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Might as well be a month ahead of everyone's blogs saying whose gonna finish where and whatnot...not like anyone cares, but this is for my own sake and something official when a team makes the playoffs that no one even considered, i might be the one who told u so and have it officially out there, but anyways, i say 50% of what im about to write will come true! if not, i will stop watching the phoenix coyotes play hockey after this season, the honest truth ! here we go....

Eastern Conference
Atlantic
1. Pittsburgh Penguins
2. New Jersey Devils
3. Philadelphia Flyers

4. New York Rangers
5. New York Islanders

Northeast
1. Boston Bruins
2. Montreal Canadiens
3. Toronto Maple Leafs

4. Buffalo Sabres
5. Ottawa Senators

Southeast
1. Washington Capitals
2. Tampa Bay Lightning

3. Carolina Hurricanes
4. Florida Panthers
5. Winnipeg Jets

Western Conference
Central
1. St Louis Blues
2. Chicago Blackhawks
3. Nashville Predators
4. Detroit Red Wings

5. Columbus Blue Jackets

Northwest
1. Vancouver Canucks
2. Edmonton Oilers
3. Colorado Avalanche
4. Calgary Flames
5. Minnesota Wild

Pacific
1. Los Angeles Kings
2. San Jose Sharks
3. Anaheim Ducks

4. Dallas Stars
5. Phoenix Coyotes

Now that the divisions are in place, you all are prolly thinking (wtf is st louis doing there!?) remember when i talked about a team no one will consider...there ya go...ok now for the playoff standings....

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals
2. Pittsburgh Penguins
3. Boston Bruins
4. Tampa Bay Lightning
5. Montreal Canadiens
6. New Jersey Devils
7. Philadelphia Flyers
8. Toronto Maple Leafs

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9. New York Rangers
10. Buffalo Sabres
11. Carolina Hurricanes
12. Florida Panthers
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. New York Islanders
15. Ottawa Senators

Western Conference
1. Vancouver Canucks
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. St Louis Blues
4. San Jose Sharks
5. Anaheim Ducks
6. Chicago Blackhawks
7. Nashville Predators
8. Detroit Red Wings

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9. Edmonton Oilers
10. Columbus Blue Jackets
11. Colorado Avalanche
12. Calgary Flames
13. Dallas Stars
14. Minnesota Wild
15. Phoenix Coyotes

Heres how the brackets would look like in my eyes....my only prediction that should count here are the 2 final teams from each conference and the stanley cup final teams...

Eastern Conference
Round 1
1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Toronto Maple Leafs - Capitals in 5
2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers - Penguins in 7
3. Boston Bruins vs. 6. New Jersey Devils - Bruins in 5
4. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 5. Montreal Canadiens - Tampa Bay in 7

Western Conference
Round 1
1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 8. Detroit Red Wings - Canucks in 5
2. Los Angeles Kings vs. 7. Nashville Predators - Kings in 4
3. St Louis Blues vs. 6. Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks in 7
4. San Jose Sharks vs. 5. Anaheim Ducks - Ducks in 6

Eastern Conference
Round 2

1. Washington Capitals vs. 4. Tampa Bay Lightning - Capitals in 7
2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 3. Boston Bruins - Penguins in 5

Western Conference
Round 2

1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6 Chicago Blackhawks - Canucks in 5
2. Los Angeles Kings vs. 5. Anaheim Ducks - Ducks in 7

Eastern Conference
Round 3

1. Washington Capitals vs 2. Pittsburgh Penguins - Capitals in 7

Western Conference
Round 3

1. Vancouver Canucks vs 5. Anaheim Ducks - Canucks in 6

Stanley Cup Finals
1. Washington Capitals vs 1. Vancouver Canucks - Capitals in 7

My pick for the finals could go either way, im betting on Ovechkin finally getting it right this season, Vokoun to play over and above expectations for that new contract he gonna get and for Semin and Backstrom to play large roles in the long season. I believe the caps will benefit this year from the defensive style they play while ovechkin and company will find more ways to score being its the 2nd yr they play in this new system, remember they still won the east last season playing in that system; even with ovi having an off yr !

These are my trophy picks for the upcoming season....

Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP)

Sydney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins
Runner Up:
Alexander Ovechkin - Washington Capitals
Ilya Kovalchuk - New Jersey Devils

Art Ross Trophy (Pts Leader)

Sydney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins
Runner Up:
Alexander Ovechkin - Washington Capitals
Ilya Kovalchuk - New Jersey Devils

Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy (Goals Leader)

Ilya Kovalchuk - New Jersey Devils
Runner Up:
Corey Perry - Anaheim Ducks
Steven Stamkos - Tampa Bay Lightning

William Jennings Trophy (Lowest Goals Against)
Roberto Luongo and Corey Schneider - Vancouver Canucks
Runner Up:
Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg - New Jersey Devils
Tomas Vokoun and Michael Neuvirth - Washington Capitals

Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender)
Pekka Rinne - Nashville Predators
Runner Up:
Tim Thomas - Boston Bruins
Carey Price - Montreal Canadiens

Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP)
Alexander Ovechkin - Washington Capitals
Runner Up:
Ryan Kesler - Vancouver Canucks
Tomas Vokoun - Washington Capitals

James Norris Trophy (Top Defenceman)
Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Jets
Runner Up:
Niklas Lidtsrom - Detroit Red Wings
Dion Phaneuf - Toronto Maple Leafs

Calder Trophy (Top Rookie)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Edmonton Oilers
Runner Up:
Brayden Schenn - Philadelphia Flyers
Zach Kassian - Buffalo Sabres

Lady Byng Trophy (Most Pts w Least PIM)

Martin St Louis - Tampa Bay Lightning
Runner Up:
Pavel Datsyuk - Detroit Red Wings
Patrick Kane - Chicago Blackhawks

Frank J Selke Trophy (2 way Forward)
Ryan Kesler - Vancouver Canucks
Runner Up:
Nikolai Kulemin - Toronto Maple Leafs
Patrice Bergeron - Boston Bruins

Presidents Trophy (Top NHL team in Regular Season Pts)
Washington Capitals - Eastern Conference
Runner Up:
Vancouver Canucks - Western Conference
Pittsburgh Penguins - Eastern Conference

Jack Adams Trophy (Top Coach)

Davis Payne - St Louis Blues
Runner Up:
Peter DeBoer - New Jersey Devils
Peter Laviolette - Philadelphia Flyers

Bill Masterson Trophy (Comeback Player)
Sydney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins
Runner Up:
Marc Savard - Boston Bruins
Zach Parise - New Jersey Devils

Ted Lindsay Award (Players Vote for MVP)

Sydney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins
Runner Up:
Pekka Rinne - Nashville Predators
Ilya Kovalchuk - New Jersey Devils

Messier Leadership Award (Top Captain)
Niklas Lidstrom - Detroit Red Wings
Runner Up:
Zdeno Chara - Boston Bruins
Jonathan Toews - Chicago Blackhawks

King Clancy (Top Community Giver)

John Michael Liles - Toronto Maple Leafs
Runner Up:
Shane Doan - Phoenix Coyotes
Sydney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins
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