It's the pre-season still, which means that you can watch NHL games online at mediocre quality, both in streaming and on-ice play. On the other hand, we are inching very, very close to the start of the season; yes, it's just over a week until the puck drops.
With that in mind, SBN's main hockey page is running down each team's five burning questions. And in case you missed it a few weeks back, the FTR crew took a look at each division, including plenty of input from SBN's many talented hockey bloggers.
After the jump, check out the links summaries for each division:Atlantic Division Preview (Cassie)
The gist: Ilya Kovalchuk found a very permanent home in the Atlantic Division, and he's going to get a dose of healthy competition from the state of Pennsylvania. As for the state of New York? Well, at least one of the two teams is trending up.
Northeast Division Preview (Cory)
The gist: Many question marks here for every Northeast team. In fact, each team seems to focus on at least one or two critical guys that must have a good, healthy season in order to succeed past a lower playoff seed.
Southeast Division Preview (Bob)
The gist: Yes, the Washington Capitals are the runaway favorites. However, the rest of the Southeast crew is a mix of good and bad, which means the potential for sleeper runs into the playoffs and beyond.
Northwest Division Preview (Derek)
The gist: There's a reason why The Hockey News predicted that the vancouver Canucks would win the Stanley Cup. There's also a reason why many hockey pundits looked at the rest of the Northwest Division as being a bunch of teams in transition.
Central Division Preview (Mike)
The gist: It's the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings in a neck-and-neck race for the division crown. However, they won't be leaps and bounds above an improving bunch, and expect a dogfight at all ends of this division.
Pacific Division Preview (Mike)
The gist: Each Pacific Division team had a chance to upgrade in critical roster spots, yet not much movement came about. The San Jose Sharks status as favorites depends on defense and goaltending; on the other hand, the Anaheim Ducks are pulling up the rear of this group with an extremely thin blueline.