Jon Rosen has a team-by-team breakdown for every division and every team.
WESTERN CONFERENCE PACIFIC DIVISION Teams in preview: Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks. Biggest story: The Los Angeles Kings will try to defend their first Stanley Cup title. Click here for a complete Pacific Division preview.
CENTRAL DIVISION Teams in preview: Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets. Biggest story: Can the storied Detroit franchise make the playoffs after longtime captain Nick Lidstrom retired? Click here for a complete Central Division preview.
NORTHWEST DIVISION Teams in preview: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks. Biggest story: All eyes are on Minnesota, which made the biggest offseason splash by acquiring free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Click here for a complete Northwest Division preview.
EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION Teams in preview: New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins. Biggest story: Will the league’s biggest star, Sidney Crosby, stay healthy enough to lead the Penguins to a long playoff run? Click here for a complete Atlantic Division preview.
NORTHEAST DIVISION Teams in preview: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs. Biggest story: Two years removed from winning a Stanley Cup behind goalie Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask takes over the Bruins’ net with Thomas on a personal hiatus. Click here for a complete Northeast Division preview.
SOUTHEAST DIVISION Teams in preview: Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets, Carolina Hurricanes. Biggest story: Can a new coach (Adam Oates) bring out the best in star Alex Ovechkin? Click here for a complete Southeast Division preview.