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#1 The_People1

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:00 PM

Western Conference Predictions 2013

1. Vancouver Canucks - Great regular season team
2. Los Angeles Kings - Cup champs had ample time to recharge
3. St.Louis Blues - Most balanced roster in the Conference
4. Chicago Blackhawks - Questions in goal but steady team overall
5. Minnesota Wild - They are healthy and added impact players over the summer
6. San Jose Sharks - Still hard to argue against their roster
7. Phoenix Coyotes - Learning how to win and returning a solid team from last season
8. Detroit Red Wings - No Lidstrom hurts them but they still make the playoffs
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9.Edmonton Oilers - Too much emerging potential to not be in the playoff hunt this season
10. Nashville Predators - No dynamic duo on the blueline and don't have enough scoring power
11. Calgary Flames - Too many "what if's"
12. Dallas Stars - No Ribeiro and don't have enough blueline depth overall
13. Colorado Avalanche - Kind of like a young St.Louis Blues in the making but not quite there yet
14. Anaheim Ducks - No improvements during the summer
15. Columbus Blue Jackets - clinched last place way back in the summer

#2 ConnorFutureGM

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

Western Conference Predictions 2013

1. Vancouver Canucks - Great regular season team
2. Los Angeles Kings - Cup champs had ample time to recharge
3. St.Louis Blues - Most balanced roster in the Conference
4. Chicago Blackhawks - Questions in goal but steady team overall
5. Minnesota Wild - They are healthy and added impact players over the summer
6. San Jose Sharks - Still hard to argue against their roster
7. Phoenix Coyotes - Learning how to win and returning a solid team from last season
8. Detroit Red Wings - No Lidstrom hurts them but they still make the playoffs
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9.Edmonton Oilers - Too much emerging potential to not be in the playoff hunt this season
10. Nashville Predators - No dynamic duo on the blueline and don't have enough scoring power
11. Calgary Flames - Too many "what if's"
12. Dallas Stars - No Ribeiro and don't have enough blueline depth overall
13. Colorado Avalanche - Kind of like a young St.Louis Blues in the making but not quite there yet
14. Anaheim Ducks - No improvements during the summer
15. Columbus Blue Jackets - clinched last place way back in the summer


1. St.Louis - Hitchcock takes the team to the next level to contender status
2. Vancouver - A step back in the standings, might not be the worse thing for the Canucks
3. LA - Slight hangover with big body team might take a bit to get going plus in tough division
4. Chicago - Need to get some of their depth back to be serious contenders
5. San Jose - Window closing if not closed
6. Minnesota - Should be improved
7. Detroit - One step back, how is Holland going to respond?
8. Edmonton - Edmonton benefits from short season where they might not make it in a 82 game season, too bad they face Hitchcock
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9. Phoenix - Lost some forward depth and veteran team might be a slow starter, Smith's play drops off a bit
10. Nashville - How's the team going to be without Suter?
11. Dallas - Talented forward group, lacking defence but might surprise
12. Calgary - Feaster stirred the pot in the off season but didn't really make the roster better
13. Colorado - Young team could go either way
14. Columbus - Strong defence forwards not so much
15. Anaheim - This is my rebuild candidate

#3 wally31

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

Western Conference Predictions 2013

1. Vancouver Canucks - Great regular season team
2. Los Angeles Kings - Cup champs had ample time to recharge
3. St.Louis Blues - Most balanced roster in the Conference
4. Chicago Blackhawks - Questions in goal but steady team overall
5. Minnesota Wild - They are healthy and added impact players over the summer
6. San Jose Sharks - Still hard to argue against their roster
7. Phoenix Coyotes - Learning how to win and returning a solid team from last season
8. Detroit Red Wings - No Lidstrom hurts them but they still make the playoffs
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9.Edmonton Oilers - Too much emerging potential to not be in the playoff hunt this season
10. Nashville Predators - No dynamic duo on the blueline and don't have enough scoring power
11. Calgary Flames - Too many "what if's"
12. Dallas Stars - No Ribeiro and don't have enough blueline depth overall
13. Colorado Avalanche - Kind of like a young St.Louis Blues in the making but not quite there yet
14. Anaheim Ducks - No improvements during the summer
15. Columbus Blue Jackets - clinched last place way back in the summer


1. St. Louis Blues
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Vancouver Canucks
4. Chicago Blackhawks
5. San Jose Sharks
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Nashville Predators
8. Phoenix Coyotes

9. Minnesota Wild
10. Dallas Stars
11. Edmonton Oilers
12. Anaheim Ducks
13. Calgary Flames
14. Colorado Aves
15. Columbus Blue Jackets

I just don't have a good feeling about this year. I want to be proven wrong, and make the playoffs, but I don't see it happening with our C depth. (lack there of).
I also think the St. Louis Blues will win their first cup since being introduced to the league in 1967.

