NHL TEAM PRE­VIEWS

Will it be a dream sea­son or year-long night­mare for your favorite NHL team? We look at both cases for ev­ery club en­ter­ing 2017-18

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Will 2017-18 yield Pitts­burgh three-peat? Will the Oil­ers or Ducks bat­tle through the trenches on the Western front to snatch the Stan­ley Cup? We've crunched ev­ery num­ber, posed ev­ery ques­tion and played out ev­ery sce­nario for all 31 NHL fran­chises. Be­hold, our in-depth sea­son pro­jec­tions.

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Amaz­ingly, we saw seven new tke­icak­mins­gin­setvheen 20176 poasrt-is­ceipaas­notns, dte­oroaothroef­foe­crx­u­tarn­beo.mtAhenepyrat­sre­li­itapym-uo. pWeien­st­ththuiess the play­offs last year. Their woitrhstin-cjaus­rei­escteon­bal­raimose,can­mdewtreu’ree, abreot­tuindg.oKneteh­peab­neesyt-ecaos­net­th­heis­rit­si­im­nge Carolina Hur­ri­canes, whose stell­tahre­my­oulonogk­dae­felontse­likce­or­pNsasmh­vaik­llees. BT­ho­let­sCaas­noeusr jpoi­ic­nkst­thoes­nSatatcrhs naenwd sn,uSdag­nipn­lagy­oufft­st­phoet­sBion­st2o0n17B-r1u8in, JosAenSd­hawrhk­sa­tan­odf tOhte­tat­wao-Steim­nae­to­dres-. Pfeen­ndg­iu­nigns?chWaemp­sti­iolnl leaPnitttsob­wura­grdh the best-case sce­nario. They lost sre­o­maein­imbpuoil­rt­taont tvhetes­rhaonusld­beurst tEoafvngs­ge­unpbieaMrc­skat,al­tkro­sionS. iTdhneeyy’rgCeer­toouKs­bry­iSs­taaLnnedl­laea­cysc­tuCt­suepasm­puisc­toko.ftAphnl­raedyeib-npege­foairteswafanesy:otnhe New York Is­lan­ders 35 years NagHoL, ewrhsewne9re4np’tebro­cern­ty­oeft.cur­rent

The Pen­guins’ best-case sce­nario came to pass last sea­son – and we think it’s go­ing to hap­pen again.

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