NHL Preview Week: Northeast Division

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NHL Preview Week: Northeast Division
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It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to my newest project here on Bleacher Report, which I call NHL Preview Week!

With the season growing ever closer, it's time to take a good in-depth look ahead and analyze each team and how it will contend in the upcoming year.

For the next six days, I will be previewing each of the NHL's six divisions, one each day. And what better way to start off than with one of the most historic and successful divisions in the NHL?

First and foremost, the Northeast boasts the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. Despite the fact that the Bruins were the first team in the division to win the Stanley Cup since the most recent realignment, the division actually boasts a combined total of 43 championships (24 by the Montreal Canadiens, 13 by the Toronto Maple Leafs and six by the Bruins).

And yet, interestingly enough no team has ever won the Northeast Division title in back-to-back years.

Today's preview will include not only the Bruins, Canadiens and Maple Leafs, but also the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators, each searching for their first Cup victory.

So without further ado, let's jump right in and take a close look at the Northeast Division for next season.


Division Preview Week Schedule:

Northeast Division: 8/24; Northwest Division: 8/25; Atlantic Division: 8/26, Central Division: 8/27, Southeast Division: 8/28, Pacific Division: 8/29

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