Home of last year's Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings, the Western conference has a consistently elite pool of talent. Which ones do I predict will end up in the top five? Which ones are the most likely to raise the pixelated cup?
Read on to find out.
5. Detroit Red Wings
4. Chicago Blackhawks
3. St. Louis Blues
Coming off of a season the benifitted from a mid-season coaching swap by bringing in Ken Hitchcock, the St. Louis Blues are an incredibly sound team on almost all fronts. With four balanced lines and tight defensive unit, the Blues are a good bet to take the central division. Throw in a healthy Andy McDonald and the team should build upon last year's success.
2. Los Angeles Kings
It was close for the LA Kings, almost taking the number one spot here, since they are fresh off of a Stanley Cup, they should naturally be number one, right? Well there is no doubt that the Kings are a talented team, and were an unstoppable force in the playoffs, and while I'm not trying to discredit their accomplishment in any way, they also had a lot of good breaks. In the 2+ months of playoff hockey, not a single member of the Kings' defensive core was injured- a feat that almost seems statistically impossible. This no doubt benefited the Kings, and while there is no such thing as a Stanley Cup hangover in the video game, you need to remember that the Kings weren't always so hot in the regular season, as they were one of the lower scoring teams in the league.