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In The Top 5

The Hockey News continues with their conference rankings and today they feature the #5 teams…

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Why: The Orange and Black attack is rugged, relentless and guaranteed to get goals in bunches. Claude Giroux is a bona fide superstar and there are a plethora of 20-goal men around him. But defense and goaltending are far from sure things. Blueliners are falling fast, with Chris Pronger still a no-go and Andrej Meszaros out indefinitely with a torn Achilles….

MINNESOTA WILD

Why: The Orange and Black attack is rugged, relentless and guaranteed to get goals in bunches. Claude Giroux is a bona fide superstar and there are a plethora of 20-goal men around him. But defense and goaltending are far from sure things. Blueliners are falling fast, with Chris Pronger still a no-go and Andrej Meszaros out indefinitely with a torn Achilles. And Ilya Bryzgalov inspires about as much stability in net as the Greek economy. Sit back and enjoy the ride, anyway, because it’ll be fun to watch Philly play firewagon hockey all season long. Why: One thing we know for sure is Minnesota’s offense can’t get any more anemic after hitting an NHL 10-year low last season…..

more on each team plus teams that have been ranked previously…

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Means that the remaining four in the East are BOS, PIT, WAS, & NYR.  All quality teams.  I do wonder what factors are being included in this prognostication.  PIT clearly got weaker in unloading Michalek & Staal as they cleared cap space for a run at Suter & Parise.  BOS also got weaker with the absence of halfwit Thomas and potential of Horton & Savard hangin ‘em up.  Clearly, the Rangers and Caps have improved their position with the additions of Nash and Ribeiro. 

Will be interesting to see the final four play out.  Very odd off-season as many teams shed players to make a run at Suter/Parise and walked away empty-handed.  And if there is a lock-out, some teams will benefit from having injured players heal or older players benefit from the absence of a long, grueling season.

Posted by ProjectMayhem on 08/21/12 at 04:00 PM ET

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