The Illegal Curve team tests our powers of prognostication as we attempt to select the teams that will win each division, who will win the East/West, who will win and lose the Stanley Cup and our bust and surprise teams. Take a chance and give us your take in the comments.
Now that 30 teams in 30 days has concluded, the guys here at IC offer up their predictions for the 2009/10 season. These cover divisional races, East/West Conference Winners and the eventual Stanley Cup Champions. In addition we cover the important award categories and throw in some boom/bust picks for fun. We welcome IC readers to voice their opinions in our comments section.
Is this finally the year for the Washington Capitals? Will the Stanley Cup that has eluded them since their inception in 1974 finally come to the U.S. nation’s capital? The questions that require answering by the Capitals as this upcoming season is about to get underway are the following, namely; 1) Does Alexander Ovechkin have enough of a supporting cast? 2) Will the […]
The Vancouver Canucks had a successful 2008-2009 campaign. The Canucks were not expected to make the playoffs, but they had up a strong regular season and playoffs, eventually losing in the second round to the Chicago Blackhawks. This year Vancouver must deal with raised expectations: playoffs are a must, and a division title is attainable. […]
Brian Burke and Bryan Colangelo went move for move this summer in attempting to reshape both of the much heralded MLSE franchises in Toronto. Well, so far, the reviews on each of their moves has been quite positive. Quite honestly, it should be; as the Leafs have certainly improved on paper. The question now is: […]
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a miserable 2008-09 campaign, finishing second to last just in front of the equally woeful New York Islanders. With an anemic 24 wins and 66 points, the one-dimensional Lightning were not scaring anyone. General Manager Brian Lawton has performed very well over the summer, scoring the highly touted Victor Hedman […]
For all the talk about the Chicago Blackhawks being one of the best young and up-and-coming teams in the NHL, the Blues often get overlooked; well, that is a mistake on the part of many fans because this team simply should not be underestimated. Led by a management team that includes John Davidson, Larry Pleau […]
Had this preview been written two weeks ago, it would have started with the line: “other than Marleau being stripped of his captaincy, and Christian Ehrhoff being sent to the Canucks, the Sharks really didn’t do anything this off-season to rid themselves of demons from past playoff failures”. That is until GM Doug Wilson pulled […]