The NHL’s regular season is over and, starting Wednesday night, the league’s playoffs begin. That means this is the final NHL power rankings for another season - and for an added bonus, we’re including THN’s exclusive Stanley Cup odds (found in the April 18th playoff edition of the magazine).
Be sure to also check out our Round 1 Preview to get our take on who will get past the first round.
And remember, for constant and in-depth coverage of the post-season, there’s no better place to be than THN.com.
THN Cup Odds
Dominant Canucks get shot at exorcising demons of recent playoffs past by facing Hawks
It’s Alex (Ovechkin) the Great vs. King Henrik (Lundqvist) in rematch of 2009 quarterfinal
What might have been high-scoring series against Lightning now more likely to be defensive showdown without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Sharks one of league’s hottest teams entering playoffs, need Big Three to come through against plucky Kings
Prolonged skid should come to halt with return of Chris Pronger in playoffs
Will Chris Osgood be an option for Wings? Doesn’t look good for first round, at least
Showdown with Canadiens will be the most-watched series of first round for many reasons
Ducks arguably the most dangerous of any team entering the playoffs
Bolts have won just three playoff games since 2004 Cup run
Predators will need to win games by low scores to outlast hot Ducks in first round
Coyotes still looking for their first playoff series win in franchise history
Few giving Kings a chance of beating California rivals in San Jose; that might be the way Los Angeles prefers it
Sabres have won three of past five first round series against Flyers
Hawks aren’t inspiring post-season confidence with late-season letdowns, but underestimate them and you’re toast
Canadiens have chance to avenge Max Pacioretty in best way possible - by eliminating Bruins
Backing into playoffs, benching Marian Gaborik not good omens for Blueshirts’ playoffs
Flames’ future tangled up in salary cap hell; dealing Jarome Iginla still a possibility
Will ugly end to Stars season be punctuated by departure of Brad Richards?
Last-day loss to Bolts will haunt Canes all off-season
Ownership issues mean Blues will need to improve from within next season
Lots to like for Leafs next season, but no shortage of question marks as well
Firing of coach Todd Richards a move many saw coming a mile away
Maybe Jacques Lemaire can coach by Skype next season?
Finding new owner as much of a priority as bolstering inconsistent on-ice attack
Firing coach Cory Clouston won’t improve Sens’ lack of organizational depth
Islanders need infusion of veterans this summer to help good collection of kids
Rick Nash has to be getting sick of this routine, no?
Whomever replaces Pete DeBoer as Panthers coach should be prepared for tough days ahead
Will Joe Sacco pay the price for disastrous season the way DeBoer, Richards and Clouston have?
Season of growing pains for Oilers must lead to tangible improvements next year
The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.
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