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What team do you think will come in first and which one will fall flat on its face here are my predictions of the standings for the NHL 2014-15

ATLANTIC

1.BOSTON(115 pts.)

2.TB\MONTREAL(102-109 pts.)

3.MONTREAL\TB(101-107)

4.Detroit(89 pts.)

5.Ottawa(84 pts.)

6.Toronto(81 pts.)

7.Buffalo(60 pts.)

8.Florida(58 pts.)

METROPOLITAN

1.PITTSBURGH(112 pts.)

2.WASHINGTON(100 pts.)

3.NYR(97 pts.)

4.NYI(WC 91 pts.)

5.NJ(WC 89 pts.)

6.Columbus(85 pts.)

7.Philadelphia(80 pts.)

8.Carolina(62 pts.)

CENTRAL

1.CHICAGO(117 pts.)

2.ST.LOUIS(113 pts.)

3.DALLAS(107 pts.)

4.MINNESOTA(WC 100 pts.)

5.Nashville(83 pts.)

6.Winnipeg(82 pts.)

7.Colorado(77 pts.)

PACIFIC

1.ANAHEIM(118 pts.)

2.LA KINGS(112 pts.)

3.SAN JOSE(105 pts.)

4.VANCOUVER\CALGARY(WC 89-102 pts.)

5.Calgary\Vancouver(78-89 pts.)

6.Arizona\Edmonton(67-76 pts.)

7.Edmonton\Arizona(57-65 pts.)

Reasons

Calgary is tough and is made up of players who won't give an inch on the ice to another team without grinding them into mulch with that and Bob Hartley they could make a wild card spot

probably not going to happen but hey they're getting there.

Colorado was not the best team on paper last year and I think this year they will regress as they lost a few key pieces and gained a few old slow guys as well.

To much talent in NY and NJ that soon people might refer to that as the trio of death in the east.

Detroit's to old and frail and will barely miss the playoffs due to that the roster is good but not good enough situation

Rest of reasons coming soon post your standings\predictions if you'd like.

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My Atlantic standings are based upon how little room to move in the Atlantic there is henceforth my point predictions except at the bottom.

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I'm not doing points.

PACIFIC

1. Anaheim

2. Los Angeles

3. San Jose

4. Vancouver

5. Edmonton

6. Calgary

7. Phoenix

CENTRAL

1. St. Louis

2. Chicago

3. Dallas

4. Minnesota

5. Colorado

6. Nashville

7. Winnipeg

METROPOLITAN

1. Pittsburgh

2. Columbus

3. Long Island

4. New York

5. Philadelphia

6. Washington

7. New Jersey

8. Carolina

ATLANTIC

1. Tampa Bay

2. Boston

3. Montreal

4. Toronto

5. Detroit

6. Buffalo

7. Florida

8. Ottawa

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pacific

1: LA

2: San Jose

3: Anaheim

4: Vancouver (TOTALLY unbiased)

5: Arizona/Phoenix/Seattle/Portland whatnot

6-7 there's no point in explaining that.

central

1: Colorado

2: Chicago

3: Dallas

4: St. Louis

5: Minnesota

6: Nashville

7: Winnipeg

metropoopitan

1: Rangers

2: Pittsburgh

3: Philly

4: Columbus

5: Walgreens Washington

6: NJ

7: Carolina

8: Islanders

atlantic

1: Montreal

2: Boston

3: Tampa

4: Detroit

5-8 everyone else sucks.

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Too much talent on the Isles now for them to finish last, plus they've gotta have more fight in 'em than the puppy-soft Hurricanes who just wither and die whenever you so much as bump into one of them. Except, of course, for Chad LaRose, who put a headshot on Josh Gorges in retribution for the Jordan Staal injury, which Staal caused himself by trying to tackle Gorges. They can't even goon right.

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Pacific: San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Arizona, Edmonton, Calgary

  • Allow for Edmonton/Calgary flip (Goaltending is throwing me off. Hiller is either going to get Swiss-cheesed, or win them some unwinable games.)

Central: Chicago, St. Louis, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, Winnipeg

  • Allow for Nashville/Winnipeg flip. (Obviously huge split in goal. But if Budaj is serviceable, I like Winnipeg a little more with their forwards.)
  • Allow for Colorado/Dallas flip, if only just because. Playoff teams won't change though. West is set barring something weird.

Metropolitan: Pittsburgh, NY Rangers, Columbus, Philadelphia, Washington, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Carolina

  • Allow for Rangers/Columbus/Philadelphia/Washington/Islanders flow movement. There are so many variable floating around in the space below Pittsburgh (Rangers center depth, Columbus with Johanssen/Horton, Philadelphia in net, Washington with Trotz, Islanders coalescing or not). I'm almost tempted to throw New Jersey into the flow, because if Schneider can replicate last year and they stay out of/win more shootouts, they'll be right there just like the rest.

