2013-14 NHL Predictions: Preview and Picks for Metropolitan Division

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2013-14 NHL Predictions: Preview and Picks for Metropolitan Division
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The Metropolitan Division could turn out to be the toughest in the NHL this season.

Like the Atlantic Division, this grouping features eight teams, unlike the two divisions in the Western Conference that have seven teams each.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, appear to be the clear-cut favorites. However, it would not surprise any one if any of the five following teams—the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals—finished second.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets appear to have the most work to do to contend for a playoff spot, but both teams have the potential to make life difficult for the favored teams in the division.

Here's our look at the Metropolitan Division.

 

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