from The Hockey News, 14 WINNIPEG JETS
Why: The Jets were awful on the road last season so a sudden improvement there would go a long way. Still, what this team has in talent on the blueline, it greatly lacks up front. Blake wheeler and Evander Kane had career years in 2011-12, but will they continue that ascension, stall, or fall back?...
14 COLORADO AVALANCHE
Why: Colorado was a point of contention when THN staffers debated the Western Conference. Some of us liked their collection of youth and presume a step forward - others looked at the goaltending and lack of reliable star power and saw a bottom-feeder. No matter how you view the Avs, a number of things have to click for them to get back into the playoffs….
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