Re: Race to the Bottom
posted at 7/25/2013 11:19 AM EDT
I agree the Jets haven't made any moves, but neither have most of the teams in their division. Wild have taken an ever slight step backwards, I can't see either the Preds of Avs taking a major step forward. Dallas has improved, but with the new division format the Jets just need third, and possibly fourth, in their division. There's two spots I think they'll be in a fight for with the Wild and Dallas. They have a shot not because of any vast improvement, but because of the format change and fairly weak competition.
Also with the Division format change I think you guys are right about the Flames, who lose the Avs and Wild and gain the Ducks, Sharks, Yotes and Kings. Same goes for Florida who now have to contend with the Bruins, Wings, Leafs Habs and Sens for a playoff spot.
I would add the Canes who have not done much to improve after a fairly dismal season last year in the weak SE. They keep SE champs the Caps, and they now have to play the Pens, Flyers, Rangers and two up and coming teams in the Jackets and Isles. I also have my doubts Ward will return to form.
And also, While I don't think they'll be bottom feeders league wide, a playoff miss by Vancouver wouldn't shock me. This is not a team that's built for Torts' style, and the format change may hurt them more than any other team. The Ducks had a better record, the Kings were tied with them in points but had the tiebreaker, the Sharks were only two points back. They could be in a fight for that fourth spot and hoping for a cross-over. Their fate could depend on how strong the Central is (Maybe steal that fourth spot from the Jets, Stars or Wild) and if Edmonton finally gets their talent producing on the same page.