#4 The_Don

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:54 PM

Western Conference Predictions 2013

1. Vancouver Canucks - Great regular season team
2. Los Angeles Kings - Cup champs had ample time to recharge
3. St.Louis Blues - Most balanced roster in the Conference
4. Chicago Blackhawks - Questions in goal but steady team overall
5. Minnesota Wild - They are healthy and added impact players over the summer
6. San Jose Sharks - Still hard to argue against their roster
7. Phoenix Coyotes - Learning how to win and returning a solid team from last season
8. Detroit Red Wings - No Lidstrom hurts them but they still make the playoffs
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9.Edmonton Oilers - Too much emerging potential to not be in the playoff hunt this season
10. Nashville Predators - No dynamic duo on the blueline and don't have enough scoring power
11. Calgary Flames - Too many "what if's"
12. Dallas Stars - No Ribeiro and don't have enough blueline depth overall
13. Colorado Avalanche - Kind of like a young St.Louis Blues in the making but not quite there yet
14. Anaheim Ducks - No improvements during the summer
15. Columbus Blue Jackets - clinched last place way back in the summer

Can't disagree too much. Might go:

1. Vancouver
2. Los Angeles
3. St. Louis
4. Chicago
5. Detroit
6. San Jose
7. Nashville
8. Minnesota
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9. Dallas
10. Colorado
11. Phoenix
12. Anaheim
13. Edmonton
14. Calgary
15. Columbus

#5 Igster

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

:blink:

Wow...bleak looking for the Flames from you guys huh? I'm not going to make a full prediction, but I think the Flames older lineup benefits from a shortened season and gets into the playoffs.

#6 wally31

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

:blink:

Wow...bleak looking for the Flames from you guys huh? I'm not going to make a full prediction, but I think the Flames older lineup benefits from a shortened season and gets into the playoffs.


I really hope so. I'm just worried about our C depth....

#7 DirtyDeeds

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

1. Los Angeles Kings
2. St.Louis Blues
3. Minnesota Wild - Most improved and won't fade half way into a short season
4. Vancouver Canucks
5. San Jose Sharks
6. Chicago Blackhawks
7. Calgary Flames - I'll be a homer
8. Colorado Avalanche
9. Anaheim Ducks - They were solid to finish the season with new coach.
10. Phoenix Coyotes
11. Detroit Red Wings
12. Dallas Stars
13.Edmonton Oilers - same basic probs as last season. D and suspect goaltending.
14. Columbus Blue Jackets
15. Nashville Predators

#8 mrjohnnycanuck

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:25 PM

1. Los Angeles Kings
2. St.Louis Blues
3. Minnesota Wild - Most improved and won't fade half way into a short season
4. Vancouver Canucks
5. San Jose Sharks
6. Chicago Blackhawks
7. Calgary Flames - I'll be a homer
8. Colorado Avalanche
9. Anaheim Ducks - They were solid to finish the season with new coach.
10. Phoenix Coyotes
11. Detroit Red Wings
12. Dallas Stars
13.Edmonton Oilers - same basic probs as last season. D and suspect goaltending.
14. Columbus Blue Jackets
15. Nashville Predators


Change up the Blue Jackets with the Preds and your on the mark. :lol:

#9 hockeypriest

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:23 PM

Kings. Looked invincible in the playoffs and they are the best coached team in the world
Blues. Incredible season last year and a very balanced roster...add the 2nd best coach in the world and you have a force to be reckoned with
Canucks. Best of a weak division...
Sharks. Still a good regular season team with a bolstered blue line
Hawks. High end talent up front and 2 studs on the point
Wild. If last year was only 48 games these guys could have won a playoff round...big offseason too...
Flames. Would have been a playoff team last year with NHL coaching, better special teams, or better results in the shootout
Avs. Thanks to Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Hudler, and Stuart for leaving the Wings
Ducks. Could easily finish as high as sixth if the BIG BOYS bring their game
Wings. Holy high end exodus Batman!!
Preds. Annual overachievers have a huge hole to fill on the backend
Yotes. Overachieved last year
Stars. Jagr ain't what he used to be....Loss of Ribeiro hurts
Oilers. Best D-man has zero NHL experience...besides "Deflate for Nate" ....they just can't resist sucking and drafting a high profile forward...
Jackets No Nash....Who is their best player now?

