Southeast Division Preview

Atlanta Thrashers Strengths: -Top end talent in Kovalchuk and Hossa -Excellent young goalie in Kari Lehtonen Weaknesses: -Lack depth and secondary scoring -Just an OK defence and not deep. Question Marks: -Is Lehtonen ready to take his game to the elite level? -Will Atlanta re-sign Hossa or be forced to trade him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer? -Is Steve Rucchin’s career done? Outlook: A few of the bodies changed but I the outlook for the Thrashers is pretty much the same as last year. They will compete for the division title once again but only because

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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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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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Carolina eliminated, nobody clinches

Tuesday’s results: Islanders 3, Rangers 2 (SO) Leafs 3, Flyers 2 (OT) Tampa 3, Carolina 2 Montreal 2, Boston 0 Updated Standings: 6. NY Rangers (92) – vsMTL, atPIT 7. Tampa Bay (92) – vsFLA, atATL 8. Montreal (90) – atNYR, atTOR 9. Toronto (89) – atNYI, vsMTL 10. NY Islanders (86) – vsTOR, atPHI, atNJ 11. Carolina (86) – vsATL, vsFLA (eliminated) To Get In: NY Rangers: A Rangers win or a Leafs loss (in regulation or OT) Tampa: A Tampa win or an OT loss, or a loss by the leafs (in regulation or OT) Montreal: Getting a

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Eastern Conference Playoff Race Scenarios

With the Rangers and Carolina winning tonight here is how the playoff race in the east looks right now and their games remaining. 6. NY Rangers (91) – atNYI, vsPTL, atPIT 7. Tampa Bay (90) – vsCAR, vsFLA, atATL 8. Montreal (88) – vsBOS, atNYR, atTOR 9. Toronto (87) – vsPHI, atNYI, vsMTL 10. Carolina (86) – atTB, vsATL, vsFLA 11. NY Islanders (84) – vsNYR, vsTOR, atPHI, atNJ With so many teams still in the race and so games being played against each other and with the crazy 3 point games there are far too many scenarios to figure

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Am I reading this right?

Am I reading this right? Did Brad Richards really sign a 5 year contract that will pay him $7.8 million per year? Is the Tampa Bay management insane? It appears the answer to all of those questions is yes. How sad for Tampa Bay Lightning fans. Here is the problem. Richards will make $7.8 million a season. Martin St. Louis will make 5.25 million a season. And Vincent Lecavalier will make 6.875 million per season. Combined those 3 guys will make nearly $20 million dollars, or just over half of this past seasons salary cap. Maybe we should read this

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Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions

Here are my eastern conference predictions. I really hate taking all the favourites but aside from an outside chance of Montreal upsetting Carolina I just can’t see any of the other underdogs winning barring unexpected key injuries. Just a note: The predictions are my predictions, not my algorithms. I am retiring the algorithm for the season as I don’t think it makes sense to use in the playoffs. I also likely won’t be making predictions on every game since it is really the series that matters. I may post some comments each day on the previous nights results and that

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Lightning but no Thunder

I was watching the Tampa-Atlanta game tonight and after the first period the showed a first period summary including goals, shots, PIMS, etc. They also showed hits. After 1 period Atlanta had 4 hits and Tampa had just 1. Yeah, that’s just 1 hit for Tampa in a whole 20 minute period. I thought that was a pretty low hit total and it got me thinking if this is normal for Tampa. It seems that Tampa doesn’t like to hit anyone. November 1st vs Atlanta: 6 hits October 29 vs Atlanta: 6 hits October 28 vs Washington: 8 hits October

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Five Teams who Lost the Most

St. Louis Blues: They will certainly be singing the blues in St. Louis this year as no team has fallen further than the Blues. MacInnis has retired, Pronger was traded, and Demitra, Khavanov and Osgood were let leave for other teams. And to make matters worse, Keith Tkachuk is vastly out of shape. Lalime should be a decent replacement for Osgood but no one is going to adequately replace those other guys. Barring a miracle I can’t see the Blues being close to playoff contention. Colorado Avalanche: They big loss was Peter Forsberg but they also lost Adam Foote, Paul

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Best Lines in NHL

With all the player movement since the NHL last played we can’t be sure if all of these lines will be used by the coaches of the teams but here is my list of the best possible first lines teams could use if desired. Be sure to also vote for your top line in the poll in the menu to the left. (poll should be up for several days) Vancouver Canucks – Markus Naslund-Brendan Morrison-Todd Bertuzzi While Brendan Morrison is a good player he isn’t really an elite center in the NHL but his wingers are so good and have

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