The NHL’s Northeast Division might be one of the most hotly-contested groups this season. Each team is dealing with its own unique issues, thus providing no clear favourite:
— The Ottawa Senators addressed one of their biggest weaknesses — a lousy power play — over the summer by bringing in Sergei Gonchar, but questions remain in goal. Neither Brian Elliott nor Pascal Leclaire has the overwhelming confidence of fans or management.
— The situation is similar in Montreal, but the Habs will have to live or die with Carey Price now that Jaroslav Halak is gone.
— The Buffalo Sabres couldn’t be happier with their situation between the pipes, but can their collection of smallish forwards and a defence corps led by a 20-year-old capture a second straight division crown?
— Boston has solid defence and goaltending, but struggled last season to score goals. Can they turn it around?
— The Toronto Maple Leafs appear headed for the basement again, but could a heavy dose of truculence turn things around?
We want to know what you think…which one of these teams is most likely to come out on top at the end of the season?