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Best and worst headlines of 2015-16 for each NHL team

Could Jack Eichel break the Sabres franchise record for points by a rookie? Could Crosby, Kessel and Malkin finish 1-2-3 in scoring? Anything is possible on the first day of the new season.
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With another season just hours away, the excitement is palpable. Jaromir Jagr is growing his mullet and Erik Karlsson is cutting his. We’re on the verge of 3-on-3 play in overtime and, admit it, you’re probably on the edge of your set at this very moment, wondering who will issue the first coach’s challenge.

With a new season come all kinds of possibilities, both good and bad. And we have you covered for both. To that end, we present the absolute best and worst headlines you might read for each team this season:

ANAHEIM

BEST: Ducks defeat Capitals in Game 7 to win second Stanley Cup in team history

WORST: Ducks falter in second round, coach Bruce Boudreau fired

ARIZONA

BEST: Coyotes win draft lottery and right to draft local prodigy Auston Matthews

WORST: Rumors of relocation of Coyotes continue as teams struggles for wins, fans

BOSTON

BEST:David Krejci plays full season, leads Bruins in scoring

WORST: Disappointing start to season lands Claude Julien in unemployment line

BUFFALO

BEST:Jack Eichel breaks Rick Martin’s franchise record for points by a rookie, wins Calder Trophy

WORST: In their own building Sabres take their usual place in the front row at NHL draft

CALGARY

BEST:Dougie Hamilton lives up to contract by winning his first Norris Trophy

WORST: Turns out all those analytics guys were absolutely right

CAROLINA

BEST: Line of Kris Versteeg, Eric Staal and Elias Lindholm lead surprising ‘Canes

WORST: As losses pile up in both standings and balance sheet, Peter Karmanos ponders team’s future in Raleigh

CHICAGO

BEST: Young guns Teuvo Teravainen, Artemi Panarin, TVR key to Blackhawks Cup run

WORST: Lengthy investigation leads to sexual assault charge against Patrick Kane

COLORADO

BEST:Nathan MacKinnon named NHL’s Comeback Player of the Year

WORST: Goalie Semyon Varlamov finally cracks under barrage of shots

COLUMBUS

BEST: Blue Jackets shock the hockey world by winning Metropolitan Division title

WORST: Todd Richards fired after another terrible start for Blue Jackets

DALLAS

BEST:Valeri Nichushkin, Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp form deadly trio for playoff-bound Stars

WORST: Sub-par goaltending from Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi means Stars are Finnish-ed

DETROIT

BEST: Mike Who? Jeff Blashill makes Red Wing fans forget all about Babcock

WORST: Long-term injuries to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg stop Red Wings playoff streak at 24 years

EDMONTON

BEST: The impossible happens and Connor McDavid actually lives up to the hype

WORST: Even with all this young talent, Oilers still a lottery team

FLORIDA

BEST: Young talent and old man carry Panthers back to the playoffs

WORST: Things are so bad Jaromir Jagr vows to cut mullet to end curse

LOS ANGELES

BEST: Lesson learned, Kings ditch complacency and lead league standings

WORST:Anze Kopitar admits it might be time to move on from Los Angeles

MINNESOTA

BEST: Team defense, play of youth key to Wild berth in Western Conference final

WORST: Is it possible Devan Dubnyk was a one-year wonder?

MONTREAL

BEST:Zack Kassian emerges from Stage 2 productive on ice, at peace off it

WORST: Habs reliance on goaltending sabotages them as Carey Price falters

NASHVILLE

BEST:Shea Weber finally recognized for excellence with first Norris Trophy

WORST: Predators tops in Western Conference, face wildcard Blackhawks in first round

NEW JERSEY

BEST: 2011 fourth overall pick Adam Larsson becomes elite NHL defenseman

WORST: Plucky Devils just miss the playoffs, longshot to win draft lottery

N.Y. ISLANDERS

BEST: Barclays Center to host Eastern Conference final in first year of operation

WORST: Islanders confound hockey world by failing to get out of first round for 22nd straight season

N.Y. RANGERS

BEST:Henrik Lundqvist, defense corps lead Rangers to third straight deep playoff run

WORST:Rick Nash’s post-season struggles carry over to regular season

OTTAWA

BEST: Doctors discover miracle cure for colon cancer

WORST:Erik Karlsson has his worst season ever, blames his haircut

PHILADELPHIA

BEST: Ron Hextall says he always knew Flyers were a playoff team on eve of first round

WORST: Head coach Dave Hakstol finds himself in over his head in NHL game

PITTSBURGH

BEST:Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin finish 1-2-3 in NHL scoring race

WORST: Penguins can’t score their way out their defensive shortcomings

ST. LOUIS

BEST:Vladimir Tarasenko becomes the first player in Blues history to win scoring title

WORST: Same old story as Blues are once again first-round playoff fodder

SAN JOSE

BEST: Sharks return to playoffs behind Vezina Trophy candidate Martin Jones

WORST: Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton veterans in precipitous decline

TAMPA BAY

BEST: Scoring star Steven Stamkos agrees to eight-year contract extension

WORST: With no hope of signing Stamkos, Steve Yzerman deals him at the deadline

TORONTO

BEST: Maple Leafs rebuilding plan accelerated by Mike Babcock and young talent

WORST: ‘I knew it would be bad, but not this bad,’ says Babcock

VANCOUVER

BEST: Canucks youth movement yields surprisingly positive results

WORST: Vancouver’s faith in tandem of Ryan Miller and Jakob Markstrom leads to downfall

WASHINGTON

BEST:Justin Williams scores in OT to lead Capitals over Rangers to conference final

WORST: Workhorse Braden Holtby wears down in playoffs, Capitals ousted

WINNIPEG

BEST: Jets prove last season’s strong showing was no fluke

WORST: With playoffs a pipedream, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff trades pending UFA Dustin Byfuglien at deadline

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