As you know, we make no pretense at being experts in the world of hockey. (Or anything, really.) Because the season is starting, like, this weekend, we've asked Eric McErlain, of Off Wing Opinion, to preview the upcoming season for us. We don't know anyone who knows hockey better than he does, so he's your man. Enjoy.
As we established in Wednesday's Western Conference Preview, from top to bottom the Eastern Conference is hockey's weaker sister. How do we know this? Well, as we saw yesterday, the numbers don't lie. Further, imagine we could take a team just outside of the top three in the West — for giggles, I'll take the Minnesota Wild — and drop them into any division in the East. Seemingly overnight the Wild would be a serious favorite to take the title in any of the three divisions.