NHL 2011-12 preview: Russo's predictions

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO
  • Updated: October 5, 2011 - 7:58 PM

Mike Russo picks the major awards and the Stanley Cup for the 2011-12 NHL season.

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Look for defenseman Drew Doughty, front right, and the Los Angeles Kings to make a big splash in the NHL this season.

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A look at award winners from 2010-11 and Michael Russo's predictions for 2011-12:

HART TROPHY (MVP)

2010-11: Corey Perry, Anaheim

Russo's pick: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

NORRIS TROPHY (OUTSTANDING DEFENSEMAN)

2010-11: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit

Russo's pick: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles

VEZINA TROPHY (OUTSTANDING GOALTENDER)

2010-11: Tim Thomas, Boston

Russo's pick: Tim Thomas, Boston

CALDER TROPHY (ROOKIE OF THE YEAR)

2010-11: Jeff Skinner, Carolina

Russo's pick: Matt Read, Philadelphia

LADY BYNG TROPHY (MOST GENTLEMANLY)

2010-11: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay

Russo's pick: Brad Richards, N.Y. Rangers

SELKE TROPHY (BEST DEFENSIVE FORWARD)

2010-11: Ryan Kesler, Vancouver

Russo's pick: Mike Richards, Los Angeles

JACK ADAMS AWARD (COACH OF THE YEAR)

2010-11: Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh

Russo's pick: Terry Murray, Los Angeles

ART ROSS TROPHY (TOP POINT-GETTER)

2010-11: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Russo's pick: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh

MAURICE RICHARD TROPHY (TOP GOAL-SCORER)

2010-11: Corey Perry, Anaheim

Russo's pick: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

RUSSO PICKS THE PLAYOFFS

Eastern Conference champion: Tampa Bay

Western Conference champion: Los Angeles

Stanley Cup champion: Los Angeles

(Who was the only beat writer in the league to nail a Boston-Vancouver final last year? You got it. So bank this one: Kings in six.)

Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP):

Drew Doughty, D, Kings

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St. Louis - L. Lynn 12:05 PM
Washington - J. Zimmermann
Toronto - M. Buehrle 12:05 PM
Cleveland - C. Kluber
LA Angels - C. Wilson 12:08 PM
Detroit - M. Scherzer
Baltimore - B. Norris 12:35 PM
Boston - F. Doubront
Minnesota - K. Correia 1:10 PM
Kansas City - B. Chen
Cincinnati - T. Cingrani 1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs - E. Jackson
Houston - B. Oberholtzer 3:05 PM
Oakland - S. Kazmir
Milwaukee - M. Garza 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - W. Rodriguez
Atlanta - E. Santana 6:10 PM
NY Mets - B. Colon
NY Yankees - I. Nova 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - C. Archer
Seattle - R. Elias 6:10 PM
Miami - H. Alvarez
Chicago WSox - J. Quintana 7:05 PM
Texas - C. Lewis
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick 7:10 PM
Colorado - J. Lyles
Arizona - M. Bolsinger 7:10 PM
Los Angeles - D. Haren
San Francisco - T. Hudson 7:40 PM
San Diego - E. Stults
Brooklyn 9 1st Qtr 5:56
Toronto 11
Golden State 2:30 PM
LA Clippers
Atlanta 6:00 PM
Indiana
Memphis 8:30 PM
Oklahoma City
Chicago 2:00 PM
St. Louis
Columbus 6:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Minnesota 8:30 PM
Colorado
Houston 3:00 PM
Philadelphia
New England 3:00 PM
Chicago
San Jose 5:00 PM
Colorado
Los Angeles 6:00 PM
Vancouver FC
D.C. 6:30 PM
Columbus
Toronto FC 7:30 PM
FC Dallas
Montreal 7:30 PM
Sporting Kansas City
Portland 8:30 PM
Real Salt Lake
Seattle 9:30 PM
Chivas USA
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