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1. Chicago Blackhawks
Basically, if Chicago doesn't get the first seed, their fans should just boycott playoff tickets.
2. Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks have struggled lately, winning only three of their past ten games, but they should be able to turn it around against the weak Northwest Division and stockpile some wins.
3. Los Angeles Kings
The Pacific winner drops to third seed as all the other Pacific teams beat up on each other, but it will be the defending champs taking the Pacific crown. Los Angeles looks to have its mojo back as the Kings have won seven of ten and have looked great in doing so.
4. Detroit Red Wings
Detroit has dealt with some major injury issues, but has found a way to get wins. Ever since Brendan Smith has returned to the lineup on defense, they have averaged only one goal against per game. Coincidence? Maybe, but the Winged Wheel is rolling lately.
5. Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks will fall a little bit due to the toughness of playing in the Pacific Division, but they will still be one of the top teams to beat in the West.
6. St. Louis Blues
The Blues have struggled lately, giving up goals at a much higher pace than they did last season. They have been scoring a lot more too, and this team looks too good on paper to miss the playoffs.
7. Phoenix Coyotes
This is a good team. People keep doubting them, but they keep coming through and scratching out victories. They will go on a run at the end of the season to secure a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive year.
8. Dallas Stars
Dallas has been inconsistent all year, but they have what it takes to edge out Nashville, San Jose, and Minnesota. They have a lot of experienced players who can score, a decent goalie in Kari Lehtonen, and a hunger to make the playoffs after barely missing out the past two seasons.