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Old 10-31-2010, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Has the Southeast division really gotten better?

Has the Southeast division really gotten better in the East or is it too early to tell?

looks like Atlanta and especially Tampa have made progess in the NHL.

Washington of course is off to a good start too.

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Old 10-31-2010, 10:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They have definitely gotten better. Enough to compete with Washington or to have a second team representing the division in the playoffs, probably not.
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i can see Stamkos reaching 50 goals again. Ovechkin, not so sure this year.

Tampa, Atlanta, and Washington scoring lots of goals though. Atlanta will be giving up a ton of goals this year.
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Now that I think about it, Tampa may very well make it in. All depends if they can put up a ton of goals. I would be concerned with their goaltending. D looked solid the other night against the Pens. The played an awful 1-3-1 (awful to watch, great execution) that reminded me of NJ in their defensive heyday. I'm not certain Atlanta can sustain a strong run for a full 82 game season.
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yes, i realistically can't see Atlanta making it either unless NJ, Buffalo, Ottawa, and NYI keep playing sub .500. then maybe
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Jersey is screwed. With that Kovy contract, they are hard up for backups and injury replacements. They had a few games where they could only dress 15 skaters because they didn't have cap room. The Islanders will probably fold here in the next month. I just don't think they have enough.
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Stevie Y will bring some magic to Tampa; they have talent and should do OK; can't see the Thrashers sustaining success...
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so, a third of the way through the season and Atlanta and Tampa right where they need to be to make the playoffs.
could be a very different playoffs.
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Tonight was their second game of the season giving up 8 or more goals.

Let's let that simmer a bit...

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so, a third of the way through the season and Atlanta and Tampa right where they need to be to make the playoffs.
could be a very different playoffs.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Atlanta and Tampa are definitely getting more competitive. there's no question about it. playoffs? possibly. you got teams like NJ, Ottawa, and Buffalo no longer being the same teams that used to make the playoffs consistently. as they move down, others will take their place.
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I would think Tampa would not, only because they give up waay too many goals. If they had Vokoun, I would say yes, but he is stuck in stinky Florida. Atlanta scores more and gives up less than Tampa, so by stats that would make them the better choice, but who knows. Their only really saving grace is that they play in the East and not the West, otherwise I would definitely say no.
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still a long way to go, but Atlanta has really stepped it up. Tampa is doing enough also. right now they both make it to the playoffs and have a 7 point cushion.
the only team that currrently may catch them is Buffalo.
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