Western Conference Predictions

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  1. drwpreds

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    Try to do this every year (I thought I posted a thread last year but can't find it).

    We are less than one week away- let's predict the Western Conference- Central and Pacific

    Just looking at it, I still think the Central division is pretty strong, but I have to say I think overall the Western conference is a little down right now. I think we have 2, possibly 3 elite teams in Winnipeg, Nashville and (maybe) San Jose. But after that a few good but not great teams and a whole lot of question marks. (And yep, I probably didn't learn my lesson with Vegas last year but I still say they are due for major regression).

    My picks:

    Central:
    1- Winnipeg
    2- Nashville
    3- St Louis
    4- Dallas
    5- Minnesota
    6- Colorado
    7- Chicago

    Pacific:
    1- San Jose
    2- Calgary
    3- Vegas
    4- Edmonton
    5- LA
    6- Anaheim
    7- Arizona
    8- Vancouver
     
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    Central:

    1. Jets
    2. Blues
    3. Preds
    4. Stars
    5. Wild
    6. Avs
    7. Hawks

    Pacific

    1. Sharks
    2. Flames
    3. Vegas
    4. Ducks
    5. Kings
    6. Oilers
    7. Coyotes
    8. Canucks
     
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    Central:
    1- Winnipeg
    2- Nashville
    3- St Louis
    4- Dallas
    5- Minnesota
    6- Chicago
    7- Colorado

    Pacific:
    1- San Jose
    2- Edmonton
    3- Vegas
    4- Calgary
    5- LA
    6- Anaheim
    7- Arizona
    8- Vancouver
     
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    I hope according to this Minnesota and LA don't make the playoffs
     
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    Central:

    1. Winnipeg
    2. Nashville
    3. St. Louis
    4. Dallas
    5. Chicago
    6. Colorado
    7. Minnesota

    Pacific:

    1. San Jose
    2. Las Vegas
    3. Los Angeles
    4. Anaheim
    5. Calgary
    6. Arizona
    7. Edmonton
    8. Vancouver

    Generally speaking the West is mostly about goaltending and who has a good season, who gets hurt, and who is just bad.
     
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    Central:

    1. Winnipeg
    2. Nashville
    3. Dallas
    4. St. Louis

    5. Avalanche
    6. Wild
    7. Chicago

    Pacific:

    1. Sharks
    2. Los Angeles
    3. Las Vegas
    4. Arizona

    5. Calgary
    6. Anaheim
    7. Edmonton
    8. Vancouver
     
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    1. Nashville 117
    2. STL 110
    3. WPG 108
    4. CHI 99
    5. DAL 98
    6. COL 88
    7. MIN 82

    1. SJ 112
    2. Calgary 102
    3. EDM 97
    4. CAL 96
    5. Vegas 92
    6. Arizona 88
    7. LA 86 (I think they are this year's Chicago)
    8. Vancouver 73

    Nash over Chicago
    WPG over STL
    Nash over WPG

    SJ over Calgary
    Edm over Calgary
    SJ over Edm

    Nash over SJ
     
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    WPG 112
    STL 106
    COL 101
    NSH 98

    MIN 95
    DAL 87
    CHI 81


    SJ 107
    ANA 102
    VEG 98
    LA 96

    EDM 89
    CGY 82
    ARZ 81
    VAN 75

    WPG over NSH
    STL over COL

    WPG over STL

    SJ over LA
    ANA over VEG

    SJ over ANA


    WPG over SJ

    then TOR over WPG in the SCF
     
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    Um, you picked Calgary to lose twice:laugh:
     
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    It's because I refuse to recognize the Kings baby sisters as a hockey team :)
     
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    I didnt notice that you also had them in the standings twice LOL
     
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    I know I'm late to the party but I'd probably say

    Central:
    1. Winnipeg
    2. Nashville
    3. St. Louis
    4. Dallas
    5. Avalanche
    6. Wild
    7. Chicago

    Pacific:
    1. Sharks
    2. Las Vegas
    3. Los Angeles
    4. Arizona
    5. Edmonton
    6. Anaheim
    7. Calgary
    8 Vancouver
     
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    Is everyone just doing negative mojo or do you all really believe Winnipeg is better than the Preds? I dont do predictions but I do think we are the best team in the Central and the West provided we can stay reasonably healthy
     
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    I really think Winnipeg is better. Much deeper up front than we are. Their weakness is goal, they could ride Hellybuck into the ground if they aren't careful.
     
