How the West might be won?

Well the west has basically two sides…..the young teams building to de thrown the older teams and the old teams hoping to fend off the younger teams.The Western Conference as many of you will agree is the deepest of the two conferences among the playoff contenders are….

– Los Angeles, Detroit, San Jose, Colorado, Dallas, St. Louis, Phoenix, Vancouver, Nashville, Anaheim, Chicago, Edmonton, and possibly Calgary pending on what happens with Mr. Iginla. Thats 13 teams for 8 spots!

To take alook at all these teams i split them into four categories……then i placed them on how i think these 13 teams would would finish in order.

TEAMS ON THE RISE- Calgary, Nashville and Anaheim.

If Calgary gets a good foward for Morris and if they re-sign Iginla which looks bleak they could be a surprise.

Nashville Justs about inproves each year they are in the NHL. This year they might just improve into the playoffs but Legwand has to score 25 to 30 goals this year for this to happen.

Anaheim has solid goaltending and if their first line of Oates, Kariya, and Sykora clicks…look out.

THE BIG FOUR- At one time it used to be Detroit, St.Louis, Dallas, and Colorado but since the Blues have slowly slipped lately the rising Sharks have taken their place.

Dallas- Many key off season signings but is it enough to win it all?

Detroit- Will miss Yzerman for who knows how long….if he is really gone for the year Fedorov needs to score and pick up the slack.

San Jose- They improve more and more every year and they almost knocked out the Avs last year…they are the team to beat in the west this year.

Colorado- Quiet off season but since Forsberg will be there all year this year they really didn’t need to add anyone.

WANNA BE CONTENDERS- These teams are missing maybe one or two pieces to get them over the top.

Chicago- I like this team; could either return to last year’s form, or fall off the map. I think the first one is more likely.

St. Louis- Where will the offense come from? They need another 30 goal scorer to help beat the BIG 4.

Los Angeles- I really like this team but they need more consistent goaltending from the “Cat” and they could also use a leader on defense. They have one or more upsets in them for the playoffs.

BEST OF THE REST- Edmonton, Vancouver, and Phoenix all have what it takes to get there.

Edmonton- What they lack on goalscoring they make up in defense…could use another 15 goal scorer for their second line.

Vancouver- Only a matter of time before they upset somebody in the first round…the Sedins need the have a big year.

Phoenix- Could really turn it up this year with Amonte.

HOW I THINK THEY WILL FINISH…

1)DALLAS

2)COLORADO

3)DETROIT

4)SAN JOSE

5)PHOENIX

6)LOS ANGELES

7)VANCOUVER

8)CHICAGO

9)ST. LOUIS

10)EDMONTON

11)NASHVILLE

12)ANAHEIM

13)CALGARY

AS YOU CAN SEE I HAVEN’T PUT ST. LOUIS IN THE PLAYOFF PICTURE….PRONGER’S STATUS IS UP IN THE AIR SO ITS BECAUSE OF THAT THAT I DON’T THINK THEY’LL MAKE IT….UNLESS HE COMES BACK HALF WAY THROUGH THE SEASON.


27 Responses to How the West might be won?

  1. saksfan says:

    Pronger coming back halfway through this season eh? I hope not. LOUSY HOUSE PLANT!

  2. Tony says:

    I can’t see anyone beating out Detroit for first place. I think Dallas will improve but Colorado and San Jose should still finish well ahead of them. After the top four though it’s anyone’s guess.

  3. Leaf_Expert says:

    TERRIFICALLY PUT!!!

    I would just replace Pheonix with Vancouver because of the rysing talent their an Chicagowith St.Louis, even though no Pronger there still is Weight, and the big T

  4. YingYan says:

    1)COLORADO

    2)SAN JOSE

    3)DETROIT

    4)DALLAS

    5)LOS ANGELES

    6)ST. LOUIS

    7)VANCOUVER

    8)EDMONTON

    9)PHOENIX

    10)CHICAGO

    11)ANAHEIM

    12)CALGARY

    13)NASHVILLE

    IN MY BOOK… 😉

  5. Forsberg21 says:

    St. Louis is sure slipping. Who the hell is gonna score goals for them. Tkachuk? He better find his game soon, because now it’s only him and Demitra who score goals with Weight as the playmaker. Even though Young always seemed like dead weight to me, they will stuggle to make the playoffs if they don’t replace him.

  6. ProngerBlues44 says:

    Kudos my friend! Kudos!!! I agree with you 100% on the Blues, and as you all well know I am one of the biggest fans you will meet.

    I do think the offense will struggle, even though Dougy Weight is expected tomore than pick up the slack Young leaves. Doug is expected to be a 90-point man, and that will surely help.

    But behind him, the Blues have the line of Demitra-Tkachuk-Mellanby….. and who else….. uhhh…… oh yea, Tyson Nash and Reed Low!!

