Goaltending, depth and a little luck may be the difference in the playoff contenders in the 2015-16 NHL season, which begins Wednesday. Here's my best guesses:

Metropolitan Division (Top five in playoffs)

1. Washington

2. Columbus

3. Rangers

4. Islanders

5. Pittsburgh

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6. Philadelphia

7. New Jersey

8. Carolina

Atlantic Division (Top three in playoffs)

1. Tampa

2. Montreal

3. Detroit

4. Ottawa

5. Florida

6. Boston

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7. Buffalo

8. Toronto

Pacific Division: (Top four in playoffs)

1. Anaheim

2. Los Angeles

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3. Calgary

4. San Jose

5. Edmonton

6. Vancouver

7. Arizona

Central Division (Top four in playoffs)

1. Chicago

2. St. Louis

3. Dallas

4. Minnesota

5. Nashville

6. Winnipeg

7. Colorado