Puck drops on the worlds greatest sport tonight, again we’ve been kind enough to let the Americans enter teams into our national league, let’s see if their recent run of good form can continue.
In the east tampa bays time has surely come with a fully fit roster, Boston are hoping for one last cup run from Chara and Bergeron to supplement the kids that have developed quicker than expected while Toronto have bet the house on hometown superstar John Tavares to centre the top line and free up Mexican American wunderkid Auston Matthews to do damage away from the top defensive pairing.
Washington are champs but may suffer a hangover and lose to a lesser team a la the Galway hurlers, Columbus will challenge but mouthpiece coach John Tortorella usually only has a shelf life of a few years on a team and might be reaching that, the penguins have all the pieces in place, are well rested and are a great bet to win it out. Montreal have not found any goal scorers to replace Pacioretty, The rangers are in full rebuild mode and the isles in full dumpster fire. Philadelphia with James Van Riemsdyk coming back to the club who drafted him and Florida who got Mike Hoffman cheap from Ottawa after his girlfriend had a bizarre alleged internet bust up with Erik Karlssons wife should fill out the last two playoff slots.
The west is wide open, Nashville and Winnipeg look best set up, Vegas are a mystery and have possibly over spent on former Habs captain Pacioretty, Chicago are duds and Edmonton are under huge pressure to regain form and back up McDavid. The second biggest trade was the sharks getting perennial Norris contender Erik Karlsson from Ottawa for a song which puts them straight back into contention but Calgary with some smart additions are the dark horse.
Not sure anyone is too interested in this but I will post up musings and clips of fights, big hits, and excellent stick handling as the season progresses.