    And I know fellow Blues fans and maybe even some other teams’ fans will disagree, but I really don’t think Johnson is a #1 guy! I have been watching game tapes of Fuhr with the Blues, Turek and Johnson, comparing how the defense would play. Fuhr was with a different D, so I took him out of the comparison. But the season before Turek departed, the defense was tough and just played a high-stellar defense, but with Johnson they collapse in and try to save his butt! I am serious when I say the Blues really need to consider Dafoe or anyone on the market.

    ~Jeff P.

    JFB DK57

  7. marcop says:

    thats how i think it will end up too.

  8. GloveSide says:

    yeah i know….i have been watching brent johnson and he is just not stable in his crease at all!

  9. Leaf_Expert says:

    I AGREE WIT U… but i do think Johnsson is like a Brathwaite type of player but thats with the defense he had this season. i don’t think any goalie could fail with the defense that St.Louis has!

  10. mxianieri says:

    I think though that Colorado and San Jose are the most complete teams in the West and will be far ahead of the pack. Dallas and Detroit are going to get out of the gate more slowly which might cost them a lot in the standings.

    I would put Chicago, Phoenix, Edmonton and LA in the next grouping. Any of these teams, with a break or two, could beat one of the top four in a playoff series.

    St. Louis seems to have negative momentum right now and I don’t think that they have done anything to reverse it yet. Vancouver seems content to just let the team get older and not do anything. They may take a big step forward this year, but there isn’t anything to indicate that they will.

    My top 10 –

    1. Colorado

    2. San Jose

    3. Detroit

    4. Dallas

    5. LA

    6. Phoenix

    7. Chicago

    8. Edmonton

    9. Vancouver

    10. St. Louis

  11. mxianieri says:

    I think that Colorado and San Jose are the most complete teams in the West and will be far ahead of the pack. Dallas and Detroit are going to get out of the gate more slowly which will cost them in the standings.

    I would put Chicago, Phoenix, Edmonton and LA in the next grouping. Any of these teams, with a break or two, could beat one of the top four in a playoff series.

    St. Louis seems to have negative momentum right now and I don’t think that they have done anything to reverse it yet. Vancouver seems content to just let the team get older and not do anything. They may take a big step forward this year, but there isn’t anything to indicate that they will.

    My top 10 –

    1. Colorado

    2. San Jose

    3. Detroit

    4. Dallas

    5. LA

    6. Phoenix

    7. Chicago

    8. Edmonton

    9. Vancouver

    10. St. Louis

  12. aaron says:

    1. Detroit

    2. Colorado

    3. San Jose

    4. LA

    5. Dallas

    6. Vancouver

    7. St. Louis

    8. Phoenix

    9. Edmonton

    10. Anaheim

    11. Chicago

    12. Nashville

    13. Calgary

    14. Columbus

    15. Minnesota

    Detroit will fall back down to human levels this season, but will still finish in first in a close race w/ Colorado and San Jose. LA, Vancouver, and Dallas will all challenge for their respective divisions, and Phoenix, St. Louis, Chicago, and Edmonton will all put pressure on everyone above them. I think any extended slip by a team, even a 5 game one, could cost them their division or the playoffs. It will be that close.

  13. bones says:

    How much of a dead weight was he with Turgeon? Are you on crack?

  14. RooksOilers says:

    1) Detroit………..Cujo wants to win

    2) San Jose……..They are just that good

    3) Colorado……..Ahh Forsberg

    4) Dallas…………Good on paper

    5) Phoenix………Depends on Burkes play

    6) Edmonton……Solid D/Goal + Favourite

    7) Chicago………The Fleury factor

    8) Vancouver……Cassels/Lachance gone hurts!

    9)Anahiem………The One Line Wonder!

  15. MyCaptain11 says:

    even though the offseason isn’t over yet, i’m already picking san jose to come out of the west. i really like the sharks’ physical play, they have the size to match, and nabokov was impressive in his first real postseason debut (he opened in the 2001 stanley cup playoffs but was playing with the flu and if i’m not correct, finished just the first game of the series vs. the blues). even though i’m not a sharks fan, i really like him and i think he going to be dominant in the league for a long time.

    the avalanche can make it through the regular seaoson just fine as long as forsberg stays healthy. however, if they don’t pick up any wingers in free agency before the season begins i expect them to find a couple at the trading deadline because i think they were a legit third scoring line away from topping detroit. against a team like the red wings you don’t need to have all 4 lines score, just make sure the 3rd line has some pop to it. you can beat the wings with 2 great lines, a respectable 3rd line and a true checking line instead of 2 scoring and 2 defensive lines like colorado had this past season.

    also the avs need to replace the offensive threat from the blueline that ray bourque gave them. blake needs some real help back there, so either skoula needs to step up, or they have to sign someone (slegr), or whatever they have to do to get that d-man.

    will be interesting to see if jackman can fill in for pronger adequately while chris is out. it’s obvious the blues won’t go get help while pronger is out. of course the blues haven been thebest team in the nhl at limiting opponents shots on goal since joel quennville became the head coach. that’s good news in the regular season for brent johnson (although the playoffs are a different matter).

    guerin should do great in dallas by modano’s side. they have actually replaced brett hull this time unlike last summer. a new head coach with possibly a more open offensive system adds to the intrigue and drama surrounding this team.

    i wish the kings would actually spend money b/c they are closer to stanley cup contention than they think. and if they don’t think they are, then that means within the next 2 years we should see an awesome kings team.

    the red wings are the red wings with or without yzerman for 1st half of the regular season. the true test of this team will be the playoffs, when yzerman is back and of more importance, when dave lewis shows how good his coaching instincts are. it’s easy for the team and lewis to copy bowman’s system for the regular season, but can lewis even come close to matching bowman’s superior strategy adjustments?

