THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Washington Capitals are looking to continue a run of regular-season dominance, the Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping to get back on top and the Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins are out to show last year was no fluke.
The powerhouse teams in the Eastern Conference remain unchanged. Here’s a team-by-team look at all 15 of them, listed in predicted order of finish:
1. Washington Capitals
Last season: 48-23-11, 107 points, top seed in the East, lost in second round to Tampa Bay.
Breakdown: The top team in the conference two years running added to its arsenal in the off-season. Tomas Vokoun’s arrival gives the Caps a proven veteran in goal — something they lacked last season when Michael Neuvirth split duties with the departed Semyon Varlamov — and was accompanied with the additions of veterans Roman Hamrlik, Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer. It will be interesting to see how captain Alex Ovechkin bounces back from his worst offensive season in the NHL. The expectations remain high in the U.S. capital and rightly so.