1. Tampa Bay Lightning
The defending champions didn’t have to dismantle what they’ve built and another Cup run seems likely.
2. Dallas Stars
Not having Tyler Seguin for a large portion of the year could come back to hurt them. Thankfully their defense is their bread and butter.
3. Carolina Hurricanes
If they can get a consistent goalie during the playoffs, they’ll be tough to beat.
4. Columbus Blue Jackets
Just when you think they won’t be contenders they always find a way.
5. Florida Panthers
If goalie Sergei Bobrovsky can regain his Vezina trophy winning form, they should be a playoff team.
6. Nashville Predators
It looks like the days of ‘Smashville’ are just about over.
7. Chicago Blackhawks
There is no denying that they are rebuilding now and for the foreseeable future.
8. Detroit Red Wings
The growing pains will continue with some veterans being stopgaps for the prospects this season. Continue reading
We have arrived at the halfway point of the NFL season. Here’s a brief rundown of who are contenders, outsiders and are planning for next season. Continue reading
1. New Orleans Saints
They addressed a few areas, but this is the same team that is clamoring for a chance at another Super Bowl title.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
They are going all in to win and getting QB Tom Brady on board will see to that. Assuming they’re in the playoffs who knows what will happen next.
3. Atlanta Falcons
Once again the offense is among the most talented in the league, but can the defense match that and stay healthy?
4. Carolina Panthers
Owner David Tepper believed enough in former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to give him a 7-year $60 million dollar contract. Continue reading
They’re Fine, Relax
All the memes about how Tom Brady is an old man are pretty funny, but if you think for a moment that the New England Patriots won’t be contenders for the Super Bowl this year, you’re kidding yourself. Continue reading
Their First Test
By most observers the New England Patriots have had a rather easy ride to an 8-0 start. The only game that they were in any danger of losing was in Buffalo where the final score was 16-10. Continue reading