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SI's 2001-02 NHL Team Previews

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The unconventional Hasek will do everything but stand on his head to secure the Red Wings' leaky goal, and that's the fix needed to bring the Cup back to Detroit. David E. Klutho
Avalanche star Peter Forsberg stayed home, seemingly the only marquee player who did during the NHL's wild off-season. Forsberg took an indefinite leave of absence from the Stanley Cup champions to recover after a splenectomy and some lesser ravages of the game, a sabbatical that muddies a Cup picture already clouded by a summer of musical personnel. Dominik Hasek, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille joined the Red Wings. Pierre Turgeon left the Blues for the Stars and was replaced in St. Louis by the estimable Doug Weight. Eric Lindros finally received a ticket out of Philadelphia (to the division rival Rangers), while the Flyers retooled, most prominently by adding Jeremy Roenick. Improbably, Alexei Yashin and Michael Peca happily joined the hapless Islanders. In an even bigger head scratcher, the Capitals acquired five-time scoring champion Jaromir Jagr from the Penguins for three players you've never heard of. However, with Hasek solving Detroit's goaltending woes, the Red Wings, despite having eight key players 35 or older, will be sitting with the Cup when this game of musical personnel concludes next June. Below, each team is listed in order of predicted division finish, accompanied by SI's overall rank.

Sports Illustrated 2001-02 NHL Previews
EAST PREVIEWS   WEST PREVIEWS
  Northeast
  *Toronto Maple Leafs*
  *Boston Bruins*
  *Ottawa Senators*
  *Buffalo Sabres*
  *Montreal Canadiens
Rank
9
10
12
14
26
  Central
  *Detroit Red Wings*
  *St. Louis Blues*
  *Nashville Predators
  *Columbus Blue Jackets
  *Chicago Blackhawks
Rank
1
8
19
23
24
  Atlantic
  *Philadelphia Flyers*
  *New Jersey Devils*
  *Pittsburgh Penguins*
  *New York Islanders
  *New York Rangers
 
2
6
13
18
20
  Northwest
  *Colorado Avalanche*
  *Edmonton Oilers*
  *Vancouver Canucks*
  *Calgary Flames
  *Minnesota Wild
 
3
15
16
27
28
  Southeast
  *Washington Capitals*
  *Carolina Hurricanes
  *Florida Panthers
  *Tampa Bay Lightning
  *Atlanta Thrashers
 
5
17
21
22
30
  Pacific
  *Dallas Stars*
  *San Jose Sharks*
  *Los Angeles Kings*
  *Phoenix Coyotes
  *Anaheim Mighty Ducks
 
4
7
11
25
29
Eastern Conference Finals Western Conference Finals
Philadelphia over Washington Detroit over Colorado
Stanley Cup Finals
Detroit over Philadelphia

*Playoff team


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