Ovie - 102 ptsSemin - 84 ptsGreen - 60 ptsNylander - 77 ptsFedorov - 46 ptsBackstrom - 91 ptsKozlov - 53 ptsFehr - 14 goalsLaich - 26 goalsClark - 22 goalsI have no idea how I came up with these numbers.
Ovie-100 goals, 190 pointsWE WILL WIN THE STANLEY CUP!!!Sorry, somebody had to be that guy and I got here second.
I personally think 26 goals is a bit optimistic for Laich. My guess would be around 18, but with the firepower this team has, if Laich gets to be the man down low on the second PP unit I could see 26.I think Jeff Schultz will have a very, very good year playing steady, consistent defense...and will again be criticized by Capitals fans who think he should hit more/harder or score more.Once (if?) he gets playing time, I think Sami Lepisto will impress people.
I think it will be a battle between Carolina and Washington for the SE division, but both will make the playoffs comfortably. I think Pittsburgh will drop off a bit, with Montreal taking the #1 seed again. New Jersey will start to show the effects of losing every good player they have (save for Brodeur) in free agency. The Rangers will actually start to resemble a decent team. And the Flyers will set a record with eight players suspended during the first two months for boneheaded plays that cause injuries (or at least attempted injuries).
Semin will dangle, hop, fall, and score. his best season yet under the mentoring of Fedorov. ~35 goals.Fedorov's name will be misspelled consistently all season as Federov. Not sure what to expect from him as no one knows what level of ice-time he will receive. He is still the man.Laich will not show much improvement over his late season performance (which isn't all that bad, as he played his role well). ~19 goals.Backstrom will play with a confident low-key swagger this year, on whatever line he is placed, and put up at least 80pts. he will shoot more...i can feel it.Kozlov will continue to madden anyone that watches him play on a consistent basis, and then gawk at the stats that show him to be a valuable resource.Fleischman will still suck and will be pushed out by a hungrier player. Alzner will not win the Calder, since he is not flashy, but will be seen as a franchise player. ~30 points.Fehr will become trade bait.Clark...~20 goals at most??Carolina will come back with a vengeance, and have us pegged as public enemy #1.Tampa Bay...no idea. Lecavalier is a beast, though, and scares me every time he is on the ice with sneaky St. Louis.Montrealwill have a disappointing season, barely making the playoffs.Rangers will be a force.Ovie...do we really need to bother?
1)East: Washington-104: Pittsburgh-103Montreal- 102Philadelphia-98NY Rangers- 97Carolina-96TB- 95Boston- 94Florida90 NJ- 88:Ottawa- 87Toronto- 83Buffalo- 82Atlanta- 78NY Isles- 752) West: Detroit- 110Anaheim- 108Edmonton- 98SJ- 102Dallas- 98Calgary- 95Chicago- 94Phoenix- 92Minnesota- 90Vancouver- 88St. Louis- 84Nashville- 83Colorado- 82Columbus- 80LA- 70
Well, okay, someone's got to be the Voice Of Doom.Theodore will struggle initially and get ripped mercilessly by everyone, to the point where he reconsiders the wisdom of ever wanting to come here. But then he'll settle in as a steady workhorse and Johnnie will continue to collect the splinters. Let's hope we don't loose too much precious ground while Jose's finding himself.Ovie will get hurt. I hate to say it, but if he continues to play like he himself always has, it's (almost) inevitable. I am praying it doesn't turn into something chronic cause he's too stubborn to rest.Olie will play 20 games max all year and pretend he's contributing and stick it out very painfully until April, when (as the Bolts are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs) he can retire with his dignity all in shreds.Fehr will become a solid and reliable Kono Klone, and stake his eventual claim to the “A”.Alzner will keep his head up and his eyes open and become an essential cog very quickly.I agree that our wittle fuzzy wuzzy Le Lapin will dance and dangle and dazzle. With Gramp’s mentoring he’ll shine even more brightly than he has. In addition, he will learn how to say ‘Just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ball club. God willing.’ in English.Oh, and our dear Tyler will continue to disappoint and annoy. Just like every year.
I'm going to go against the trend here and say that Laich is going to define himself as a solid player.Backstrom will start on the second line, impress everyone and be moved up as center w/ OV.Fleischman and Fehr will be traded by the trade deadline.A new award will be created called the Semin Award for "the sickest stick handling that does not result in a goal."
Capitals:Everyone will be focused on Alzner, but Lespito will solidify a spot on the third pairing by mid-season.Semin will have a rebound year and crack 40 goals.Johnson will finally find some consistancy under Gabby and force a platoon with Theodore.(No predictions of bad performances. Can't go there)NHL:Tampa Bay will be in the cellar again, thanks to outdated coaching, shaky goaltending (sorry Olie, but I also was thinking of Smith), and an extremely inexperienced defense (at least the 70-pt Caps teams had a few journeymen around and Witt for one season).Buffalo and Edmonton will return to the playoffs. The Rangers and Devils will miss the playoffs, and the Senators will be on the bubble.
1) They may suck, but TB should be exciting as hell as they play 8-6 games every night! Now the latest 'rumour' is they have inquired about Sundin! LOL2) Whats left of Melroses' mullet is gonna fall out when he sees his team 'defense'!
