Ovechkin/By S. Bradley

The Hockey News 2011-12 Yearbook made it to my house before Tropical Storm Irene yesterday.

The arrival of that publication is always a highlight of the weeks leading up to the start of NHL training camps.

Turning the pages to find out who THN predicts will be the big winners this season reveals that not only does the publication predict Washington will win the Eastern Conference, but Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals are also the THN pick to win the Stanley Cup. In the West, THN predicts Chicago will emerge just two years removed from winning its own Cup.

THN picks the Bruins to win the Northeast Division just ahead of Buffalo. Here’s a look at the way THN picks the order of finish in the Bruins’ division:

1. Bruins
2. Buffalo
3. Montreal
4. Toronto
5. Ottawa

The Bruins are projected to finish third in the East behind Washington and Pittsburgh. But the preview story assumes that the Penguins will have a healthy Sidney Crosby to go with Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal.

Look for predictions from The Bruins Blog when the regular season is closer.