Detroit Red Wings - What can you say about the Big Red Machine? A totally stacked lineup, reminiscent of the 2002 pre cap All Star team the Wings unveiled on their way to another Stanley Cup ( Yzerman, Fedorov, Hull, Shanahan, Robitaille, Lidstrom, Chelios, Datsyuk...)
The Wings will dominate the Central...Again! The only hurdles will be the upstart Chicago Blackhawks and those pesky Predators from Nashtown.
Anaheim Ducks - Big letdown last season. This team has a lot to prove, perhaps GM's Brian Burke's last before heading to Toronto. Losing cap casualty, Matthew Schneider will hurt this team come playoff time, but Anaheim has too much talent to being ousted in the first round again.
Dallas Stars - Gave Detroit the biggest threat last post season. Has the grit that one needs in the the playoffs ( Brendan Morrow! ) The addtitions that the Stars have made are curious to me. It appears they are bulking up for a Pacific Division "Cage Match." That may be a smart move with the amount of games they play. To me... with fewer division games and only San Jose and Anaheim to fight, the spots may be better utilized with skill players. I could be wrong, it is the most physically demanding division in the NHL.
San Jose Sharks - New coach, same team? Some additions along the blueline may help this underachieving team. They remibd me of the early '90's Red Wings- just waiting to breakthrough. New Coach...New Hope.
Unless catastrophic injuries take their toll ( which is possible ) the Western Conference will boast the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion. The East has been weak, although getting better.
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