The Icon: Wayne Gretzky has scored only 65 goals in his last 174 regular-season games. Has Gretzky's production suffered because he has been surrounded by marginal players? Or is Gretzky, who turns 35 in January, simply finished—at least by his unique standards? The Great One says he will quit if he has another mediocre season.
Outlook: Robinson has never missed the playoffs before, as a coach or a player. This will be a first for him. Twelfth in the conference.
The Long Goodbye: The local conglomerate of business leaders who staged an emotional tin-cup campaign in the spring to build a new arena and keep the Jets in Winnipeg finally threw in the towel in August. The Jets will likely land in Minneapolis in 1996-97.
The Goals: Even without restricted free-agent holdout Keith Tkachuk, the Jets will score. Second-team All-Star Alexei Zhamnov will center for a healthy Teemu Selanne, who has had two injury-filled seasons since his 76-goal rookie year in 1992-93.
Outlook: Looking south to the U.S., looking north from the bottom of the standings. Last in the conference.