The NHL season opens tonight with three games,1which makes today final call for season previews. Personally, I like to wait until the very last moment to ensure that I can be as wrong as humanly possible about everything. So here we go!
Now, it's important to factor in that this year the NHL has undergone a realignment. The old six-division format, has been replaced by four new divisions: the Atlantic, Pacific, Central, and Metropolitan. The new format sees some teams shifting conferences and will have an impact on …
That's right, "Metropolitan." Yes, that's the actual name. Come on guys, stop laughing, the NHL's marketing department worked really hard on this and that was the best they could come up with.
Anyway, in the spirit of the league's new format, I figured I'd realign the league yet again for this preview. So here's a look at all 30 teams, shifted into four brand-new divisions that I made up: The contenders, the also-rans, the middle-of-the-pack, and the teams where I have absolutely no idea.
Hey, it makes more sense that "Metropolitan," right? Let's get started.