Atlantic: Boston, Montreal, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Toronto, Florida, Ottawa, Buffalo

  • Allow for Detroit/Metro WC flip (If only because Detroit is Detroit, the Metro WC will most definitely be in flux, and if healthy, the Red Wings will be better than last year. Their man games lost was astounding. They'll be flirting on the edge.)
  • Allow for Florida/Toronto flip. (The influx of rookies plus a full season of Luongo in net plus the crop of overpaid vets make Florida interesting, especially if they can earn those points from the dregs of the East. It could either all come together for something entertaining or be a big floppy mess.

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Metro

1. guins

2. Blue Jackets

3. Rangers

4. Islanders

5. Capitals

6. Flyers

7. Devils

8. Hurricanes

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Why do I fear a Vancouver type season from Sharks where the team implodes and miss the playoffs plus trade players for below their value?

It's gonna be Kings/ Hawks again in the WCF.

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Edmonton's missing the playoffs. That's all I really care about this season.

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Why do I fear a Vancouver type season from Sharks where the team implodes and miss the playoffs plus trade players for below their value?

It's gonna be Kings/ Hawks again in the WCF.

Nah, Sharks will win the Pacific only to lose to the Kings in the first round.

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Why do I fear a Vancouver type season from Sharks where the team implodes and miss the playoffs plus trade players for below their value?

It's gonna be Kings/ Hawks again in the WCF.

Nah, Sharks will win the Pacific only to lose to the Kings in the first round.

Kings as a WC? Bold prediction.

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Metropolitan: Pittsburgh, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, **Philadelphia, Columbus, Washington, Carolina, New Jersey

Atlantic: Boston, Montreal, Detroit, *Tampa Bay, Toronto, Ottawa, Florida, Buffalo

Central: St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota, *Colorado, **Dallas, Nashville, Winnipeg

Pacific: Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver, Arizona, Edmonton, Calgary

Playoffs:

Pittsburgh over Philadelphia, Rangers over Islanders, Boston over Tampa Bay, Montreal over Detroit

St. Louis over Dallas, Chicago over Minnesota, Anaheim over Dallas, Los Angeles over San Jose

Rangers over Pittsburgh, Boston over Montreal

St. Louis over Chicago, Los Angeles over Anaheim

Boston over Rangers, Los Angeles over St. Louis

Los Angeles over Boston

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Atlantic: Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Florida, Detroit, Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo

- Top 3 should pretty much stay unchanged

- Detroit will have a tough transition year and Florida will ride some hot streaks but fall just short

- Sticking the Sens in the middle of the non-playoff teams because they're literally impossible to predict

Metro: Pittsburgh, Columbus, Rangers, Washington, Islanders, Flyers, New Jersey, Carolina

- Well why not Columbus?

- I can't really see the Capitals or Islanders missing out again this year, maybe the Flyers creep in, but they were my odd man out.

Central: St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, Colorado, Winnipeg

- Colorado will drop off, not able to convince myself if they'll fall that far, but in this division it seems really likely to me

- Last year I said Carolina, this year I mean Nashville, and it'll happen, trust me

- Pavelec and Budaj will lead the Jets to the promised land of McDavid

Pacific: Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, Calgary, Phoenix, Edmonton, Vancouver

- Gap between Sharks and Flames will be huge, Hiller for Calgary being the difference in the bottom 4

- Couldn't bear to put Edmonton last again, too many changes after a catastrophic season to see the 'Nucks climb up the hill

- Another peachy year for California <_<

Playoffs because why not?

Boston over NY Islanders -- Pittsburgh over Washington -- Rangers over Tampa Bay -- Columbus over Montreal

St. Louis over Nashville -- Minnesota over Los Angeles -- Anaheim over Dallas -- San Jose over Chicago

Boston over Rangers -- Pittsburgh over Columbus

St. Louis over Anaheim -- Minnesota over San Jose

Boston over Pittsburgh

St. Louis over Minnesota

St. Louis over Boston

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You did the playoffs wrong.

It'd be Boston vs Islanders/Pittsburgh vs Washington and Los Angeles vs Minnesota/St. Louis vs Nashville, correct. But then it'd be Columbus vs Rangers/Tampa Bay vs Montreal and Anaheim vs San Jose/Chicago vs Dallas.

Then BOS/NYI vs TB/MTL, PIT/WSH vs CBJ/NYR and LA/MIN vs ANA/SJ, STL/NSH vs CHI/DAL

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You did the playoffs wrong.

