A team that can't close a series out after taking a 3 games to 1 lead has no business winning the Cup, and probably wouldn't have.
The only reason we played so well in those playoffs was Howard. He's been average in the other playoffs he's had, and look how that turned out for the team.
We don't have enough talent to win without a hot goalie.
No way we get past the Kings AND the Bruins in 2013.
The Wings might be a little underrated this year. If they stay very healthy and if all the reports of improvements the players have made (stronger, faster, different routine, health) over the summer are accurate, they could make some noise in the division and maybe in the playoffs. The injury bug is already biting though, and I don't see them winning the division.
The Kings looked gassed in 2013. Especially coming off the Cup win. Boston would have murdered us, though.