Toronto Maple Leafs
Northeast's biggest surprise (for better or worse)
Northeast breakout player
Northeast's unsung hero
Hottest seat in the division
This could be the 20th season without a Cup being raised in Montreal, the 46th without one in Toronto, and, if you want to count first incarnations, the 86th in Ottawa (that one gets an asterisk). In Buffalo, the Sabres are trying to bring a title to city that has never had one in any major sport. (The Bills whiffed in four Super Bowls and Bob McAdoo's Braves never reached an NBA final.) On the ice, Buffalo is in 0-6 in conference and Cup championship series. Among Northeast Division teams, only the Bruins, who snapped their own 39-year drought in 2011, have had a recent chance to work on their Cup-hoisting technique.