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Finishing Last

from The Hockey News,

Starting today, we’ll unveil our predictions for the 15th-ranked teams in each conference, as well as short explanations of our rationale for the decision. Each day thereafter – excluding weekends – the next two teams will be posted online, until we get to the top two from each conference.


Why: Eventually this team is going to take a step forward and it’s probably going to come out of nowhere to surprise everyone. That’s the general feeling around this team and though a few THN staffers feel the Isles are on the cusp of moving on up, it always comes back to the fact they’re stuck in the difficult Atlantic Division….


Why: More accurately, the explanation here should be preceeded by “why not?” The Blue Jackets traded away their only star and didn’t inspire any fans with the return; Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky don’t provide any more security as a tandem than Mason did alone; and the depth of talent on this team is lacking….

more on each team…

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As if being picked for dead last in the East weren’t enough, they had to show a photo of the Islanders in their NY Mets inspired travesty of a third uniform. Ouch!

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/07/12 at 03:36 PM ET

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Columbus has no goaltending and no centers.  They’ll be lucky to finish 13th.

Posted by Heaton on 08/07/12 at 06:19 PM ET

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