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Where They’ll Finish, Per The Sabres Observer

It's time for my annual NHL predictions.

Below is a summary of where I think teams will finish in the 2014-15 season.

If you read the list, I promise to never clog your twitter feed with news that the performance of so-and-so ruined my fantasy team. #HintHint

Atlantic

1- Montreal - Lots of depth, great skill and goaltending.

2- Tampa Bay - Great additions, poised to make some playoff noise.

3- Boston - Still a solid team, but some questions on defense.

4- Detroit - Another year in the playoffs.  Datsyuk is a joy to watch and hopefully can get healthy.

5- Toronto - Perhaps a turnaround is beginning, but they aren't a playoff team just yet.

6- Florida - Some good young talent, but not good enough.

7- Ottawa - In for a long year, and a strong candidate for a top 3 lottery pick.

8- Buffalo - Hopefully just one more year of hockey agony.  That will be all I can take.

 

Metropolitan

1- Pittsburgh - As long as Crosby and Malkin are healthy, easily the class of this division.

2- NY Rangers - Maybe not another run to the finals, but still good for winning a round or two.

3- Columbus - If they don't get healthy soon, make that 5th instead of 3rd.

4- Philadelphia - Giroux will need a better start than last season.

5- Washington - Expect another big year from Ovechkin, but it won't quite be enough.

6- NY Islanders - Sorry folks, but I don't think the moves they made vault them into the playoffs.

7- New Jersey - Just not enough talent here.

8- Carolina - Along with Buffalo and Ottawa, the Hurricanes are the East's most likely candidates to land McDavid/Eichel.

 

Central

1- Chicago - First place with Kane and Toews, but not by much.

2- St. Louis - Another great team, another kick at the can.

3- Dallas - Wouldn't be shocking if this team won the division.  The top three are that close.

4- Colorado - Good enough lineup for 100 points, but in a brutally tough division.

5- Minnesota - Same as Colorado but also with questions in goal.

6- Nashville - Some decent additions at forward, but too many good teams above them.

7- Winnipeg - A few quality youngsters but not enough roster improvement overall.

 

Pacific

1- Anaheim - Had 116 points last season without Ryan Kesler.

2- San Jose - The rebuild didn't happen.

3- Los Angeles - Too many great teams in the West for LA to achieve dynasty status.

4- Vancouver - Ryan Miller and the Sedins set for rejuvenation.

5- Arizona - Vrbata is gone and Doan is a year older.

6- Edmonton - Defense and goaltending still aren't good enough.

7- Calgary - Monahan could be a budding star, but not much around him.

 

Stanley Cup Final:  Pittsburgh over Chicago

dd@kuklaskorner.com

@DaveDavisHockey

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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