  16. GloveSide says:

    i like the sharks too

  17. bones says:

    1)SAN JOSE 106 points

    2)VANCOUVER 92 points

    3)DETROIT 90 points

    4)DALLAS 105 points

    5)PHOENIX 98 points

    6)EDMONTON 91 points

    7)LOS ANGELES 90 points

    8)COLORADO 90 points

    9)CHICAGO 85 points

    10)ANAHEIM 84 points

    11)ST LOUIS 83 points

    12)CALGARY 70 points

    13)MINNESOTA 69 points

    14)NASHVILLE 63 points

    15)COLUMBUS 48 points

    This makes the first round of the playoffs look like this:

    SAN JOSE and COLORADO

    VANCOUVER and LA

    DETROIT and EDMONTON

    DALLAS and PHOENIX

  18. Canucks_Info_Man says:

    Whoever puts L.A on top of Vancouver doesn’t know hockey very well or thinking that L.A is going to fluke out big time. Canucks were the youngest team in the playoffs last year, they are young. Every year, we are going to get better… plus we have the #2 and #3 scorers in the league. Can’t forget Jovo, Ohlund, and Morrison. Also the Sedins will improve alot this season. AND CHUBAROV!! Watch out for this guy next season ^_^

    L.A lost Buchberger and Audette.

  19. Canucks_Info_Man says:

    Whoops, I mean Ronning. lol

  20. CaptainSteve says:

    I am glad to see that many of you are looking past the wings. I hope that the rest of the league does as well.

    But, with the signing of another d-man (SUTER SUTER SUTER), the wings will be set for next year, with an infusion of young talent and a new goalie. I expect Cujo to have a solid year, nothing spectacular, but to certainly benefit from increased goal support and a superior defense. Face it, 75% of the time, the wings will score more goals than the other team, and that includes San Jose. Its kind of like the Pistons vs. the Celtics in the mid 80’s, you gotta beat the champs to get to the next level, and though SJ is REALLY good, I dont think they are there yet. Perhaps Marleau came of age last year, but I dont think Vinny Damphousse is a number 1 center. (solid #2) Either way, the wings are stacked, please underestimate us.

  21. Tradedude says:

    WEST!

    1. Detroit

    2. Dallas

    3. Colorado

    4. Phoenix

    5. St. Louis

    6. San Jose

    7. Vancouver

    8. Chicago

    9. Edmonton

    10. Los Angeles

    11. Nashville

    12. Calgary (only if iginla resigns)

    13. Anaheim

    EAST!

    1. Florida pANTHERS (LOL, J/K) pHILLY

    2. Toronto

    3. New York Rangers (wild guess)

    4. Ottawa

    5. New York Islanders

    6. Carolina

    7. New Jersey

    8. Montreal

    9. Boston

  22. GloveSide says:

    OKay first of all….where is the dpeth in van citites scoring gonna come from this year?…L.A has plenty of that….L.A’s “d” is better and the goaltenind is the same…their are way too many “if’s” with vancouver….if the sedin’s play well and if their younger prospects develop if they do they can win but if not they’ll be at the bottom of the top 8

  23. RooksOilers says:

    The loss of Cassels and Lachance is going to hurt this team! Its going to get interesting for the last four spots again in the MIGHTY WEST! This TIME the OILERS will make it!

  24. aaron says:

    THANK YOU.

    I have yet to hear Suter and the Wings mentioned in the same sentence, which baffles the hell outta me. How good would he be next to Chris Chelios? It would be SLC all over again!

  25. bones says:

    I’m glad to see that you are looking past the Stars.

  26. Canucks_Info_Man says:

    It’s obvious you guys don’t follow the Canucks if you think the loss of Glassels and Lachance are going to hurt us. Ever heard of Bryan Allen?

    And as for Glassels, we were missing Druken (will probably be our #2 center) all last year and Klatt who is a very good player for quite a while. This year, they are both back =)

    We still have players to trade (Schaefer), Burke will probably trade him and (Ruutu?) for a solid D.

    Whatever, i’m not going to argue with you guys… i’ll write down your nicknames.. heh and then i’ll send you a message when the year is over saying “I told you so”

    At that time, L.A will probably be fighting for 8th spot 😉

  27. bones says:

    I agree about the slip, but for grins, say Vancouver takes the division over the Avs and San Jose wins the pres. trophy, how would you adjust your standings?

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