Russo's Eastern Conference predictions

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MICHAEL RUSSO’S EASTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS

1. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

2013: 36-12-0, 1st in East (72 points)

• Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury broke down yet again in the postseason, but this is the regular season and Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal will light it up.

2. BOSTON BRUINS

2013: 28-14-5, 4th in East (62 points)

• Tremendous on the back end, starting with goalie Tuukka Rask, and now the B’s add Loui Eriksson to a deep group of forwards.

3. DETROIT RED WINGS

2013: 24-16-8, 7th in West (56 points)

• Most felt the Red Wings would collapse last season without Nicklas Lidstrom. Didn’t happen, and now they move to East, where they should thrive.

4. OTTAWA SENATORS

2013: 25-17-6, 7th in East (56 points)

• Forward Jason Spezza and defenseman Erik Karlsson are healthy, and the addition of goal scorer Bobby Ryan should more than make up for the loss of Daniel Alfredsson.

5. NEW YORK RANGERS

2013: 26-18-4, 6th in East (56 points)

• John Tortorella wore out his welcome, and now this tight group presumably will breathe easier behind goalie Henrik Lundqvist and rising star Derek Stepan.

6. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

2013: 26-17-5, 5th in East (57 points)

• Made the playoffs last year for the first time in eternity and followed it up by hopefully settling their erratic goalie situation in acquiring Jonathan Bernier.

7. NEW YORK ISLANDERS

2013: 24-17-7, 8th in East (55 points)

• New captain John Tavares put up an MVP-type season last year, and look for him again to lead this up-and-coming team.

8. WASHINGTON CAPITALS

2013: 27-18-3, 3rd in East (57 points)

• Alex Ovechkin got off to a slow start last season before pouring it on en route to his third Hart Trophy. No slow start this season.

9. MONTREAL CANADIENS

2013: 29-14-5, 2nd in East (63 points)

• Was a surprise out of the East last season, but last season’s Carey Price was nothing like the Carey Price of three years ago.

10. PHILADELPHIA Flyers

2013: 23-22-3, 10th in East (49 points)

• Ilya Bryzgalov and his idiosyncrasies were purged in the offseason, but the jury’s out as to whether Ray Emery and Steve Mason will solve Philly’s eternal goaltending issues.

11. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

2013: 24-17-7, 9th in West (55 points)

• Hard-working team that should score more with a full season of Marian Gaborik, but goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will be asked again to carry the load.

12. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

2013: 18-26-4, 14th in East (40 points)

• The Lightning has scorers Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, but also has a terrible blue line.

13. FLORIDA PANTHERS

2013: 15-27-6, 15th in East (36 points)

• They’ve dug goalie Tim Thomas out of his sabbatical and are skilled with Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Shawn Matthias, but they’re still too young.

 

14. NEW JERSEY DEVILS

2013: 19-19-10, 11th in East (48 points)

• Ilya Kovalchuk up and retired, and this was a glacially slow team to begin with. This could be a tough go for the Devils.

15. CAROLINA HURRICANES

2013: 19-25-4, 13th in East (42 points)

• They better hope goalie Cam Ward is completely healthy after a knee injury, because defensively, this team has big issues.

16. BUFFALO SABRES

2013: 21-21-6, 12th in East (48 points)

• The pending free agency and trade discussion of Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller will be a distraction all season.

