The 2017-18 NHL season is already a record-breaking season for the NHL, and with the league set to open its regular season on Wednesday at the Washington Capitals’ Verizon Center, there is still plenty of time for the league to find out.
In the standings, the Columbus Blue Jackets are the only team with a clear path to the Stanley Trophy.
The Blue Jackets will go through a grueling two-game road trip in November, but that doesn’t mean they will be the team to get the nod.
The Chicago Blackhawks will have the chance to clinch their first Stanley Cup, but will it be enough to get their first win of the season?
Here are the six teams that could have a shot at making it to the NHL’s greatest stage.1.
Columbus Blue Jacket, Columbus, Ohio2.
Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania3.
Detroit Red Wings, Detroit, Michigan4.
Montreal Canadiens, Montreal, Quebec5.
Boston Bruins, Boston, Massachusetts6.
Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe Columbus Blue Jacks are one of the best teams in the NHL this season, with the team finishing the season third in the league in goals per game.
They’re coming off a strong playoff run, and while the team is going through a tough stretch with a number of injuries, the Blue Jackets look like a team that can be a contender in the post-season.
They’re not the only one.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been playing well since their first playoff loss in October, and they are still playing their best hockey of the year.
However, they’re coming into the season without a captain, which could hurt their chances of making the postseason.
The Washington Capitals are coming off an impressive playoff run that featured the most points in the Western Conference in the postseason, and the Capitals could be the ones to grab the West’s first trophy.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won four consecutive Stanley Cups and will be coming into their own after the All-Star break, but the Penguins are in a precarious position.
Pittsburgh is on a seven-game winning streak and their defense is still very good, but they’re not playing well enough to make the playoffs.
The New York Rangers are the team that could be in the running for the Stanley Crown in 2017-2018.
They have the second best record in the Eastern Conference, and will head to the playoffs with a chance to make a run at a Cup.
They finished the regular season with the best record at the midway point of the regular calendar year, and if they can keep up their momentum, they should be able to secure the Presidents’ Trophy.
They might have to get through a stretch without any goaltending, but it will be difficult to see the Rangers getting swept in a six-game series.
The Boston Bruins have struggled with injuries all year, but are coming into a much improved season after finishing with the second worst record in hockey.
Their goal differential has been one of their best in the playoffs, and it’s looking like they might have a chance at the Stanley Final.
The Montreal Canadiens have been struggling since the beginning of the offseason, but look to be a playoff team once again after finishing in the bottom three in the Atlantic Division.
They’ll head into their third straight postseason and will need to find a way to keep up with the Bruins, who have the best shot at securing the Presidents Cup.
The Detroit Red Sox will be one of two teams in contention to claim the Presidents Trophy, but this season will be a huge one for the Red Sox.
They went to the World Series last year, so it’s not surprising they are looking to build on that success.
The Minnesota Wild will have to win three games to secure a playoff spot, and though they’re the only two teams to win at least seven games, the Wild could find it difficult to get a first-round bye this season.
The Winnipeg Jets are one game back of the Wild, and are coming out of the Eastern Final in a tough spot.
They will have a tough time getting through the playoffs without their star goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.
The Chicago Blackhawks are going through an incredible season.
They are now 11-3-2 and have a good shot at clinching a playoff berth.
The Blackhawks are in the best position to make that playoffs spot happen, as they are tied with the New York Islanders for the best overall record in baseball, and have the fourth best record among the Central Division.
But the Blackhawks also have a lot of questions to answer in the offseason.
The Nashville Predators will be looking to finish in the top three in their division this season after a great start to the season.
While the Predators have a pretty good team this year, they also have some questions to address, including whether they can get better at their blue line.
The St. Louis Blues are one win away from clinching their first Cup since 2005-2006, but have a number that will be an issue.
The Blues will be missing a