NHL team-by-team previews

NHL team-by-team previews

Teams listed in order of finish last season.

Atlantic Division

Florida Panthers

Last season: 47-26-9, 103 points (lost in the first round to the Islanders).

Coach: Gerard Gallant (3rd season, 85-55-24; overall, 141-131-30-4T).

Top returning players: Jaromir Jagr (27 G, 39 A, +23; pictured, No. 68); D Aaron Ekblad (15 G, 21 A, +18); C Aleksander Barkov (28 G, 31 A, +18).

Top newcomers: D Keith Yandle (5 G, 42 assists for the Rangers); D Jason Demers (7 G, 16 A, +16 for Dallas).

Playoff prognosis: Should return and advance.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Last season: 46-31-5, 97 points (lost in the conference finals to Pittsburgh).

Coach: Jon Cooper (5th season, 147-90-25).

Top returning players: C Steven Stamkos (36 G, 28 A); D Victor Hedman, (10 G, 37 A, +21); RW Nikita Kucherov (30 G, 36 A).

Top newcomers: None.

Playoff prognosis: Cup contender.

Detroit Red Wings

Last season: 41-30-11, 93 points (lost in the first round to Tampa Bay).

Coach: Jeff Blashill (2nd season, 41-30-11).

Top returning players: LW Henrik Zetterberg (13 G, 37 A; pictured); C Dylan Larkin (23 G, 22 A); G Petr Mrazek (2.33 GAA).

Top newcomers: Frans Nielsen (20 G, 32 A with the Islanders); LW Thomas Vanek (18 G, 23 A for Minnesota).

Playoff prognosis: No lock for 26th straight berth.

Boston Bruins

Last season: 42-31-9, 93 points.

Coach: Claude Julien (10th season, 393-223-88; overall, 512-309-111-10T).

Top returning players: D Zdeno Chara (9 G, 28 A, +12); C Patrice Bergeron (32 G, 36 A, +12); LW Brad Marchand (37 G, 24 A, +21).

Top newcomers: C David Backes (21 G, 24 A for St. Louis); C Dominic Moore (6 G, 9 A for the Rangers).

Playoff prognosis: Should break two-year drought.

Ottawa Senators

Last season: 38-35-9, 85 points.

Coach: Guy Boucher (1st season; overall, 97-79-20).

Top returning players: D Erik Karlsson (16 G, 66 A); RW Bobby Ryan (22 G, 34 A; pictured); RW Mark Stone (23 G, 38 A).

Top newcomer: C Derick Brassard (27 G, 31 A, +12 for the Rangers).

Playoff prognosis: Ending a two-year drought will be difficult.

Montreal Canadiens

Last season: 38-38-6, 82 points.

Coach: Michel Therrien (8th season, 240-179-42-23T; overall, 375-284-74-23T).

Top returning players: G Carey Price (2.06 GAA, .934 save percentage in 12 games); LW Max Pacioretty (30 G, 34 A); C Alex Galchenyuk (30 G, 26 A).

Top newcomers: D Shea Weber (20 G, 31 A with Nashville); C Andrew Shaw (14 G, 20 A, +11 with Chicago).

Playoff prognosis: Will be in the hunt.

Buffalo Sabres

Last season: 35-36-11, 81 points.

Coach: Dan Bylsma (2nd season with Buffalo, 35-36-11; overall, 252-117-32).

Top returning players: C Jack Eichel (24 G, 32 A; pictured); C Ryan O'Reilly (21 G, 39 A); D Rasmus Ristolainen (9 G, 32 A).

Top newcomers: RW Kyle Okposo (22 G, 42 A with the Islanders); D Dmitry Kulikov (1 G, 16 A, +8 with Florida).

Playoff prognosis: Best-case scenario is challenging for No. 8 seed.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Last season: 29-42-11, 69 points.

Coach: Mike Babcock (2nd season, 29-42-11; overall, 458-223-105-19T).

Top returning players: LW James van Riemsdyk (14 G, 15 A, +3 in 40 games; pictured); C Nazim Kadri (17 G, 28 A).

Top newcomers: G Frederik Andersen (2.30 GAAwith Anaheim); C Auston Matthews (No. 1 overall pick in draft).

