2010-11 Preseason Predictions, Eastern Conference Part I: Southeast Division

October 14th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
In the interest of full disclosure, I live on the Pacific Coast and my expertise lies primarily with the Western Conference.

Having already made my predictions for that conference (such as this one on the Central Division last week), I now turn my attention to the East.

The easiest division in the Eastern Conference, and perhaps the entire NHL, to project appears again to be the Southeast, where the Washington Capitals are three-time reigning champions. But their rivals have enough to make things interesting.

The Atlanta Thrashers did their best to reconstruct last year's Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawk roster and give the Caps a run for their money.

Carolina and Tampa Bay are the previous winners, with enough new talent surrounding the remaining Stanley Cup-champion players. Florida has been close so often, they should get endorsements for bridesmaids dresses.

So how will it unfold in 2010-11?

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