2011 NHL Eastern Conference Quick Picks: Who’s Out?

October 8th, 2010 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
The 2010-2011 NHL season is finally underway and so come the questions of the season.

Will the Islanders make progress with the developing John Tavares? Will Toronto find their way out of the bottom spot? Will Montreal's signing of Carey Price be the team's demise?

According to the NHL commercial, these questions will become answers. These answers will ultimately display themselves in the final standings on April 10, 2011, the final day of the season.

Looking into the Eastern Conference, here’s how the final standings of the non-playoff contenders will stack up:

Here's part one of the list.

9. Ottawa Senators

Ottawa is going to come close to making the top eight, but no cigar. Losing Anton Volchenkov will show on defense, despite the acquisition of Sergei Gonchar. He will bring the power play numbers up and an immeasurable amount of leadership in the dressing room, but his age has finally caught up to him and so has some sloppy play.

Backing up a weakened defense is a so-so goaltending situation. Neither Pascal Leclaire nor Brian Elliot have demonstrated special strength in their positions. ...

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