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Yesterday, the long awaited opening night of the new National Hockey League season finally got underway. Three great games involving six great teams. The Former Cup Champions and the very team they beat. Two of Canada’s biggest teams went head to head. And the duo from Pennsylvania both scored big wins as well. A great way to start the year off indeed.

If last nights few games proved anything to hockey fans all around, it’s that the Eastern Conference is gonna be as competitive as ever. The Western conference tonight will show us exactly what they can do with only Vancouver getting ice-time yesterday. For anyone attempting to predict the 16 teams who will play in April, it’ll be a long-shot to get them all correct. I’ve given my early predictions for a few teams already, but now I’m putting them all together.

Starting in the Western Conference:
01. Los Angeles Kings
02. Vancouver Canucks
03. St. Louis Blues
04. San Jose Sharks
05. Anaheim Ducks
06. Detroit Red Wings
07. Chicago Blackhawks
08. Colorado Avalanche
09. Nashville Predators
10. Columbus Blue Jackets
11. Minnesota Wild
12. Dallas Stars
13. Phoenix Coyotes
14. Calgary Flames
15. Edmonton Oilers

Now for the Eastern Conference:
01. Pittsburgh Penguins
02. Boston Bruins
03. Washington Capitals
04. Philadelphia Flyers
05. Buffalo Sabres
06. New York Rangers
07. Tampa Bay Lightning
08. Montreal Canadiens
09. New Jersey Devils
10. Carolina Hurricanes
11. Toronto Maple Leafs
12. Florida Panthers
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. New York Islanders
15. Ottawa Senators

2011-12 Stanley Cup Conference Quarter-Finals:
1. Los Angeles Kings vs 8. Colorado Avalanche (Los Angeles wins 4-2)
2. Vancouver Canucks vs 7. Chicago Blackhawks (Chicago wins 4-3)
3. St. Louis Blues vs 6. Detroit Red Wings (St. Louis wins 4-3)
4. San Jose Sharks vs 5. Anaheim Ducks (Anaheim wins 4-2)

1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs 8. Montreal Canadiens (Pittsburgh wins 4-3)
2. Boston Bruins vs 7. Tampa Bay Lightning (Boston wins 4-3)
3. Washington Capitals vs 6. New York Rangers (Washington wins 4-1)
4. Philadelphia Flyers vs 5. Buffalo Sabres (Philadelphia wins 4-3)

2011-12 Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals:
1. Los Angeles Kings vs 7. Chicago Blackhawks (Los Angeles wins 4-1)
3. St. Louis Blues vs 5. Anaheim Ducks (St. Louis Wins 4-2)

1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs 4. Philadelphia Flyers (Philadelphia wins 4-3)
2. Boston Bruins vs 3. Washington Capitals (Washington wins 4-2)

2011-12 Stanley Cup Semi-Finals:
1. Los Angeles Kings vs 3. St. Louis Blues (Los Angeles wins 4-2)

3. Washington Capitals vs 4. Philadelphia Flyers (Philadelphia wins 4-3)

2011-12 Stanley Cup Finals
1. Los Angeles Kings vs 4. Philadelphia Flyers (Philadelphia wins 4-3)

There you have it. The 2011-12 Stanley Cup Champions will be the new-look Philadelphia Flyers. Lead by the storm of JVR, Jagr, and Giroux, the Flyers will do something no other team has ever done before. Play 28 Stanley Cup Playoff games in one year. Each series going the limit and each series ending with a Flyers win. Expect Brayden Schenn to get the last laugh scoring the biggest goal of the series. Wayne Simmonds will be this seasons Brad Marchand, and an angered Mike Richards will once again go home empty-handed for the second time in three seasons.

One of the biggest events the NHL holds every year is the Awards Ceremony. There is no better way of ending a season then to have Jay Mohr spit some NHL jokes in a great fashion. Mix that in with plenty of NHL stars and a lot of hardware, and you’ve got yourself a great two-hour show to supply you with some medicine for your Stanley Cup hangover. The award predictions for this season will follow after a list of last seasons winner.

