1. Colorado Avalanche
They proved in the playoffs last year that they are among the best offensive teams in the league.
2. Vegas Golden Knights
Adding a Stanley Cup winner in Alex Pietrangelo on defense shows they are still in a win-now mode for this young franchise.
3. St. Louis Blues
Losing Pietrangelo will hurt, but getting Torey Krug isn’t a bad consolation prize.
4. Minnesota Wild
Their team depth and playing in a weaker division has them primed for a playoff spot.
5. Arizona Coyotes
Too much turmoil in the front office, but the talent is there for playoff contention.
6. Anaheim Ducks
They’re probably another year away from contention, but the offense needs to start showing more progress.
7. San Jose Sharks
Their run for a Cup has come and gone.
8. Los Angeles Kings
The growing pains will continue as will the cap crunch for goalie Jonathan Quick and defenseman Drew Doughty. Continue reading
1. Vegas Golden Knights
A full season with the group they put together during last season should put them at the top.
2. Calgary Flames
They took a big step forward last year, but there are still questions in net.
3. San Jose Sharks
Their captain left via free agency, but they have one of the deepest defensive units in the league.
4. Arizona Coyotes
This is the year they need to put it all together and make a playoff push.
5. Anaheim Ducks
There should be improvements in many areas, but they’re another year away from contention.
6. Los Angeles Kings
The reset button has been hit, but they aren’t going all out for a rebuild just yet.
7. Vancouver Canucks
If their defense and goalie can match what their offense can dish out, they can make a leap in the division.
8. Edmonton Oilers
Not a lot is expected from them and that is a good thing for this franchise. Time to fly under the radar. Continue reading
1. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 4. New Jersey Devils
2. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 3. Boston Bruins
1. Washington Capitals vs. 4. Florida Panthers
2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 3. Carolina Hurricanes
1. Nashville Predators vs. 4. Dallas Stars
2. St. Louis Blues vs. 3. Colorado Avalanche
1. Vegas Golden Knights vs. 4. Winnipeg Jets
2. Calgary Flames vs. 3. San Jose Sharks Continue reading
Wild Card #1 vs. Atlantic Division #2
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins
Players to Watch: D Jaccob Slavin and F David Pastrnak
Who Wins: Hurricanes in 7 games
Central Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2
St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks
Players to Watch: F Vladimir Tarasenko and D Erik Karlsson
Who Wins: Sharks in 7 games
Wild Card #2 vs. Atlantic Division #2
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins
Players to Watch: G Sergei Bobrovsky and F Brad Marchand
Who Wins: Bruins in 6 games
Wild Card #1 vs. Metropolitan Division #2
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders
Players to Watch: F Sebastian Aho and G Robin Lehner
Who Wins: Islanders in 7 games
Wild Card #2 vs. Pacific Division #2
Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks
Players to Watch: F Mikko Rantanen and F Tomas Hertl
Who Wins: Avalanche in 6 games
Wild Card #1 vs. Central Division #3
Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues
Players to Watch: G Ben Bishop and G Jordan Binnington
Who Wins: Stars in 6 games