Carolina has a very talented team. And with Kevin Weeks and Arturs Irbe between the pipes they are definatly a contender. I wouldn't be suprised to see them go far again this season. But like you say, 1-0 games are very boring. I'm more of a 3-1 kind of guy myself with lots of hitting
I think all big time hockey city's are like this though, they only want to talk about their team. lets give some credit to the small market clubs that suprise. Look at Atlanta last year. Kovalchuk and Heatley are incredible and Hnickla (sp?) is a very skilled goalie.