Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blogosphere predictions for the 2011-2012 season

This year, we decided to get predictions from around the blogosphere to weigh in on their predictions for the 2011-2012 NHL season. Three female and three male bloggers (plus of course yours truly) voiced their opinions.

The 2011-2012 panel participants:
Adam - @Adam_KOL - Adam writes for the blog "Kings of Leonis" (Capitals) as well as also contributing to SB Nation DC, Raw Charge, and Mr. Irrelevant DC.

Ann - @annabelle151 - Ann writes the blog "You're My Boys, Blues" at Aerys Sports (Blues) and also writes for Aerys's Kitchen Sink

Carolyn - @HMof2 - Carolyn writes for CanesCountry.com and RLDhockey.net

Cheryl - @HockeyBroad - Hey, that's me! Covering the Blackhawks for TheCheckingLine and TheHockeyWriters in addition to HockeyBroad.com. Contributing photographer for The Goalie Guild and InGoal Magazine

Kelly - @KellyBHDL - Kelly is one of the main writers for Blackhawks Down Low

Matt - @DownGoesSpezza - Matt contributes for the Maple Leafs at TheCheckingLine and also writes DownGoesSpezza

Sarah - @Sarah_Connors - Sarah writes for Somethingsbruin.net

Let's start off by looking at more general predictions across the league - how will the divisions shake out?

Pretty near-unanimous across the board in all three Eastern divisions, with Pittsburgh and Washington expected to dominate and for Boston to strongly defend their Stanley Cup.

It gets more interesting in the Western conference, where our participants only share one strong opinion - that Vancouver will again dominate the Northwest. Predictions are pretty evenly split for the Pacific, with the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings again battling it out for the top slot in a heavily-contended division, and while Chicago is strongly favored in Central, Detroit and Nashville gets nods as well.



ADAMANNCAROLYNCHERYLKELLYMATTSARAH
Atlantic PITPITPITPITPITPHLPIT
2ndPHLPHLPHLNYRPHLPITPHL
3rdNYRNJDNJDPHLNJDNYRNYR
4thNYINYRNYINYINYRNJDNJD
5thNJDNYINYRNJDNYINYINYI
NortheastBOSBOSBOSBOSBOSBUFBOS
2nd BUFMTLBUFBUFMTLBOSMTL
3rdMTLBUFMTLMTLBUFTORBUF
4thTORTORTORTORTORMTLOTT
5thOTTOTTOTTOTTOTTOTTTOR
SoutheastWSHTBLTBLWSHWSHWSHWSH
2ndTBLWSHWSHTBLTBLWBLTBL
3rdCARCARCARCARCARCARCAR
4thFLAFLAFLAFLAFLAFLAWPG
5thWPGWPGWPGWPGWPGWPGFLA
CentralDETNSHCHICHICHICHIDET
2ndCHICHIDETDETDETDETCHI
 3rdCBJSTLNSHNSHNSHNSHSTL
4thSTLDETSBJCBJSTLCBJNSH
5thNSHCBJSTLSTLCBJSTLCBJ
NorthwestVANVANVANVANVANVANVAN
2ndMNCGYMNMNCOLMNMN
3rdCGYMNCGYCGYCGYCGYCOL
4thCOLCOLEDMEDMMNEDMCGY
5thEDMEDMCOLCOLEDMCOLEDM
PacificLAKSJSLAKSJSLAKLAKSJS
2nd SJSANASJSLAKSJSSJSLAK
3rdANALAKANAANAANAANAPHX
4thDALDALDALDALPHXDALDAL
5thPHXPHXPHXPHXDALPHXANA



When we started discussing point spreads, however, that's when things were a bit more interesting. Washington was expected to have a strong showing in the East, but our panelists were split between who would take home the President's Trophy next spring.

While three of the four eastern participants felt Boston would be there to defend their title again in the Final round, western bloggers were a bit more mixed, opting for Tampa Bay, Washington and Pittsburgh. For the western champs, nearly evenly split between San Jose, Los Angeles and Chicago. Based on those, it's not surprising to see the mix of predictions of who will take Lord Stanley home next June.


