SEASON PREVIEW: The Central Division

All week long we are going to take a look at the different divisions in the NHL.  We don't know much about other divisions.  The Pens are in our mouth 24/7 because of the blog, so while you jokes are smokin and jokin reading about the Sharks in your spare time, we're making photoshops.
 
This season will probably be the final season that the Central Division looks like this.  Due to Winnipeg getting a team, realignment is pretty much a sure thing after this year.  We are advocates of Columbus moving to the Eastern Conference, for obvious reasons. 
 
Last season:
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Now we take a look at the Central Division…
 
 
 
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One-Sentence Thought:
The Empire is Falling.
 
Matchup with the Pens this year:
December 13 @ CONSOL
 
Player that will probably score against the Pens:
Darren Helm.  Just wait.
 
Favorite Red Wings moment last year:
The night Jiri Hudler killed Daniel Cleary.

 
Rinkotology player to watch:
Gotta roll with Zetterberg and probably make him your captain.  This will finally be the year that Lidstrom loses like three steps.
 
Best Red Wings blog:
Abel to Yzerman Always and forever.
 
Predicted finish:
Last place in the entire NHL.
 
 
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One-Sentence Thought:
They're the most perplexing sports team in North America.
 
Matchup with the Pens this year:
March 22 @ CONSOL
 
Player that will probably score against the Pens:
Martin Erat.  Not even a debate.
 
Favorite Predators moment last year:
Unreal finish in Game 6 of the Anaheim series:

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Rinkotology player to watch:
Shea Weber is making $27 million this year.  And he should be one of the first d-men you pick.
 
Best Predators blog:
Section 303.  Underrated.
 
Predicted finish:
Probably will win the division.  Predators are so difficult to gauge year in and year out.
 
 
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One-Sentence Thought:
You'll read about it in the papers in the morning.

 
Matchup with the Pens this year:

December 20 @ CONSOL

 
Player that will probably score against the Pens:
Hossa. Hossa. Hossa. Hossa.
 
Favorite Blackhawks moment last year:
They gave NHL fans one of the most entertaining games of the year: Game 7 in Vancouver.

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Rinkotology player to watch:
If you hate Toews and Kane like we do, Patrick Sharp is a great choice.  34-37-71 last season.
 
Best Hawks blog:
 
Predicted finish:
Gonna battle with Nashville all season.  Basically, the less people get hurt, the better.
 
 
 
 
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One-Sentence Thought:
It's Rick Nash, it's Jeff Carter, it's a run-on, and the Blue Jackets are going to the playoffs.

 
Matchup with the Pens this year:
February 26 @ CONSOL
 
Player that will probably score against the Pens:
RJ Scumberger. Book it.
 
Favorite Columbus moment last year:

 
 
Rinkotology player to watch:
Rick Nash if he doesn't cry all year.
 
Best Blue Jackets blog:
 
Predicted finish:
Emo goaltending.
 
 
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One-Sentence Thought:
We want you to be good, St. Louis.

 
Matchup with the Pens this year:
November 23 @ Consol — so you can throw up before Thanksgiving.
 
Player that will probably score against the Pens:
Jamie Langenbrunner. So that's where he went.
 
Favorite St. Louis moment last year:
Completing the season
 
Rinkotology player to watch:
Chris Stewart. Monster player.
 
Best Blues blog:
 
Predicted finish:
We wish we could say President's Trophy winner.
 
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