Here is how I see standings for the 2021-22 NHL season, which began Tuesday night.
1. Colorado Avalanche (110.2 points)
They’re the class of the league and the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, but they still have to prove themselves in the playoffs.
2. Vegas Golden Knights (104.3 points)
Vegas used Marc-Andre Fleury as a crutch last season, but they’re still the class of the Pacific Division for now.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning (104.1 points)
Tampa Bay’s quest for a three-peat begins, but the Lightning are not as deep. Still, if any team can do it, the Lightning can.
4. Toronto Maple Leafs (103.1 points)
The Maple Leafs are a very good team, and they might even win the division. But the playoffs are a different story.