Posted Saturday, January 16, 2010 09:25 AM
Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 05:15 PM
So we all have heard everyone's sleeper teams and conference standings predictions.
I'm curious to hear what "good" team(s) people think might not do as well as expected. I call them "The Reverse-Sleeper" Team.
PLEASE...This is not a thread to mock predictions as I don't really think there are any right or wrong answers. Not to mention that people are obviously going out on a limb with predictions like these.
I'll start things out...
Chicago: Remember the young and promising team the Oilers had in 2005-06? Remember how they surprised many and made it to the Cup finals? Remember how they finished 12th in the West the following season? I'm not saying they miss the playoffs, but perhaps they don't finish in the top 4 like everyone seems to think.
Calgary: Kipper needs to play less than 76 games this season. That much is evident by the quick exit they made in last season's playoffs. Pretty decent up the middle with Jokinen, Conroy and Langkow. But there's a huge drop off on either wing after Iginla. Looks like a one-line team to me.
Philadelphia: Very strong team up front and on the blueline. Just not so sure about the goaltending tandem of Boucher and Emery.
New Jersey: A lot rests on Brodeur's 37 year-old shoulders. Quite an older team with guys like Brodeur (37), Pandolfo (34), Langenbrunner (34), Rolston (36) andShanahan (40).