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NHL 2012-2013 Preview: The Teams that are Prepared to Disappoint in 2012-2013

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:14

NHL 2012-2013 PredictionsThe online sportsbooks have developed the habit of predicting winners and losers for the upcoming NHL season. The winners are the teams that fill their fans with hope and reach for that elusive Stanley Cup championship. The losers are the teams that have high expectations but will never live up to those expectations during the course of the season. The legal online sports betting sites are gearing up already for the 2012-2013 NHL season, and some of the fans in the league are not going to be happy when the season is over.

Vancouver Canucks
It is about time that the fans in Vancouver accept the fact that its team is built for regular season success but not to win it all in the playoffs. General manager Mike Gillis can try to pass off President's Trophies and Stanley Cup Finals failures as signs of encouragement and success, but they are really just signs that the Canucks have peaked and changes need to be made. Goalie Roberto Luongo has proven to be an unstable disappointment that was relieved of his starting duties during the playoffs. The run in Vancouver is over, but the Canucks management is still going to try and forge ahead with the same team in 2012-2013.

Montreal Canadiens
The price per head sportsbook experts see nothing in Montreal that will give the Canadiens the big turnaround that the fans are demanding. The Canadiens' management team is still making bad decisions and the team itself is still unable to be competitive. The Canadiens let the wrong goalie go when it released Jaroslav Halak in lieu of Carey Price, and everything went downhill from there. The Canadiens are too small and do not have the consistent goaltending a team needs to be a winner in the NHL.

Washington Capitals
A 5 dimes review of the Washington Capitals' playoff run shows that the Capitals found a gem in goal with Braden Holtby. The problem is that the Capitals have a really bad habit of screwing up the careers of really good goaltenders just in time to fail in the playoffs the following year. Look for Braden Holtby to still have to battle for the starting goaltending job with Tomas Vokoun, despite everything Holtby did in the playoffs. The predictable decline of the Capitals will soon follow the destruction of Holtby's confidence.

Detroit Red Wings
When the pressure is really on, Detroit Red Wings' starting goaltender Jimmy Howard cannot respond. Anyone that has watched the Red Wings over the past few years knows how important goaltending is to Detroit's playoff and regular season success. The hockey news
writers at BSN Sports blog often talk about how strong Howard is in goal during the regular season, but the chatter about Howard dies away in the playoffs. The other problem with the Red Wings is the extreme gap between the veterans and young players. The transition from the older, Stanley Cup winning Red Wings to the newer Red Wings will not be smooth and it will not be fun for Red Wings fans to watch.

 
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