Trying to predict something in the NHL is the art of looking foolish later on. Some will make predictions but will be quick to delete them later or will tell you verbally, trying to avoid looking bad down the road. Not here folks. Why be afraid of ridicule? I mean, if you can’t laugh at yourself, what gives you the right to laugh at others? Or how can you point to someone being wrong if you don’t get your feet wet yourself?
So let’s break the standings down into four division and look at them one by one.
The most improved team is the Florida Panthers, followed by the Senators (due to the progression of their young players) and the Red Wings, after the additions made by Steve Yzerman. The Sabres are stagnant while the Canadiens and the Bruins have regressed. It should still be a division where the Lightning dominates.
- Maple Leafs
- Red Wings
The Capitals are still top of the class in that division but overall, it’s likely the weakest division… after the Pacific. Can the Flyers bounce back? The Hurricanes’ goaltending is a huge question mark. The Penguins are aging. The Rangers and Devils are two teams very difficult to gauge early on. They could surprise.
- Blue Jackets
In the Central division, the Avalanche should win by a… landslide. The Blues and Stars are still good teams but it’s wide open after that. It will all depend on which teams can stay relatively healthy. To make room for the Kraken in the Pacific, the Coyotes moved the Central but should still find themselves on the outside looking in.
This division will fight for league mediocrity with the Metro but should win the title. Welcome to the NHL, Seattle Kraken, but Ron Francis didn’t do as good of a job as the Golden Knights did at their own Expansion Draft, mostly due to GMs having learned from their mistakes. Vegas should easily win that division but watch out for the Kings and Oilers.
- Golden Knights
So there you have it. You can come back in a few weeks, a few months, and see how bad I did… but only if you prove to me that you have made your own prediction prior to the start of the season. We can then compare notes and laugh together. Happy 2021-22 season everyone!