ADAMANNCAROLYNCHERYLKELLYMATTSARAH
Eastern WSHTBLPITWSHWSHWSHWSH
2ndPITBOSTBLPITPITBUFBOS
3rdBOSWSHBOSTBLBOSPHLTBL
Western VANSJSLAKSJSVANVANSJS
2ndLAKVANCHICHILAKLAKVAN
3rdDETNSHVANVANCHICHILAK
President's
Trophy
VANTBLPITWSHVANVANWSH
Eastern
finalist
WSHTBLBOSWSHPITBOSBOS
Western
finalist
LAKSJSLAKCHICHISJSSJS
Stanley
Cup
Champs
WSHTBLBOSCHICHISJSBOS



Who will take home some hardware next spring? There's not many sweeps across the board, but Geno Malkin's return - especially with Crosby still off the ice - is expected to help give him a boost in favor of the Hart. If Barry Trotz can take his team to the playoffs again - and no doubt he will, despite losing some top offensive players - then the Jack Adams might finally go his way. Shea Weber will likely take home his first Norris; Ovechkin will be back to form in the scoring department; Kesler is going to look to defend his Selke; and this just might be the year for Pekka Rinne.


ADAMANNCAROLYNCHERYLKELLYMATTSARAH
Art RossMalkinStamkosMalkinOvechkinMalkinH SedinMalkin
Conn SmytheVokounLecavalierCharaSharpKeithThorntonBergeron
CalderScheifele
(WPG)
Blum
(NSH)
Johansen
(CBJ)
Atkinson
 (CBJ)
Dalpe
(CAR)
Read
(PHL)
De Costa
(OTT)
HartMalkinStamkosMalkinMalkinMalkinD SedinMalkin
Jack AdamsBoucherTrotzQuennevilleTrotzTrotzTrotzTrotz
Lady ByngSt LouisDatsyukPariseLidstromDatsyukLidstromSt Louis
NorrisWeberWeberLidstromWeberWeberWeberChara
Rocket RichardOvechkinD SedinStamkosOvechkinOvechkinD SedinStamkos
SelkeKeslerKeslerKeslerToewsKeslerM RichardsBergeron
VezinaLundqvistRinneRinneRinneRinneBryzgalovRinne


Finally, a little bit of fun -- taking a look at who'll impress, and who'll need a reality check. Coach Kevin Dineen, new head coach of the Florida Panthers, is expected to make the strongest immediate impact. Beyond Florida, however, it's anybody's guess as to who'll improve the most, who's going to be a stand out, and who might crash and burn along the way. We'll check back in when spring rolls around and see how our panelists did!


ADAMANNCAROLYNCHERYLKELLYMATTSARAH
Breakout
player of year
CarterAnthony StewartHallBurnsFrolikMatt CarleSeguin
Biggest
disappointment
Brad RichardsSetoguchiE ColeLeinoLeinoMalkinWinnipeg Jets
Team w/
biggest surprise
CBJSTLCBJMNLAKTORSTL
Improved
most on paper
WSHFLABUFFLAFLATORBUF
New coach w/
biggest impact
Dineen (FLA)DeBoer (NJ)Dineen (FLA)Dineen (FLA)DeBoer (NJ)Dineen (FLA)Dineen (FLA)
Twitter
MVP 2010-11
EhStew13bryzgalov30Brenter37grabs40ryanwhitney6BizNasty2point0EhStew13 &
hallsy04
Predict new 
player on
Twitter
Dustin ByfuglienTim ThomasNicklas BackstromTuukka RaskPhil KesselPhil KesselPatrik Berglund


What's your thoughts? Who do you predict for the various categories?

1 comment:

  1. Cool blog over here. I wonder why I didn't get to find it in such a long while.

    Anyway. I linked your page on mine. I hope to come back here and check it out soon.

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