2022-23 NHL team previews: Projections and ranking of every NHL team


Welcome to The Athletic’s 2022-23 edition of the team season previews, a deep dive into what to expect from each team for the upcoming season by Sean Gentille, Shayna Goldman, and Dom Luszczyszyn.

Between Sept. 19 and Oct. 4, we’re previewing all 32 NHL teams in order of predicted regular-season finish, according to Dom’s model. But we’re not going to unveil the order at once — you’ll have to come back here each day as we publish two new previews.

Beyond the projected point total and playoff finish, you’ll find one big question pressing each team, a wildcard player that might have an unexpected impact on the forecast, a roster breakdown, and a best and worst case scenario for each team.

Here are some references to explain how this all works and the links to each team will be here every morning.

• How these projections work• How these projections performed last season• Understanding projection uncertainty 

The rankings

32. Arizona Coyotes

31. Montreal Canadiens

30. Chicago Blackhawks

29. Buffalo Sabres