The Favorite, Dark Horse and Longshot in Each NHL Division for 2013-14 Season

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The Favorite, Dark Horse and Longshot in Each NHL Division for 2013-14 Season
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the 2013-14 season, all 30 NHL franchises face a rapidly changing landscape around the league.

The new four-division format is set to debut this fall. Every team will now encounter at least two new division rivals as they vie for one of their group's three guaranteed playoff spots.

The NHL hierarchy of franchises is also due for a massive mix-up. Supplemented by an incredibly strong draft class and blockbuster-laden offseason, many clubs could defy expectations over their lengthy 82-game campaigns.

As October 1's opening day inches closer, each team is tasked with sorting out their new division and predicting the fates of their new foes. Which squads will draw attention as preseason favorites? Which franchises could become unexpected contenders? Which clubs could struggle to climb out of the basement?

Our predictions for the most prominent favorites, dark horses and longshots in each new division fall on the coming slides. 

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