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PHT Morning Skate: 2019-20 bold predictions; Which teams will drop in standings?

The St. Louis Blues made history with their first Stanley Cup championship last season. Take a look at what's to come in the 2019-20 NHL season.

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• Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire gives us a list of three teams that could fall down the standings this year. (Sportsnet)

• On the flip side, Berkshire also provided us with a list of teams that could climb up the standings in 2019-20. (Sportsnet)

• The Atlantic Division got even tougher over the course of the off-season. (Canadian Press)

• The Score makes nine bold predictions for the 2019-20 hockey season. (The Score)

• The NHL should allow teams to put sponsored logos on their jerseys. (The Hockey Writers)

• Who will finish with the most goals, points and wins? The Hockey News makes their predictions. (The Hockey News)

• The Jets have no update when it comes to Dustin Byfuglien’s status right now. (

• David Backes hit up a skating book camp this summer and he quickly realized he couldn’t keep up with a group of 12-year-old girls. (NBC Sports Boston)

• The salary cap will affect the way the New York Rangers shape their roster. (Blue Line Station)

• Which three players could lead the Blues in goals this season? (Bleedin Blue)

• It’s time for Pierre-Luc Dubois to step up offensively for the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Columbus Dispatch)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.