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Second City Hockey’s 2016-17 NHL season predictions

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The SCH Staff predicts the standings for each division, the conference and Cup champs, and award winners.

NHL: Preseason-Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

With the Chicago Blackhawks set to officially launch their 2016-17 campaign Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues, it’s time for the Second City Hockey staff to submit our official predictions for the upcoming season. With another strong influx of talent, and some of the game’s best young players continuing to develop, there’s a lot of intrigue surrounding this season. Here’s how our SCH writers see it playing out.

Atlantic Division

1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8
Satchel Lightning Canadiens Red Wings Panthers Bruins Senators Maple Leafs Sabres
Adam Lightning Panthers
Red Wings
Bruins
Sabres
Canadiens
Senators
Maple Leafs
Brandon Lightning Panthers Canadiens
Red Wings Bruins Sabres Maple Leafs Senators
Robert Lightning Panthers Bruins
Canadiens Maple Leafs Red Wings Senators Sabres
Liz Lightning Canadiens Panthers
Bruins Maple Leafs Red Wings Senators Sabres
Erika Lightning Panthers Bruins
Canadiens Sabres Red Wings Senators Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8
Satchel Capitals Penguins Flyers Islanders Rangers Hurricanes Devils Blue Jackets
Adam Capitals Penguins Flyers Hurricanes Islanders Rangers Devils Blue Jackets
Brandon Capitals Penguins Rangers Flyers Islanders Hurricanes Devils Blue Jackets
Robert Capitals Penguins Islanders Flyers Devils Rangers Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Liz Capitals Penguins Islanders
Flyers Rangers Hurricanes Devils Blue Jackets
Erika Capitals Penguins Flyers
Islanders Rangers Devils Hurricanes Blue Jackets

Pacific Division

1 2 3
4 5 6 7
Satchel Sharks Kings Flames Ducks Oilers Coyotes Canucks
Adam Sharks Kings Ducks Flames Coyotes Oilers Canucks
Brandon Sharks Kings Flames Ducks Coyotes Oilers Canucks
Robert Sharks Kings Flames Ducks Coyotes Oilers Canucks
Liz Kings Sharks Flames
Ducks Coyotes Oilers Canucks
Erika Sharks Kings Ducks
Flames Oilers Coyotes Canucks

Central Division

1 2 3
4 5 6 7
Satchel Predators Stars Blackhawks Blues Jets Wild Avalanche
Adam Predators Stars Blackhawks Blues Avalanche Wild Jets
Brandon Predators Stars Blackhawks Blues Avalanche Jets Wild
Robert Stars Blackhawks Predators Blues Wild Jets Avalanche
Liz Predators Stars Blackhawks Blues Wild Jets Avalanche
Erika Predators Blackhawks Stars Wild Blues Jets Avalache

Playoff Predictions

East West Stanley Cup
Satchel Capitals Predators Capitals
Adam Capitals Predators Predators
Brandon Lightning Flames Lightning
Robert Lightning Sharks Lightning
Liz Lightning Sharks Sharks
Erika Capitals Predators Capitals

Awards

Hart Vezina Calder
Noris Selke Art Ross Jack Adams
Satchel Jamie Benn Carey Price Patrik Laine PK Subban Jonathan Toews Connor McDavid Peter Laviolette
Adam Connor McDavid Carey Price Patrik Laine PK Subban Jonathan Toews Connor McDavid Bill Peters
Brandon Alex Ovechkin Martin Jones Dylan Strome Victor Hedman Anze Kopitar Alex Ovechkin Glen Gulutzan
Robert Jonathan Tavares Cory Schneider Auston Matthews Victor Hedman Jonathan Toews Jamie Benn Glen Gulutzan
Liz Jamie Benn Corey Crawford Auston Matthews PK Subban Patrice Bergeron Jamie Benn Peter Laviolette

Misc.

First coach fired? Surprise Playoff Team? Breakout Player?
Trade Deadline prediction?
Satchel Willie Desjardins Flames Jonathan Drouin N/A
Adam Willie Desjardins Hurricanes Teuvo Teravainen Stars get goalie
Brandon Willie Desjardins Flames Dylan Strome Phoenix jar receives a donation from Bob McKenzie and/or Elliotte Friedman
Robert Claude Julien Flames Teuvo Teravainen Dallas goes all in for D-man
Liz Willie Desjardins Flames Jonathan Drouin Everything interested happens before deadline