Pacific Division

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1. San Jose Sharks

They became legit contenders with the addition of Erik Karlsson.

2. Vegas Golden Knights

Their cinderella season wasn’t a fluke. They should be contenders once again.

3. Anaheim Ducks

Health and the play of goaltender of John Gibson will determine their success.

4. Los Angeles Kings

It was an early exit in the playoffs last year, but too many questions remain about their scoring prowess.

5. Calgary Flames

They’re solid in a lot of areas, but they play in a stacked conference to get to the playoffs.

6. Edmonton Oilers

There is so much talent here, yet it almost goes to waste in Edmonton.

7. Arizona Coyotes

Some clever moves have the Coyotes positioned to be a surprise team this season.

8. Vancouver Canucks

The Sedin twins have retired and the Canucks will look for a new franchise player. Continue reading

Pacific Division

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1. Anaheim Ducks

You can’t argue with their results the last few seasons.

2. Edmonton Oilers

The roster is stacked and they are ready to take the next step.

3. Calgary Flames

It’s time for them to put it all together and make some noise in the playoffs.

4. Los Angeles Kings

A slight hiccup last year, but there is still plenty of talent left on this veteran group.

5. San Jose Sharks

A solid core remains, but so many teams improved in the Western Conference.

6. Arizona Coyotes

The young core is starting to develop and that could spell trouble for the teams at the top of the division.

7. Vegas Golden Knights

The newest NHL franchise will look to be competitive in their inaugural season.

8. Vancouver Canucks

A new coach hopefully means new life being put back into this franchise. Continue reading

Pacific Division

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1. Los Angeles Kings

When everything is clicking, they are tough to beat.

2. San Jose Sharks

They came fairly close to hoisting their first Cup. They’ll look to cash in and finish it this year.

3. Anaheim Ducks

It’s a bit like deja vu with the re-hiring of former head coach Randy Carlyle.

4. Arizona Coyotes

A solid offseason return has them poised to sneak up on some division rivals.

5. Edmonton Oilers

The health and progression of Conor McDavid will determine this teams success.

6. Vancouver Canucks

Other than a handful of productive scoring forwards, where is the rest of the offensive output?

7. Calgary Flames

With another coaching change the Flames will look to chart a different course. Continue reading

Pacific Division

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1. Anaheim Ducks

This is the last chance for Bruce Boudreau to get the Ducks into a Cup Final.

2. Calgary Flames

The surprise team in the NHL last year will build on that momentum.

3. Los Angeles Kings

Having a year off will help this group of veterans recoup for another playoff run.

4. Vancouver Canucks

They were sneaky good last year, but that early playoff exit will sting.

5. San Jose Sharks

The wheels came off quickly and a rebuilt goaltending position won’t help this year.

6. Edmonton Oilers

When will all this top tier talent live up to their potential?

7. Arizona Coyotes

A tumultuous offseason with the city and ownership arguing over the stadium lease won’t help the on-ice product. Continue reading

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

Players to Watch: F Sidney Crosby and F Rick Nash

Who Wins: Rangers in 6 games

Metropolitan Division #3 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals

Players to Watch: F John Tavares and F Alex Ovechkin

Who Wins: Capitals in 7 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Atlantic Division Winner

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens

Players to Watch: D Erik Karlsson and F Max Pacioretty

Who Wins: Canadiens in 6 games

Atlantic Division #3 vs. Atlantic Division #2

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: F Henrik Zetterberg and F Steven Stamkos

Who Wins: Lightning in 6 games

Western Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: F Blake Wheeler and Anaheim’s goaltenders

Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games

Pacifici Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks

Players to Watch: F Jiri Hudler and F Radim Vrbata

Who Wins: Flames in 6 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Central Division Winner

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: G Devan Dubnyk and F Vladimir Tarasenko

Who Wins: Blues in 7 games

Central Division #3 vs. Central Division #2

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators

Players to Watch: F Patrick Kane and G Pekka Rinne

Who Wins: Predators in 7 games