Which NHL teams will be the best in the NHL next season?
It’s a longshot, but it’s a good one.
In the first year of the NHL’s new TV deal with the NHL Network, the Philadelphia Flyers are expected to be among the top teams in the league.
The Flyers have won the past three seasons and are expected again to win the next two.
That’s a respectable record and an enviable ranking considering that they’ve missed the playoffs for six of the past seven seasons.
The Flyers are not expected to miss the playoffs this season.
Philadelphia also has the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers both won the Presidents’ Trophy last season.
The Rangers have the second-best record in all of the East.
The New York Islanders are projected to finish with the best regular season record in sports.
They are projected by ESPN to finish the season second in the Metropolitan Division.
The Isles have the third-best team defense in the League.
The Los Angeles Kings are projected second in hockey in terms of goals scored and are projected third in goal differential.
They have the best goal differential in the Central.
The Detroit Red Wings are projected fifth in hockey and have the seventh-best goal differential, per hockey-reference.com.
The Red Wings had the sixth-best shot differential last season, according to sabres.com and the NHL standings.
The Buffalo Sabres are projected fourth in hockey.
Buffalo has the second best shot differential in North America.
The Minnesota Wild have the worst goal differential and are also projected to have the least number of points per game in the Western Conference.
Minnesota finished last season in the bottom half of the league in goals per game and had the worst save percentage in the entire NHL.
The Wild are projected seventh in the East, per NHL.com, and ninth in the West.
The Colorado Avalanche are projected sixth in hockey, according in sabres and third in goals scored.
The San Jose Sharks are projected first in the Pacific Division.
They finished with the worst record in that division, which led the League for the first time in two years.
The Sharks have the fifth-best save percentage, per sabres, and are predicted seventh in scoring.
The Vancouver Canucks are projected eighth in hockey after finishing seventh last season and were projected fourth last season by sabres but were sixth this season by NHL.net.
The Edmonton Oilers are projected ninth in hockey with the seventh best goal-scoring record and were ninth in goal-differential.
The Oilers have the sixth best goal record and the third best save percentage.
The Calgary Flames are projected tenth in hockey for the sixth straight season and are tied for the eighth-best goals-per-game average in the conference.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are projected 13th in hockey by NHL Central Scouting.
The Blue Jackets have the ninth-best penalty kill and are third in penalty-killing efficiency.
The Montreal Canadiens are projected 19th in the Conference, the fourth-worst record in hockey behind the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils.
The Canadiens are tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second most penalties.
The Nashville Predators are projected 17th in basketball, according sabres as well as sixth in basketball in terms the Conference standings.
The Predators have the 12th-best points per possession, according NHL.ca.
The Florida Panthers are projected 20th in football, according ESPN and the NBA standings.
Florida is a better team than last season but the Panthers will miss the postseason for the third straight year.
They were ninth last season after finishing second in basketball last season with an 81-78 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
The Arizona Coyotes are projected 22nd in hockey but the Coyotes were the third team to finish last in hockey last season thanks to the collapse of the Arizona Coyotes franchise.
The Coyotes were projected 23rd in baseball last season due to injuries to players such as Brandon Belt and Josh Donaldson.
The Dallas Stars are projected 24th in baseball, according MLB.com which is the worst baseball team in the National League.
The Stars were projected 29th in college basketball last year, according TOI.
The league average is 34th in terms to the average team in basketball.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are projected 25th in sports, according Forbes.
The Lightning finished last in sports last season despite a strong finish in the American Hockey League.
They missed the postseason in five of their first six seasons and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in 2010.
The Chicago Blackhawks are projected 26th in NBA basketball.
The Blackhawks are ninth in basketball and were tied for seventh in hockey a season ago.
The Chicago Blackhawks were projected 26 in baseball but finished eighth last season because of injuries to their players.
The Washington Capitals were projected 27th in soccer and the Pittsburgh Penguins were projected 28th in volleyball.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are projected 29 in baseball and the New York Mets are projected 30 in soccer.
The Mets were projected 32nd in basketball this season and the Washington Capitals are projected 33 in volleyball, according league statistics.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Arizona Coyotes were