Is change really good? Tampa Bay's about to find out
Three different champions have celebrated Cup wins in the three seasons since the end of the lockout: Carolina, Anaheim and Detroit. Three other teams have made it to the finals: Edmonton, Ottawa and Pittsburgh.
Ever since Carolina's improbable 2006 win, we at ESPN.com have tried to figure out where that next surprise team might come from, the team that could overcome long odds and rampant skepticism to become a factor in the NHL playoffs.
The first year, after discussing ...
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A TEAM CAN DREAM
Which team will be this season's surprise story? ESPN.com is picking the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Scott Burnside is chronicling the team's travels throughout the season. But here's a look at out previous picks:
2006-07 -- Phoenix CoyotesPredicted finish: 8th in West
End result: 29th in NHL (31-46-5)
• What now for the Coyotes?
• Goalies bring stability -- and wins
• Last time we saw them ...
• In City of Angels, a day of reckoning
• Coyotes could be hockey's next miracle
2007-08 -- Washington CapitalsPredicted finish: 8th in the East
End result: 3rd in East (43-31-8)
• "We're rebuilding"
• Rough start in D.C.
• Coach Boudreau sparks Caps' comeback
• Will Kolzig be the odd man out in D.C.?