NHL Bold Predictions

By kaplanssportstory
Sep. 05, 2017

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It is less than a month away until the NHL season begins. It seems like the offseason goes by faster and faster year in and year out. Do you guys like bold predictions?

Eastern Conference: Boston Bruins: Bruce Cassidy wins 45 games in his first full season as Bruins Head Coach.

Buffalo Sabres: Goalie Robin Lehner will lose his starting job at some point in the season and Linus Ullmark will be the starter at some point.

Carolina Hurricanes: They will make the postseason for the first time since 2008-2009.

Columbus Blue Jackets: They will win the Metropolitan Division (regular season).

Detroit Red Wings: Jimmy Howard will start more games in net than Petr Mrazek.

Florida Panthers: With the loss of some key players, they won't have more than 65 points in the standings.

Montreal Canadiens: They will miss the postseason.

New Jersey Devils: They will have a top 10 offense. Adding rookies Nico Hischier and Michael McLeod will help them.

New York Islanders: With all the speculation about signing John Tavares to a contract extension, they will trade him mid-season.

New York Rangers: They will finish last in the Metropolitan Division.

Philadelphia Flyers: Rookie Nolan Patrick will have a better season than Claude Giroux.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Jake Guentzel will score 30 goals and record 25 assists.

Ottawa Senators: They will have the worst offense in the league.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos stays healthy the entire season and will lead the league in goals scored.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews will record 100 points, along with Edmonton Oilers's Connor McDavid.

Washington Capitals: They don't get past the first round of the postseason.

Western Conference: Anaheim Ducks: John Gibson will have a rough season between the pipes.

Arizona Coyotes: New Head Coach Rich Tocchet has his young team playing fast and having a top 10 offense.

Calgary Flames: They will record at least 100 points in the standings.

Chicago Blackhawks: Despite bringing back Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp, they don't have enough to make another deep playoff run.

Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene will score 40 goals.

Dallas Stars: They will make it back to the postseason.

Edmonton Oilers: They will win the Presidents' Trophy.

Los Angeles Kings: They will lack goal scoring once again this season.

Minnesota Wild: Matt Dumba stays healthy a full season and is a serious candidate for the Norris Trophy.

Nashville Predators: Filip Forsberg records 90 points and becomes an MVP candidate.

San Jose Sharks: They will struggle at times during the regular season, but they will make the postseason by the skin of their teeth.

St. Louis Blues: They will miss the postseason.

Vancouver Canucks: Sven Baertschi will score 30 goals.

Winnipeg Jets: Patrik Laine will score 50 goals.

Vegas Golden Knights: Shea Theodore will record 40 points.

Check back next week for my NHL Preview.