OK, it will be back to 'Normal' this season, in that we have a full schedule, no hub cities, we have fans... I'll call that normal at this point.
Its too early in the year to explain all my choices, but based on my thoughts (which can be a scary place), a bias towards the Canucks, feeling some teams are just 'due'. So, as you can see, all very scientific!
Lots has happened in the hockey world, some drama, lots of players moving around, cap issues etc.
My main comment is I see Edmonton winning their division (not Vegas), Tampa wins theirs, but does not advance past first round (no three peat), Leafs get out of first round but stumble in the 2nd, and Colorado is the team that I feel goes all the way.
Hope some more people get involved in some hockey chat this year.In the past I have done Hockey Night in Canada, where I made picks on Saturday games (With the lines I had online) and Canadian teams. May do the same this year, at least when I have time.
The letters and numbers are for reference where they finished within division... and Bolded teams win that round and move on to next round. Back to the usual format where top 3 in each division make playoffs and 2 Wild cards in each conference. I hope it looks even possible by Christmas.
Eastern Conference Round 1
A1 Tampa Bay Lightning WC Washington Capitals
A2 Toronto Maple Leafs A3 Florida Panthers
M1 Pittsburgh Penguins WC Boston Bruins
M2 Carolina Hurricanes M3 NY Islanders
Western Conference Round 1
C1 Colorado Avalanche WC St. Louis Blues
C2 Dallas Stars C3 Winnipeg Jets
P1 Edmonton Oilers WC Calgary Flames
P2 Vegas Golden Knights P3 Vancouver Canucks
Eastern Conference Round 2
A2 Toronto Maple Leafs WC Washington Capitals
M1 Pittsburgh Penguins M3 NY Islanders
Western Conference Round 2
C1 Colorado Avalanche C2 Dallas Stars
P3 Vancouver Canucks WC Calgary Flames
Eastern Conference Finals
M1 Pittsburgh Penguins A3 Washington Capitals
Western Conference Finals
C1 Colorado Avalanche P3 Vancouver Canucks
Stanley Cup Finals
C1 Colorado Avalanche A3 Washington Capitals