This is all based on it being a short season....

#10 FF12

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:25 PM

1.Minnesota- Off season trades will net Minnesota First
2.Phoenix-They did make the West final after all...
3.St.Louis
4.Colorado- Showed incredible promise late in season.
5.Vancouver
6.Chicago
7.San Jose
8.Detroit
9.Los Angelas- I know I'm probably on crack suggesting the Kings will miss.
10.Anaheim
11.Dallas
12.Calgary- Usual
13.Edmonton- Usual
14.Nashville
15.Colmubus

#11 bronco73

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:25 PM

1-Vancouver - Still the beast of the conference even with Luongo fiasco
2-Los Angeles - Last year wasn't a freak, they've got plenty of power
3-St Louis - They've built a team that will not quit, and they are deep
4-San Jose - Lots of stars and Couture rocks, definitely have a shot.
5-Detroit - They still have it, only weakness is defense if you can call it a weakness
6-Minnesota - They've added too many pieces to be ignored
7-Chicago - goaltending and defense must be solved, offense will carry them
8-Phoenix - the workhorse of the western conference
9-Nashville - Losing Suter hurts, but they still have plenty of talent
10-Colorado - Landeskog is future star, the team is on its way up
11-Edmonton - Lots of holes still to fix, but I gotta be a homer
12-Dallas - Some work to do, but a strong cast
13-Calgary - Getting older but still a threat, Kipper is king. cervenka, hudler, and kids will be the factor
14-Anaheim - The four big guns can't do it all, and sellane in his late twighlight
15-Columbus - is there anything else that can go wrong for that team?

#12 mrjohnnycanuck

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:45 AM

1-Vancouver - Still the beast of the conference even with Luongo fiasco
2-Los Angeles - Last year wasn't a freak, they've got plenty of power
3-St Louis - They've built a team that will not quit, and they are deep
4-San Jose - Lots of stars and Couture rocks, definitely have a shot.
5-Detroit - They still have it, only weakness is defense if you can call it a weakness
6-Minnesota - They've added too many pieces to be ignored
7-Chicago - goaltending and defense must be solved, offense will carry them
8-Phoenix - the workhorse of the western conference
9-Nashville - Losing Suter hurts, but they still have plenty of talent
10-Colorado - Landeskog is future star, the team is on its way up
11-Edmonton - Lots of holes still to fix, but I gotta be a homer
12-Dallas - Some work to do, but a strong cast
13-Calgary - Getting older but still a threat, Kipper is king. cervenka, hudler, and kids will be the factor
14-Anaheim - The four big guns can't do it all, and sellane in his late twighlight
15-Columbus - is there anything else that can go wrong for that team?



Too be honest...

I think both the Oilers and the Flames can be better than most people think

both teams CAN make the playoffs but is that the BEST for each Franchise?



HE He..........

Can't wait for the Season to begin ;)

#13 ConnorFutureGM

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:33 AM

1-Vancouver - Still the beast of the conference even with Luongo fiasco
2-Los Angeles - Last year wasn't a freak, they've got plenty of power
3-St Louis - They've built a team that will not quit, and they are deep
4-San Jose - Lots of stars and Couture rocks, definitely have a shot.
5-Detroit - They still have it, only weakness is defense if you can call it a weakness
6-Minnesota - They've added too many pieces to be ignored
7-Chicago - goaltending and defense must be solved, offense will carry them
8-Phoenix - the workhorse of the western conference
9-Nashville - Losing Suter hurts, but they still have plenty of talent
10-Colorado - Landeskog is future star, the team is on its way up
11-Edmonton - Lots of holes still to fix, but I gotta be a homer
12-Dallas - Some work to do, but a strong cast
13-Calgary - Getting older but still a threat, Kipper is king. cervenka, hudler, and kids will be the factor
14-Anaheim - The four big guns can't do it all, and sellane in his late twighlight
15-Columbus - is there anything else that can go wrong for that team?

