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With the season just under two months away, it’s time to look at the best-case and worst-case scenarios for the teams that are going to be playing in the NHL’s next two years.
As the NHL season draws to a close, the league is facing the prospect of an all-out push by the teams who will make the jump from the amateur leagues to the professional ranks.
Some teams will be looking to rebuild while others will be making the leap to the NHL by the time they hit the market.
And with the NHL salary cap set to reach $65.1 million in 2018-19, there’s plenty of room for teams to make a few moves to boost their bottom line.
The first step to building a contender is to find a top-flight goaltender.
There are some teams that have already been able to find one this offseason, such as the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, and Nashville Predators.
The Predators were able to make some big moves this offseason to upgrade their roster and add a young goaltender.
But while the Predators made some big upgrades, they weren’t able to get anything to close out the season.
Nashville had the best year of any team this offseason by far, finishing with the fourth-best record in the league.
After trading for forward Shea Weber in a trade with the Nashville Predators, the team made a few additions to their roster to go along with the addition of goalie Devan Dubnyk.
DubnyK has been a solid goalie for the Predators this season, posting a record of 13-3-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
He’s also been a very valuable part of the team this season and has been named to the All-Star Game’s All-Rookie Team.
However, Dubnyks season has not gone quite as planned, as he has allowed at least three goals in each of his first three starts.
With his struggles, the Predators have been unable to find the success they hoped for, as they have been swept in five of their last six games.
However that doesn’t mean that the Predators will be going anywhere anytime soon.
Minnesota Wild have the league’s second-best goaltending situation this year.
In just their second season in the AHL, the Wild have been able as a team to improve and improve on the goaltending they had in their first year.
The Wild had a strong goaltending unit in the first two years of the franchise, but the goaltenders of the current Wild are looking to have their careers extend this season.
With Ryan Suter returning to the lineup and Patrik Nemeth and Jonas Brodin both returning to full health, the Minnesota Vikings have a healthy and talented goaltending group in goal.
With Suter and Nemeth back to full strength, the Vikings are set up for success this season with the goal of making the playoffs.
With the goal to make the playoffs, the depth of the goaltends has been key for the Vikings this season; Suter, Nemeth, and Brodin all all have at least 20 goals and are all in the top 10 in goals-for percentage among goaltenders in the entire NHL.
Minnesota has the opportunity to become one of the top teams in the West this season as they head into the final weekend of the regular season.
But if they can’t make the playoff, it may mean that this team has to go out and find another goalie, as the Wild are set to be the team that will make a big jump into the playoffs in 2018.
The following teams are in the middle of a playoff push this year, but could be looking for some serious help to fill the void left by the departures of their goalies.
Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators (tie), New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks (tie)The Carolina Hurricanes are set for a big season with their playoff push now under way.
With forward Mark Scheifele set to return to the ice for the first time since sustaining a concussion in December, the Hurricanes have a plethora of options to go with him, including goalies, defensemen, and forwards.
With Scheifeles injury, it could make it tough for the Hurricanes to win a playoff spot, but this could be a team that can find some help to the top six in the Western Conference.
If the Hurricanes can find help, they could make some noise and make a run for the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Boston Bruins are set with goaltender Tuukka Rask and goalie Brad Marchand.
Rask has had a very strong year with the Bruins, posting two shutouts and a 2-0-0 record.
Marchand has also shown some improvement and has also posted a