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Freeway
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#1 Posted on 15.9.02 1615.17
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In the grand tradition of predicting stuff, let's predict the playoff teams (and for the heartier, the division winners & seeds) for the NHL season!

MY PREDICTIONS:
East
1. Flyers
2. Senators
3. Hurricanes
4. Devils
5. Leafs
6. Canadiens
7. Bruins
8. Capitals
West
1. Red Wings
2. Avalanche
3. Sharks
4. Stars
5. Coyotes
6. Flames
7. Blues
8. Canucks
PLAYOFFS
Flyers over Capitals
Sens over Bruins
Canadiens over Hurricanes
Devils over Leafs
Wings over Canucks...again.
Avalanche over Blues
Flames over Sharks
Stars over Coyotes

Flyers over Canadiens
Devils over Senators
Wings over Flames
Avalanche over Stars

Flyers over Devils
Avalanche over Wings

COLORADO DEF. PHILADELPHIA in FINALS

Thoughts: The Wild, Wild West is again the hardest conference to win. The Flames finally break into playoffs and win playoff series for first time in 14 years...but that's it. Avs and resurgent Forsberg win Cup.
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#2 Posted on 16.9.02 0042.14
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I think there's a lot of dreaming going on here. Leafs should be lower, Canadiens higher, Bruins too.

Stars should be lower, Flames higher, Coyotes should fall way the hell out. And your top three will be jostled around.

There are a lot of other teams that stand a chance, and theres no way the Devils go to the finals.

Now, on the flip side, I refuse to make any actual predictions, beyond my critique, as you and I both know there is no way anything we say will come true. I'm just looking forward to good hockey with no clutch and grab (or less, anyway). If the Pens get some open ice, they WILL be this year's sleeper.

Just remember, they were counted out in '91, and all they got was their name on a rather magnificent piece of hardware.
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#3 Posted on 16.9.02 0748.59
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as I always predict at this time of year - mainly due to my blind faith - The New York Rangers will defeat the Colorado Avalanche to bring the CUP back to it's rightful home marching down Broadway.......the devils will barely attract fan attention and bow out to the salmon in Ottawa - the flyers will find some way to implode due to booby's ego and mishandling of the franchise - the fishstix out on LI will show that they are one hit wonders and skulk back to the mausoleum in shame.......as big as the payroll will be, the red wings will come up short and Joe Sakic will continue to show that he is one of the finest money players the NHL has ever seen but even he and Patrick Roy won't be enough to stop Darius Kasparaitis (my new favorite Ranger) and crew over at MSG.
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#4 Posted on 16.9.02 1500.13
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Rangers get 90+ points this season. (I called this originally at the trading deadline last season.)

Caps will be much improved over last year.

Hurricanes will come back to earth. Good team, yes, but they won't make it back to the Stanley Cup finals.

Flyers collapse, implode, explode sometime during the season and Clarke will make more stupid trades(promising young player for washed up veteran). Yet somehow, they will end the season with 90 points and look horrible doing it.(I am a season ticket holder.)

Stars will be much improved out West.

100 point teams: Red Wings, Sharks, Avs, Rangers, and Islanders

Flyers lose in the first round again.

Red Wings and the Canucks in the Western Conference finals.
Red Wings win the Cup over the Islanders.


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#5 Posted on 16.9.02 1622.35
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Evilwaldo...your predictions were good cheap comedy.

The Canucks have crappier players than they did last year [no Cassels, and the Sedin twins are overrated].

They ain't making the Conference Finals.

And Chazerizer...Flames higher? I was being mellow and placing us sixth...and YOU think we could do better? WOW. I've made a believer out of another... That being said, if it's Flames/Red Wings in the playoffs...prepare for the yearly Playoff Upset.
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#6 Posted on 17.9.02 0029.13
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    Originally posted by Freeway420
    Evilwaldo...your predictions were good cheap comedy.

    The Canucks have crappier players than they did last year [no Cassels, and the Sedin twins are overrated].

