2016-17 season preview
Monday night was the epitome of NHL's most wonderful time of the year
Dizzying pace, top-notch officiating, erratic goaltending and enormous plays by big-time players -- Monday's four overtime games were the NHL at its absolute best.
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THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Washington Capitals
The Capitals have the forward depth and goaltending to go deep again, but can they get over the hump or will they regress to the mean?
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Pittsburgh Penguins
It's almost impossible to win back-to-back Stanley Cups these days, but the Penguins have enough talent top to bottom to have a decent shot.
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Chicago Blackhawks
After another off-season of shredding contracts the Blackhawks have a pillaged roster that’s a solid playoff bet, but not much more.
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Florida Panthers
The Panthers overhauled their defense and added a reliable backup goalie in James Reimer. Add that to their burgeoning group of forwards and you've got what looks like a contender.
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Los Angeles Kings
The Kings are looking to become a modern-day dynasty by winning their third Stanley Cup in six years. They appear to have the depth to do it.
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: New York Rangers
The Rangers have been perennial contenders but their window to win is closing quickly. With a poor defense corps, it will be up to Henrik Lundqvist to carry them.
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: New York Islanders
There are a lot of questions surrounding the Islanders, and they appear to be just average team. But in the Metro division, that's probably enough to get into the playoffs.
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are our pick to win the Stanley Cup thanks to its star-studded offense, Norris-candidate defenseman, and depth in goal.
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers should repeat last season's magic, and could do even better if they keep getting great goaltending and a return to form from Jakub Voracek.
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Nashville Predators
The Predators are primed for a breakthrough but will bad goaltending prevent them from becoming true contenders in the Western Conference?
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Detroit Red Wings
Expect the Red Wings playoff streak to end this season, especially if they don't start giving more ice time to their best players.
THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Carolina Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are going in the right direction, but unless their youngsters step up and they get better goaltending, the playoffs are out of the question this year.