Washington and Pittsburgh have retained their strength. The Black Horse is the Islanders

The Stanley Cup Defender, or the Presidents’ Trophy winner for the best part of the core part? The battle of the front of the Metropolitan Division promises a spectacular spectacle between Pittsburgh and Washington, ornate with the presence of two star captains: Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

The ambassadors of the New Yorkers also do not cover their ambitions Rangers. Philadelphia is unpredictable, Flyers are a bit stronger, but they will continue to dominate the performance of Jakub Voráček and Claude Giroux. Before the start of the new year, many do not trust the players of Columbus, Carolina and New Jersey.It’s just in Devils that he tries to break through a talented forvard by Pavel Zacha.

Carolina Hurricanes

the Czech colony, Andrej Nestrašil, was expecting the arrival of two compatriots. But they probably do not help a team that is going through a challenging rebuild to return to the playoffs. Positive, at least for the Hurricanes fans, is that coach Bill Peters impressed the team with an effective gaming style that could hurt even the most powerful rivals.

The team will be betting on the predominant Finns and Swedes, showed Viktor Raska and Elias Lindholm, a lot of expectant newcomer Sebastian Aha, the great potential of Teuvo Terräväinen, who came with Bryan Bickell from Chicago.An impressive reinforcement is the versatile and productive Lee Stempniak.

Carolina might surprise me, however, it is not one of the stronger units of the Metropolitan Division on paper.

On the one hand without stronger reinforcements, without sportsbook bonus significant losses. For the second category, perhaps only the name of Fjodor Jutin, the reliable Russian bek was bought out of his generous contract and moved to Colorado. It should be noted that last year at Blue Jackets it did not come out.

Columbus has confidence in the goal where Sergei Bobrovskij reigns. The attack was tried by General Manager Jarmo Kekäläinen, thanks to the exams, successful for the creative center Sam Gagner. Captain Nick Foligno needs a bus.The defensive could be saved by Seth Jones and Ryan Murray, but the last year has clearly shown that Colombian defense is one of the worst in the NHL.

Tortorello’s superiors will probably continue to move to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Czechs in the team: Lukáš Sedlák (striker)

A key man will continue to be Schneider, a member of the toughest goalie. But the success of the whole team will also decide if the attack improves. He had only 182 goals in the last year and was the worst in overseas competition. In addition to Halla, Zach is supposed to help, apparently well-called from the farm to the main team, or Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau’s “last minute.” Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin.The Islanders have come up with three important invaders, two productivity, one emphasis. Still, the Brooklyn club looks stronger than it was in the 2015-2016. Matthew Barzal, a talented Canadian who should be among the most productive NHL enthusiasts and offensive drivers of the Islanders, had a significant role to play.

Even more important are the arrivals of experienced reinforcements. From Washington, Jason Chimmer, Chicago’s two-time Stanley Cup winner Andrew Ladd arrived in Washington. “I’m excited to play with a gambler of this caliber,” Ladd says of an opportunity to join John Tavares. Mark Zidlicky replaced veteran-defending German Dennis Seidenberg.

New York Rangers

The beating of the first round of knockout has had many eyes open. New York needs to improve the collapsing defense of Henrik Lundqvistem and add more speed to the assault ranks. Who will take care of the first?Maybe Keith Yandle’s departure with Dan Boyle and Brady Skjei’s game will be enough, Nick Holden and Adam Clendening came up.

It will be interesting in the attack, as Derrick Brassard replaces the younger yet weaker Mika Zibanejad. “We’ve brought nearly six years of a bookmakers comparison younger boy who has twice pushed twice and will be booming,” says General Manager Jeff Gorton. The space should be given to the promising Russian Pavel Bucovich, the reputation of the shooter to be confirmed by Brandon Pirri.

Gorton took a few steps on the way to the better of the Rangers tomorrow, but the presence probably will be difficult for his club. If he does not play in the play-off, it will not be a puzzling feeling.

This year Flyers got into play-off at the last minute, taking advantage of Boston’s hesitation.Even in the 2016-2017 season, they have nothing to say, they will probably be fighting until March or even April. General manager Ron Hextall has led mainly black players who also have a pull on the goal. Russians Romana Ljubimov and Dale Weisse, one of which was the Dutch Gretzky.

Giroux and Vorakek will remain the main characters, interesting to see if the sensational newcomer Shayne Gostisbeherea does not see the dreaded second season syndrome.The next run of Yevgeniy Medvedev in Philadelphia does not go on, after a promising start he eventually ended up on the tribune and decided to return to Russia.

The World Cup did not say how much work Michal Neuvirth did, but Steve Mason remains the leader. “We have two great goalkeepers, and I think the current season has clearly shown what an advantage,” says Hextall.

Pittsburgh has made only cosmetic changes in the winning team over the summer, and so it’s talked about one of the favorites of the new year. The Crosby-led team has plenty of talent, speed and experience to unleash the unrivaled carousel in the play-off again and defeat the difference of anybody’s class.At the start of the base, the Penguins have to go without their leader, which should not be a major complication. Pittsburgh is extremely strong in the offensive, HBK line “, ie Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel.Then there is Evgeni Malkin, who has sprinkled his head on the World Cup and has a great motivation to show that he is still one of the best players in the world. “Marc-André Fleury wants to go back, but Matt Murray does not want to clear the position.”

Washington flew last season Dominantly, Captain Ovechkin marveled: “Can anyone stop us?” Capitals crushed the competition until sometime before the end of February, but then they slowed down and did not go to the play-off. At first, they struggled against Philadelphia, then fell in a beautiful series with Pittsburgh.It was obvious that the great cadre still has gaps.

He missed a high quality center and Lars Eller from Montreal. “We were not that strong yet,” says Barry Trotz, coach. General Manager Brian McLellan is well aware that Stanley Cup has the last chance for a cadre in its current form. “Then we’ll have to tell you how to go.”

Washington will play again great, the play-off was supposed to go ahead. What will be next? Hard to judge.