1. Montreal Canadiens
Now is the time for them to capitalize on Carey Price and P.K. Subban being in their prime.
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
A tough Stanley Cup series should help them stay in contention.
3. Boston Bruins
Salary cap casualties shouldn’t derail any hopes of making the playoffs.
4. Florida Panthers
The young nucleus is coming together at the right time to surprise some opponents.
5. Detroit Red Wings
A new voice behind the bench will cause some bumps in the road.
6. Ottawa Senators
There’s a lot of talent, but it needs to come together first.
7. Toronto Maple Leafs
A new coach and front office will begin the long rebuilding project.
8. Buffalo Sabres
Getting Jack Eichel was a nice consolation prize. Continue reading