NHL Predictions 2011-12: Picking the Divisional Winners and Losers from the East

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NHL Predictions 2011-12: Picking the Divisional Winners and Losers from the East
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Happy September.  

One month closer to hockey, and that is always a good thing.  I don't know about you but I just have a hard time feeling hockey-ish when I look at the calendar and see August scrolled over a picture of some guy fishing or some kids playing in a pool or whatever.  It's too hot outside, and the only ice on the minds of most are the cubes in their sweet tea.

Over the last few months a lot of players have found new homes, and there has been some shifting in power among the top teams in the East.  The lower seeds in the conference continued to close the gap on the top squads, and a few of them will be looking to challenge for more than a playoff spot.

These moves shifted power in almost all of the divisions, and we're going to see some different teams raising divisional champion banners two Octobers from now.  Here is who I think will win each of the divisions in the East, why I think they will win it and why the other teams will fall short.

And keep an eye out for the Western edition, which will be out soon.

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