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2013-14 NHL season predictions


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Okay--I'm ready to make some predictions on the standings--take them with a grain of salt-who knows who will rise and who will slump, who will be hurt and who will stay healthy...

Pacific
Los Angeles

Anaheim
Vancouver
San Jose
Edmonton

Calgary
Phoenix

Central
St. Louis

Chicago
Minnesota
Dallas

Nashville

Winnipeg
Colorado

Atlantic
Boston
Montreal

Ottawa
Detroit

Toronto
Tampa Bay
Florida
Buffalo

Metropolitan
Pittsburgh
Washington
New York Islanders
New York Rangers

New Jersey

Philadelphia
Columbus
Carolina

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This is how I understand the new format:

The top three teams in each division are in guaranteed playoffs. Then the next two best teams in terms of points, regardless of division will earn wildcard berths. The top three teams in the division will be seeded 1-3. The wildcard teams will be seeded Wildcard probably 4A and 4B. The Division Champion (1A) with the most points will face the Wildcard team with the least points. The Division Champion (1B) with the second most points will face the Wildcard team the most points. The 2nd and 4rd place teams in each division will face each other.

So given the above, here's how I see the bracket:

1A vs 4B

2 vs 3

1B vs 4A

2 vs 3

or

Using current NHL standings (Western Conference):

1A San Jose vs 4B Phoenix

2 Anaheim vs 3 Calgary

1B Colorado vs 4A Vancouver

2 St. Louis vs 3 Chicago

And teams are not reseeded now, so winner of San Jose/Phoenix would play winner of Anaheim/Calgary, etc.

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This'll be a long post, sit tight.

I do believe that the Hurricane's are for real this year and this is why:

Cam Ward can be great, and if he doesn't carry on his form he'll still be dependable and I have great faith in Khudobin. A lot of people say that he's "inexperienced" but he's been great in almost every game he's played in the NHL, and that includes this year. Combined they have a save percentage of something like .928, which IMO is the most important goalie stat. They can at least hold some of that up throughout the season.

Ryan Murphy is a good prospect and leading all D-men in plus/minus in Carolina, and Faulk has been playing well with four points in five games, but Carolina isn't the most defensively stacked team, so I don't see them making it past the second round of the playoffs at best, but then again they have been boss in the playoffs whenever they make it, so I wouldn't be surprised if they had a cup run.

And then of course they have Eric Staal who has consistently put up 70 points in almost all of his seasons, and Alex Semin who can be red hot. But they have shown life, but haven't really lit up the lamp so far this year, but Skinner and Gerbe have been hot to start the season. I think they'll finish 6-10th in offense in the league. I don't expect Gerbe to be hot all season long but I think that Jiri Tlusty can step up in his place. Remember him from last season, well he's got exactly no points in 5 games this year. I don't think that he'll be the superstar like he was last season, but he'll be dependable. Jordan Staal has had a slow start as well, but I think he can return to last year's average form, so there's no need to be worried in that regard.

So overview (IMO)

Goaltending: A-

Defense: C+/B-

Offense: A

I think they'll finish 3rd or 4th in their division and lose a close second round, but it's the Hurricanes so I wouldn't be surprised if they made the conference finals.

Player Predictions:

Cam Ward: 57 GP, 31-21-5, 2.70 GAA, .918 S% 5 SO

Justin Faulk: 82 GP, 7 G, 32 A, 39 P, +11

Ryan Murphy: 61 GP, 8 G, 16 A, 24 P, -2

Eric Staal: 82 GP, 30 G, 49 A, 79 P

Alex Semin: 80 GP, 25 G, 38 A, 62 P

Jeff Skinner: 82 GP, 27 G, 40 A, 67 P

Nathan Gerbe: 77 GP, 17 G, 26 A, 43 P

Jordan Staal: 80 GP, 22 G, 30 A, 52 P

There, I felt like it, that's why. I should start a blog or something...

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So here's my updated predictions based on the first couple of weeks of the season.

Eastern Conference:

DC1 - Pittsburgh 112 P

DC2 - Boston 107 P

3 - Toronto 100 P

4 - Ottawa 98 P

5 - NY Islanders 94 P

6 - Carolina 94 P

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7 - Washington 93 P

8 - Montreal 92 P

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9 - Columbus 90 P

10 - Detroit 89 P

11 - NY Rangers 87 P

12 - Tampa Bay 83 P

13 - New Jersey 80 P

14 - Florida 75 P

15 - Philadelphia 74 P

16 - Buffalo 69 P

Western Conference

DC1 - San Jose 104 P

DC2 - Chicago 103 P

3 - St Louis 103 P

4 - Anaheim 97 P

5 - LA 97 P

6 - Dallas 94 P

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7 - Minnesota 92 P

8 - Edmonton 92 P

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9 - Vancouver 92 P

10 - Colorado 88 P

11 - Winnipeg 87 P

12 - Calgary 82 P

13 - Phoenix 80 P

14 - Nashville 63 P

Not trying the playoffs yet.

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Eastern

1. Pittsburgh*

2. Detroit*

3. Boston

4. Philly

5. Montreal

6. NY Rangers

7. Columbus

8. Toronto

9. Washington (wc)

10. NY Islanders

11. Buffalo

12. Carolina

13. Tampa Bay

14. Ottawa

15. New Jersey#

16. Florida#


Western

1. Chicago*

2. L.A.*

3. St.Louis

4. Anaheim

5. Vancouver

6. Minnesota

7. Edmonton

8. San Jose

9. Winnipeg (wc)

10. Dallas

11. Phoenix

12. Nashville

13. Colorado

14. Calgary#


* = division winner, # = Top 3 draft, (wc) = wild card

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I do believe that the Hurricane's are for real this year and this is why:

Is this a joke?

Uhh...do you have any idea how much weight they cut by removing those big blocky hem stripes? Plus, they removed a lot of the black, which was so heavy, absorbing all that light and all.

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I do believe that the Hurricane's are for real this year and this is why:

Is this a joke?

Uhh...do you have any idea how much weight they cut by removing those big blocky hem stripes? Plus, they removed a lot of the black, which was so heavy, absorbing all that light and all.

Hey, I can make all the crackpot predictions I want, one might happen.

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