Putting Oilers as 11th is not being a "homer". Most analysts figure the Oilers should be in the mix but not quite there yet.

1. St.Louis - Hitchcock takes the team to the next level to contender status
2. Vancouver - A step back in the standings, might not be the worse thing for the Canucks
3. LA - Slight hangover with big body team might take a bit to get going plus in tough division
4. Chicago - Need to get some of their depth back to be serious contenders
5. San Jose - Window closing if not closed
6. Minnesota - Should be improved
7. Detroit - One step back, how is Holland going to respond?
8. Edmonton - Edmonton benefits from short season where they might not make it in a 82 game season, too bad they face Hitchcock
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9. Phoenix - Lost some forward depth and veteran team might be a slow starter, Smith's play drops off a bit
10. Nashville - How's the team going to be without Suter?
11. Dallas - Talented forward group, lacking defence but might surprise
12. Calgary - Feaster stirred the pot in the off season but didn't really make the roster better
13. Colorado - Young team could go either way
14. Columbus - Strong defence forwards not so much
15. Anaheim - This is my rebuild candidate



1. Los Angeles Kings
2. St.Louis Blues
3. Minnesota Wild - Most improved and won't fade half way into a short season
4. Vancouver Canucks
5. San Jose Sharks
6. Chicago Blackhawks
7. Calgary Flames - I'll be a homer
8. Colorado Avalanche
9. Anaheim Ducks - They were solid to finish the season with new coach.
10. Phoenix Coyotes
11. Detroit Red Wings
12. Dallas Stars
13.Edmonton Oilers - same basic probs as last season. D and suspect goaltending.
14. Columbus Blue Jackets
15. Nashville Predators

I'm the only one who has the Oilers in and you the Flames. Our other picks are also quite different. It will be interesting to see who is closer between us.

#14 mrjohnnycanuck

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:38 AM

Putting Oilers as 11th is not being a "homer". Most analysts figure the Oilers should be in the mix but not quite there yet.





I'm the only one who has the Oilers in and you the Flames. Our other picks are also quite different. It will be interesting to see who is closer between us.



It should be......
Both teams can be right their...

Time will only tell

;)

#15 DirtyDeeds

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:14 AM

I'm the only one who has the Oilers in and you the Flames. Our other picks are also quite different. It will be interesting to see who is closer between us.


You got to move the Wild higher up. The only reason they didn't make the playoffs after their fast start was their #1 center was injured for over 20 games. They need Niklas Backstrom to stay healthy too.

For this season add in two elite players to the mix and they will be right there.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

You got to move the Wild higher up. The only reason they didn't make the playoffs after their fast start was their #1 center was injured for over 20 games. They need Niklas Backstrom to stay healthy too.

For this season add in two elite players to the mix and they will be right there.

They'll be better, no denying that and they have some really good prospects coming up too. The one thing is that teams usually take a season or two to gel to move up the standings. They're going to be a lot different team so it will take some time for people to adjust.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

I agree with most of you in that the Canucks will not place first although they won't be far off. I predict somewhere between 1-4. Kesler won't be starting the season and that's going to hurt. Unless they get a decent fill-in in a trade for Luongo that could have significant impact.

Don't see Minnesota placing first despite the fact they rode first for quite awhile last season. I also think St. Louis may return closer to the norm and that last year was a bit of an anomaly.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

1. St. Louis Blues
2. Vancouver Canucks
3. Los Angeles Kings

4. Nashville Predators
5. San Jose Sharks
6. Chicago Blackhawks

7. Minnesota Wild
8. Detroit Redwings
9. Calgary Flames

10. Dallas Stars
11. Anaheim Ducks
12. Edmonton Oilers

13. Colorado Avalanche
14. Phoenix Coyotes
15. Columbus Blue Jackets

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:21 PM

Honestly, there are 14 teams that "could" make the playoffs. With a shortened season 1 slow start or late slump with just be that much more back-breaking. It'll be an interesting stretch, each game essentially means twice as much as usual.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

Honestly, there are 14 teams that "could" make the playoffs. With a shortened season 1 slow start or late slump with just be that much more back-breaking. It'll be an interesting stretch, each game essentially means twice as much as usual.


This is true and more. Someone said we won't be doing eastern swings this year but I am not sure of that.(Lets see the schedule) Even so with the high number of inter-division and inter-conference games in a shortened season do make the games worth twice as much.