Couple of notes about this season:

Detroit may not make the playoffs, after 22 straight years of doing so. Weird that it happens in the first year in the Eastern Conference, a conference with not as many powerhouses as the West.

Colorado is a great young up-and-coming team that might win sooner rather than later, despite their youth. Patrick Roy has been doing a fascinating job.

Pittsburgh and Boston will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals, unless they don't meet before then. Book it.

Good to see Ryan Miller play for a decent team in St. Louis after having to put up with crap in Buffalo for so many years.