Atlantic Division

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1. Tampa Bay Lightning

This team is stacked and there’s no reason they shouldn’t get to the Conference Finals again.

2. Toronto Maple Leafs

They won the John Tavares sweepstakes and now they have their eyes set on the Stanley Cup.

3. Boston Bruins

They’re mixing in some good youngsters with their savvy veterans.

4. Florida Panthers

There’s plenty of talent here, but they play in a top tier division that won’t give up the top three spots easily.

5. Buffalo Sabres

They made some savvy moves in the offseason and it should improve their point total quite a bit.

6. Detroit Red Wings

This ‘Hockeytown’ will have to wait another year to be considered potential playoff contenders.

7. Montreal Canadiens

Rebuilding is never easy, especially when you still have one of the best goaltenders in the game.

8. Ottawa Senators

The only thing they will compete for is the number one pick of the draft. Continue reading

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Stanley Cup Prediction

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Eastern Conference

1. Montreal Canadiens vs. 4. Ottawa Senators

2. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 3. Tampa Bay Lightning

1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 4. Columbus Blue Jackets

2. Washington Capitals vs. 3. New York Rangers

Western Conference

1. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 4. Dallas Stars

2. Nashville Predators vs. 3. St. Louis Blues

1. Anaheim Ducks vs. 4. Minnesota Wild

2. Edmonton Oilers vs. 3. Calgary Flames

Conference Finals

Canadiens over Penguins

Oilers over Predators

Stanley Cup Finals

Oilers over Canadiens

Atlantic Division

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1. Montreal Canadiens

As long as Carey Price remains in net, they will remain atop the division.

2. Toronto Maple Leafs

The young core is getting better at a rapid pace.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning

With the return of Steven Stamkos, Tampa has their sights set on a Cup run.

4. Ottawa Senators

Their playoff run last year was something to marvel. Time to see if they can go further.

5. Boston Bruins

The youth movement has begun in Boston.

6. Buffalo Sabres

Another head coaching change means the Sabres have to get on track quickly.

7. Florida Panthers

A disappointing season means lower expectations, which could bode well for this young, but talented group.

8. Detroit Red Wings

Moving into a new arena always brings optimism, but it will be hard to overlook their flaws. Continue reading

Stanley Cup Conference Finals Preview

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Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division #2 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Players to Watch: D Erik Karlsson and G Marc-Andre Fleury

Who Wins: Penguins in 6 games

Western Conference

Wild Card #2 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: G Pekka Rinne and G John Gibson

Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games

Stanley Cup Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division #2 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Players to Watch: F Evgeni Malkin and F T.J. Oshie

Who Wins: Capitals in 7 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Atlantic Division #2

New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

Players to Watch: F Mats Zuccarello and F Bobby Ryan

Who Wins: Rangers in 6 games

Western Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Central Division #3

Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: G Pekka Rinne and F Vladimir Tarasenko

Who Wins: Blues in 7 games

Pacific Division #2 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: G Cam Talbot and F Ryan Getzlaf

Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games