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NHL playoff qualification predictions (Eastern Conference)

Roar Rookie
13th September, 2015

The NHL playoffs are far away, but already teams are taking shape for the big dance at the end of the year.

I know it’s really early but I’m going to take you division to division. Let’s start with the Metropolitan Division. The Metropolitan Division has a few possible cup winners this year, such as the New York Rangers who won last year’s presidents trophy for best team of the regular season. All in all, they accrued 113 points.

Also they have the Washington Capitals who traded for T.J Oshie and the Pittsburgh Penguins who made some major changes this post-season, such as grabbing Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are the top three who will automatically get through in order.

1) New York Rangers
2) Pittsburgh Penguins
3) Washington Capitals

Now for the Atlantic Division. This division has two heavyweights. First up is the Montreal Canadiens, who look particularly strong. Second are last year’s Eastern Conference champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning. These teams have stars in each position and look great on the ice. Montreal have Max Pacioretty, P.K Subban, and Carey Price. Tampa’s stars include Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, and goaltender Ben Bishop.

Here are the final rankings.

1) Tampa Bay Lightning
2) Montreal Canadiens
3) Ottawa Senators

Now we need two wild card teams who I think will both be members of the Metropolitan Division

7) New York Islanders
8) Columbus Blue Jackets