|> : The Nords should be comfortably in the top 4 seeds in the Conference
|> : this year. Here's why:
OK. I *have* to respond to this. New Jersey and the Rangers should
probably wind up with better records than Quebec. Montreal is strong
in goal, solid on defense, but after Muller and Damphousse is weak in
the scoring dept. Buffalo has a core of below average defen***
and Lafontaine is questionable for the start of the year.
The Isles, Boston, and the Pens all have big problems in goal, while
the Caps are weak up front and your beloved Flyers also have
questionable goaltending and the most laughable defense of any of
the supposed Stanley Cup contenders. Hartford, Ottawa, Florida and
Tampa can't even be considered for the top spots. What is so funny
about my prediction?
|> : 2) Easy Schedule. Ottawa, Hartford, and Florida 4 times each.
|> The senators will be a little harder with Beaupre in net. And Florida
|> plays in the tough Atlantic so they will be happy to see the Nords..
Neither of the above teams can be expected to score more than 2.5 goals
a game. The Nords have a potent and balanced offense. I didn't mention
Tampa Bay in the above list, either.
|> : 4) Great centers. Sakic, Ricci, and Forsberg should all be capable of
|> : at least a point a game. How many teams in the league get 1 ppg
|> : out of their 3rd line center?
|> -Great- Heck even the Flyers come closer to that term.. Lindros Recchi
|> & MacTavish...
Craig MacTavish a great center? "Eric Lindros", "Mark Recchi", "Craig
MacTavish", "80 point man". One of these things just doesn't belong here.
One of these things just isn't the same...
Philly's top *two* might be better, but their top *three* don't measure
up. The only teams with a group of three centers better than Quebec's
are Detroit with Yzerman, Federov, and Primeau, and probably Toronto
with Gilmour, Sundin, and Ridley. You might have a case with Lindros,
Recchi, and Brind'amour, but Recchi would be a winger in that scheme.
|> : The Nords only potential weakness is their goaltending.
|> The Nords potential weakness is Boston, Habs, Pitt, & Sabers.
|> Tune in on Sat!!!!!!
Their potential weaknesses are the Rangers, the Devils, and Patrick Roy.
Buf, Bos, Pit, Phi, NYI all have major weaknesses in one area, and
not enough strength in the others to make up for it. Quebec may give
up one bad goal a game, but with three lines that can score, they will
still win many more than they lose.