2013-2014 NHL Regular Season Standings Predictions

It’s hard to believe it but hockey returns tomorrow. With the Stanley Cup final ending late because of the lockout and the Olympics bumping this regular season up a few days, it was a shorter summer than normal for hockey fans. For the first time in two years there will be games in October, November and December. The 48-game season was nice because every game was important, and now it’s back to the 82-game grind where there will be more adversity and injuries. Add in a long Olympic break and anything can happen this season. Here are my predictions of how I see the regular season ending.

Atlantic Division:¬†I think Detroit will make an immediate splash in a new division. After striking out on every relevant free agent in 2012, the Red Wings added Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, and their young defenders will get better. Ottawa lost their captain in Alfredsson, but added Bobby Ryan. They are a well-coached team that will overachieve. Having Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson healthy will be huge. The Bruins will regret the Tyler Seguin trade but still make the playoffs. Speaking of offseason errors, Toronto will be second guessing the David Clarkson signing and Tyler Bozak resigning at the end of the season. I think Jonathan Bernier will have a strong season but the Leafs won’t return to the playoffs

1. Detroit Red Wings

2. Ottawa Senators

3. Boston Bruins

4. Montreal Canadiens

5. Tampa Bay Lightning

6. Toronto Maple Leafs

7. Buffalo Sabres

8. Florida Panthers  Continue reading