Northeast division preview

Boston Bruins Strengths: -Good 1-2 tandem at center with Savard and Bergeron -Should get improved goaltending with Manny Fernandez Weaknesses: -Lack of overall depth. -No quality game breakers on the wings. -Mediocre defense Question Marks: -Can Chara rebound after a questionable season last year? -Can Fernandez be the anchor in goal that the Bruins desperately need? -Can Glen Murray stay healthy and get back to 40 goal territory? Outlook: The Bruins addressed one of their key problem areas with the acquisition of goalie Manny Fernandez but one still has to wonder if Fernandez, who only once has played more than

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Eastern Conference Team Ratings

Based on the same forumula as the western conference ratings, here are the eastern conference ratings. As usual, if you disagree feel free to post your thoughts and if you can back up your arguement, who knows, maybe you can get me to change my mind. Forwards Defense Goaltending Total Talent Depth Exp. Talent Depth Exp. #1 goalie Depth Exp. Score Ottawa 10 6 7 8 7 7 8 7 6 53.2 Buffalo 8 8 6 7 8 7 8 7 6 52.8 Pittsburgh 10 8 6 8 7 6 7 6 6 52.5 NY Rangers 9 7 8 6

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If I'm the Leafs…

As I am sure you are all aware, tomorrow is free agent day. As some of you know, I am a Leaf fan but I live in Ottawa so am intimately aware of all the happenings in Senator land. The Senators are in a tough situation heading into the free agent period. As of right now they have close to $42 million spent on 16 players with at least another million dollars committed to Saprykin should Saprykin want to sign his qualifying offer. They have 3 restricted free agents that they likely want to re-sign in Ray Emery, Chris Kelly

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Leafs looking at Muckler?

There is a lot of talk about the Leafs wanting to bring in a veteren hockey man to provide some assistance to current GM John Ferguson Jr. Apparently the Leafs tried to get Scott Bowman and even may have made inquiries to Brian Burke about whether he was interested but neither of those two want the job. The current talk is that they are now looking at John Muckler, the recently fired GM of the Ottawa Senators. The question I have to ask is why John Muckler? To the best of my knowledge, Muckler has been GM of two teams,

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Stanley Cup Preview and Prediction

Ottawa at Anaheim Ottawa (road) Anaheim (home) Predicted Winner Anaheim (Some) Fair Odds +122 -129 Overall Record 48-25-9 48-20-14 Home/Road Record 23-12-6 26-6-9 Last 10 Games 6-2-2 5-3-2 Past Games None It cannot be argued that the Senators and Ducks have been the best teams in the eastern and western conferences these playoffs. The Senators made it to the Stanley Cup losing just 3 games and the Ducks lost just 4 on their route to the Cup and only a strong team in Detroit gave them any kind of challenge. So, the question becomes, which team is better. Well, during

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Second Round Predictions

Time for the second round predictions. Like the first round, the second round features some intriguing matchups and also like the first round, none of those match ups are divisional rivals. NY Rangers at Buffalo NY Rangers (road) Buffalo (home) Predicted Winner Buffalo (Good) Fair Odds +135 -155 Overall Record 42-30-10 53-22-7 Home/Road Record 21-15-5 28-10-3 Last 10 Games 7-2-1 7-3-0 Past Games 2006/10/14: NY Rangers 4 at Buffalo 7 2006/11/05: Buffalo 4 at NY Rangers 3 (OT) 2006/11/26: Buffalo 3 at NY Rangers 2 (OT) 2006/12/01: NY Rangers 3 at Buffalo 4 (SO) My Opinion: Buffalo has been my

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Eastern Conference first round predictions

When writing up these first round matchups I realized that not one of them features a divisional rivalry. I am too lazy to check but I am not sure that has ever happened before. Anyway, here are my eastern conference predictions. NY Islanders at Buffalo NY Islanders (road) Buffalo (home) Predicted Winner Buffalo (Good) Fair Odds +137 -159 Overall Record 40-30-12 53-22-7 Home/Road Record 18-17-6 28-10-3 Last 10 Games 6-3-1 7-3-0 Past Games 2006/10/26: Buffalo 3 at NY Islanders 0 2007/01/01: NY Islanders 1 at Buffalo 3 2007/01/27: Buffalo 3 at NY Islanders 5 2007/03/30: NY Islanders 4 at Buffalo

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PPV is bad for hockey

It is probably the marquis match-up of the night. Ottawa is in another of its ‘mini’ slumps and their fans are once again wondering if they have a team to win. The Leafs are on the edge of making or missing the playoffs and should be in desperate hockey mode. This is a game which is both highly important and which should be highly entertaining. This is one of those games that you could sell hockey with to generate new fans. Problem is, in Ottawa, the majority of people won’t get to watch it as it is pay per view

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Ottawa's streaky offense.

The Ottawa Senators have to have one of the streakiest offenses in the NHL in recent years. First 6 games: 10 goals, 1.67 goals/game Next 3 games: 21 goals, 7.00 goals/game Next 4 games: 8 goals, 2.00 goals/game Next 15 games: 60 goals, 4.00 goals/game Next 13 games: 29 goals, 2.23 goals/game Next 7 games: 38 goals, 5.42 goals/game Next 7 games: 15 goals, 2.14 goals per game (2 of these goals were empty net goals) That is up and down offense if I ever saw it and that is one thing Ottawa is going to need to straighten out

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The Goalie Dilemma in Ottawa

This past summer the Ottawa Senators decided to make a statement in the free agent market by signing Martin Gerber to a 3 year, $3.7 million per year contract hopefully ending all of their goaltending issues they seem to have always had. I didn’t like the deal at the time and next summer we will all find out why. The Senators have about $34.5 million in salary cap space already committed to 13 players. If we assume that the salary cap remains at $44 million (it may even drop), that leaves about $8 million to spend on 8-9 players and

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