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Old 10-03-2001, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default PREVIEW: Final Predictions

Well, this is it! -- Part Seven of Seven Parts to this special series of NHL 2001-2002 Season Preview threads. It's time to make our final predictions!

EAST - FINAL STANDINGS
1. *Washington
2. *New Jersey
3. *Toronto
4. Philadelphia
5. Ottawa
6. NY Rangers
7. Boston
8. Tampa Bay
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9. NY Islanders
10. Buffalo
11. Carolina
12. Florida
13. Pittsburgh
14. Atlanta
15. Montréal
*Division leaders seeded 1-2-3
** Thoughts: Spots 10 through 13 will be crammed up, and the Islanders and Tampa will battle hard for the final playoff spot


WEST - FINAL STANDINGS

1. *Colorado
2. *Detroit
3. *San Jose
4. St. Louis
5. Dallas
6. Calgary
7. Los Angeles
8. Nashville
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9. Edmonton
10. Vancouver
11. Chicago
12. Phoenix
13. Anaheim
14. Minnesota
15. Columbus
*Division leaders seeded 1-2-3
** Thoughts: On a second look, Edmonton and Calgary may switch spots for a playoff spot... The teams #1 thru #5 are almost gauranteed to be in the playoffs, though the order they will finish will has yet to be determined... The teams #6 through #11, however, will all make strong cases for playoff berths


STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

WEST - Detroit Red Wings over rival Colorado Avalanche in the Western Finals
EAST - A close series between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. Being Canadian, I'm biased, but picking Toronto
FINALS - Detroit will win. Over who? Again, I'm going with Toronto, but it's going to be one tight season!


PREDICTION SUMMARY & OTHER PREDICTIONS

CUP WINNER: Detroit
CUP FINALIST: Toronto
WEST FINALIST: Colorado
EAST FINALIST: Washington
CONN SMYTHE WINNER (playoff MVP): Dominik Hasek (DET)
PRESIDENT'S TROPHY (best regular season): Washington
RICHARD TROPHY (most goals): Pavel Bure (FLA)
ROSS TROPHY (most points): Jaromir Jagr (WAS)
HART TROPHY (season MVP): Mario Lemieux (PIT)
NORRIS TROPHY (best d-man): Rob Blake (COL)
VEZINA TROPHY (best goalie): Dominik Hasek (DET)
CALDER TROPHY (best rookie): Ilya Kovalchuk (ATL)
ADAMS AWARD (top coach): Barry Trotz (NAS)

COMEBACK PLAYER: Bryan Berard (NYR)
FIRST COACH FIRED: Ivan Hylnka (PIT)
BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT: New York Islanders
BIGGEST "DE"-PROVEMENT: Pittsburgh Penguins


The 85th NHL season begins tonight, and the 50th season of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada begins tonight as well. Catch other action in Canada throughout the season on CTV SportsNet and TSN; ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC in the United States (though ABC doesn't begin coverage 'till after the All-Star break). I've had enough of this contract and drafting and cutting stuff -- let's hit the ice!!!
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Old 10-03-2001, 08:06 PM   #2
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Lee, I'm obviously not a hockey expert...what makes Tampa Bay good enough to make the playoffs. I did only see a preseason game, but the Blue Jackets looked pretty good, I doubt they will come in last. I don't know enough about each team to rank them.. :uhoh:
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Old 10-03-2001, 08:40 PM   #3
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Well, when Nikolia Khabibulin left the NHL two seasons ago, he was one of the top 5 or 10 goalies in the NHL... he only played 1 game last season, and they now have him for the full season and, for the first time in a LONG time, a quality starting goaltender, which is the base of a team.

Secondly, they have a young core of offense and defense that can only get better. Most notably, Brad Richards who was runner up for Rookie of the Year honors and was definitley the best rookie last year out of all forwards and defensmen.... However, the Lightning need sign their captain Vincent Lecavalier ASAP for them to finish as one of the top 8 in the East.

Also, they finally have a stable coaching staff and front office... they have an owner IN North America, and no brothers as a GM giving his fellow brother a head coaching job when he didn't deserve it.

