Found October 07, 2011 on The Sports Bank:
When it comes to the NHL and its playoffs, your seeding/position doesn’t matter, particularly in the Eastern Conference – it’s all about getting in the Stanley Cup playoffs. With that, here are Ed Cmar’s predictions (in ascending order, from 1st to 15th): 1) Washington Capitals – The 2010-2011 season saw the Capitals featured on HBO’s ‘Caps/Pens 24/7’, the 180 degree direction change from being a prolific goal-scoring team to becoming a defense-first team, one geared towards the playoffs. The directional change even impacted their generational super-sniper, Alex Ovechkin, in posting his fewest goal and point totals in his prolific career. Even with the total directional shift, the results in the Stanley Cup playoffs were identical – an early second-round exit victim via a four-game sweep at the hands of the upstart Tampa Bay Lightning. For this season, the Caps decided to forgo going with their young goalie tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth by trading Varlamov away to ...
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