THN’s 2013-14 NHL predictions

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Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and goalie Brian Elliott will once again be key players in St. Louis' shutdown system. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

While putting together our Yearbook, THN staffers gathered to debate (or shout out) where we thought each team would end up this season. We ranked each division slot and also picked who we thought would represent each conference in the Stanley Cup final and who would win it.

And we all likely left the room thinking what Kent Brockman once broadcasted: “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: democracy simply doesn’t work.”

Here, in one neat collection, are THN’s official predictions for 2013-14.

* – denotes playoff team

METRO
*1. Pittsburgh – Stanley Cup finalist pick
*2. New York Rangers
*3. Philadelphia
4. Columbus
5. New York Islanders
6. Washington
7. Carolina
8. New Jersey

ATLANTIC
*1. Boston
*2. Detroit
*3. Ottawa
*4. Montreal
*5. Toronto
6. Tampa Bay
7. Buffalo
8. Florida

CENTRAL
*1. Chicago
*2. St. Louis – Stanley Cup winner pick
*3. Minnesota
4. Dallas
5. Nashville
6. Colorado
7. Winnipeg

PACIFIC
*1. Los Angeles
*2. San Jose
*3. Vancouver
*4. Anaheim
*5. Edmonton
6. Phoenix
7. Calgary

Feel free to tell us how wrong we are.