The 2011-2012 NHL season is just around the corner! Training camps opened on Friday morning and although players did not hit the ice, there was a buzz in the air, suggesting that hockey is back. After a very sad and tragic offseason headlined by the deaths of Wade Belak, Rick Rypien, and Derek Boogaard it is time to get back to the game we love. These three individuals will never be forgotten and we will always hold a special place in our hearts for them. In preparation for opening night two weeks from now I have decided to provide you with my projected standings for the Eastern and Western Conference. 

Eastern Conference

  1. Washington Capitals
  2. Boston Bruins
  3. Philadelphia Flyers
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning
  5. Pittsburgh Penguins
  6. New York Rangers
  7. Buffalo Sabres
  8. Carolina Hurricanes
  9. Montreal Canadiens
  10. Toronto Maple Leafs
  11. New Jersey Devils
  12. Winnipeg Jets
  13. Florida Panthers
  14. New York Islanders
  15. Ottawa Senators 

Western Conference 

  1. Vancouver Canucks
  2. Detroit Red Wings
  3. San Jose Sharks
  4. Chicago Blackhawks
  5. Anaheim Ducks
  6. Los Angeles Kings
  7. Nashville Predators
  8. Phoenix Coyotes
  9. Dallas Stars
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. Calgary Flames
  12. Minnesota Wild
  13. Columbus Blue Jackets
  14. Edmonton Oilers
  15. Colorado Avalanche

Please let me know your thoughts on the 2011-2012 NHL season and I would love to hear your projected standings. 

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Stay tuned to @nhlfanchat (Patt Leggs) for constant updates regarding the Toronto Maple Leafs and other NHL teams. He will be at Leafs training camp and has the inside scoop on all the latest NHL stories