Metropolitan and Atlantic Division Predictions
With the new season set to start on Tuesday, we at NBC Sports Edge are going to give you our predictions for the upcoming season.
Today we are going to give our thoughts and predictions on the Metropolitan and Atlantic Divisions. The divisions are going back to the way they were two seasons ago after last season’s decision to have a Canadian only division due to the border closing, and having each division play only amongst themselves until it was time to play the semi-finals.
The asterisks will indicate the playoff teams.
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1. New York Islanders *
2. Carolina *
3. New York Rangers *
4. Washington *
7. New Jersey
I’m expecting a big season from the Rangers and that will knock the Flyers out of a spot. The Islanders have gone to the Conference Final in each of the last two seasons and I think they are the best in the division. Carolina will be strong if their goaltending doesn’t fall apart and Washington will make the playoffs yet again with Ovechkin having a comeback season.
New York Islanders *
New York Rangers
This division could be the most competitive one this season. The Islanders have been a popular pick to win it thanks to their recent playoff success, but their lack of scoring punch makes them a risky choice over the course of a longer regular season. Pittsburgh and Washington have some injury concerns going into the year, but they have managed to overcome issues of a similar type in the past.
3. NY Islanders*
4. NY Rangers*
Source : yahoo