NHL.com is tracking the teams that will make the postseason in the 2015-16 season, and it’s pretty obvious which teams will be looking for a championship in 2016-17.
Here’s how we rank each team in terms of their chances of making the postseason this season, based on our latest data.
This is how the 2015 Stanley Cup champion will look if the Stanley Cup isn’t a game in September:The Detroit Red Wings, a perennial playoff contender, are headed into their second season with the Stanley Champion.
The Red Wings won their first championship with the 2002 Stanley Cup champions and they finished second to the Blackhawks in 2010-11.
Detroit is coming off a season in which they won the Presidents Trophy and won the Stanley Championship.
The team is coming into this season ranked seventh in the league with 2.14 goals per game.
Detroit will look to continue their dominance this season and earn a second straight Stanley Cup Championship.
They also finished third in the Atlantic Division with 57 points in 2016.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be one of two teams in the Western Conference to make a deep playoff run this season.
The Maple Leafs are coming off an incredible season that saw them win the Presidents’ Trophy in their first season in the East.
They won their second Stanley Cup in 2017.
The Maple Leafs finished the season with a 58-29-8 record and made the playoffs for the second straight year.
The organization finished third with 58 points and is looking to make it to the Stanley Final in 2018.
Toronto finished the year with a 55-34-8 season, which would make them the fourth seed in the West.
The franchise will look for a third consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff appearance and will be a tough team to beat this season as they have some elite players.
The Dallas Stars will look very similar to the 2016-2017 season.
They finished the regular season with 58-27-9 and finished second in the Pacific Division.
The Stars will be hoping to take home another title this season after going 10-8-2 the season before.
The Winnipeg Jets will look extremely similar to what they did last season.
Winnipeg finished the 2016 season with 62-30-8, which was good enough for second place in the division.
The Jets will be searching for another playoff berth as they finished the last season with 70 points.
The Calgary Flames will be the reigning Presidents’ Trophies finalist.
Calgary finished the 2015 season with 57-34, which made them the highest scoring team in the NHL.
Calgary also won the Calder Trophy as the league’s best player.
The Flames will look good this season by finishing with a 57-35-7 record and making the playoffs.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be trying to find a way to make an impact in the Eastern Conference.
The Blue Jackets finished the 2014-15 season with 54-29, which is good enough to finish fourth in the conference.
The club will look at a deep postseason run this year and hopes to make another trip to the NHL Final.
The New Jersey Devils will look like they are one of the top teams in their conference, but they’ll also need to prove it.
The Devils finished the 2017-18 season with 60-34.
The New Jersey franchise will be desperate to make some noise and make some history this season with their new jersey.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be competing for a spot in the Stanley Finals.
The Penguins will need to find success this season to make their first playoff appearance since 2010-2011.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Cup with the 2000-01 Penguins, which they are currently looking to repeat.
The Nashville Predators will be playing their first full season in Nashville.
The Predators won the Predators’ first Stanley Cup title in 2005.
The Preds are looking to add a trophy to the trophy cabinet this season while they are looking for their third Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance.
The Los Angeles Kings will be heading into their fourth season with Jonathan Quick as their head coach.
The Kings finished the previous season with 56-31-10, which helped them earn the Presidents Cup as the best team in hockey.
The Los Angeles team will look great this season looking to get back to the playoffs and to end their postseason drought.
The Detroit Tigers will be going through their first Stanley Playoffs season in more than a decade.
The Tigers were one of three teams to make up the Western Division and won their third Cup in 2010.
The Detroit Tigers are looking like they have a chance to make one last playoff appearance in the first round this season if they can continue their dominant run.
The Anaheim Ducks will look even better this season thanks to new coach Bob Murray.
Murray won the inaugural Stanley Cup with Nashville in 2011 and he was named the winner of the Jack Adams Award.
Murray is looking for his third Cup as he was a part of the team that won the 2010 Stanley Cup.
The Edmonton Oilers will look pretty similar to how they did in 2015-2016.
The Oilers finished the current season with 59-32-9,