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Season Preview & Fearless Predictions

Friends, we've waited too long for this day to come, but it is finally nearly upon us. Tomorrow night: NHL hockey. The League opens with a full slate of games featuring superstars in new places, highly-anticipated rookies getting ready to leave their marks on the sport, and optimism about rules designed to let the game's best players flash their skill and athleticism. But first, some predictions, beginning with the standings (click on team for Japers' Rink's Team Preview) and wrapping up with awards:

Eastern Conference
  1. Ottawa Senators
  2. Boston Bruins
  3. Philadelphia Flyers
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning
  5. Montreal Canadiens
  6. New Jersey Devils
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins
  8. Florida Panthers
  9. Toronto Maple Leafs
  10. Atlanta Thrashers
  11. Buffalo Sabres
  12. New York Islanders
  13. Carolina Hurricanes
  14. New York Rangers
  15. Washington Capitals
Western Conference
  1. San Jose Sharks
  2. Detroit Red Wings
  3. Calgary Flames
  4. Vancouver Canucks
  5. Nashville Predators
  6. Colorado Avalanche
  7. Dallas Stars
  8. Los Angeles Kings
  9. Edmonton Oilers
  10. Anaheim Mighty Ducks
  11. Phoenix Coyotes
  12. Columbus Blue Jackets
  13. Chicago Blackhawks
  14. Minnesota Wild
  15. St. Louis Blues
Stanley Cup Champion
  • Conventional Wisdom: Calgary Flames
  • Our Pick: Ottawa Senators
Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player)
Art Ross Trophy (Top Point Scorer)
Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman)
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (Top Goalscorer)
Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender)
Jack Adams Trophy (Coach of the Year)
  • Conventional Wisdom: Darryl Sutter (Calgary)
  • Our Pick: Ron Wilson (San Jose)
Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year)