Early Stanley Cup Pool Info…

OK, here we are 7-10 games into the season. So let’s evaluate our current playoff picture.

In the West:

1.MINNESOTA v 8.CALGARY

2.DALLAS v 7.VANCOUVER

3.DETROIT v 6.COLORADO

4.ST LOUIS v 5.LOS ANGELES

1.MIN v 5.LA

2.DAL v 3.DET

2.DAL v 5.LA

In the East

1.TAMPA BAY v 8.CAROLINA

2.NEW JERSEY v 7.WASHINGTON

3.BOSTON v 6.NY RANGERS

4.PHILADELPHIA v 5.PITTSBURGH

1.TB v 4.PHI

2.NJ v 3.BOS

2.NJ v 4.PHI

No, but seriously, these are the current standings. Obviously the final results will look nothing like this. But given the surprising status of the Lightning, the Wild, the Sharks, the Avs, and others, how do you think the current standings will line up with the actual standings come playoff time?

Does anyone believe Tampa has really found something here? Is Khabibulin Hart-worthy? Is Gaborik? Will Nobokov put things together? Will Colorado step it up?

Which teams will surprise us with their success at season’s end, and which teams will surprise us with their failure?