Welcome to the fifth episode of the Hockey Graphs podcast, where Rhys Jessop (of Canucks Army and That’s Offside) and Garret Hohl (of Jets Nation and Hockey-Graphs) continue talking about hockey while learning how to podcast. Join us as we talk about Chris Tanev negotiations, RFA statuses and the cap, Olli Jokinen trade, the trade deadline and what it means to a few teams. Continue reading
If you’re a fan of a Central Division team that doesn’t employ Ondrej Pavelec, you’re probably feeling optimistic as we approach the upcoming season. And you should: this is clearly the best division in the NHL, and all six of its non-Manitoban clubs have legitimate playoff hopes.
Of course, not all six will reach that milestone; at least one will join Winnipeg on the outside looking in. At this time, however, few can agree on how the standings will shake out. The Stars have been projected anywhere from second to fifth; the Avalanche have been slotted everywhere but last. Some are high on the Blues, others are sick of them constantly disappointing.
This uncertainty should make for an exciting year in “Conference III.” Below is a team-by-team breakdown of the league’s toughest division: