posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 12:55 PM
OK, Time for the Western Conference!! Go Wild!! :bounce:
Detroit is scary with Datsyuk finally signing and Zetterberg on the wing. Both are highly skilled and will enjoy the open ice. With Chelios (the man
who will not die) and Lidstrom on the blue line, they are once again going to be solid, unless of course old Chelios has lost a step. Oh, and how well
will the left-wing-lock really work? Goaltending will be an issue though.
Nashville seems to have been discussed in the Eastern conference for some reason. Nashville had a good season in 03-04, with the addition of
Kariya, and Vokoun's play between the pipes, expect them to be solid again.
I hate Vancouver, but, they are a tough team. Linden, Morrison, Sedin, Sedin, Naslund, Bertuzzi.... argh, what a force. They are going to put up some
sick numbers this year. If Cloutier can keep it out of the net, Vancouver should have a great chance of winning the division.
Calgary may have lost a couple players, but the addition of Hamrlik and keeping Kiprusoff between the pipes is huge. McCarty and Amonte are huge
additions to the front lines, possibly giving Iginla some extra open ice. They are going to be hard pressed to take the division though.
San Jose should continue to be a force in the West. If not at least annoying the crap out of everybody. The key is Nabokov, if he can get back into
his stellar form from a few years ago, this team could have a few upsets and should be a strong candidate for the playoffs.
Dallas should be OK. With Madano finally able to have some open ice to skate, he should be fun to watch, if he is not too old. Turco should be solid
once again. Having Zubov and Skoula on the blue line will help shore up the D, but is the D fast enough? I Expect Dallas to have fun with the faster
LA Kings are looking good, or is that just pretty boy Jeremy Roenick? If he can survive his latest concussion, Roenick, Robitaille, Demitra, and V.
Bure should have some open ice and be able to drop a few pucks into the net. The biggest question is the netminder, I will let you tell me who it
But, with all of that being said, watch out for Pheonix with the Great One at the helm, Chicago with the Boulin wall, and that crafty, hard working
team, the Minnesota Wild who are fast fast fast. (OK, so I am biased towards the Wild...)
The missing team from the East:
The Devils. 2 words: Martin Brodeur. The loss of Stevens and Niedermayer is going to hurt, but they are still going to be solid.