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NHL 2007-08 Predictions

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Ah! It's that time of year already where you can almost put your lawn mower away (up north anyway) and get ready for another NHL season.
The hockey yearbooks are flooding newstands now and giving their bold predictions for the upcoming season. Early, yes. But they don't have a choice now, do they?
So, below are predictions from 2 big time mags and I'll throw in my 2 cents afterwards.


The Hockey News

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Detroit
2. Anaheim
3. Calgary
4. San Jose
5. Minnesota
6. Vancouver
7. Nashville
8. Colorado
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9. St. Louis
10. Chicago
11. Dallas
12. Los Angeles
13. Edmonton
14. Columbus
15. Phoenix

McKeen's

EASTERN

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

WESTERN

1. Detroit
2. Colorado
3. Dallas
4. Anaheim
5. Vancouver
6. San Jose
7. Calgary
8. Minnesota
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9. Los Angeles
10. St. Louis
11. Nashville
12. Chicago
13. Edmonton
14. Columbus
15. Phoenix.

Just so you know....and to gloat...I have a few personal stats for you when it comes to predicting accuracy. Prior to last season, I predicted 18 teams (60%) 3 or less positions than where they actually finished in their conference.

The Hockey news had the same accuracy.
The Score predicted 16 teams within 3 correct positions (53%)
McKeen's Hockey predicted 14. (47%)

Face it, we all suck at it. But here goes my predictions for the coming season:

Eastern Conference

1. Rangers (I say their FA spending madness pays off)
2. Pittsburgh (getting better and better every year)
3. Carolina (A return to form for the former champs)
4. Ottawa
5. Tampa Bay
6. Toronto
7. Devils
8. Bruins
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9. Atlanta
10. Buffalo
11. Flyers
12. Montreal
13. Florida (oh no..not picking these guys to make the playoffs again)
14. Islanders (may struggle with identity after so much player movement)
15. Washington (sorry, Ted)

Western Conference

1. Vancouver (not being biased either. Just need one more top 6 forward)
2. Detroit (a weak division)
3. Anaheim (Cup hangover? A returning Niedermayer and Selanne?)
4. San Jose
5. Minnesota
6. Calgary
7. Colorado (late season push in 06-07 plus addidtions of Hannan and Smyth help)
8. St. Louis (I really like the direction John Davidson is taking this team)
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9. Dallas (ballsy call, huh?)
10. Los Angeles
11. Nashville (too gutted)
12. Columbus
13. Chicago
14. Edmonton (the decline continues)
15. Phoenix (Gretzky loses his job)

Thoughts? Opinions? Stick throwing?

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