NHL Predictions at Olympic Break

February 21st, 2010 by Magnus Johnson Leave a reply »
While all the NHL's stars go to Vancouver to play in the Olympics, the managers stay behind and ponder their team's position playoff-wise.  No team is officially out of it, but teams like Toronto, Edmonton, and Carolina need a miracle (and a lot more of them) to make it.  Other teams, like Detroit, Dallas, and Tampa Bay find themselves on the outside looking in, but just barely.  More teams, like Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Buffalo,  find themselves safely in the playoffs but subject to a wild change of events. And Finally, teams like Chicago, Washington, and San Jose are on top of the world.

Once the season starts up again, who will make a push for the playoffs, and who will have a rusty re-start that sends them plummeting down the standings? Let's take a look:

The Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals - Ovechkin and Backstrom lead the Caps to an Eastern No. 1 seed.

2. Ottawa Senators - An 11-game win streak propelled the Sens to the top of their division, and they won't relinquish their grasp.

3. Pittsburgh Penguins - Not to be outdone by Ovie, "Sid the Kid" helps his team to a div ...

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