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Calling All Prognosticators! Tell Us Your West/East Conference Predictions!

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We do this every year here and it makes for great conversation. With the season starting tomorrow, it's time to channel your inner oracle and let your standings predictions be known! Feel free to elaborate why you pick your teams to finish where. I'll reveal who was the most accurate at the end of the season by a point system (along with updates during the season). So for every team that you pick: 5 points if you are bang on, 4 points if you are 1 off (above or below the actual), 3 points if you are 2 off, 2 points in you are 3 off. Anything beyond that is a fail, or, zero points. Deadline for your entry is 12:00 AM October 11.

I'll start:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Vancouver Canucks (Got ourselves a deep team. I feel confident)

2. Detroit Red Wings (Resurgence of Datsyuk and Zetterberg)

3. San Jose Sharks

4. Phoenix Coyotes

5. Los Angeles Kings

6. Chicago Blackhawks (Cup hangover..different look to team, less depth)

7. Colorado Avalanche (Only if Anderson holds up)

8. Calgary Flames (Well, you know. I can't back down on a bet)

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9. St. Louis Blues

10. Nashville Predators (I always underestimate these guys. Why change now? They lost Hammer!)

11. Minnesota Wild (Nobody is talking about Minny, but they look good to me. A much improved roster that could squeak in.)

12. Columbus Blue Jackets

13. Anaheim Ducks

14. Dallas Stars

15. Edmonton Oilers

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Washington Capitals (When will their division rivals ever step it up? What a lousy division)

2. New Jersey Devils (Defence is suspect, but always find a way to win with their system)

3. Boston Bruins

4. Philadelphia Flyers

5. Pittsburgh Penguins

6. Buffalo Sabres

7. Tampa Bay Lightning (A new attitude with Yzerman at the helm prompts winning ways)

8. Toronto Maple Leafs (See Calgary above. I still think these guys are going to surprise a lot of people)

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9. Ottawa Senators

10. Montreal Canadiens (Poor Carey Price.)

11. Atlanta Thrashers

12. New York Rangers (They deserve less)

13. Carolina Hurricanes

14. New York Islanders

15. Florida Panthers

Damn, this is tough stuff. OK, YOUR TURN!