It should be a toss-up between the Isles and Bolts to clinch the 8th spot, with Buffalo and Carolina also making a charge for that final playoff spot.


Also, I didn't say Columbus would come in last! -- YOU DID! -- Montréal will.
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Old 10-03-2001, 09:33 PM   #4
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I recently posted my feelings about the state of the Montreal Canadiens and predicted (no great insight!) that they will finish last in their division due to obvious reasons, however I do not believe that they finish last overall or in the eastern conference for that matter. One reason that I say this is goaltending.
I strongly believe that Theodore and Hackett, if healthy, (a stretch admittedly) will be worth a couple of spots in the standings. I can not see Atlanta (with or without Kovalchuk... ) finishing higher than Montreal.
BTW Lee
1. It would be a disaster if Florida (with the Bure brothers) don't do better than last year.
2. Are Nashville really playoff material.
3. Calgary four spots higher than Vancouver. I know Turek is better than Cloutier but still...
Just a note, I hope nobody is judging anything by preseason play. I refer you to Montreal's preseason record (pay attention to the GF and GA not just the wins)
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Old 10-03-2001, 10:06 PM   #5
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Lee, you have Columbus a last in the West.
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Oh.. sorry Nick! -- forgot what conference Columbus was in for a second!!.... OK -- so they'll finish 28th or 29th overall

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1. It would be a disaster if Florida (with the Bure brothers) don't do better than last year.
True... but.... what do they have besides a top line and a real good young Canadian back-up goalie ()? Not much. I don't think they've improved much this offseason.

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2. Are Nashville really playoff material.
Yes.. their coach is from Manitoba ...just joking...but they are.... like I said, spots #6 thru #11 and maybe even my #12, Phoenix, are all toss-ups for playoff spots.. the West is real close at the lower end (and at the top end for that matter, but the difference between the top and low ends are very large), so I took my best stab at it... I think Nashville can turn a few heads this year.

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3. Calgary four spots higher than Vancouver. I know Turek is better than Cloutier but still...
Still.... I think Derek Morris there all year and a decent center in Niedermayer, plus Turek, can imrpove a dismal Calgary team as of the past few years.

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Just a note, I hope nobody is judging anything by preseason play. I refer you to Montreal's preseason record (pay attention to the GF and GA not just the wins)
I haven't looked at one preseason boxscore or stat so far, and don't plan to yet!

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I'm gonna say St. Louis beats Detroit... the new additions on the Blues make them as good, if not better. They've got good, young guys compared to Detriot with the "old timers," no offense meant there. I'm just saying I think St. Louis will be a faster team compared to the Wings come playoff time.
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Philadelphia will beat St. Louis in the finals this year.
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Old 10-08-2001, 07:34 PM   #9
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EAST - FINAL STANDINGS:
1. *Washington
2. *Toronto
3. *New Jersey
4. Boston
5. Philadelphia
6. Ottawa
7. New York Rangers
8. New York Islanders
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9. Carolina
10. Florida
11. Buffalo
12. Tampa Bay
13. Pittsburg
14. Montreal
15. Atlanta

WEST - FINAL STANDINGS:
1. *Colorado
2. *St. Louis
3. *San Jose
4. Detroit
5. Dallas
6. Calgary
7. Los Angeles
8. Chicago
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9. Edmonton
10. Nashville
11. Vancouver
12. Anaheim
13. Phoenix
14. Minnesota
15. Columbus
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well who do you pick to win it all?
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The Bruins, of course!
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The Bruins, of course!
Ahhhhhh


...well, enjoy 1st place in the NHL while you can! -- the bears have started the year 3-0 for 6 points and top spot in the NHL after the first few days of action!!!!!
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Yes, 1st place is very nice! If the B's can play the type of hockey they played yesterday afternoon against the Caps, I really like their chances this year.
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Dallas over Philadelphia in 6.

Playoff MVP: Mike Madono
Hart Trophy: Brenden Shannahan
Ross Trophy: Eric Lindros
Presidents Trophy: St. Louis 64-18
Norris Trophy: Chris Pronger
Vezina Trophy: Roman Chekmanik
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