The 2013-14 season will feature a condensed schedule as the NHL takes a break from regular-season play to have many of their players compete for Olympic gold.
Several teams have been very busy in the offseason with trades, free-agent signings and releases, along with stockpiling prospects at the recent NHL draft in New Jersey.
Every team will state publicly that their goal is to make the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup. For a slight majority of teams, this is a distinct possibility, while others are likely a season or two away—at least—from competing in the NHL playoffs. Each NHL team has at least one outstanding feature or strength.
The following is a breakdown of each team's greatest strength and the key contributors to the team's strength.
Basic statistics can be found on nhl.com
Advanced statistics are found at Behind the Net.