2. Washington Capitals The somewhat under-the-radar and late signing of Brendan Morrison adds a steady and calming veteran voice up front, not to mention a reliable two-way center. The league would greatly benefit if it gets another Alex Ovechkin versus Malkin/Crosby matchup in the conference finals, and if this rivalry stays heated in the regular season. And, oh, yes, it wouldn't be an insult to the game's traditions and cultures to play up the young stars, and the fact that they're not going to be meeting for sandwiches and beers at Primanti Brothers the night before the games in Pittsburgh. Regardless, though, we know that Ovechkin, going for the Hart Trophy hat trick, will do his part, and that the signing of Mike Knuble to play right wing on his line could make him even more dangerous. The Caps' unsettled goaltending situation -- if they could only hypnotize Jose Theodore into thinking he's in a contract year -- is the major question mark.ESPN's Terry Frei's East projections. What a surprise, ESPN gets basic facts wrong yet again-because last time I checked, Theo is in, are you ready for this, a contract year! But, hey, don't let little things like facts stand in your way!