THN’s 2015-16 NHL season preview: Stanley Cup, standings, and award predictions

With the new season set to begin on Wednesday night, it’s time for some predictions.

Hockey is back. The 2015-16 season kicks off Wednesday night with four games, including an Original Six matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Also, the Chicago Blackhawks will raise another Stanley Cup banner when they host the New York Rangers. With the new season about to begin, it’s time for some predictions. You probably won’t be surprised to hear The Hockey News staff thinks the Maple Leafs and Coyotes are last-place teams. Or that Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will battle it out for the top individual awards. But you may be surprised by some of the other predictions, including our Stanley Cup final pick. Scroll down for all our picks, and individual team previews.

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Full team previews:
Anaheim Ducks |
Arizona Coyotes |
Boston Bruins |
Buffalo Sabres |
Calgary Flames |
Carolina Hurricanes |
Chicago Blackhawks |
Colorado Avalanche |
Columbus Blue Jackets |
Dallas Stars |
Detroit Red Wings |
Edmonton Oilers |
Florida Panthers |
Los Angeles Kings |
Minnesota Wild |
Montreal Canadiens |
Nashville Predators |
New Jersey Devils |
New York Islanders |
New York Rangers |
Ottawa Senators |
Philadelphia Flyers |
Pittsburgh Penguins |
St. Louis Blues |
San Jose Sharks |
Tampa Bay Lightning |
Toronto Maple Leafs |
Vancouver Canucks |
Washington Capitals |
Winnipeg Jets