The 48-game intraconference schedule makes predictions a trickier business than usual. With divisional rivals playing a larger portion of the season strictly against each other (37% as opposed to 29% in an 82-game season), will that make it more difficult for one division to field 4 playoff teams, like the Central and Atlantic did last year?
So here's who George & I are picking to make the playoffs (in order), and take home the hardware:
|San Jose||Pittsburgh||St. Louis||Pittsburgh|
|St. Louis||Washington||Los Angeles||Boston|
|Minnesota||Philadelphia||San Jose||New York Rangers|
|Chicago||New York Rangers||Chicago||Carolina|
|Stanley Cup champs||New York Rangers||Los Angeles Kings|
|Hart Trophy||Alex Ovechkin||Sidney Crosby|
|Norris Trophy||Ryan Suter||Alex Pietrangelo|
|Vezina Trophy||Henrik Lundqvist||Pekka Rinne|
Feel free to submit your own picks in the comments below!