PHT predicts the division standings


We here at PHT have given you all the information you need to get ready for the season by previewing all 30 teams. Now it’s time to show off just how we think the divisions will play out, standings-wise.

James previewed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southeast Divisions while I took care of the Northeast, Northwest, and Central Divisions. When it’s time to send hate mail our way, feel free to remember who you need to address it to.You’ll find links to our previews on the team names.

nhl-eastern_conference.jpgEASTERN CONFERENCE


New Jersey Devils

Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers

New York Rangers

New York Islanders
Poll: Who will win the Atlantic Division?


Buffalo Sabres

Boston Bruins

Montreal Canadiens

Ottawa Senators

Toronto Maple Leafs

Poll: Who will win the Northeast Division?


Washington Capitals

Tampa Bay Lightning

Carolina Hurricanes

Atlanta Thrashers

Florida Panthers
Poll: Who will win the Southeast Division?

NHL-Western-Conference.jpgWESTERN CONFERENCE


Detroit Red Wings

Chicago Blackhawks

Nashville Predators

St. Louis Blues

Columbus Blue Jackets
Poll: Who will win the Central Division?


Vancouver Canucks

Calgary Flames

Colorado Avalanche

Minnesota Wild

Edmonton Oilers
Poll: Who will win the Northwest Division?


San Jose Sharks

Los Angeles Kings

Phoenix Coyotes

Anaheim Ducks

Dallas Stars
Poll: Who will win the Pacific Division?

We can hear your cries right now. “What do you mean my team won’t win the division?!” Don’t worry, you can vote on that and make the call for your team. Check out the links to our divisional polls and cast your vote. We’ll be summing everything up on Tuesday afternoon, so be sure to make it as if the polls are in Chicago and vote early and vote often.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?