The meek inherited the East, if not the earth, in the playoffs last spring.
The top-seeded Capitals were upset by the eighth-seeded Canadiens, who then eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. In the conference finals the Canadiens faced the seventh-seeded Flyers, who had upset the Devils and rallied from an 0-3 deficit against the Bruins to become only the third team in Stanley Cup playoff history to erase that deficit in a best-of-seven series. The Flyers won the East but lost the Cup finals to the Blackhawks in six games.
Last season proves there are no sure picks in this conference.
Meanwhile, seven of last season's top 10 teams, including the...