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NHL Expert Picks: Forecasting the NHL in 2013-14 season

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

NHL previews: Atlantic Division | Metropolitan Division | Central Division | Pacific Division

With the new alignment in the NHL comes new possibilities in the Stanley Cup Final, including the potential for a Red Wings-Blackhawks battle royale. But don't forget about those Kings out in LA, the winners of the Cup the last time there was a full 82-game season.

CBSSports.com Eye on Hockey staff Brian Stubits, Chris Peters and Andrew DeWitt make their predictions for the season. The East looks to be open and that doesn't even include the betting favorites in the Penguins from Pittsburgh while the West has just as many Cup contenders. This should be fun.

(Note: The top three teams from each division earn a playoff spot. The remaining two spots in each conference will go to the next two highest point totals. These teams are noted with * in the picks, denoting playoff berths.)

2013 NHL Season Preview Expert Picks
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
FinishBrian StubitsChris PetersAndrew DeWitt
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place**
5th place*
6th place
7th place
8th place
Metropolitan Division
FinishBrian StubitsChris PetersAndrew DeWitt
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place**
5th place*
6th place
7th place
8th place
Western Conference
Central Division
FinishBrian StubitsChris PetersAndrew DeWitt
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place***
5th place
6th place
7th place
Pacific Division
FinishBrian StubitsChris PetersAndrew DeWitt
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place***
5th place
6th place
7th place
Conference and Cup Finals
FinishBrian StubitsChris PetersAndrew DeWitt
Western Conf. Champ
Eastern Conf. Champ
Stanley Cup Champions
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