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The NHL season is upon us and the parity within the league might be bigger than it has ever been before, will it result in a new champion?

Last year saw the Washington Capitals finally get the job done. It put an end to their story of not getting past the second round. Now Alex Ovechkin and company can say they’ve done it all.

But, Washington wasn’t the only big story in the NHL in 2017-18. It was a year which saw the best season from an expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, in history. The Golden misfits all came together and gave the Capitals a run for their money in the Finals.

That was last year, now in 2018-19, a new season brings hope to all despite the harsh reality that fans eventually realize early on in their season. Big name players have moved on to new places, a new wave of coaches have entered the league, and yet the goal all remains the same: winning the Stanley Cup.

Fans will be looking to see how John Tavares settles in with Toronto after leaving the New York Islanders. Erik Karlsson looks to form one of the games best defensive pairings with Brent Burns in San Jose.

On the coaching front, there was plenty of change following disappointment in 2017-18. Bill Peters, Rod Brind’Amour, Barry Trotz, David Quinn, Todd Reirden, and Jim Montgomery all look to make the transition to different benches. How their teams rally around them and perform will be one of the major storylines 2018-19 has to offer.

With that, the ESNY NHL staff has everything you need from analysis to predictions in order to get ready for the start of the 2018-19 season.