    They ain't making the Conference Finals.

    And Chazerizer...Flames higher? I was being mellow and placing us sixth...and YOU think we could do better? WOW. I've made a believer out of another... That being said, if it's Flames/Red Wings in the playoffs...prepare for the yearly Playoff Upset.



I really do think the Flames will kick it up a notch. As many other people have said, it may just be blinding optimism, but I really do think they'll pull it off.
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#7 Posted on 17.9.02 0834.54
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C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!!

Of course, that assumes they'll actually finish over .500....
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#8 Posted on 17.9.02 1117.52
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I like the Flames, I really do, but for them to 'kick it up a notch' really means to move up to 9th in the conference. They simply aren't deep enough up front. Craig Conroy has already had his best season ever and looks unlikely to repeat (although playing with Iggy will certainly swell his numbers beyond what he could achieve elsewhere), and the rest of the forwards, especially the ghastly Rob Niedermayer, don't have the requisite skill. If they can move Marc Savard, one of the few valuable pieces of trade bait, they may improve somewhat, but don't be expecting miracles unless Turek can steal game after game like he did at the start of last year.

BTW Freeway, with Mike (biggest 5-hole in hockey) Vernon retiring, who will be the #2 guy between the pipes? Is Brent Krahn ready for primetime?

I do agree with the comments re: the Canucks, though. They're a good young team but they've lost ground over the summer and will be hard pressed to better last year's performance.
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#9 Posted on 17.9.02 1517.44
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The Senators will own the east this year.

Look for Ottawa vs Colorado in the Finals!

You heard it here first folks!

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#10 Posted on 17.9.02 2005.27
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Oh yeah, the Flames goaltending tandem will be the 1997-98 JENNINGS TROPHY WINNING Roman Turek & Jamie McLennan.
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#11 Posted on 17.9.02 2137.41
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    Originally posted by Freeway420
    Oh yeah, the Flames goaltending tandem will be the 1997-98 JENNINGS TROPHY WINNING Roman Turek & Jamie McLennan.


Talk about a goalie Tandum!

No better then 8 for the Flames. Although Iggy should have another good year.

Cujo will falter

Leafs will fall.....

Eddie will not soar like an eagle.

And the Sens...prove all big money teams wrong!

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#12 Posted on 18.9.02 0906.18
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My Predictions:

East

1. Boston
2. New York Islanders
3. Carolina (with less points than 4-6)
4. Ottawa
5. Philadelphia
6. Montreal
7. New York Rangers
8. New Jersey

West

1. Colorado
2. Detroit
3. Phoenix
4. Vancouver
5. Calgary
6. St. Louis
7. Dallas
8. Edmonton

East Playoffs

NJ over Boston
NYI over NYR
Montreal over Carolina
Ottawa over Philadelphia

NYI over NJ
Ottawa over Montreal

NYI over Ottawa

West Playoffs

Colorado over Edmonton
Detroit over Dallas
St. Louis over Phoenix
Calgary over Vancouver

Colorado over St. Louis
Detroit over Calgary

Detroit over Colorado

NHL Finals

Detroit over NYI in four

Keep this one in your NHL notebook, kids. It will be right.

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#13 Posted on 18.9.02 0942.38
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    Originally posted by Freeway420
    Evilwaldo...your predictions were good cheap comedy.

    The Canucks have crappier players than they did last year [no Cassels, and the Sedin twins are overrated].

    They ain't making the Conference Finals.

    And Chazerizer...Flames higher? I was being mellow and placing us sixth...and YOU think we could do better? WOW. I've made a believer out of another... That being said, if it's Flames/Red Wings in the playoffs...prepare for the yearly Playoff Upset.



Outside of the Red Wings it is a bloodbath out West. I just think that the Stars, Sharks, and Avs will beat the crap out of each other this year and someone will sneak in come playoff time.

You really like the Flyers? You have a lot more faith then I do. They have some serious problems on offense and defense.

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