1. Chicago Blackhawks
Pat Kane is trying to become the first player in NHL history to win three Stanley
Cups with an average playoff blood-
2. Pittsburgh Penguins
If Crosby’s glass body makes it through a full season, and Marc-
3. Los Angeles Kings
Richards and Carter are looking for a reason to party, so they will be hungry for another Cup
4. St. Louis Blues
It looks like the Blues are finally getting back to their rich tradition of strong regular seasons and disappointing playoff exits.
5. Boston Bruins
If the Red Sox and Patriots disappoint, the Bruins might feel the pressure to end
LEGITIMATE THREAT IF EVERYTHING GOES RIGHT
6. New York Rangers
With Tortorella gone, this team is expected to show more offense, and have fewer death threats uttered at them during practice.
7. Detroit Red Wings
Daniel Alfredsson just proved to everyone it is possible to find a job in Detroit.
8. Ottawa Senators
If Bobby Ryan loved living in Anaheim, then I’m sure he’s going to hate this.
9. Montreal Canadiens
With Danny Briere on board, the Habs finally added that undersized, offensive forward they’ve been lacking in the playoffs.
10. Washington Capitals
This might finally be the year Ovechkin achieves his ultimate goal: Bringing pride and glory to Mother Russia at the Olympics.
11. San Jose Sharks
Thornton, Marleau, and Pavelski are all UFAs at the end of this season, so this could be their final chance to finish first and lose to an eighth seed.
12. Philadelphia Flyers
Goalies Ray Emery and Steve Mason might take some time getting comfortable in their new surroundings, which is fine because Philly fans are notoriously patient and understanding.
13. Vancouver Canucks
John Tortorella + Sedin twins + Luongo = tears or possible triple homicide.
14. Anaheim Ducks
With Corey Perry on the roster the Ducks are expected to remain one of the most unlikable teams in the league.
15. Toronto Maple Leafs
No matter what happens this year, it can’t get worse than this...oh, wait, it’s the Leafs...it probably can get worse than that somehow.
16. Edmonton Oilers
“This young and talented team looks ready to take the next step.” -
17. Phoenix Coyotes
This team seems to be on a five-
18. Minnesota Wild
If you made $0 last year, then you made $30 million more than the Minnesota Wild.
19. Tampa Bay Lightning
Clearing Lecavalier’s contract was a huge move, as it allowed the team to give an even worse contract to Valtteri Filppula
20. New York Islanders
Scheduled to move to Brooklyn next season, the Islanders could be the coolest team in the league if a rapper buys 1/100 of them and claims to be their owner.
21. Columbus Blue Jackets
Horton and Gaborik will ensure the Blue Jackets have one of the most talented IR lists in the league, and Sergei Bobrovski seems two years away from being the best goalie in the KHL.
22. Nashville Predators
The Predators are aiming to be the first team to make the playoffs averaging less than one goal a game.
HOPEFULLY YOUR CITY HAS ANOTHER GOOD TEAM
23. Carolina Hurricanes
With three Staals on the roster, win or lose, the team should have some great keggers.
24. Winnipeg Jets
Another season to remind Jets fans they weren’t really missing much.
25. Colorado Avalanche
The Avs added Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy to the front office. The next step in contending is convincing them to get back on the ice.
26. Dallas Stars
Tyler Seguin’s homophobic tweets should make him a fan-
27. New Jersey Devils
I still can’t believe Ilya Kovalchuk wouldn’t want to live in Newark and play on a mediocre hockey team.
28. Buffalo Sabres
Who knew Ville Leino would fail to bring Buffalo a championship?
29. Florida Panthers
At least it looks like attendance is up from last year.
30. Calgary Flames
Is the marketing department going to center its campaign around Curtis Glencross or Mark Giordano?