Art Ross (Regular-Season Scoring Leader): 2010-11: Daniel Sedin
Jennings (Fewest Goals Allowed): 2010-11: Roberto Luongo
Rocket Richard (Most Regular-Season Goals): 2010-11: Corey Perry
Conn Smythe (Playoff MVP): 2010-11: Tim Thomas

Norris (Outstanding Defenseman): 2010-11: Nicklas Lidstrom
Mark Messier Leadership Award: 2010-11: Zdeno Chara
Selke (Outstanding Defensive Forward): 2010-11: Ryan Kesler
Jack Adams (Coach of the Year): 2010-11: Dan Bylsma
Calder (Top Rookie): 2010-11: Jeff Skinner
General Manager: 2010-11: Mike Gillis
Ted Lindsay (MVP as Voted by Players): 2010-11: Daniel Sedin
Masterton (Perseverance and Dedication to Hockey): 2010-11: Ian Laperriere
Lady Byng (Skillful and Gentlemanly Play): 2010-11: Martin St. Louis
Vezina (Top Goaltender): 2010-11: Tim Thomas
Hart (MVP): 2010-11: Corey Perry

2011-12 AWARDS:

Art Ross Trophy WINNER: Alex Ovechkin
Rocket Richard Trophy WINNER: Steven Stamkos
Jennings WINNER: Ilya Bryzgalov
Conn Smythe WINNER: Claude Giroux

Norris Trophy 2011-12 Finalists: Shea Weber, Chris Pronger, Drew Doughty
WINNER: Shea Weber
Mark Messier Award 2011-12 Finalists: Chris Pronger, David Backes, Zdeno Chara
WINNER: David Backes
Selke Trophy 2011-12 Finalists: Jordan Staal, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards
WINNER: Mike Richards
Jack Adams Award 2011-12 Finalists: Davis Payne, Terry Murray, Lindy Ruff
WINNER: Davis Payne
Calder Trophy 2011-12 Finalists: Brayden Schenn, Gabriel Landeskog, Nino Niederreiter
WINNER: Brayden Schenn
General Manager Award 2011-12 Finalists: Paul Holmgren, Dean Lombardi, George McPhee
WINNER: Paul Holmgren
Ted Lindsay Trophy 2011-12 Finalists: Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Jaroslav Halak
WINNER: Jaroslav Halak
Masterton Trophy 2011-12 Finalists: Peter Mueller, Matthew Lombardi, Sidney Crosby
WINNER: Sidney Crosby
Lady Byng Trophy 2011-12 Finalists: Loui Eriksson, Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis
WINNER: Loui Eriksson
Vezina Trophy 2011-12 Finalists: Jaroslav Halak, Ilya Bryzgalov, Tomas Vokoun
WINNER: Jaroslav Halak
Hart Trophy 2011-12 Finalists: Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Henrik Sedin
WINNER: Steven Stamkos

Tonight, Six games are on schedule. We have twelve teams who will open their season and numerous big-time games. Tomorrow, a schedule will include 13 games, 26 teams on tap and a lot of hockey all weekend long. The season is here folks! Enjoy!

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October 8, 2011 10:46 AM ET | Delete
Your on glue if you think the Flames will finish that low in the west.
October 9, 2011 9:26 AM ET | Delete
i can c the flames being in the bottom 6 in the league this year, cant wait till the fire sale in the new year for that team .
October 9, 2011 12:42 PM ET | Delete
i would virtually transpose Nashville and St. Louis. And Halak and Rinne. I love Halak, but Rinne is the BOMB. And with Weber and Suter and Klein and Blum in front of him, Nashville is going to be a factor this year. I think St. Lous is everyone's fair-haired boy this year. It's really kind of (at best) a middling defense. Their young forwards are promising to very good. But they have proven nothing yet.
October 11, 2011 12:04 PM ET | Delete
I agree with Jaeckel. St. Louis won't be able to claw out of the cellar with a bunch of expensive acquisitions. They'll need time to "gel." Nashville's chances are better than Colorado's as well. They've been to the second round last year...they tasted it...they're hungry.
October 11, 2011 12:17 PM ET | Delete
I like St. Louis, but I think at best the claw in to one of the bottom three playoff seeds. Basically for the the reasons JJ mentioned, but also because while they have three pretty solid forward lines, none of their forwards are above second tier. There's no Datsyuk or Zetterberg, no Toews, Kane, or Hossa; maybe not even a Sharp or a Franzen.
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