Sports Illustrated’s NHL Preview predicts Penguins over Blackhawks in Stanley Cup Finals; Tim Thomas appears on Northeast regional coverPosted: October 4, 2011
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas appears on a regional cover of this week’s Oct. 10, 2011, issue of Sports Illustrated — on newsstands tomorrow — that will be available in New England and Canada. It marks the Bruins’ 12th cover but their first since May 9, 1977 , when Gerry Cheevers and Brad Park appeared on it.
NHL PREVIEW: PENGUINS OVER BLACKHAWKS IN STANLEY CUP FINALS
The timetable of Sidney Crosby’s return is still up in the air, but Pittsburgh’s proven ability to win in a variety of ways — with either their offense or their defense — is a big reason why SI predicts the Penguins to defeat the Blackhawks in this year’s Stanley Cup finals. Predictions for the regular season are as follows (page 68).
|1. Pittsburgh Penguins*||9. Carolina Hurricanes||1. Chicago Blackhawks*||9. Columbus Blue Jackets|
|2. Philadelphia Flyers||10. New Jersey Devils||2. Vancouver Canucks*||10. Minnesota Wild|
|3. Washington Capitals*||11. Toronto Maple Leafs||3. San Jose Sharks*||11. Colorado Avalanche|
|4. Boston Bruins*||12. New York Islanders||4. Los Angeles Kings||12. Calgary Flames|
|5. Tampa Bay Lightning||13. Florida Panthers||5. Detroit Red Wings||13. Phoenix Coyotes|
|6. Montreal Canadiens||14. Ottawa Senators||6. Nashville Predators||14. Edmonton Oilers|
|7. Buffalo Sabres||15. Winnipeg Jets||7. St. Louis Blues||15. Dallas Stars|
|8. New York Rangers||8. Anaheim Ducks|
*Division winner; top eight teams in each conference make playoffs
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