1. Washington Capitals
2. Philadelphia Flyers
3. Boston Bruins
4. Pittsburgh Penguins
5. New Jersey Devils
6. Montreal Canadiens
7. Carolina Hurricanes
8. Buffalo Sabres
Just missed: New York Rangers, Florida Panthers
Commentary: This is NOT necessarily how the playoffs would turn out. Generally, I think Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston all project to be better post-season teams but Washington will feast off of a weak division to take the #1 seed.
I feel a little uncomfortable picking Montreal and New Jersey to place that high, but after the top four I'm pretty stumped.
SCF Conference Rep: Boston Bruins
1. San Jose Sharks
2. Detroit Red Wings
3. Calgary Flames
4. Chicago Blackhawks
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. Columbus Blue Jackets
8. Los Angeles Kings
Just missed: St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars
Commentary: The criticism for San Jose has gotten a bit extreme. Why not throw a little vitriol to Calgary or Vancouver as they've disappointed over the years in their own way? It's fine to make some jokes about the Sharks, but you win the games you can win and worry about the playoffs when they come.
SCF Conference Rep: San Jose Sharks
STANLEY CUP WINNER: San Jose Sharks