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Predators line projections, rumors, and standing predictions!

Posted By Chris Rydburg On Aug 9 2010 @ 4:18 pm In Nashville Predators | 2 Comments

Here is my take on what the lineup will be opening day…

Sullivan Lombardi Hornqvist
Kostitsyn Legwand Ward
Dumont Wilson Erat
Smithson Goc Tootoo

Weber/Suter
Klein/Bouillon
Parent/Franson

Rinne
Dekanich

If you ask me that is pretty solid… but consider the following…

Nashville currently has an insane amount of NHL ready forwards who could fill in that fourth/third line… here are just a few…

Andersson
Belak
O’Reilly
Halischuk
Lundmark
Klasen
Thuresson
Geoffrion
Spaling

For those of you counting at home, Nashville could make a grand total of 3 EXTRA lines out of those guys! This year’s camp will be the most competitive in the history of the Predators. You have almost 13 guys fighting for essentially 4 open spots… let the battle begin!

Here is what I expect the roster to look like later in the season…

Hornqvist Wilson Erat
Kostitsyn Lombardi Sullivan
Dumont Legwand Ward
Smithson Goc Andersson

Weber/Suter
Parent/Franson
Bouillon/ Klein

Rinne
Lindback

What do you think Nashville fans? Does this team look like a playoff team on paper?

RUMOR UPDATE:
I have it on three good sources that Patrick O’Sullivan could be a Predator within a week… I am not really sure where the maligned forward would fit in, but I would certainly give him a chance at league minimum to round out that top 9.

STANDING PREDICTION:
Since a lot of bloggers are making their predictions, I might as well through my hat in the ring. I’ve even included where those teams finished last year to give you an indicator of their plus/minus.

NOTE: I am not doing it based on division winners, just overall points.

Eastern Conference
1. Washington Capitals (0)
2. Pittsburgh Penguins (+1)
3. Philadelphia Flyers (+4)
4. Boston Bruins (+2)
5. New Jersey Devils (-3)
6. Buffalo Sabres (-2)
7. Carolina Hurricanes (+4)
8. Tampa Bay Lightning (+4)
9. Montreal Canadiens (-1)
10. Ottawa Senators (-5)
11. NY Rangers (-1)
12. Toronto Maple Leafs (+3)
13. Florida Panthers (+1)
14. Atlanta Thrashers (-4)
15. NY Islanders (-2)

Western Conference
1. San Jose Sharks (0)
2. Chicago Blackhawks (0)
3. Vancouver Canucks (+1)
4. Detroit Red Wings (+1)
5. Colorado Avalanche (+3)
6. LA Kings (+0)
7. Nashville Predators (+0)
8. St. Louis blues (+1)
9. Calgary Flames (+1)
10. Phoenix Coyotes (-6)
11. Anaheim Ducks (+0)
12. Minnesota Wild (+1)
13. Columbus Blue Jackets (+1)
14. Dallas Stars (-2)
15. Edmonton Oilers (+0)

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