I'm thinking that Nashville will make the playoffs this year and most likely push LA out of the picture (sorry guys, but those injuries are just hideous!).
My prediction for the playoff seeds would be:
2. New Jersey
3. Tampa Bay
3. San Jose
5. St. Louis
Other predictions: One of the bottom three seeds in the West will make it to the Conference Finals again (but won't win).
Toronto will make it to the East Conference Finals (if Belfour comes back).
I'm not going to write out a big thing, but a few things to note regarding the Eastern Conference:
The Flyers are going to get the best of the Leafs should they meet. For whatever reason, their style absolutely crushes the Leafs. I also belief that if the Leafs face the Devils or anyone else other than the Senators, they'll continue to move on. The only team I feel can beat any other team in a series is Ottawa, simply because they're just too stacked this year and imo they should've gone to the finals last year. They can beat NJ, they can be PHI, and when healthy they can beat T.O.
I predict an Ottawa vs. Dallas (yes, Dallas) final with Ottawa taking it 4-2.
I;m suprised to see a bunch of people that think the Isles will miss it. They have 2 regulation losses in their last 16 games and are getting 2 of their better players back from injury with the next 2 weeks or so.