Player Poll: Who will win the Stanley Cup?

"Who do you think has the best chance to win the Stanley Cup this season?"

That's what The Hockey News asked 30 NHLers and the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators were tied with nine votes each, while the upstart Carolina Hurricanes were next with five.

Montreal's Craig Rivet likes the Senators. "They have a complete team," he said. "They are solid offensively and defensively." New Jersey's Scott Gomez opts for the Wings. "They have a good mix of veterans and young guys," he said.

Some had trouble making up their mind. Dan Cleary of the Red Wings chose Carolina, but with an asterisk. "I would say Ottawa, but their goaltending could be a factor," Cleary said. "If Dominik [Hasek] is healthy, then I pick Ottawa, but if not, it's Carolina."

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said Wings goalie Manny Legace gives the Red Wings an edge. "He is having a great year and that can go a long way," Alfredsson said.

Here are the results from each team. Players were not allowed to name their own team and some respondents asked to remain anonymous.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Ottawa -- Scott Niedermayer

Atlanta Thrashers
Calgary -- Peter Bondra

Boston Bruins
Detroit -- Tom Fitzgerald

Buffalo Sabres
Dallas -- Anonymous

Calgary Flames
Ottawa -- Anonymous

Carolina Hurricanes
Detroit -- Oleg Tverdovsky

Chicago Blackhawks
Detroit -- Anonymous

Colorado Avalanche
Detroit: "I think you'd have to say Detroit." -- Anonymous

Columbus Blue Jackets
Dallas: "Nobody's talking about them, but they're as good as they were a few years ago, maybe better.'' -- Anonymous

Dallas Stars
Ottawa: "I like their team, and I think once the Dominator comes back, they'll be in great shape." -- Marty Turco

Detroit Red Wings
Carolina: "I think Carolina. I would say Ottawa, but their goaltending could be a factor. If Dominik [Hasek] is healthy, it's Ottawa, but if not, Carolina. They got some good talent, a good goaltender." -- Dan Cleary

Edmonton Oilers
Carolina: "[They've] been strong all year.'' -- Sergei Samsonov

Florida Panthers
Detroit -- Sean Hill

Los Angeles Kings
Ottawa -- Anonymous

Minnesota Wild
Detroit -- Pascal Dupuis

Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa: "I think they have a complete team. They're solid offensively and defensively." -- Craig Rivet

Nashville Predators
Ottawa: "They have offensive power like almost no other team in the league. They work really hard. They've got Dominik Hasek. They've got the whole package there." -- Scott Hartnell

New Jersey Devils
Detroit: "Just because they have a good mix of veterans and young guys." -- Scott Gomez

New York Islanders
Detroit: "I'd get yelled at if I said the Rangers or Carolina, so let's go to the other conference and say Detroit for now." -- Anonymous

New York Rangers
Dallas -- Anonymous

Ottawa Senators
Detroit: "I just think Manny Legace is having a great year and that can go a
long way." -- Daniel Alfredsson

Philadelphia Flyers
Carolina: "They're playing really well right now." -- Simon Gagne

Pittsburgh Penguins
Carolina: "They have experience, but they're young and very skilled, and their goaltender is playing great." -- Konstantin Koltsov

Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado: "Colorado is a team on the rise. They're hot right now and getting it going at the right time." -- Curtis Joseph

St. Louis Blues
Carolina: "I wish Doug Weight all the best." -- Barret Jackman

San Jose Sharks
Philadelphia -- Anonymous

Tampa Bay Lightning
Calgary -- Anonymous

Toronto Maple Leafs
Ottawa: "I'd have to say Ottawa. They've beaten us seven times, eh?" -- Anonymous

Vancouver Canucks
Ottawa: "They're a pretty complete team." -- Mattias Ohlund

Washington Capitals
Ottawa -- Anonymous

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