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The Hockey News Season Preview 2018-19

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take it to the limit

AFTER AN EXTENDED summer dominated by rehab, Ryan Suter was eager to suit up and play in the Stars And Stripes Showcase to benefit the Jim Johannson Legacy fund for USA Hockey in August. Suter felt healthy enough and confident enough to get back in a competitive environment for the first time since he broke his ankle with four games left in the 2017-18 season. But then he talked to new Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton, who asked Suter to make himself a healthy scratch. “You’ve got to respect the boss,” Suter said. An exhibition game in August is about the only time you’ll see the 33-year-old defenseman play nice and sit. Since 2006-07, Suter has led the NHL in minutes played with 23,670:07. He no longer logs 29 minutes a…

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7. chicago blackhawks

STANLEY CUP ODDS | 78/1 BEST-CASE SCENARIO The Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons under coach Joel Quenneville. It was a disastrous year, but this team isn’t devoid of talent. Goalie Corey Crawford was on track for his best numbers ever and maybe even a Vezina Trophy before concussion symptoms ended his year. Chicago was a respectable 17-13-5 on Dec. 23, which turned out to be Crawford’s last game of the season. Without him, they went 16-26-5. If he’s healthy, the Hawks look better than the sorry group that finished 2017-18. If Crawford isn’t ready or needs more rest than normal, Cam Ward provides the veteran insurance the team lacked last season. Most of Chicago’s key players from their Stanley Cup wins in 2010, 2013 and 2015 have…

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4. dallas stars

STANLEY CUP ODDS | 18/1 BEST-CASE SCENARIO Dallas dominated the 2017 off-season with several high-profile acquisitions, and while the Stars didn’t make the playoffs as a result, they climbed from 79 to 92 points. In theory, Dallas is on an upward trajectory. Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov form a dynamite top line. Radek Faksa has emerged as one of the game’s better two-way centers. Ben Bishop is a competent if slightly brittle No. 1 goalie. And John Klingberg belongs on the short list of the NHL’s best pure scoring defensemen. The Stars were relatively quiet this summer but are hoping for improvement from youngsters within the organization. Young D-man Esa Lindell matured significantly last year, Julius Honka still possesses potential, and Miro Heiskanen has the makings of a franchise blueliner. Look…

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weathering the storm

IN LATE MAY 2006, Victoria Day long weekend in Canada, a storm was forming behind Brenda Andress off the shores of Picton, Ont. She was paddling her kayak hard against the frigid waves of Lake Ontario in pursuit of a rubber raft that had escaped her grasp as she tried to anchor it for use later in the day. As she reached the raft, the waves started to swell, so she grabbed her life jacket and pulled it over her head. At that very moment, the kayak flipped, and the raft whisked away. Andress quickly righted herself, but her paddle was long gone. Despite being stranded in the middle of the lake with ominous clouds overhead, she was still hellbent on catching that raft. So, Andress pressed on, churning her arms…

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4. florida panthers

STANLEY CUP ODDS | 33/1 BEST-CASE SCENARIO With their depth of talent at all positions, the Panthers are a playoff team waiting to happen, even in the Eastern Conference where post-season spots are at a premium. A good start and wire-to-wire consistency are key to the Panthers making the playoffs for just the fourth time in 18 years. They have the ability. Florida went 25-8-2 from late January to the end of the season last year and bolstered its attack with the addition of perennial 25-goal man Mike Hoffman. One year after the GM who never should’ve left was put back in place, Florida has built up formidable depth. Only a terrible start kept the Panthers out of the playoffs in 2017-18, so a positive first two months is crucial. They have one…

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5. carolina hurricanes

STANLEY CUP ODDS | 37/1 BEST-CASE SCENARIO Carolina was largely sunk by goaltending and defense last year and changes have been made in both departments. Petr Mrazek may be streaky, but if he can bring the good parts of his game to the Hurricanes, it will push Scott Darling while also netting the team some valuable wins. On defense, Dougie Hamilton is an immediate upgrade on Noah Hanifin (long-term is a matter of debate) and adding him to a core that includes Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce and Justin Faulk makes the blueline better. Up front, the Canes are led by the young and talented Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, as well as two-way threat Jordan Staal. If center Martin Necas can crack the roster and do damage, Carolina has another scoring-line option down…