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The NHL season is upon us already, and the Bruins are ready to start their title defense. And Winnipeg is back in the NHL after Atlanta relocated. They’ll be in the Southeast this year until the NHL decides on how to realign the league. So it’ll be interesting to see how the new travel routes affect all the teams.
With the new season here, us here at Sports of Boston have brought you our selections for said season in the latest NHL Pick ‘Em. No New York writers are joining us this time, probably because they’re boycotting the champions from Boston. The Bruins and Capitals are popular picks, but the dangerous Canucks still have the most votes of confidence. Unlike the new Winnipeg Jets and the cellar dwelling Oilers, mind you.
In this competition, each panelist gets one point for correctly guessing a team to make the playoffs, or two points for successfully guessing a division winner. Guessing the President’s Trophy Winner for the NHL’s best team is worth two points. As for the fun part, correctly guessing the #1 seed in each conference exactly is worth eight points, then seven points for the #2 seed and so on. The tiebreaker is guessing which team will be the NHL’s worst, then second worst, then third.
So with all the basics covered, all that’s left to do is watch the season. So have fun watching the Bruins defend their title, and check below for the full set of picks.
|East||#1||Washington Capitals||Buffalo Sabres||Washington Capitals||Philadelphia Flyers||Washington Capitals|
|#2||Philadelphia Flyers||Washington Capitals||Pittsburgh Penguins||Washington Capitals||Philadelphia Flyers|
|#3||Boston Bruins||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Bruins||Boston Bruins||Boston Bruins|
|#4||Pittsburgh Penguins||Boston Bruins||Buffalo Sabres||Tampa Bay Lightning||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|#5||Buffalo Sabres||Tampa Bay Lightning||Tampa Bay Lightning||New Jersey Devils||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|#6||Tampa Bay Lightning||Pittsburgh Penguins||Philadelphia Flyers||Pittsburgh Penguins||Montreal Canadiens|
|#7||Carolina Hurricanes||Montreal Canadiens||New York Rangers||New York Rangers||Buffalo Sabres|
|#8||New York Rangers||New York Rangers||Montreal Canadiens||Buffalo Sabres||New York Rangers|
|West||#1||Vancouver Canucks||Vancouver Canucks||Vancouver Canucks||Vancouver Canucks||San Jose Sharks|
|#2||Los Angeles Kings||San Jose Sharks||San Jose Sharks||Detroit Red Wings||Vancouver Canucks|
|#3||Detroit Red Wings||Detroit Red Wings||Chicago Blackhawks||San Jose Sharks||Detroit Red Wings|
|#4||San Jose Sharks||Anaheim Ducks||Detroit Red Wings||Chicago Blackhawks||Chicago Blackhawks|
|#5||Chicago Blackhawks||Nashville Predators||Los Angeles Kings||Nashville Predators||Anaheim Ducks|
|#6||Anaheim Ducks||Chicago Blackhawks||Anaheim Ducks||Los Angeles Kings||Nashville Predators|
|#7||Nashville Predators||Los Angeles Kings||St. Louis Blues||Anaheim Ducks||Los Angeles Kings|
|#8||Minnesota Wild||Phoenix Coyotes||Columbus Blue Jackets||St. Louis Blues||Minnesota Wild|
|President’s||Trophy||Vancouver Canucks||Vancouver Canucks||Washington Capitals||Philadelphia Flyers||San Jose Sharks|
|Tiebreaker||Worst Team||Ottawa Senators||Florida Panthers||Ottawa Senators||Winnipeg Jets||Florida Panthers|
|2nd Worst Team||Edmonton Oilers||Winnipeg Jets||Edmonton Oilers||Minnesota Wild||Colorado Avalanche|
|3rd Worst Team||Winnipeg Jets||Edmonton Oilers||Dallas Stars||New York Islanders||Edmonton Oilers|