NHL 2011-12 Preview: Eastern Conference Standings Predictions

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NHL 2011-12 Preview: Eastern Conference Standings Predictions
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With the Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup, teams from around the league have put this season in the past and are looking forward to next year.

With only a few short months away until the puck drops for a new term, some are already beginning to examine their team's chances at possibly scaling the hockey world and capturing the Stanley Cup.

It is a little early to give an exact prediction of where teams will finish for next year because of two things: the 2011 NHL draft on June 24th and the NHL's free agency window, which opens on July 1st.

So while it's hard to know who will be playing for which team come next season, here are my initial predictions as to where each of the 15 Eastern Conference teams will finish next season.

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