Now that the regular season is over, it’s the perfect time to look back on the year and review how it all turned out. It’s also a great opportunity to review our predictions for the season and see if we were right. In some cases, we were eerily correct, but in other cases… not so much.
After the first week of the season had concluded, we decided that we’d seen enough and could now predict the rest of the season. We boasted that “what’s happened over the first three games will definitely continue for the remaining 79″ and set out to predict the remainder of the year, from individual trophy winners to the Stanley Cup Final.
Unfortunately, the season didn’t turn out quite the way we expected it to.
The Stanley Cup will return to Canada, as the Edmonton Oilers will face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs for Lord Stanley’s Grail. What’s even more surprising is that both the Leafs and Oilers will finish the season undefeated.
Okay, so we were a little bit off here, since the Leafs and the Oilers failed to make the playoffs. This makes it unlikely that they will meet in the Stanley Cup Final. While the possibility that all of North America (other than Edmonton and Toronto) is destroyed before the playoffs begin remains, we’re going to consider this one an incorrect prediction.
Maybe next year.
Toronto forward Clarke MacArthur will continue his amazing scoring pace all season and finish with 109 goals, narrowly beating Alex Ovechkin and Derek Roy to win the Rocket Richard Trophy.
What were we thinking here!? We were completely wrong!
Alex Oveckhin in the race for the Richard!? What a terrible prediction.
Cap concerns will cause the New Jersey Devils to ice a team with only three players (Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur) for a January game against the Minnesota Wild. The Devils will lose 2-1 in overtime.
This may have actually happened. Unfortunately it’s impossible to find out conclusively, since no one in their right mind could watch a game between the Devils and the Wild and live.
The Ottawa Senators, unable to win a game or score a power play goal, will desperately trade Sergei Gonchar to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Scott Niedermayer. They will only learn later that Niedermayer is retired. Armed with Gonchar, the Ducks will win two games in a row for the first time in mid-December.
We got close on this one. If we had just stopped at “The Ottawa Senators, unable to win a game…” we would have been basking in our own brilliance right now.
Due to recent strong goaltending performances by Sergei Bobrovsky and last year’s Michael Leighton/Johan Backlund/Brian Boucher situation, the Philadelphia Flyers will become more convinced than ever that it doesn’t matter who is in their net. They will play the final 15 games of the regular season without any goaltender at all and do surprisingly well.
Okay, we’re convinced that this one actually happened. The Flyers haven’t changed their goaltending situation at all and, based on their record over the last 15 games of the season, it’s entirely possible that they were playing without a goaltender to close the year.
One player will deliver a dangerous, reckless hit on an opponent and cause injury. This player will be suspended for several games while another player, guilty of an equally dangerous and reckless hit, will escape any sort of punishment at all.
Okay, that one was a little two easy.
Now that we look at it, we actually didn’t do too badly with our predictions. Sure, we said a couple ridiculous things like “Henrik Sedin will never score another goal,” but no one can prove to us that it wasn’t Daniel wearing Henrik’s jersey for those 19 goals.
Plus, isn’t 19 goals for a Sedin pretty much like not scoring at all anyway?