NHL Team Previews

By Parker Michaels
Sep 25, 2018 at 20:00

Former longtime GM Cliff Fletcher took the fall for the Wild's lack of playoff success but new GM Paul Fenton believes in the current core and made no major changes this summer. Can the Wild get back to the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season?

By Parker Michaels
Sep 24, 2018 at 11:45

Washington enters the season with the same core they won the Stanley Cup with but may have overachieved with a 105-point regular season last year. Unless they overachieve again, the Capitals may slip down to a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

By Parker Michaels
Sep 23, 2018 at 11:00

The Flames were on the playoff path last season before key injuries derailed their chances. GM Brad Treliving has upgraded the offense which faded down the stretch but possibly at the expense of the defense.

By Parker Michaels
Sep 20, 2018 at 20:30

With a new owner, GM and head coach, the Canes bring a new culture to the organization. On the ice with a new No.1 center, elite new d-man and two Calder candidates, the Canes goaltending still holds the key to their success.

By Parker Michaels
Sep 19, 2018 at 11:15

A healthier blueline and growth within from several youngsters will be key for providing Connor McDavid the support he needs to get the Oilers back to the playoffs.

By Parker Michaels
Sep 16, 2018 at 17:45

Another busy summer for GM John Chayka as he continued to add key pieces in hopes of getting his young team into the playoff conversation. Led by one of the best starting goaltenders in the league and the reigning Calder Trophy winner, the Coyotes are poised to be the single most improved team in the NHL this season.

By Parker Michaels
Sep 12, 2018 at 16:15

GM Ray Shero was quiet this summer after his team made a 27-point jump from last in their division to a Wild Card spot. Instead, the Devils will look for growth from within to support reigning MVP Taylor Hall.

By Parker Michaels
Sep 10, 2018 at 16:45

The status of starting goaltender Corey Crawford looms over the Blackhawks as they enter training camp, but even if fully healthy he may not be enough to get Chicago back to the playoffs. With one of the league's worst projected bottom-6, the play by several young players will dictate how high - or low - the Hawks fly this year.

By Parker Michaels
Sep 7, 2018 at 5:45

The Islanders lost the face of their franchise with the summer departure of John Tavares but may have gained so much more. With a new front-office and coaching staff, along with a change in locker room culture, the Islanders may be an underrated team despite what the numbers say.

By Parker Michaels
Sep 4, 2018 at 19:45

GM Jeff Gorton openly declared a rebuild and burned the house down before the end of last season, trading several key veterans in return for a large haul of assets. Now, with a rookie head coach and a group of talented youngsters, the Rangers look to exceed expectations.

By Parker Michaels
Sep 2, 2018 at 20:45

The Sabres added several impact players this summer along with No.1 draft pick, Rasmus Dahlen. With a noticeable culture change in the locker room, the Sabres aim to be one of the most improved teams in the league.

By Parker Michaels
Aug 31, 2018 at 14:00

GM Ken Holland's loyalty to Detroit's veteran core over the years with rich contracts and extended term has made it difficult to shape a proper rebuild. Now, Holland has finally made a declaration to going younger and after cleaning up at this summer's draft, the pipeline is well stocked for future success.

By Parker Michaels
Aug 29, 2018 at 8:30

After a summer of scandal and controversy, the Senators look to put the pieces of their broken locker room back together. The pipeline is stocked with talented prospects, but will there still be a solid core in place once they arrive?

By Parker Michaels
Aug 28, 2018 at 9:20

The Canucks enter uncharted territory after the retirement of Henrik and Daniel Sedin and look towards a new group of young stars to lead the franchise back to respectability, including rookie of the year runner-up Brock Boeser and hopeful Calder candidate Elias Pettersson. Standing in their way - an unaware GM and an owner who refuses a proper rebuild.

By Parker Michaels
Aug 27, 2018 at 9:30

The Canadiens might have the most to prove in the Atlantic Division after falling from division champions two years ago to 28th overall last season. GM Marc Bergevin has failed in trying to trade captain Max Pacioretty to this point and made a bigger mess of the situation while assurances from owner Geoff Molson to spend excess salary cap money has fallen by the wayside.