Mtl takes a step back...TB...who knows? Conventional wisdom says they'll be better with experience, but is there a rift between Stamkos and Cooper? Sometimes a team that comes close and loses needs the boost of adding someone. Wings adding Shanny is a prime example. They didn't do that...yet. We're a wildcard...new coach, injured superstar, new defense pairings, lots of young talent coming along up front. Could be good...could really struggle if Pavel's ankle is an ongoing issue, Hank's cold streak down the stretch is his new reality and Green doesn't click or gets hurt again.
The Rangers...meh They skate beautifully, but something just isn't there.. Columbus coud be really good, Pittsburgh is a potential mess with Malkin seemingly a very unhappy camper. The Caps got Oshie so they're going to be unbeatable in shootouts. Boston will e terrible....and that will make me so very happy.
Right now, I'd say Tampa takes the east because they seem to have the fewest question marks.