Top 3 Cup Contenders in the West

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  1. NHLpls

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    Yes. Metro was a joke from the start.
     
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    Nashville
    Winnipeg
    San Jose

    My preseason pick of the Blues coming out of the West was solid.
     
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    Yeah. We'd need to get a 1b C by the TDL and not hold Makar out until next season to keep him expansion draft exempt. I can see us being serious cup contenders next season; when Makar, Kaut & whichever other prospects who can win spots will have joined the senior team, and we'll have had a chance to see whether the Ottawa pick will net us that 1b C we're missing or if Joe can swing a trade for someone like Zibby.

    But this year I can't see us winning more than 1 series, and even that I don't think we'll quite be able to pull off against either Nashville or Winnipeg.
    Nah, we'd need a legit 1b C, not just any top6 rental.
     
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    As a Jet fan I think we still have a ways to go before we get to the point we were at during last years playoffs. Some more growth and some guys playing to their potential and we will be a contender for sure. I think Nashville is still the team to beat. Minnesota scares me as well.
     
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    Man the west is super garbage this year. Playoff spots for everyone, come and get them.
     
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    Beside Nashville (who is scary good) and Winnipeg, all the other teams have big flaws that take them outside of the contender conversation...

    Colorado: defense, offensive depth
    Calgary: unproven goaltending
    SJ: no real flaw on paper (lack of speed, maybe?), but can't say I've been impressed when I watched them. Still early, though.

    If I had to pick 3, I would go

    #1. Nashville
    #2. Winnipeg

    #3. San Jose
     
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    lol the west sucks
     
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    The last three years the Stanley Cup winner has come out of the Metro. Fairly liberal use of the term "joke".
     
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    Nashville, Winnipeg, and Vegas.

    Vegas has crazy analytics. I'm expecting them to shoot up the standings.
     
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    San Jose should turn it around at some point I'm not comfortable taking them out of the top 3. Colorado has to beat both Nashville and Winnipeg to make the conference finals, so just no. Calgary looks good but I need to see more from the new tender, that being said I also think Martin Jones has been very overrated in light of his cup appearance. Calgary is my #4 just behind the Sharks and I'm hoping for a coach change for the Sharks to get some new gas
     
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    The metro was designed to give the penguins favorable odds in the playoffs.
     
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    I wouldn't call handing them the Capitals every year "favorable odds."

    They also had to play peak Rangers twice since the realignment.
     
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    1. Nashville
    2. Winnipeg
    3. San Jose

    HM: Calgary, Colorado, Vegas
     
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    Thanks for saying what no one else had the guts to say. The Ducks should get a mention. NAS and WPG are clearly the top 2 dogs, but ANA may be the best of the B squads. Getting healthier, with Fowler back in a month, and possibly Perry and Eaves before playoffs. Not even sure why people still hating on them. The only player to even remotely dislike is Kesler. It's ok, let them keep hating.
     
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    Its really
    This 100% Man the West is weak, No deph
     
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    Nashville would have a cup by now if it weren't for Rinne. He's the only reason why they're not a serious cup contender
     
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    Because the Flames haven’t played any east teams... such as the leafs...
     
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    The fact that they survived while having so many injuries is scary... Getzlaf is a stud too.
     
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    Lineup indeed looks scary on paper:

    Aberg-Getz-Rakell Fowler-Montour
    Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg Lindholm-Manson Gibson
    Ritchie-Henrique-Kase Larsson-Mahura-Dotchin-Welinski Miller

    Leftovers: Perry, Eaves, Sprong, Rowney, Gibbons, Sherwood, Street

    Doubt anyone wants that to be their 1st round match-up
     
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    As a Flames fan I’m pretty confident we would match way better now than a couple of years ago. Wouldn’t mind a first round tango.
     
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    You are indeed a brave man knowing the history. Must admit I like the sound of it, though. Probably be one of the best 1st round matches to watch.
     
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    Even with decrepit Mike Smith or inexperienced Rittich in net? The Ducks would eat them alive in the playoffs
     
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    I think the Jets are better than they've shown so far.
     

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