Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/04/13 at 08:28 AM ET
from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,
Here is the first installment of the Super 16, with the caveat that we know about as much as, well, Jon Snow does at this point:
1. Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-0)
The narrative for the 2013-14 season in the Windy City is pretty simple: The champs have a much, much better chance of repeating than the 2010-11 team did....
2. Los Angeles Kings (1-0-0)
The Kings are a great defense-and-goaltending team, but (Jeff) Carter, along with Anze Kopitar, provides the dynamic touch that can set them apart from other teams with a similar style.
3. Detroit Red Wings (1-0-0)
This is an aggressive ranking, but if the NHL gave out a fifth-place medal each season, the Red Wings, who pushed the eventual champions to seven games in the second round, certainly earned such an honor in 2012-13. The travel is going to be easier, the defense corps is going to be a year older and a few of the young players up front are going to have a chance to make more of an impact.
more on each of the above teams plus the rest of the Super 16...
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