The Capitals have very few holes in their lineup, but coach Bruce Boudreau needs to do a better job maintaining the discipline and attention to detail of his team, a problem which manifested itself in a penalty-kill rate that ranked 25th in the NHL last year.... The Lightning should have one of the league's best power plays, orchestrated by coach Guy Boucher and led by sniper Steven Stamkos.... Limited offensive depth after superstar Eric Staal and the lack of a take-charge defenseman will make it tough for the Hurricanes—one of the NHL's hardest-working teams—to be consistent winners.... The Panthers have three emerging stars that will make them fun to watch: wingers David Booth
(left), 25, and Michael Frolik, 22, and wise-beyond-his-years defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who's just 19. Forida is still a few years from contending.