Remember the old Stompin' Tom Connors song promoting the game of hockey?
Well the good ole' hockey game is coming back in a couple of weeks and we'll be hearing that song in arenas all over the country.
The beginning of the season marks a great moment for all fans. It's a moment of hope. Everyone is in first place and it's a clean slate. Anxiety looms in each fan's head as they brace themselves for another season of either glory or gloom.
The long grind of the regular season begins on October 6 and the goal for every NHL team in the next six months is to finish with at least the eighth best record in their respective conference so that they can qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
So let's delve into the crystal ball and predict how the Eastern Conference will shape up in 2011-12.