Raking Leafs

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10/02/2007

Tossing Darts At The Sports Section

Again, it's JP, not the Ninja. His predictions come later.

NHL Eastern Conference Predictions

(2) New Jersey - Gomez and Rafalski gone, Brodeur is not.
(4) Pittsburgh - Can they keep the puck out of their net?
(7) New York Rangers - Slow start, late charge.
Philadelphia - They’re better, but not good enough.
New York Islanders - They’re worse, but they won’t roll over for anyone.

(1) Ottawa - The class of the East. Still.
(6) Buffalo - They lost a lot, but I still see them working their way in.
Montreal - I don’t know what to make of this team.
Toronto - Too many questions. I’ll be hoping for the right answers, but…
Boston - If you want a dark horse, pick the Bruins. I’m not that gutsy.

(3) Carolina - Rebound year.
(5) Tampa Bay - Too much talent here, but their backline still needs help.
(8) Washington - I like the mix of youth and veterans.
Atlanta - A step back for the Trash this year.
Florida - A popular pick, but I’m not sold.

NHL Western Conference Predictions

(1) Detroit - Consistency continues in Sameville.
(5) St. Louis - My surprise team. I have a soft spot for John Davidson.
Nashville - How can you expect a gutted team to succeed?
Chicago - There is finally something to be hopeful about in the Windy City.
Columbus - Hitchcock’s team will be tough to play against (sometimes).

(3) Vancouver - Luongo, Luongo, Luongo.
(6) Colorado - Reloaded and ready? Depends on their netminders.
(8) Minnesota - Too much talent not to make the play-offs this year.
Edmonton - Can’t make up for the loss of heart (Smyth) and soul (Smith).
Calgary - Is the lackluster pre-season a sign? Keenan may explode.

(2) Anaheim - Everyone will be gunnin’ for the Champs.
(4) San Jose - Loaded, but they don’t inspire confidence for some reason.
(7) Dallas - Consistent play and a good goalie gets you a playoff spot.
Los Angeles - This team is growing. Watch out for them.
Phoenix - This team is floundering. A new rebuild begins now.

Playoffs

Eastern Conference Finals: Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh

Western Conference Finals: Detroit vs. Vancouver

Stanley Cup Finals: Ottawa vs. Vancouver

Awards

Stanley Cup: Canucks in 7
President’s Trophy: Ottawa Senators
Hart: Sidney Crosby
Vezina: Roberto Luongo
Calder: Erik Johnson
Adams: Andy Murray
Selke: Rod Brind’Amour
Smythe: Roberto Luongo
Byng: Chris Simon

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3 Comments:

  • At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I really like these predictions, but St.Louis will not finish as high as 5th in the west.

     
  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger ninja said…

    All Canadian Finals? Wow. When was the last time that happened?

     
  • At 11:24 AM, Blogger JP McGovern said…

    '88-'89, I believe.

     

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