The 2013 NHL Season is finally here. Time to take a quick look at the 15 teams from the Eastern Conference and how things might shake out in this 48-game season.
- Boston(2)- everyone is back for another run. Add Dougie Hamilton to the defense should help, and then its up to Tuukka Rask to shine in the spring.
- Buffalo (6)- gives Boston a good run with Ryan Miller in net. Should be interesting with Ott running around for them.
- Ottawa- Daniel Alfredsson rolls on at age 40. Not quite good enough for playoffs.
- Montreal-they won’t be happy up there with this group. Need to get the P.K. Subban issue resolved.
- Toronto- Phil Kessel, the gift that keeps on giving.
- NY Rangers (1)- a lot of talent, added Rick Nash, and John Tortorella will get the most of his teams.
- Pittsburgh(4)- if they can only get a full year out of Crosby. But it is a big if.
- Philadelphia(5)- best third place team you could ever find. Giroux is an absolute stud. But about that goaltending.
- New Jersey(8)- lost Parise but I refuse to believe they are done yet.
- NY Islanders- as nondescript a franchise as there is in sports. Should probably consider moving to Brooklyn sooner.
- Washington (3)- the class of a pretty average division. Holtby takes over in net. Caps have pretty much clinched division already unless Tampa really steps up.
- Tampa Bay(7)- as much firepower as anyone up front with Steven Stamkos, Martin St-Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. Can they keep up defensively?
- Florida-shaky division champion last season. Get this team out of Miami, no one cares
- Carolina-borderline playoff team that will probably be on the outside looking in.
- Winnipeg- I’m just glad they are back in Winnipeg. If we could only get the Whalers and Nordiques back. (Hmmm Florida and Carolina?)
Eastern Conference Playoffs Opening Round:
(1) NY Rangers over (8) New Jersey (6) Buffalo over (3) Washington
(2) Boston over (7) Tampa Bay (5) Philadelphia over (4) Pittsburgh
Eastern Conference Playoffs Semi-Final Round
(1) NY Rangers over (6) Buffalo (2) Boston over (5) Philadelphia
Eastern Conference Finals
(1) NY Rangers over (2) Boston…sorry folks