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The Rat Trick Staff Makes Its Picks For NHL 2011-2012

The NHL 2011-2012 season begins tonight with three games on tap.  Before things get underway, we here at the Rat Trick decided to do our own predictions for the season.  Like that retirement plan projection that your planner prepares for you, the standings won’t look exactly like this.  So many different variables come into play down the road it’s virtually impossible to be precise on everything.  However if one of us is, then we need to get look into other work.

Take a look at our picks.  Do you agree?  Disagree?  What do you think is surprising?  What about our Cup Champions?  It’s a long season, and no matter what ends up happening, we are just glad that it’s finally here.  Let’s get started as our Rat Trick Radio producer Josh Luecht kicks things off:

Josh Luecht:

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals 2. Buffalo Sabres 3. Pittsburgh Penguins  4. Boston Bruins

5. New York Rangers 6. Philadelphia Flyers  7. Florida Panthers  8. Tampa Bay Lightning

9. New Jersey Devils  10. Carolina Hurricanes 11. Montreal Canadians  12. Winnipeg Jets

13. New York Islanders  14. Toronto Maple Leafs  15. Ottawa Senators

Western Conference

1. Anaheim Ducks 2. Vancouver Canucks  3. Detroit Red Wings  4. San Jose Sharks

5. Nashville Predators 6. Los Angeles Kings  7. Phoenix Coyotes 8. Chicago Blackhawks

9. Calgary Flames  10. Dallas Stars 11. Colorado Avalanche  12. St Louis Blues

13. Minnesota Wild  14. Edmonton Oilers 15. Columbus Blue Jackets

Finals:    Anaheim Ducks vs. Buffalo Sabres

Stanley Cup Winner: Buffalo Sabres

Scott Mullin:

Eastern Conference:

1. Washington Capitals  2. Boston Bruins  3. Tampa Bay Lightning  4. Buffalo Sabres

5. Montreal Canadiens 6. New York Rangers  7. Pittsburgh Penguins  8. Florida Panthers

9. Philadelphia Flyers  10. Winnipeg Jets  11. New Jersey Devils  12. Carolina Hurricanes

13. Toronto Maple Leafs  14. New York Islanders  15. Ottawa Senators

Western Conference:

1. Vancouver Canucks  2. Los Angeles Kings  3. Chicago Blackhawks  4. Detroit Red Wings

5. Nashville Predators  6. San Jose Sharks  7. Columbus Blue Jackets  8. Anaheim Ducks

9. St. Louis Blues  10. Phoenix Coyotes  11. Minnesota Wild  12. Colorado Avalanche

13. Dallas Stars  14. Calgary Flames  15. Edmonton Oilers

Finals:  Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks

Stanley Cup ChampionSan Jose Sharks

Yuri Peralta:

Eastern Conference:

1. Washington Capitals  2. Boston Bruins  3. Pittsburgh Penguins

4. Philadelphia Flyers  5. New York Rangers  6. Buffalo Sabres

7. Montreal Canadiens  8. Florida Panthers  9. Tampa Bay Lightning

10. Carolina Hurricanes  11. Ottawa Senators  12. Winnepeg Jets

13. New Jersey Devils  14. Toronto Maple Leafs  15. New York Islanders

Western Conference:

1. San Jose Sharks  2. Vancouver Canucks  3. Los Angeles Kings

4. Anaheim Ducks  5. Detroit Redwings  6. Chicago Blackhawks

7.Phoenix Coyotes  8. Calgary Flames  9. Dallas Stars

10. Nashville Predators  11. Colorado Avalanche  12. Edmonton Oilers

13. Columbus Blue Jackets  14. Minnesota Wild  15. St. Louis Blues

Finals:  Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Stanley Cup ChampionVancouver Canucks

Cameron Tahernia:

Eastern Conference:

