1. Tampa Bay Lightning
They can’t have a repeat of last year and they shouldn’t.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs
This is a crucial year for this group to finally live up to their potential.
3. Boston Bruins
After coming up short in the Stanley Cup final, they’re still contenders once again.
4. Florida Panthers
They have a new goaltender and a Stanley Cup winning coach to go with their high powered offense.
5. Montreal Canadiens
The health of goalie Carey Price will determine their fate this season.
6. Buffalo Sabres
Once again they made a coaching change, but their talent pool is as deep as it’s ever been.
7. Detroit Red Wings
With Steve Yzerman now in charge it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for them to be contenders.
8. Ottawa Senators
The long rebuild continues north of the border. Continue reading
1. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 4. New Jersey Devils
2. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 3. Boston Bruins
1. Washington Capitals vs. 4. Florida Panthers
2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 3. Carolina Hurricanes
1. Nashville Predators vs. 4. Dallas Stars
2. St. Louis Blues vs. 3. Colorado Avalanche
1. Vegas Golden Knights vs. 4. Winnipeg Jets
2. Calgary Flames vs. 3. San Jose Sharks Continue reading
In their 51 years of existence, they’ve been to four Stanley Cup Finals. They lost the first three appearances during their first three years in the NHL. In those 51 years they also made the playoffs 42 times. All in all they have had a lot of success, but haven’t been able to hoist the Cup until now. Continue reading
Central Division #3 vs. Atlantic Division #2
St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins
A team that was at the bottom of the standings for the entire league back in January, has now clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. That honor belongs to the St. Louis Blues who will be making their fourth appearance in franchise history. Continue reading
Wild Card #1 vs. Atlantic Division #2
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins
Players to Watch: D Jaccob Slavin and F David Pastrnak
Who Wins: Hurricanes in 7 games
Central Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2
St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks
Players to Watch: F Vladimir Tarasenko and D Erik Karlsson
Who Wins: Sharks in 7 games