Season Standings Predictions

I have just posted my summaries of all six divisions (northeast, atlantic, southeast, central, northwest, pacific) so now it is time to make my predictions on where each team will finish the season in the standings. Let’s start with the western conference since I think it is a bit easier. (Note: Rankings are based on points, not on playoff seeding which puts the three division winners in the top 3 spots) Pos Team Points 1 Detroit 110 2 Vancouver 103 3 Anaheim 101 4 Colorado 101 5 San Jose 100 6 Minnesota 99 7 Dallas 98 8 Calgary 96 9

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Northeast division preview

Boston Bruins Strengths: -Good 1-2 tandem at center with Savard and Bergeron -Should get improved goaltending with Manny Fernandez Weaknesses: -Lack of overall depth. -No quality game breakers on the wings. -Mediocre defense Question Marks: -Can Chara rebound after a questionable season last year? -Can Fernandez be the anchor in goal that the Bruins desperately need? -Can Glen Murray stay healthy and get back to 40 goal territory? Outlook: The Bruins addressed one of their key problem areas with the acquisition of goalie Manny Fernandez but one still has to wonder if Fernandez, who only once has played more than

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