It'd be Boston vs Islanders/Pittsburgh vs Washington and Los Angeles vs Minnesota/St. Louis vs Nashville, correct. But then it'd be Columbus vs Rangers/Tampa Bay vs Montreal and Anaheim vs San Jose/Chicago vs Dallas.

Then BOS/NYI vs TB/MTL, PIT/WSH vs CBJ/NYR and LA/MIN vs ANA/SJ, STL/NSH vs CHI/DAL

eugh, just cross your eyes then the standings will change enough that it'll be correct.

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It's a little early to pick the Flyers to make the playoffs, since we don't know how they're going to butcher their roster over this next couple of days.

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The title, "NHL Standing Predictions" leads me to one "standing prediction" that is always correct.

The Wild will be mediocre and their 7th/8th playoff seed will be in question with a few games to play.

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PACIFIC
1. Anaheim
2. Los Angeles
3. San Jose

4. Vancouver
5. Edmonton
6. Arizona

7. Calgary

CENTRAL
1. St. Louis
2. Chicago
3.
Minnesota

4. Dallas
5. Colorado

6. Winnipeg

7. Nashville

METROPOLITAN
1. Pittsburgh
2. NY Rangers
3. NY Islanders
4. Columbus
5. Washington

6. Philadelphia
7. New Jersey
8. Carolina

ATLANTIC

1. Boston

2. Montreal

3. Tampa Bay
4. Detroit

5. Toronto
6. Buffalo
7. Florida
8. Ottawa

PLAYOFFS

EAST

Boston over Washington

Pittsburgh over Columbus

NY Islanders over NY Rangers

Montreal over Tampa Bay

Boston over NY Islanders (gives Nassau Coliseum a nice little playoff run for the swansong)

Montreal over Pittsburgh

EAST FINALS- Montreal over Boston

WEST

Anaheim over Colorado

St. Louis over Dallas

Los Angeles over San Jose

Chicago over Minnesota

Anaheim over Chicago

Los Angeles over St. Louis

WEST FINALS- Anaheim over L.A.

STANLEY CUP- Montreal over Anaheim :winner:

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along with this:

LA over Minnesota in 6

Anaheim over SJ in 7 (SJ chokes a 3-0 lead once again)

Colorado over StL in 5*

Chicago over Dallas in 4

Montreal over Detroit in 6

Tampa over Boston in 7*

Columbus over Rangers in 7

Philly over Pittsburgh in 5

LA over Anaheim in 5

Colorado over Chicago in 7*

Montreal over Tampa in 6

Philly over Columbus in 4

Colorado over LA in 7

Montreal over Philly in 5

Montreal over Colorado in 6

*totally unbiased

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METROPOLITAN

1. New York Rangers

5. New York Islanders

6. Washington Capitals

8. Pittsburgh Penguins

9. Columbus Blue Jackets

10. Philadelphia Flyers

14. New Jersey Devils

16. Carolina Hurricanes

ATLANTIC

2. Boston Bruins

3. Montréal Canadiens

4. Tampa Bay Lightning

7. Detroit Red Wings

11. Toronto Maple Leafs

12. Florida Panthers

13. Ottawa Senators

15. Buffalo Sabres

PACIFIC

2. Los Angeles Kings

4. Anaheim Ducks

8. Vancouver Canucks

9. San Jose Sharks

11. Arizona Coyotes

12. Calgary Flames

13. Edmonton Oilers

CENTRAL

1. Chicago Blackhawks

3. Colorado Avalanche

5. St. Louis Blues

6. Minnesota Wild

7. Dallas Stars

10. Nashville Predators

14. Winnipeg Jets

PLAYOFFS

EAST

New York Rangers defeat Pittsburgh Penguins in 5

Boston Bruins defeat Detroit Red Wings in 6

Montréal Canadiens defeat Tampa Bay Lightning in 5

New York Islanders defeat Washington Capitals in 7

New York Rangers defeat New York Islanders in 6

Boston Bruins defeat Montréal Canadiens in 7

Boston Bruins defeat New York Rangers in 6

WEST

Chicago Blackhawks over Dallas Stars in 5

Los Angeles Kings over Minnesota Wild in 6

Anaheim Ducks over Vancouver Canucks in 5

Colorado Avalanche over St. Louis Blues in 7

Chicago Blackhawks defeat Colorado Avalanche in 7

Los Angeles Kings defeat Anaheim Ducks in 6

Chicago Blackhawks defeat Los Angeles Kings in 6

STANLEY CUP FINALS

Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins in 5

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