1. Philadelphia Flyers
Last year might not have ended the way they hoped, but they are far too talented to not make another run.
2. Boston Bruins
Their defense took a hit in free agency. Their depth on offense should help offset any issues on the blue line.
3. New York Islanders
The Barry Trotz system is working to near perfection on Long Island.
4. New York Rangers
This is their chance to show a quick turnaround in their rebuild to become contenders.
5. Pittsburgh Penguins
It would be shocking to see them miss the playoffs, but there are too many holes that could be hard to overcome down the stretch.
6. Washington Capitals
The cap crunch is coming and some players are starting to show their age on the ice.
7. Buffalo Sabres
If they weren’t playing in a stacked division like this one, they could be contending for a Wild Card spot.
8. New Jersey Devils
They fell flat on the ice last year and this season won’t be any better for them.