1.Tampa Bay Lightning  2.Philadelphia Flyers  3.Buffalo Sabres

4.Boston Bruins  5.Washington Capitals  6.Pittsburgh Pens

7.Florida Panthers  8.Carolina Hurricanes  9.Toronto Maple Leafs

10.Montreal Canadiens  11.New York Rangers  12.Ottawa Senators

13.New York Islanders  14.Winnipeg Jets  15.New Jersey Devils

Western Conference:

1.Vancouver Canucks  2. San Jose Sharks  3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. Anaheim Ducks  5. LA Kings  6. Detroit Red Wings

7. Minnesota Wild  8. Phoenix Coyotes  9. Nashville Predators

10. Columbus Blue Jackets  11. Edmonton Oilers  12. Colorado Avalanche

13. Dallas Stars  14. St. Louis Blues  15. Calgary Flames

Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks

Stanley Cup Champion: San Jose Sharks

Patrick McLaughlin:

Eastern Conference:

1.Buffalo Sabres  2.Boston Bruins  3.Washington Capitals

4.Philadelphia Flyers  5.New York Rangers  6.Pittsburgh Penguins

7.Florida Panthers  8.Tampa Bay Lightning  9.Montreal Canadiens

10.Carolina Hurricanes  11.Ottawa Senators  12.Winnipeg Jets

13.Toronto Maple Leafs  14. New York Islanders  15.  New Jersey Devils

Western Conference:

1.Vancouver Canucks  2. Chicago Blackhawks 3. San Jose Sharks

4. Detroit Red Wings  5. Los Angeles Kings  6. Anaheim Ducks

7. Nashville Predators  8. Minnesota Wild  9. Phoenix Coyotes

10. Calgary Flames  11. Dallas Stars  12. St. Louis Blues

13. Colorado Avalanche  14. Columbus Blue Jackets  15. Edmonton Oilers

Finals: Buffalo Sabres vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Stanley Cup Champion:  Buffalo Sabres

David Lasseter:

Eastern Conference:

1. Washington Capitals   2. Boston Bruins  3. Pittsburgh Penguins

4. Tampa Bay Lightning  5. Buffalo Sabres 6. NY Rangers Rangers

7. Montreal Canadiens  8. Philadelphia Flyers  9. Florida Panthers

10. Toronto Maple Leafs  11. Carolina Hurricanes  12. New Jersey Devils

13. New York Islanders  14. Winnipeg Jets  15. Ottawa Senators

Western Conference:

1. San Jose Sharks  2. Vancouver Canucks  3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. Los Angeles Kings  5. Detroit Red Wings  6. Nashville Predators

7. Anaheim Ducks 8. St. Louis Blues  9. Columbus Blue Jackets

10. Minnesota Wild  11. Calgary Flames  12. Dallas Stars

13. Colorado Avalance  14. Edmonton Oliers  15. Phoenix Coyotes

Finals:  Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Stanley Cup ChampionChicago Blackhawks

 

Frank Rekas:

Eastern Conference:

1. Washington Capitals  2. Boston Bruins 3. Pittsburgh Penguins 4. Tampa Bay Lightning

5. Buffalo Sabres  6.  Montreal Canadiens  7. Philadelphia Flyers  8.  Florida Panthers

9.  New York Rangers  10.  Carolina Hurricanes  11.  Winnipeg Jets  12.  New Jersey Devils

13.  Toronto Maple Leafs  14.  New York Islanders  15.  Ottawa Senators

Western Conference:

1. San Jose Sharks  2.  Chicago Blackhawks  3. Vancouver Canucks

4.  Los Angeles Kings  5.  Detroit Red Wings  6.  Anaheim Ducks

7.  Nashville Predators  8.  St. Louis Blues  9.  Calgary Flames

10.  Dallas Stars  11. Colorado Avalance  12.  Minnesota Wild

13.  Columbus Blue Jackets  14.  Phoenix Coyotes  15.  Edmonton Oilers

FinalsWashington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Stanley Cup ChampionChicago Blackhawks

 

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