Speculation: What do you think about the whole canadian division

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  1. Lucbourdon Stay Positive, and keep the good vibes going. Sponsor

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    The Canucks look like are going to play in a All Canadian Division this year, which could be one of the hardest in the NHL.
    How well do you think the Canucks will do?
    I know one thing, being able to play teams like the Habs and leafs so many times is going to be so damn fun on here and on TV.
     
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    Conference finals or bust.
     
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    Probably will be the most passionate regular season we'll ever see. Can't wait.
     
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    I'm real excited. Gonna be real tight and hard fought season.
     
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    I think it’s going to cause some terrific rivalries and blood feuds. Can’t wait.
     
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    Lotta travel for us. Three eastern teams with a HUGE advantage

    More advercity
     
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    I think we regress a bit this year with Demko and new players, I hope I am wrong. I just do't see Vancouver being better then TO or Edmonton (only cause they have the best two players in the group), toss up between Calgary and Van and well go from there.
     
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    I wonder if they will do mini-hubs, have a "home" and "home" series (play 2 games with each team) and then travel back to their cities and vice versa. May cut down unnecessary travel.
     
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    There's one heavy team (WPG) and everyone else attacks off the rush. I think our D may struggle with this - Juolevi especially. On the flip side, our forward core should feast on track meet hockey all year long. Expect EP to have a breakout year statistically.
     
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    I suspect we will see mostly back to back games. Play Ott Mont and Tor 2 times each on a road trip over a 10 day period. Same with Winn Cal and Edm. And then long home stands with back to backs. If its a 50 game season 2 road trips to each region would pretty much take care of the season. That would be 4 6 game road trips. Make one of the a triple header and thats your 25 road games.
     
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    at least there is no team in st john's.

    i will guess there will be a lot of 3 game road trips for western clubs, (play either all three eastern teams or the other 3 western teams) and 2 and 4 game trips for eastern clubs.

    interesting to see whether the travel and canadian market intensity takes a toll.
     
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    based on geography, i like the jets chances.
     
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    well, they have no short trips ... then again neither do the Canucks. Montreal Ott and Tor get the breaks, but this is also true of a normal season. And I think they will play each team twice on every trip.
     
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    edmonton and calgary are roughly the same travel time for us as ottawa-montreal-toronto. their flights are maybe 20-30 minutes quicker, but the airport futzing around is the same and we can get to the airports slightly faster than they can.

    if the east coast teams start all their western road trips in winnipeg they do have an advantage, but if they start in vancouver and work their way east, it's pretty comparable..
     
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    I see Toronto as the best team.

    Then I see Calgary.

    Then I see Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg as the 3 competing for the guaranteed spot.

    Montreal was bad last year and capitalized on having a younger team face the older Penguins in the bubble, I don't think they're that good. I think they're an ~82-85 point team in 82 games.

    Ottawa won't be great, but I think they'll be better than many expect and will have a really fun time trying to spoil everyone elses party. They've also got mountains of assets and cap space to fix that D if they want, but they'll probably ride out one more bad lottery season before they rise.
     
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    These will be the standings after the end of the season:

    Vancouver
    Edmonton
    Calgary
    Toronto
    Montreal
    Winnipeg
    Ottawa
     
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    Other than the Sens...you can throw all the other Canadian teams in a hat, shuffle, and pick one..I dont think there's any one decisive Canadian team..Last season, (minus the Sens).. all the teams were in the thick of the playoff pack..
     
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    We lost a lot from our core with Marky and Tanev. I think we take a big step back this season.
    Calgary
    Toronto
    Edmonton
    Montreal
    Winterpig
    Canucks
    Ottawa

    We will draft top ten in 2021.
     
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    The Canadian division will be by far the easiest division. There isn't a single team in there that's a legit contender. And you got Ottawa and Winnipeg who are honestly pretty bad.

    I think a Canadian division will be fun (if not gimmicky but I get why they need to do it in these times), but it's an absolute blessing for the Canuck's playoff chances.
     
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    Fully expect a 4:30 game time for games vs TML and MTL in VAN
     
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    Is it written in stone that all the games in the upcoming season will be played in every Canadian city's rink? I thought the first first part of the season might have be played in 'bubble cities' like the recent Stanley Cup playoffs?

    It that's the case, then the travel won't be too onerous for the Canucks. The problem is that there are no patsies in this Canadian Division. Every game will be a nail-biter. The Canucks could be be 20 percent better than they were last season, and still miss the playoffs.

    My gut tells me that this could turn into a 'development year' for the Canucks as they transition from aging, slowing veterans by introducing young guys into the lineup, ready or not.
     
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    Definately not the hardest division. I expect something like this;

    Canadian:
    Calgary
    Edmonton
    Montreal
    Ottawa
    Toronto
    Vancouver
    Winnipeg

    West:
    Anaheim
    Arizona
    Colorado
    Dallas
    LA
    San Jose
    St. Louis
    Vegas

    Central:
    Boston
    Buffalo
    Chicago
    Detroit
    Florida
    Minnesota
    Nashville
    Tampa

    Metro:
    Carolina
    Columbus
    New Jersey
    Islanders
    Rangers
    Philidelphia
    Pittsburgh
    Washington

    Maybe add St Louis to the west to have the same amount of teams to each conference.

    The Metro would still be the toughest by far. Central is probably a bit tougher than the Canadian division. West would definately be easier during the regular season, but harder in the playoffs.

    Edit. Forgot Boston. Added them in and switch St. Louis to the west
     
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  23. RussianRacket He/Him/His Pronouns

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    yeah whatever, its fine
     
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    Yep. I don't get this sentiment the Canadian division will make it tougher for the Canucks. It's a blessing for their playoff hopes. The other realigned divisions will be much more difficult.

    It's basically Toronto (who aren't even true contenders) and a mixed bag of mediocre teams. Lots of open playoff slots.

    In a West division, the Canucks aren't getting ahead of Dallas, Colorado, or Vegas. Tampa, Boston, or Carolina? Oh good god. CBJ, PIT, WAS, and the New Yorks would be tough to get points off of too.
     
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    The best part is if the Canucks make it through the CDN division playoffs they likely won't be as banged up as the winner for any of the other 3 divisions. Opens up a window of opportunity for the Canucks that wasn't there before.
     
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