Not So Fast: Three Emerging NHL Teams That Have Slipped Of Late.

November 20th, 2010 by Pardon My Bias Bleacher Report Leave a reply »
The 2010-2011 season looked like it would be a year in which three overhauled teams would be leading the pack. Two of them were long term draft building teams, and the other has seen numerous facelifts over the past couple of seasons, these teams being the St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, and the perennially reconstructed Tampa Bay Lightning. Through October, these teams looked certainly like potential conference final material. The Blues had a rock solid defense with a nearly impenetrable goaltender, the Kings had countless young players looking like they were going to all mature to All-Star status overnight, and the Lightning’s offense was one of the most dynamic in the league. But not so fast.

The Sharks proved they can still handle the Kings. Photo courtesy of

Since taking charge of their divisions, both teams have been knocked down the ladder a bit. Los Angeles was the dominant team in their division and close to the entire league until they went up to San Jose to see if they could knock off the long reigning division champions. In a short answer, no, the Kings didn’t and the Sharks proved they still ...

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