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Chris Drury's Rangers and Joe Thornton's Sharks could reach the finals.
Going Back To Cali?
Last season, the Anaheim Ducks gave SoCal its first Stanley Cup. This season, some of our experts believe Lord Stanley will return to California, just a little more north. Picks

Joe Thornton The Great Divide
E.J. Hradek and Barry Melrose don't agree on everything (see: Northwest), but they do see San Jose ruling the West. Watch 'em:

• ESPN Video: ATL: Rangers rule | NE: Sens or Sabres? | SE: The Caps?
• ESPN Video: CTL: More Wings | NW: Avs or Canucks? | PAC: All Sharks
• Melrose: Why was NHL in London? | Chat wrap: Burnside Insider

Jonathan Bernier Big Debut
Saturday's opener was a dud for the Ducks. As for the Kings? Well, their long-awaited answer for a stud goaltender may have come in the form of 19-year-old Jonathan Bernier. Burnside

Todd Bertuzzi Past Not Present
Todd Bertuzzi is with a new team, but he still can't escape the Steve Moore questions. Nor should he. But the big forward might be able to walk away from his own rubble with the Ducks. Burnside

null Carolina Comeback?
In just one season, Eric Staal and the Hurricanes went from Stanley Cup champs to has-beens. Can they get back on track in 2007-08? Scott Burnside is a believer. Team Preview

null Double Trouble
The Senators made it all the way to the Cup finals last season. And even though they lost, they return almost the same lineup for 2007-08. Can they make it back? As long as a little goalie controversy doesn't get in the way. Burnside

Wayne Gretzky Watch It
What happens now for Gretzky as he enters his third season as a coach? What new heights will Sid reach? The NHL in Vegas? These are a few of the stories you should follow in 2007-08. Burnside

Scott Gomez Money Well Spent?
The Rangers went to the bank this offseason by signing top free agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez. Scott Burnside tells you why this is one New York shopping spree that will pay off. Preview

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This Time, Avs Won't Miss Out

Yes, their goaltending is a little ... iffy. But the Avs have brought in new faces (Ryan Smyth, Scott Hannan) that ensure they won't miss the playoffs this time around, writes Scott Burnside.
Preview | Your take? | Clubhouse
 On The Docket
WEDNESDAY North American Opening Night
 A Look At The Northwest

The Minnesota Wild are solid on both sides of the puck. But, again, their fortunes for the regular season and beyond rest with Marian Gaborik. Preview

It was only two springs ago that the Oilers were Cup finalists. Will their freefall continue? There seems to be only a small glimmer of hope in Alberta. Preview

We all know the Canucks are A-OK in net thanks to Roberto Luongo. But what comes next? Scott Burnside says this offensively starved team needs more help. Preview