Playoff prognosis: Not enough offense to contend for a playoff berth.

Metropolitan Division

Washington Capitals

Last season: 56-18-8, 120 points (lost in the second round to Pittsburgh).

Coach: Barry Trotz (3rd season, 101-44-19; overall, 658-523-119-60T).

Top returning players: LW Alexander Ovechkin (50 G, 21 A, +21; pictured); C Evgeny Kuznetsov (20 G, 57 A, +27); G Brayden Holtby (2.20 GAA, .922 save percentage)

Top newcomers: C Lars Eller (13 G, 13 A for Montreal).

Playoff prognosis: Cup contender.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Last season: 48-26-8, 104 points (Won Stanley Cup).

Coach: Mike Sullivan (2nd season, 33-16-5; overall, 70-56-23-15T).

Top returning players: C Sidney Crosby (36 G, 49 A, +19; pictured) Of note, Crosby out indefinitely with concussion; C Evgeni Malkin (27 G, 31 A in 57 games); D Kris Letang (16 G, 51 A, +9).

Top newcomers: None.

Playoff prognosis: Serious threat to win back-to-back Cups.

New York Rangers

Last season: 46-27-9, 101 points (lost in first round to Pittsburgh).

Coach: Alain Vigneault (4th season, 144-80-22; overall, 566-368-83-35T).

Top returning players: C Mats Zuccarello (26 G, 35 A); D Ryan McDonagh (9 G, 25 A, +26); G Henrik Lundqvist (2.48 GAA).

Top newcomers: LW Pavel Buchnevich (rookie, 2013 third round pick who played in Russia); D Nick Holden (6 G, 16 A for Colorado) C Mike Zibanejad (21 G, 30 A with Ottawa), LW Jimmy Vesey (rookie from Harvard).

Playoff prognosis: Yes on berth, maybe on advancing.

New York Islanders

Last season: 45-27-10, 100 points (lost in the second round to Tampa Bay).

Coach: Jack Capuano (seventh season, 210-175-56).

Top returning players: C John Tavares (33 G, 37A; pictured), D Nick Leddy (5 G, 35 A); LW Brock Nelson (26 G, 14 A).

Top newcomers: LW Andrew Ladd (21 G, 25 A with Winnipeg/Chicago);  C Matthew Barzal (first round pick 2015).

Playoff prognosis: Contender for berth.


Last season: 41-27-14, 96 points (lost in the first round to Washington).

Coach: Dave Hakstol (2nd season, 41-27-14).

Top returning players: C Claude Giroux (22G, 45 A; pictured); RW Wayne Simmonds (32 G, 28 A); D Shayne Gostisbehere (17 G, 29 A, +8 in 64 games).

Top newcomers: D Ivan Provorov (first round draft choice in 2015), F Travis Konecny (first round draft choice in 2015); RW Dale Weise (14 G, 13 A with Montreal/Chicago).

Playoff prognosis: Chance at 7/8 seed.

Carolina Hurricanes

Last season: 35-31-16, 86 points.

Coach: Bill Peters (3rd season, 65-72-27).

Top returning players: LW Jeff Skinner (28 G, 23 A); C Victor Rask (21 G, 27 A); C Jordan Staal (20 G, 28 A, +6).

Top newcomers: RW Teuvo Teravainen (13 G, 22A with Chicago); RW Lee Stempniak (19 G, 32 A with NJ/Boston); RW Viktor Stalberg (9 G, 11 A with the Rangers); LW Sebastian Aho (2015 second round pick who played in Finland last year).

Playoff prognosis: Contender for low seed.

New Jersey Devils

Last season: 38-36-8, 84 points.

Coach: John Hynes (2nd season, 38-36-8).

Top returning players: C Adam Henrique (30 G, 20 A, +10; pictured, left in photo); RW Kyle Palmieri (30 G, 27 A, +3); G Cory Schneider (2.15 GAA).

Top newcomers: LW Taylor Hall (26 G, 39 A for Edmonton); D Ben Lovejoy (4 G, 6 A, +9 for Pittsburgh), D Yohann Auvitu (played in Finland last year).

Playoff prognosis: Low seed contender.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Last season: 34-40-8, 76 points.

