Wednesday, 13 August 2014

2014-15 NHL Predictions Part 1

It's that time of year to start assessing the next NHL season, sight unseen. Here's how I think the 2015 post-season picture will look.

Playoff Teams

Western Conference 
Anaheim Ducks
LA Kings
Vancouver Canucks
Dallas Stars
St. Louis Blues
Chicago Blackhawks
Minnesota Wild
San Jose Sharks

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins
Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs (I WILL NEVER LEARN!!!)

President's Trophy Winner: Pittsburgh Penguins

Stanley Cup Finalists: LA Kings and Montreal Canadiens

Stanley Cup Champions: LA Kings

If I could have two back-up guesses, I'd pick the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks. One thing I feel confident about is that the East will not beat the West, no matter how battered and bruised the western teams render each other on the way to the Final, the West will remain superior.

I base all of my predictions on avian augury, which is the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather of advanced stats.

Now that I've outlined what I think will happen, I'd like to predict the other end of the spectrum (e.g. the non-playoff contenders, the non-champions, the losingest team, and the draft lottery champ). Next spring, I'll write a recap post that assess whether my yea-saying or nay-saying was more accurate.

Non-Playoff Teams

Western Conference

Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Edmonton Oilers
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Arizona Coyotes
Winnipeg Jets

Eastern Conference
Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
New Jersey Devils
Ottawa Senators
Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals

Most Improbably Stanley Cup Finalists: Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes

30th Overall in NHL Standings: Phoenix Coyotes

Draft Lottery Winners: Florida Panthers (call them the Edmonton Oilers of the EC)

Least Likely to Win Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs (Hey, I'm not a totally unrealistic fan)

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