The Central remains the cream of all divisions, having seven teams that could make the playoffs. Heck, they can all justify why they should win the division outright. Someone's got to win it, though, and I like the Preds, who for much of the first half of last season were arguably the best team in the NHL. Watch for Pekka Rinne to have a monster season, Shea Weber and Roman Josi likewise.
They Predators skidded down the stretch and then were banged up in their first-round loss to Chicago. GM David Poile brought back Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro, and added Cody Hodgson and Barret Jackman. If goalie Pekka Rinne bounces back, the playoffs should be a given.