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and national pundits.
In this post, In Words and Phrases picks us 15th in the West, with this insightful comment: Why I’ll Be Right: This team is essentially the same one that clunked into last place last year,
Really? I guess that assumes that Rick Nash is still playing for us, and that we won't have 3 picks in the 2013 draft because we didn't trade Jeff Carter to the Kings. Now this doesn't mean that the prediction is necessarily that far off. You have to score more than the other guy to win, and that's not at all certain. But to read this, it's like the Nash trade never happened. Lame. Must be fresh out of college football to follow, or checked out during the lockout. Its okay to troll us. That's the lot of the last place team. It's not okay to be ignorant while you are doing it. I'm sure Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Foligno are proud to be dismissed in this fashion.
At least do something like the post from Battle of California, that looked at the last 48 games of last year, a relevant number given the season we are looking at. In that time period, the CBJ finished 13th in the West, still not a playoff team, but not last. This is probably a little bit more realistic for us. There are still of lot of unfinished pieces.
But like every other team in the NHL, the CBJ are a hot goal tender away from a run to the playoffs. That's a crap shoot for us, I understand, but Bobrovsky has been playing very well in the KHL with an 18-6 record and a sub 2 Goals Against Average. All you need is a little luck, and the CBJ sure used up a truck load of the bad variety last year.
Its a new year, and this team finished the season on a 5-1 run last year. Anything is possible.