Month: October 2007

2007-08 NHL season predictions

Time for me to make a fool of myself, although we won’t have firm evidence for at least a few weeks…. Time for me to predict the season. First, the western conference: None of last year’s playoff teams really got worse, and this is going to make the west a tough conference again. I’m predicting 95 points to make the playoffs at all. Division winners: Central: Detroit (and most points in the west, and president’s trophy) Pacific: San Jose (2nd seed) Northwest: Vancouver (third seed) is it possible for only one team in the central to make the playoffs? Probably not. St. Louis is better, but not a playoff team. Chicago is better, too, but not this year. Nashville, I worry that the ownership issues will get in the way. And I’m not convinced Columbus is good. But changes are, one other team will put it together and make a late spot. Since I’m rooting ofr them, I’ll choose the Blues in 8th. 4th seed: Anaheim 5th: Dallas 6th: Colorado 7th: Los Angeles 8th: St. Louis Right now, who comes out of the west is a pick’em among Detroit, San Jose, and Anaheim. It depends entirely on who gets lucky and who stays healthy and who avoids the traps each team has: Detroit: will hasek stay healthy? If not…. San jose: will they work out the consistency problems? Will...

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Team looking forward to full-strength Rivet

San Jose Mercury News – Team looking forward to full-strength Rivet: His illness was mentioned in passing after he was traded to the Sharks in February because the illness had forced him to miss his last nine games with the Montreal Canadiens. But once he got to San Jose? Rivet played and the assumption was he had recovered. Not so. “I was never healthy, not in the slightest,” Rivet said. “As time went on, it just got a little worse and worse. The energy level and strength wasn’t there. It took a lot out of me.” Rivet, a steadying influence on a young defense, still showed the Sharks enough to be rewarded with a four-year, $14 million contract. Now that he has finally gotten past the sickness, Rivet is eager to demonstrate his full capabilities. “When I first got here, I jumped right into the fire and tried to do the best I could to help the team compete,” Rivet said. “But now I feel great and I’m looking forward to starting the season healthy.” Rivet is a vocal, assertive presence on the ice – a good thing for the Sharks, who are still youthful on defense with Advertisement regulars such as Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Christian Ehrhoff and Matt Carle. I seem to be the only person not worried about the Sharks blueline this year. Not taking anything away from...

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