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    i don't think goal would be their weakness. he was a vezina finalist. im not sure they have too much of a weakness. i think they are a 6-8 points better team than us this year. especially missing watson for a 1/3 of the season. i remember getting 5-6 points off of watson's big nights alone last year. especially his short handed goals, really buries an opposing team.
     
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    Goaltending over the course of 82 games could be their weakness unless they plan on giving Helle about 75 starts.


    Brossoit is nowhere near as a good as Saros.

    (And I know everyone has a bad night sometimes but Hellebuyck got shelled tonight by Dallas)
     
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    i forgot they didn't keep their backup
     
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    Screw listing out every team. The Preds are doing it this year. The crazies will be lamenting how this is a wasted season, woe is me, window is firmly closed, etc. as we slide into the playoffs with a mid-seed.

    Then the boys are going to kick in an extra gear like 2016-2017 but this time they're bringing home the Cup.

    Go ahead and envision partying on Broadway alongside the pedal tavern bachelorette parties. That is in your future.
     
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    I think the different between us and the Jets can be summarized as follows

    Laine > Forsberg
    Scheifele > Johanson
    Wheeler > Arvidsson

    That's basically it. I think we are evenly matched at every other position.

    I'm almost sort of hoping we get the 7th seed and play the Pacific division winner instead of facing the Jets in either the first or second round.
     
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    You think their top 4 D and goaltending(starter and backup) are simply even?

    Sorry, gotta disagree. Our D> their D. Our G > Their G.

    Hellebuyck may end up being solid and a perennial Vezina contender but as of right now hes had one good year and hes got a backup who is marginal NHL talent. We have a Vezina winner(and three time nomimee) and his backup is a player who could start on several NHL teams. Over 82 games that looks like advantage us.
     
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    I think team wise they are better, but the goalie issue may bite them more in the butt come playoff time than it does in the regular season. Riding a guy that much will leave him dead once that time comes. We will see how it goes.
     
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    Probably a controversial opinion but I'd take Forsberg over Laine every day. Laine is either the 1st or 2nd best pure goal scorer in the world. Forsberg is a better overall offensive talent. Forsberg is a much better overall player.
     
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    I think it's useless to compare teams by looking them at the paper. All it matters, is to get into the playoffs and everything can happen. We were the 16th seed and went to the Finals. There's so many other factors that come into play in the postseason, and luck has a big part in the play in the end. Depth in your lineup being a huge part of it. The teams who have won Cups these part years have the same thing in common: players like Guentzel, Smith-Pelly, Teräväinen. We had Sissons in that Run.

    On paper, the Jets look better than us and probably the Blues as well, minus goaltending. But I think we just have to get into the playoffs and anything can happen. The odds were stacked against us in -17 and we beat them.
     
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    Central:
    1. Nashville
    2. Winnipeg
    3. Colorado
    4. St. Louis
    5. Dallas
    6. Wild
    7. Chicago

    Pacific:
    1. Sharks
    2. Calgary
    3. Los Angeles
    4. Anaheim
    5. Vegas
    6. Edmonton
    7. Arizona
    8 Vancouver
     
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    Our 2c is also much better than the Jets; it was such a blessing when Stastny chose Vegas over Winnipeg, since neither Little nor Roslovic is a truly capable 2C right now.

    The other good thing about our position versus the Jets is that after this season, they need to pay Laine, Connor, Myers, and Trouba, and Wheeler's extension kicks in next year. Their depth took a hit after this past season (see retirement of Enstrom, Armia/Mason to Montreal) and that is going to happen again. Trouba is almost certainly gone.

    1. Nashville
    2. Winnipeg
    3. St. Louis
    4. Dallas

    5. Colorado
    6. Chicago
    7. Wild

    1. Sharks
    2. Las Vegas
    3. Calgary
    4. Arizona

    5. Los Angeles
    6. Anaheim
    7. Edmonton
    8. Vancouver
     

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