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2013-2014 NHL Network and NHL.com staff predictions

Monday, 09.30.2013 / 5:10 PM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

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2013-2014 NHL Network and NHL.com staff predictions
NHL Network and NHL.com staff predictions, including division, conference and Stanley Cup champions, plus Calder, Norris, Hart and Vezina winners.

Only twice in the past 44 years has a team lost in the Stanley Cup Final and returned the following season to win the Stanley Cup.

If a roster of NHL experts is correct, the Boston Bruins will join the 1984 Edmonton Oilers and 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins on that exclusive list.

The Bruins, who lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 Cup Final, earned the most votes in a poll of 19 NHL.com writers and NHL Network broadcasters.

Seven teams received votes, but none earned more than the five received by the Bruins. The defending champion Blackhawks got one vote.

The Bruins received six votes to repeat as Eastern Conference champion, as did the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team they swept in last season's conference final. In all six teams received at least one vote to win the conference.

In the Western Conference, the top choice was the Blackhawks with seven votes, one more than the San Jose Sharks. The Los Angeles Kings got four votes, while the St. Louis Blues got two.

NHL.com/LNH.com writers

Roarke Rosen Kimelman Morreale Masisak Pinchevsky Basu
Atlantic BOS DET BOS DET DET BOS OTT
Metropolitan PIT PIT PIT NYR PIT PIT PIT
Central CHI CHI STL STL CHI CHI STL
Pacific ANA LAK SJS SJS SJS LAK LAK
East Champ
PIT DET PIT DET DET BOS OTT
West Champ SJS SJS SJS CHI LAK LAK STL
Cup Champ PIT SJS SJS DET LAK BOS STL
Calder Jones Jones Hertl Nichushkin MacKinnon Murray Barkov
Norris Chara Doughty Weber Weber Ekman-Larsson Karlsson Suter
Hart Getzlaf Toews Crosby Tavares Crosby Malkin Tavares
Vezina Rask Niemi Lundqvist Howard Quick Quick Quick

NHL Network analysts

Melrose Button Chase O'Neill Mayers Roe
Atlantic BOS BOS DET DET DET BOS
Metropolitan PIT PIT PIT NYR NYR PIT
Central CHI CHI STL CHI CHI CHI
Pacific ANA SJS SJS LAK SJS LAK

East Champ
WSH BOS DET BOS PIT NYR

West Champ
LAK CHI STL CHI SJS LAK
Cup Champ LAK BOS STL BOS SJS LAK
Calder Jones Scheifele MacKinnon Scheifele MacKinnon Jones
Norris Weber Weber Chara Chara Suter Chara
Hart Kopitar Crosby Crosby Datsyuk Giroux Crosby
Vezina Quick Lundqvist Quick Quick Lundqvist Quick

Reid Tappen Schiiler McLennan Hradek Mears
Atlantic BOS BOS DET BOS BOS BOS
Metropolitan PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
Central CHI MIN CHI CHI CHI CHI
Pacific LAK SJS SJS LAK LAK SJS

East Champ
BOS BOS PIT BOS PIT PIT

West Champ
CHI SJS SJS CHI CHI CHI
Cup Champ BOS BOS PIT BOS CHI PIT
Calder Toffoli Scheifele Chiasson Barkov Jones Nichushkin
Norris Chara Weber Chara Doughty Karlsson Karlsson
Hart Crosby Crosby Crosby Crosby Crosby Crosby
Vezina Lundqvist Quick Niemi Rask Quick Rask


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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense