With only two months left in the NHL regular season, the playoff field is far from set. However, there are those who have established themselves as the early favorites to capture Lord Stanley’s Cup in both the Western and Eastern Conferences.
Perhaps more intriguing are the playoff races in the lower half of the league, where many teams are still fighting for a playoff berth in both conferences. There are five teams in particular who have a great shot at making a push for the postseason.
If their stars can remain hot and their supporting cast can pick up their level of play, postseason hockey is a real possibility.
Here are the five teams who can make a surprise push for the postseason over the next two months.