Central Division (projected order of finish and records; points)
Detroit Red Wings (51-23-8; 110)
A lot of people have jumped on the Blackhawk bandwagon, but I still think that Detroit is the team to beat in this division and ultimately in the conference. They lose one of their best players to that divisional foe, but they still have several of the best players in the game in Datsyuk and Zetterberg, and one of the conferenceÆs better defense pairings in Lidstrom and Rafalski.
Osgood had a lousy regular season, but a good postseason, and even though his age might become a factor, this team is still among the best in hockey.
Chicago Blackhawks (47-27-8; 102)
Chicago may have the most talent on paper of any team in either conference, but they still have ...
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