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Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Experts' predictions: Flames are Cup favorites

With all of the offseason player movement and all of the rules changes we'll see, it's hard to pick who will win it all this season. But our NHL experts took a shot at it, and here's their picks for 2005-06:

  East champ West champ Stanley Cup champ
Barry Melrose
ESPN analyst
Flyers Flames Flames
John Buccigross
Flyers Sharks Flyers
Terry Frei contributor
Senators Flames Flames
E.J. Hradek
ESPN The Magazine
Lightning Sharks Lightning
Eric Karabell fantasy editor
Flyers Canucks Canucks
Scott Burnside
Lightning Canucks Canucks
Joy Russo NHL editor
Lightning Flames Flames award picks
• Art Ross (scoring): Markus Naslund
• Hart Trophy (MVP): Jarome Iginla
• Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (goals): Ilya Kovalchuk (if he signs); Default winner is Martin St. Louis
• Norris Trophy (defense): Chris Pronger
• Vezina Trophy (goaltender): Jose Theodore
• Jack Adams Trophy (coach): Barry Trotz (Nashville)
• Calder Trophy (rookie): Alexander Ovechkin