Coach: John Tortorella (2nd season, 34-33-8; overall, 480-408-86-37T).

Top returning players: LW Brandon Saad (31 G, 22 A); C Brandon Dubinsky (17 G, 31 A); G Sergei Bobrovsky (2.75 GAA, .908 save percentage).

Top newcomers: D Zach Werenski (first round pick in 2015); C Sam Gagner (8 G, 8 A in 53 games for the Flyers).

Playoff prognosis: Not this season.

Central Division

Dallas Stars

Last season: 50-23-9, 109 points (lost in the second round to St. Louis).

Coach: Lindy Ruff (4th season, 131-85-30; overall, 702-517-114-78T).

Top returning players: LW Jamie Been (41 G, 48 A, +7); C Tyler Sequin (33 G, 40 A); D John Klingberg (10 G, 48 A, +22).

Top newcomers: C Jiri Hudler (16 G, 30 A for Calgary/Florida); D Dan Hamhuis (3 G, 10 A for Vancouver).

Playoff prognosis: Cup contender.

St. Louis Blues

Last season: 49-24-9, 107 points (lost in the conference final to San Jose).

Coach: Ken Hitchcock (6th season, 224-103-36; overall, 757-453-106-88T).

Top returning players: RW Vladimir Tarasenko (40 G, 34 A, +7; pictured); LW Alexander Steen (17 G, 35 A); D Alex Pietrangelo (7 G, 30 A, +10).

Top newcomers: LW David Perron (8 G, 12 A with Anaheim); G Carter Hutton (2.33 GAA, .918 save percentage with Nashville); RW Nail Yakupov (8 G, 15 A with Edmonton)

Playoff prognosis: Can make deep run.

Chicago Blackhawks

Last season: 47-26-9 103 points (lost in the first round to St. Louis).

Coach: Joel Quenneville (9th season, 363-181-74; overall, 801-464-115-77T).

Top returning players: RW Patrick Kane (46 G, 60 A, +17; pictured); C Jonathan Toews (28 G, 30 A, +16); D Duncan Keith (9 G, 34 A).

Top newcomers: D Brian Campbell (6 G, 25 A, +31 with Florida); D Michal Kempny (played in KHL last year).

Playoff prognosis: Good enough to contend for Stanley Cup.

Nashville Predators

Last season: 41-27-14, 96 points (lost in the second round to San Jose).

Coach: Peter Laviolette (3rd season, 88-52-24; overall, 477-334-87-25T).

Top returning players: LW Filip Forsberg (33 G, 31 A); D Roman Josi (14 G, 47 A); RW James Neal (31 G, 27 A).

Top newcomer: D P.K. Subban (6 G, 45 A, +4 with Montreal), D Yannick Weber (0 G, 7 A in 45 games with Vancouver).

Playoff prognosis: Berth likely, advancing less certain.

Minnesota Wild

Last season: 38-33-11, 87 points (lost in the first round to Dallas).

Coach: Bruce Boudreau (1st season with Wild; overall, 409-192-80).

Top returning players: LW Zach Parise (25 G, 28 A in 70 games; pictured); D Ryan Suter (8 G, 43 A, +10); G Devan Dubnyk (2.33 GAA, .918 save percentage).

Top newcomers: C Eric Staal (13 G, 26 A with Carolina and the Rangers);

Playoff prognosis: Likely a low seed.

Colorado Avalanche

Last season: 39-39-4, 82 points.

Coach: Jared Bednar (1st season).

Top returning players: C Matt Duchene (30 G, 29 A); LW Gabriel Landeskog (20 G, 33 A); D Francois Beauchemin (8 G, 26 A).

Top newcomers: C-LW Joe Colborne (19 G, 25 A with Calgary); D Patrick Wiercioch (0 G, 5 A in 52 games for Ottawa).

Playoff prognosis: Probably not.

Winnipeg Jets

Last season: 35-39-8, 78 points.

Coach: Paul Maurice (4th season, 96-77-26; overall, 556-534-94-99T).

Top returning players: C Mark Scheifele (29 G, 32 A, +16); RW Blake Wheeler (26 G, 52 A); D Dustin Byfuglien, 19 G, 34 A).

Top newcomers: RW Patrik Laine (No. 2 overall pick in the draft);

Playoff prognosis: Seeking 7/8 seed.

Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks

Last season: 46-25-11, 103 points (lost in the first round to Nashville).

Coach: Randy Carlyle (7th season, second stint 230-155-49; overall, 364-260-80)

Top returning players: C Ryan Getzlaf (13 G, 50 A, +14; pictured); RW Corey Perry (34 G, 28 A); C Ryan Kessler (21 G, 32 A)

Top newcomers: C Antoine Vermette (17 G, 21 A for Arizona); G Jonathan Berner(2.88 GAA, .908 save percentage with Toronto)

Playoff prognosis: Cup-level talent.

Los Angeles Kings

Last season: 48-28-6, 102 points (lost in the first round to San Jose).

Coach: Darryl Sutter (6th season, 186-112-45; overall, 595-432-75-101T).

Top returning players: C Anze Kopitar (25 G, 49 A, +34; pictured); D Drew Doughty (14 G, 37 A, +24); G Jonathan Quick (2.22 GAA, .918 save percentage).

Top newcomers: RW Teddy Purcell (14 G, 29 A with Edmonton/Florida); D Tom Gilbert (1 G, 1 A in 45 games for Montreal).

Playoff prognosis: They'll get in, but then what?

San Jose Sharks

Last season: 46-30-6, 98 points (lost in the Stanley Cup final to Pittsburgh).

Coach: Peter DeBoer (2nd season, 46-30-6; overall, 263-230-83).

Top returning players: C Joe Thornton (19 G, 63 A, +25); D Brent Burns (27 G, 48 A); C Joe Pavelski (38 G, 40 A, +25).

Top newcomers: RW Mikkel Boedker (17 G, 34 A for Arizona/Colorado); D David Schlemko (6 G, 13 A with NJ).

Playoff prognosis: The Stanley Cup finalists will be major contenders, but there is a concern about age creeping in on this veteran team.

Arizona Coyotes

Last season: 35-39-8, 78 points.

Coach: Dave Tippett (3rd season, 59-89-16; overall, 523-371-110-28T).

Top returning players: D Oliver Ekman-Larsson (21 G, 34 A); LW Max Domi (18 G, 34 A); LW Anthony Duclair (20 G, 24 A, +12).

Top newcomer:  D Luke Schenn (4 G, 12 A with the Flyers and LA Kings).

Playoff prognosis: Not this time.

Calgary Flames

Last season: 35-40-7, 77 points.

Coach: Glen Gulutzan (1st season; 64-57-9 overall).

Top returning players: Former Gloucester Catholic star Johnny Gaudreau (30 G, 48 A; pictured), C Mikael Backlund (21 G, 26 A, +10); C Sean Monahan (27 G, 36 A); D Mark Giordano (21 G, 35 A).

Top newcomers: G Brian Elliott (2.07 GAA with St. Louis); RW Alex Chiasson (8 G, 6 A with Ottawa); C Sean Monahan (27 G, 36 A);

Playoff prognosis: Low seed contender

Vancouver Canucks

Last season: 31-38-13, 75 points.

Coach: Willie Desjardins (3rd season, 79-67-18).

Top returning players: LW Daniel Sedin (28 G, 33 A, +7; pictured); C Henrik Sedin (11 G, 44 A); RW Jannik Hansen (22 G, 16 A).

Top newcomers: LW Loui Eriksson (30 G, 33 A, +13 for Boston); RW Anton Rodin (2nd round pick in 2009, ); D Philip Larsen (played in the KHL last year) D Erik Gudbranson (2 G, 7 A for Florida).

Playoff prognosis: Low seed in their sights.

Edmonton Oilers

Last season: 31-43-8, 70 points.

Coach: Todd McLellan (2nd season, 31-43-8; overall, 342-206-74).

Top returning players: C Connor McDavid (16 G, 32 A in 45 games); RW Jordan Eberle (25 G, 22 A); G Cam Talbot (2.55 GAA).

Top newcomers: LW Milan Lucic (20 G, 35 A, +26 with the LA Kings); D Adam Larsson (3 G, 15 A, +15 with the NJ Devils); RW Jesse Puliuiarvi (1st round draft choice).

Playoff prognosis: End of 10-year drought? Maybe.

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