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Oakland
NY Jets 11/23/14 12:00 PM
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Detroit 11/23/14 12:00 PM
New England
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San Francisco
Dallas 11/23/14 7:30 PM
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Baltimore 11/24/14 7:30 PM
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LA Clippers 7:00 PM
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Chicago 9:30 PM
Sacramento
Minnesota 6:00 PM
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Toronto
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Nashville 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Detroit 7:00 PM
Winnipeg
Arizona 7:30 PM
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Washington 8:00 PM
Colorado
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Anaheim 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Carolina 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
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Dayton 55
USC 46 FINAL
Akron 66
Coll of Charleston 57 FINAL
Connecticut 65
Drexel 46 FINAL
Miami-Florida 66
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Boston College 53
Penn State 42 2nd Half 15:38
Charlotte 52
Detroit 18 1st Half 4:29
Michigan 17
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SUNY-Westbury 6:00 PM
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William & Mary
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Bryant
Fordham 6:30 PM
Maryland
Howard 6:30 PM
Radford
Cornell 6:30 PM
South Carolina
Champions Bapt 6:30 PM
UT Martin
George Mason 6:30 PM
West Virginia
South Florida 7:00 PM
UAB
UC Davis 7:00 PM
Eastern Ill
Fla Atlantic 7:00 PM
Harvard
SMU 7:00 PM
Indiana
Franklin Pierce 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Southern U 7:00 PM
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Brescia 7:00 PM
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Fisk 7:00 PM
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California
Idaho 8:00 PM
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Lipscomb 8:00 PM
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Texas-Arlington 8:00 PM
Grand Canyon
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Northern Ariz
Pacific Union 9:00 PM
Pacific
Denver 9:00 PM
St Marys-CA
CS-Bakersfield 9:30 PM
San Diego St
Nicholls 10:00 PM
UCLA
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Toledo 27
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Buffalo 0
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West Virginia
North Carolina 6:30 PM
(25) Duke
Arkansas State 8:30 PM
Texas State
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(10) Michigan State
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(21) Nebraska
Northwestern 11/22/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(18) Marshall 11/22/14 11:00 AM
UAB
Kansas 11/22/14 11:00 AM
(23) Oklahoma
Indiana 11/22/14 11:00 AM
(7) Ohio State
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Illinois
(14) Eastern Ky 11/22/14 11:00 AM
Florida
TX-San Antonio 11/22/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
SMU 11/22/14 11:00 AM
UCF
Virginia Tech 11/22/14 11:30 AM
Wake Forest
Washington St 11/22/14 12:00 PM
(13) Arizona State
Louisiana Tech 11/22/14 12:00 PM
Old Dominion
Western Mich 11/22/14 12:00 PM
Central Mich
New Mexico 11/22/14 12:30 PM
(22) Colorado State
Eastern Mich 11/22/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Appalachian St 11/22/14 1:00 PM
Louisiana
Tulsa 11/22/14 2:00 PM
Houston
(15) Arizona 11/22/14 2:30 PM
(20) Utah
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North Texas
(8) Ole Miss 11/22/14 2:30 PM
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Notre Dame
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Iowa State
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Iowa
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Clemson
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East Carolina
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New Mexico St
So Florida 11/22/14 3:00 PM
Memphis
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(3) Oregon
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Middle Tennessee
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(16) Auburn
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Virginia
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(4) Miss State
(19) Missouri 11/22/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
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(6) Baylor
(24) USC 11/22/14 7:00 PM
(11) UCLA
Cincinnati 11/22/14 7:00 PM
Connecticut
Boise State 11/22/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 11/22/14 9:30 PM
Washington
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Nevada
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Hawaii
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Miami-Ohio
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Texas A&M
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Texas
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Hamilton
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Calgary
Webber International 41 FINAL
Florida A&M 52
San Jose St 68 2nd Half 7:56
UC-Riverside 75
Norfolk State 45 2nd Half 7:34
Radford 40
Washington Adventist 13 2nd Half
Morgan State 30
Alabama State 22 1st Half 7:59
Savannah State 27
VA Commonwealth 24 1st Half 7:06
MD-Eastern Shore 16
Southern U 16 1st Half 8:20
Ole Miss 24
Monmouth 6:00 PM
Long Island
Bethune-Cookman 6:00 PM
Jacksonville
St Thomas (TX) 6:00 PM
Incarnate Word
Boston U 6:00 PM
Boston College
Clemson 6:00 PM
(2) South Carolina
(7) Duke 6:00 PM
Old Dominion
Belmont 6:00 PM
(12) Louisville
Fla Gulf Coast 6:00 PM
Auburn
Florida 6:00 PM
St Johns
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American Univ
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Ark-Pine Bluff
Tougaloo 6:00 PM
Grambling
Virginia 6:00 PM
Xavier
Murray State 6:00 PM
Wright State
Providence 6:00 PM
Hartford
Holy Cross 6:00 PM
Dartmouth
Valparaiso 6:00 PM
Northern Ill
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Ohio U
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Toledo
Mary Washington 6:00 PM
Navy
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Pittsburgh
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Gardner-Webb
Longwood 6:00 PM
Richmond
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UNC Greensboro
(17) West Virginia 7:00 PM
Miss State
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Western Ky
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SIU-Edwardsville
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Illinois
Arkansas 7:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
LSU-Alexandria 7:00 PM
McNeese State
Vanderbilt 7:00 PM
Wisconsin
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Creighton
Weber State 8:00 PM
Air Force
(10) Texas 8:00 PM
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Utah Valley U 8:00 PM
Utah State
New Mexico St 9:00 PM
Sacramento St
South Dakota 9:00 PM
Washington
Santa Clara 9:00 PM
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