Hockey fans will have plenty to cheer for in 2018.
But if they do, the top three teams will likely be the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets.
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Montreal Canadiens (Last year: No. 1)The Canadiens will be playing their second straight season in Montreal, which will give the club a chance to showcase its young core in front of an increasingly devoted fanbase.
But it will be interesting to see if the team can recapture some of the magic of the 2015-16 campaign, when they finished second in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Toronto Maple Leaf.
They finished 10-6-2 and won the Presidents’ Trophy.
Montreal finished with the best goal differential in the league and was third in goals scored, with two of the top five in goals.
This season, the team is expected to compete with the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup.
It will be a big year for the Canadiens, who finished seventh in the East last season.
They have won five of their last six games, including their first two of 2018-19.