"I look at every national prognosis and they're all picking us way below," general manager Scott Howson said on Monday. "That's fine with me. It just increases the resolve we have here internally, and that's what's going to matter."
"Scott and I both have confidence in our team that we're going to be better and we're going to compete really hard and really try to crack that top eight (in the West)," Howson said. "And once you get in that top eight, then anything can happen."