The National Hockey League is ready for another season of all kinds of madness on the ice. Once this season begins in full anger, ANYTHING can happen in three periods of 20-minute action. Everything from top-shelf goals to the occasional hockey fights will happen. You'll have some Power Play moments. You might even see some one-on-one shootouts. Ah... the awesomeness of the NHL. If you believe in the shield- the NHL shield- then you'll be treated to plenty of NHL awesomeness. Everything from off-season moves to whomever wins the Stanley Cup, and whomever wins any number of awards in the NHL Awards is fair game in this thread. The defending champions are the St. Louis Blues. Who will prove themselves to be the best team this upcoming season? Could a powerful team disappoint hard- like the Tampa Bay Lightning in last season's Playoffs? In case you need a reminder of who all made the Playoffs last season, here are last season's Playoff teams: --- 2018-2019 PLAYOFF TEAMS --- ! = division winner !! = home advantage --- EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF TEAMS (2018-2019) --- * Tampa Bay!! * Boston * Toronto * Washington! (defending Champions) * New York Islanders * Pittsburgh * Carolina (East Wild Card 1) * Columbus (East Wild Card 2) --- WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF TEAMS (2018-2019) --- * Nashville! * Winnipeg * St. Louis * Calgary!! * San José * Vegas * Dallas (West Wild Card 1) * Colorado (West Wild Card 2) The 2019-2020 regular season is set to begin on October 2. One of the matches announced was the St. Louis Blues at the Washington Capitals. So we'll have last season's champs against the champs from two seasons ago. As always, good luck to all of your favorite teams. I hope your favorite team(s) can have as great of a season as possible. For more on all things NHL, visit https://www.nhl.com .