Thursday, October 06, 2005

Predictions Part Deaux

With one day of play in the books, I'm ready to make even more baseless '05-'06 predictions for the NHL's Western Conference:

Central
xDetroit - A culture that understands how to win remains
xNashville - Good goaltending + Young and hungry players
Columbus -Young and hungry with Foote and his rings to role model
Chicago -Bulin Wall and Aucoin, but old habits are hard to break
St. Louis - Spending and eating their way out of contention

Northwest
xCalgary-Close enough to taste it in '04, now rested and ready to charge
xVancouver - Mean and talente up front, but Cloutier still questionable in goal
xEdmonton - Pressure is on after the summer additions
Colorado - Rebuilding around Aebischer?
Minnesota - An enigmatic team personality makes this one a tough call

Pacific
xSan Jose - Not a lot of personnel changes on a team with good chemistry last go
xAnaheim - Neidermeyer and the kids will do well in the relatively weak Pacific
xDallas- Mary Turco can carry a team
LA - Issues in goal and in JR's cranium
Phx - Can The Great One stomach rebuilding?

Calgary moves on to face the Sens in the Cup final

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