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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Pittsburgh - J. Locke
Miami - M. Latos 6:05 PM
Washington - S. Strasburg
NY Yankees - M. Pineda 6:07 PM
Toronto - M. Estrada
Philadelphia - C. Billingsley 6:10 PM
Atlanta - S. Miller
Baltimore - B. Norris 6:10 PM
NY Mets - B. Colon
Tampa Bay - D. Smyly 6:10 PM
Boston - R. Porcello
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 7:10 PM
Milwaukee - M. Garza
Cleveland - D. Salazar 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Vargas
Detroit - S. Greene 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - J. Samardzija
Oakland - J. Chavez 7:10 PM
Minnesota - T. May
Texas - W. Rodriguez 7:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks 7:15 PM
St. Louis - T. Lyons
Arizona - J. Collmenter 7:40 PM
Colorado - T. Matzek
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LA Angels - G. Richards
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Washington 7:00 PM
Atlanta
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