I predict NHL Center Ice package will go up in price again.
The sun will rise tomorrow and set later in the day, Ted will continue to invite people to his box until one day it will eventually explode, after a two game losing streak someone will say that Boudreau is overmatched in the NHL and recommend his firing and on a slow day, JP will put out another variation of 2 Girls, 1 Cup. I'm sorry, but that's all I've got.
AO-- 61G, 41ASemin -- 41G, 40AGreen -- 17G, 35ANylander -- 20G, 61AFeds -- 28G (Yeah, he reaches G500 w/the Caps) A???Backstrom -- 13G 75AKoz -- Depends whether BB keeps the top line together, but I'm sensing major underachievementFehr -- 12G, 15ALaich -- 19G, 17AClark -- 23G, 27ATheo-- 91.1S%Johnny -- 90.1 S%
did we really need the two girls one cup comment? Ovie will score 60 again, and unlike you all I feel this is the break-out year for our boy Eric Fehr
I think Brooks Laich will have fewer goals because Chris Clark will get some of the minutes that Laich got last year.At some point before the trade deadline, the Caps will trade (at least) two forwards. Nick Backstrom will score 25 goals.Tampa Bay will pioneer a seven-forward lineup.
@CarlaI'm with you on AO. He's going to hurt his shoulder or knee one of these days, and it'll kill all of us to watch it happen.
Comebacker: PotiSleeper: JurcinaUp and Comer: OsalaSlumper: GreenNose Picker: FlashFeistier: Semin
@b.orr4: You forgot a couple. - The price of beer at VC will go up. - Some @$$3h*le will bring election signs for one candidate or another to the game and hold them up through the whole game, blocking someone's view and starting a riot. - Someone will complain that the Spirit Squad girls aren't hot enough.I hate to think of even the idea of Carla's prediction coming true, so I'm not going to say it. No jinxes!
Andrew Gordon will make the opening night roster, and Flash or Fehr (but not both) will be dealt for picks.Brent Johnson will start 30 games and have his best season since his days in St. Louis.
Division Winners:East: Caps, Pens, HabsWest: Sharks, Wings, FlamesStanley Cup Final: Wings 4, Caps 2AO wins scoring title again, although not in a run-away as Datsyuk will also do well. AO wins the MVP, with Datsyuk and Iggy as finalists.Green will be a Norris finalist, but Phaneuff will win it. Lidstrom will be the other finalist.Fedorov will be the Caps nominee for the Masterton, but Teppo Numinen will win it (he missed most of last year due to open-heart surgery).As for goal totals:Ovie: 67Semin: 36Backstrom: 23Kozlov: 22Fedorov: 20Nylander: 19Green: 18Laich: 17Clark: 17Fehr: 15Alzner will not be a Calder finalist, but will finish 4th in the voting. Stamkos will win as he will break the 90 point barrier as a rookie. Tampa will set a franchise high for goals scored, but still have a losing record as they will set an NHL record for most goals allowed in a season.
Ovie: 77 goals, 40 assistsHart, Art Ross, Richard, Pearson Backs: 80 assists, 20 goalsKoz: 23 goals, 50 assistsSemin: 50 goals, 100 fallsNylander: 28 goals, 60 assistsFedorov: 20 goals, 40 pp assistsLaich: 19 pp goals, 6 even goalsClark: 20 goals, 82 games playedGreen: 26 goals, +550 - 28 - 4 for 104 points2nd in East behind Montreal, just ahead of Pittsburgh, Philly, and Tampa.Stanley Cup vs. Detroit4-3 Caps!i hope.
can carla and jimmy jazz be banned from this site from this point on? for obvious reasons of course. i think thats reasonable
Biggest surprise: Erskine will carry over his solid play during the playoffs and becomes a good defensemanBiggest disappointment: Juice will lack confidence due to his late season poor performance and will be traded or benched.
My prediction: I finally get enough people to form a team with in NHL 09 by Christmas. We then get rolled game in and game out, struggling to get out of last place in the 14th division. EA Sports gives us each 5 dollars to disband. I blow it all on gas.
Eastern Conference:1. Montreal Canadiens2. Pittsburgh Penguins3. Washington Capitals4. Philadelphia Flyers5. Ottawa Senators6. New York Rangers7. New Jersey Devils8. Carolina Hurricanes9. Tampa Bay Lightning10. Boston Bruins11. Buffalo Sabres12. Florida Panthers13. Atlanta Thrashers14. Toronto Maples Leafs15. New York IslandersWestern Conference:1. Detroit Red Wings2. San Jose Sharks3. Minnesota Wild4. Dallas Stars5. Anaheim Ducks6. Edmonton Oilers7. Chicago Blackhawks8. Calgary Flames9. Nashville Predators10. Phoenix Coyotes11. Vancouver Canucks12. Columbus Blue Jackets13. Los Angeles Kings14. Colorado Avalanche15. St. Louis Blues
@anonymous in the last comment... You're being very generous with giving the Isles the 15th spot in the East... they may find a way to finish 16th or lower in a 15 team conference. They have a shot to be historically (as in less than 15 wins) bad...
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