Month: October 2002

2002-2003 hockey season: Eastern Conference Prediction

I admit I don’t follow the eastern conference as closely as the west. The practical aspect of that is that my choices in the east are even sillier than in the west. I simply don’t let that stop me. I think the best teams in the East are Carolina (they’re for real), New Jersey (of course), Montreal, and Toronto — if Belfour can handle the pressure of playing in Toronto. That’s far from a given. Next level down from that are the Islanders, Ottawa, and maybe the RAngers. Finishing up the list of playoff teams Washington. I’m just not impressed with Boston’s goaltending, Buffalo is imploding and I expect this season to be a forgettable one for Sabre’s fans, assuming it’s not the last season (not a given), Atlanta is still building. they’ll be interesting but not winning. Florida and Tampa Bay don’t do much for me, and I think one or the other might compete for a playoff spot, but don’t ask me which one. I don’t know. Adn then there’s Pittsburgh. Something tells me it’s going to be a long, painful season for the Penguins. Sorry,...

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2002-2003 hockey season: western conference prediction

The hockey season is starting (finally!), so it’s time for the annual predictions, so everyone can laugh at me again at the end of the season. First up — the western conference. The team to beat in the Western conference this year is the Colorado Avalanche. The trade of Drury hurts their offense, but improved their defense, and with Sakic and Forsberg, they could afford to give up some offense. Roy shows no signs of slowing down, and they’ve been there and know what needs to be done. Barring significant injuries, the trip to the Stanley Cup goes through Colorado. A close second, if everything goes as planned, is the San Jose Sharks. This assumes players like Marleau come through as hoped, that Stuart and Nabokov get signed fairly soon, and that the team stays fairly healthy. It’s clear, however, that the Sharks are now at the point where it’s time chase the brass ring. This year, next year, and after that, they’ll have to start reloading or risk falling back. For the Sharks, it’s time to break the 100 point barrier, and I want to see 50 wins. In the West, that’s a stretch — but doable. Third on my list is Detroit. Losing Bowman and Hasek is a significant loss, but make no mistake, that simply means the Wings are going for a division championship, not the...

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