Feb 23, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>CrazyK04</b></div><div>The way I see it as of Right now, at 10:12 Central Time on 9/27/19, the Eastern Conference Playoff standings will be: Tampa Bay, Toronto, Boston, Washington, Carolina, New York Islanders, New York Rangers/Philadelphia Flyers/Pittsburgh which means Columbus, Montreal, Ottawa, Pittsburgh/Philadelphia/NYR, Detroit, Buffalo, Florida all miss. For me, Carolina is an interesting team. It could go either way. I think they'll either be really good and get 3rd divisonal/1st Wild Card or they'll miss by a long shot.</div></div>
I think the Devils could surprise a lot pf people this year. Philly and Carolina are on the bubble and I think you're right about who misses. Pens just don't have enough to say that they are 100% in the playoffs this year. it's more like 60% maybe 70%
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>mhockey91</b></div><div>like the comments all suggest, pens are really only missing a good bottom pairing on D. were very deep on the wings, great centre depth, and a solid top 4 of: dumo, Letang, Petterson, Schultz. Johnson and Gudbranson are hindering this team. if we can move on from them there's no reason we can't be a contender</div></div>
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>bigZ98</b></div><div>Exactly, when players like simon, ZAR, blueger etc. are on boderline being scratched you clearly have great depth to fill your bottom 6</div></div>
Our bottom six does have decent depth....the problem is our top 6 doesn't. If anyone goes down for any length of time, there goes the offense. And needing a bottom 2 pair of defenders a week before the season starts is NOT where a team should be. The Pens would be better off trying to bury JJ and Guds (if the can't trade them) and starting some youngsters like POJ and Addison. Neither of which are ready for the NHL, but if your Defense is going to be bad with JJ and Guds who can not improve......might as well be bad with young guys who can get better
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pharrow</b></div><div>How a preseason roster should look.
It's nice to see them giving Angelo a good look and Addison a 1st pair role.
But that 3rd pairing is the one to keep an eye on. I think they will be on the main club next year.
if Angelo has a break out year, Jugs could be gone.
Jugs, JJ, and Horny all got for sale signs on them depending on how this year goes.
Cap space has to come from some where. But you need replacements first.
Jugs I think is an easy move, only 2 years on that deal and teams need centers.
JJ is more of a pain in the butt but there are options.
Horny, might be the Seattle move unless he has a bounce back year.</div></div>
Yea I'm not positive about the line combos. Just taking a guess here. I like how Bjugs and Horny are working well together in scrimmages. That's at least a positive thing I hope. Looks like lines to start are gonna be
Guentzel, Crosby, Kahun
Tanev, Malkin, Gally
Rust, Bjugs, Horny
Simon, McCann, ZAR
I would expect the Defense and the wingers to be shuffled most of the year unless a line catches fire.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BrandonDubinskyGOAT</b></div><div>Yes but she also claimed that Crosby only does well against weak opposition, when he is matched against top defensive players, he struggles whereas Toews dominates. For example, throughout his career Crosby has been manhandled in possession and production against players like Bergeron, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Barkov and Stone. Toews is the opposite, he has excelled when being matched up against the likes of Kopitar, Bergeron, Getzlaf, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Backes and O’Reilly. Therefore Toews is far better than Crosby. Thoughts?</div></div>
Crosby 943 games played - 1,216 points....Towes 873 games played - 755 points. So by that Crosby clearly is the winner.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BrandonDubinskyGOAT</b></div><div>Recently <a href="/users/MadmanFromMadison" target="_blank">@MadmanFromMadison</a> was arguing with me on why she felt Toews is a better hockey player than Crosby. She brought up some interesting stats: In head to head matchups throughout their careers (14 games), Toews has 18 points and a plus 10 rating whereas Crosby has only 7 points and a -14 rating. What’d y’all think of this?</div></div>
I feel that both are guys you would want to start a franchise with....having said that, I personally feel that during the 5 years that Chicago was unbeatable, it's hard not to agree with these stats. But, I feel that Crosby has proven that he can make anyone on his line a superstar (Sheary, Rust, Simon, etc.) where as Toews hasn't had that kind of success with new linemates. When it was working, nothing could stop him. But when it wasn't, you barely noticed him on the ice ( at least from the hand full of Chicago games I watch per year). So in the battle of Sid or Toews, I would take Sid just cause by himself, he makes the team better.