Let's look at some of the betting odds and predictions for the potential playoff teams of the NHL 2013-14 Stanley Cup run.
who make their hockey sports picks should keep in mind that there’s a new NHL
playoff format. As it stands now, each conference will have two divisions
(instead of three) and the top three teams in each division automatically
qualify. Beyond that, there’s a pair of wild card teams that can get in
regardless of division.
that note, here’s our predictions for how the 2013-14 playoff seedings will
who make their NHL picks know that the Pens are sure thing in the regular
season. It’s the playoffs where they – and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury –
Detroit Red Wings
Red Wings are underrated. They nearly knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks in the
playoffs and then added Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss to the roster.
They’ll be a team to be reckoned with.
expect a bounce-back year from this team. Between goaltenders Ray Emery and
Steve Mason, they’ll do enough in net. The Flyers scoring will once again be
reason to see the Bruins drop out of the playoffs. Good team that got better by
adding Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Leafs are a young team on the rise. David Clarkson and Dave Bolland help shore
them up down the middle. Between James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier, they’ll
have quality netminding.
Habs were a young team that figures to improve. With steady play from Carey
Price, they’ll be back in the playoffs but not as high of a seed this time.
New York Islanders
young team that should be better based on experience. John Tavares, Josh
Bailey, Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, Kyle Okposo are all a year older and
should be better.
team to gauge but with Alex Ovechkin still around, they’ll be in playoff
contention. They’d be a more popular sleeper had they found a way to keep Mike
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Blackhawks’ roster wasn’t pillaged like it was the last time they won the
Stanley Cup. They re-signed Corey Crawford and Bryan Bickell, and should again
be one of the top teams in the NHL.
St. Louis Blues
would be nice if the Blues found some scoring but having one of the best
goaltending trios and a stellar blue line will make them a Cup contender.
Los Angeles Kings
a year off, the Kings will be back. Offense might still be a bit of an issue
but Jonathan Quick and one of the league’s best defensive corps will carry
traded away Bobby Ryan but should still be just as good. The move might
actually provide much-needed scoring depth. As long as Viktor Fasth and Jonas
Hiller play like they did last season, this team will be good.
Canucks could be a sleeper. New head coach John Tortorella will light a fire
under this underachieving team of veterans. Maybe that’s the spark they needed.
San Jose Sharks
won’t be a Cup contender but they’ll have another steady regular season along
with an early playoff exit.
Matt Cooke and having Jason Pominville for a full season will give them a big
boost. They’ll be back in the playoffs.
is the year they finally squeak in. They play in a very weak division and
that’ll help their cause.
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