and improved NHL is set to kick off it’s new season in less than a month. At no point in the history of the NHL have we seen so many major changes happen at one time. Rule changes, economic changes, as well as major player changes were rampant as everyone tries to establish themselves under the new system. Divisional battles are highlighted this year as each team will face their divisional rivals 8 times. This will have major consequences on playoff drives.

    No one really knows what to expect this season, who will be succesful and who won’t? Former powerhouse teams are now on the same playing field with smaller market teams. The only certain thing is uncertainty.

    At Habs Blog, we try our best to see where the chips will fall this season in our pre-season Eastern Conference Prediction.

     

    Flyers x Philadelphia
    Senators x Ottawa
    Lightning x Tampa Bay
    Devils New Jersey
    Canadiens Montreal
    Bruins  Boston
    Penguins Pittsburgh
    Thrashers Atlanta

     

    Maple Leafs Toronto
    Panthers Florida
    Islanders New York Islanders
    Rangers New York Rangers
    Hurricanes Carolina
    Sabres Buffalo
    Capitals Washington

    Northeast

    1. Ottawa
    2. Montreal
    3. Boston
    4. Toronto
    5. Buffalo

    Atlantic

    1. Philadelphia
    2. New Jersey
    3. Pittsburgh
    4. NY Islanders
    5. NY Rangers

    Southeast

    1. Tampa Bay
    2. Atlanta
    3. Florida
    4. Carolina
    5. Washington

    A strong Northeast division and the Atlantic veterans leave the state of New York and their fans crying until next year.

    Tampa has a cup hangover but manages to take the Southeast anyway due to its weak opposition.

    Atlanta’s defence slightly improves under Bob Hartley and their ability to win consistently against weak Southeast rivals is enough to barely squeek into the post season for the first time.

    Pittsburgh’s offensive core is enough to offset the lacking defensive skill and ability in goal, Crosby enters the playoffs in his rookie year.

    Toronto’s elderly core can’t compete with the potent Northeast rivals and find themselves on the outside looking in.

    Until April 06′.

    Disagree? Post your own predictions in the comment section.
  1. #1 superfan says:
    September 7, 2005 at 1:25 pm

    Here they come ladies and gentleman. My Eastern Confrence picks are:

    1.xPhiladelphia
    2.xOttawa
    3.xTampa Bay
    4.Boston
    5.Pittsburgh
    6.Montreal
    7.New Jersey
    8.Florida

    9.Toronto
    10.Atlanta
    11.Washington
    12.New York Islanders
    13.New York Rangers
    14.Carolina
    15.Buffalo

    North East

    Ottawa
    Boston
    Montreal
    Toronto
    Buffalo

    Atlantic

    Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh
    New Jersey
    NY Islanders
    NY Rangers

    South East

    Tampa Bay
    Florida
    Atlanta
    Washington
    Carolina

    Please take note: THE LEAFS DON’T MAKE IT, AND THE PANTHERS DO.

  2. 1.xOttawa
    2.xPhiladelphia
    3.xTampa Bay
    4.Pittsburgh
    5.Boston
    6.Montreal
    7.Florida
    8.Atlanta

    9.New Jersey
    10.Buffalo
    11.Carolina
    12.New York Islanders
    13.New York Rangers
    14.Washington
    15.Toronto

    The Southeast is stronger than it looks — though I don’t think Mike Keenan’s style is going to benefit the Panthers in the long run (just the opposite — probably lead to the teams downfall – again). Atlanta is going to contend even without Dany Heatly… Of course, this prediction changes if Ilya Kovalchuk departs for sunnier pastures.

    Washington is… Eh… Washington, worst team in the division (may bore you to death in order to beat you) and Carolina is treading water.

    Toronto falls flat on their face and realizes the motto needs to become rebuilding instea dof retooling. They’ll try for young guns during the next offseason and that may or may not pan out for them — but will continue to put them in a tight Cap position.

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