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Now I realize we were picked to miss the playoffs again last year, but again? Really?
Yes the 11 game winning streak helped, but if you take away one of the losing streaks, we win the division. It doesn't make sense to take away our best stretch without taking away the bad stretches.
Now as to their reasoning, yes losing [Anton] Volchenkov was a big blow, but I don't see us finishing worse than 2nd in the division. Buffalo is going to need [Ryan] Miller to steal another season for them, really only Boston can realistically be ahead of us, and they still have to get rid of players to be under the cap.
On top of that, take in improved seasons for [Erik] Karlsson and [Peter] Regin, plus the addition of [Sergei] Gonchar, and hopefully it will make up for the loss of Volchenkov. And if [Jason Spezza] Giggles shows up for the whole season (as I expect him to), and goaltending is at least average, then I predict a division title and 3rd seed.