Found January 19, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
PLAYERS: Rick NashBrad RichardsMarian GaborikChris KreiderTim ThomasTuukka RaskZdeno CharaBrad MarchandDavid KrejciPatrice BergeronTyler SeguinNathan HortonDougie HamiltonBruce BoudreauBraden HoltbyAdam OatesAlexander OvechkinSidney CrosbyEvgeni MalkinJordan StaalBrandon SutterJames NealChris KunitzTomas VokounMarc-Andre FleuryPaul HolmgrenClaude GirouxLuke SchennBraydon CoburnAndrej MeszarosKimmo TimonenChris ProngerIlya BryzgalovSergei BobrovskyChristian EhrhoffVille LeinoDerek RoySteve OttTyler MyersTyler EnnisNathan GerbeLuke AdamCody HodgsonRyan MillerTuomo RuutuJussi JokinenJeff SkinnerJoni PitkanenJustin FaulkCam WardDwayne RolosonSteve YzermanAnders LindbackSami SaloSteven StamkosVincent LecavalierGuy BoucherDale TallonBrian CampbellKris VersteegEd JovanovskiScottie UpshallTomas FleischmannSean BergenheimTomas KopeckyJose TheodoreJason GarrisonErik KarlssonJason SpezzaBen BishopRobin LehnerCraig AndersonMarc MethotDaniel AlfredssonMartin BrodeurJames ReimerBen ScrivensPhil KesselJoffrey LupulDion PhaneufCarey PriceAndrei MarkovAlex GalchenyukEvander KaneAndrew LaddBryan LittleBlake WheelerZach BogosianTobias EnstromOndrej PavelecJohn TavaresKyle OkposoJosh BaileyRick DiPietroEvgeni NabokovMichael Del ZottoMartin St. Louis
TEAMS: New York RangersColumbus Blue JacketsBoston BruinsWashington CapitalsCarolina HurricanesPittsburgh PenguinsPhiladelphia FlyersNashville PredatorsBuffalo SabresDallas StarsTampa Bay LightningFlorida PanthersOttawa SenatorsNew Jersey DevilsToronto Maple LeafsMontreal CanadiensWinnipeg JetsNew York JetsNew York Islanders
This is the third year in which I’ve offered predictions as to how the Eastern Conference will sort out although it’s the first year I’ve done so with a shortened National Hockey League (NHL) season. And it’s those variables of a 48-game versus the traditional 82-game season that makes traditional predictions much trickier: a condensed schedule, player conditioning, injuries sustained in another league (i.e. KHL) and the urgency to get off to a fast start. Like last year’s predictions, I will assess the specific finish of each team in the 15-team conference. While this changed method is subject to more error, when it comes to the NHL and its playoffs, your seeding/position doesn’t matter. With that, here are my predictions (in ascending order, from 1st to 15th):   1)       New York Rangers – The Rangers made one noteworthy move and it was a seismic one, acquiring Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets yet not mortgaging the future and overall core of the team.  Nash, one of the p...
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