CSH Predictions: Standings

Posted: October 1, 2011 by Crimespree Hockey in Season Preview
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Through the previews over the last month the five of us did, we made predictions of where each team would finish. Here are the complete standings from all 30 previews. 

Yes, you’ll notice some ties, where we had a different team in the same position. For example, this forced #5 Buffalo to actually be #6.

Agree, disagree?

  1. Bob says:

    I disagree with the East predictions. Since the lockout, we always have at least one new team in the playoffs that missed the year before. We have never seen the same 8 teams make the playoffs in back to back years in the “new” NHL. I see the Rangers, Montreal, or Tampa being the odd team out this season, and the Devils being the team to take over their spot.

    The Rangers have a glass superstar in Marian Gaborik, and if he goes down they will have a difficult time scoring goals. Brad Richards is 30 years old with a history of concussions, however his addition will keep the Rangers afloat as long as he is healthy. The Rangers will begin the season without Marc Staal, which will hurt the defense that is relied on to win close games and hold off teams until the shootout. The Rangers should finish right around the 8th spot.

    The ages of Martin St. Louis and Dwayne Roloson will be a concern for Tampa Bay. Unless St. Louis can produce another phenomenal season, Tampa will be hard-pressed to finish in the top 5 again. The loss of Simon Gagne will not help, and unless Victor Hedman can continue his upward trajectory and grow into the player he was pegged to be, Tampa will have a leaky defense that can be exposed. They will see a drop off in their point total, but still should finish around 7th in the East.

    Overall, Montreal is not an overly impressive team. They lack a scoring punch, and a big-time shut down defenseman. They benefit from having a top 10 powerplay, and a top 10 penalty kill. Carey Price was excellent last year, and if he cannot produce the same heroics, Montreal will not make the playoffs this season. They cannot rely on Andrei Markov to return to his original form, seeing as he has not played a full season since 2008-2009. The additions of Cole and Campoli should offset the losses in the offseason. That being said, unless Price produces a similar season to last, Montreal will not finish above 9th in the East.

    The Devils are an easy pick to make the playoffs this season. The additions of Adam Larsson and Zach Parise will significantly impact a powerplay that finished 28th in the league with 14.4% conversion rate. Larsson’s presence will give Ilya Kovalchuk more room to work on the powerplay, and will help increase his goal total from last season as the Devils will not have to rely on Brian Rolston to play the other point. Kovalchuk had one of the worst years of his career last season, and should return to a 40 goal, 80 point player. Jacob Josefson, and Mattias Tedenby will be in their 2nd seasons, and should add extra offensive support. Most importantly, the Devils will have a veteran coach behind the bench from the start of the season. Under Lemaire, the Devils were one of the toughest teams to beat in the second half of the season, and it will be no different under DeBoer. The Devils have shed some age by getting rid of Langenbrunner, Arnott, Rolston, and Colin White. The only question mark will be Brodeur. He still has tremendous talent, however he has been inconsistent over the past couple of seasons. He will need to produce a 35 win, .915 save %, 2.50 G.A.A if the Devils have any intention of returning to the playoffs.

    My prediction for the upcoming season in the East:

    1. Washington
    2. Boston
    3. Philadelphia
    4. Pittsburgh
    5. Buffalo
    6. New Jersey
    7. Tampa Bay
    8. New York
    9. Montreal
    10. Carolina
    11. Toronto
    12. Islanders
    13. Florida
    14. Winnipeg
    15. Ottawa

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