Penned by Rye resident and Rye Middle School sixth grader Ethan Sears, Ethan's NY Sports Journal column will report on and analyze New York metro sports teams. Today, Sears delivers his NHL Season Preview. Sears is a two time attendee of Sports Broadcasting Camps.
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New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Bottom Line: The Rangers are a disaster waiting to happen while the Devils went out and re-signed Ilya Kovalchuck. The Penguins and Flyers are still playoff teams as well while the Islanders are still rebuilding.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Bottom Line: The Sabers have an edge in this division with Goalie Ryan Miller ready to lead them to victory. The Bruins had a disappointing exit to last year’s playoffs and won’t come back strong. The Canadians will have a much better season than last and might enjoy postseason success while the Senators are a playoff team.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Bottom Line: The Capitols are clearly the best team in this division and will run away with the division.
Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
Bottom Line: Not much changes in this division besides the fact that the Red Wings are one year older. The Blackhawks are Stanley Cup Champions and should be expecting to win the division.
Bottom Line: The Canucks are coming off a division title and with Canadian hero Roberto Luongo in the goal they should expect another division
San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
Bottom Line: The Sharks will win another division yet lose disappointingly in the playoffs.
Stanley Cup Final Preview
Capitols over Canucks. Alex Ovechkin will win a title and the Capitols will win it in 6.