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Revisiting the 2013 Forecast

by chewy 23. April 2013 13:29

As the season draws to a close and we prepare for the playoff run, it's time to take a step back and revisit this year's pre-season predictions to see how well the Crystal Ball performed in the shortened season.  Clearly, it was a mixed bag.  If you want the whole thing, here's the Original Post: http://www.landsharkhockey.com/post/2013/01/21/NHL-2013-Preseason-Predictions.aspx

 

 

 

TEAMS ON THE MOVE

We tried to predict teams that would move up and down.  We possibly nailed it on the Down part.  Failed miserably on the up…

 

GOING UP:

 

Buffalo Sabres - Truly thought they were on the right track.  This team needs to start playing with some passion in the first half of the seasons.

 

Carolina Panthers - Seems like every season, they miss the playoffs by a point or two.  At least they should have a decent draft position this time around to show for their troubles.

 

Edmonton Oilers - Biggest shocker of all.  When is this team going to win?

 

 

GOING DOWN:

 

Detroit Redwings - Fared much better than I expected with the franchise retiring last year.  Still, looking like the streak will end this spring.

 

New Jersey Devils - My prediction of "No chance this team makes the playoffs." looked silly after the first month of games, but this team came down to earth when Brodeur was injured.

 

 

 

FINAL STANDINGS (by points)

 

Not even close...

 

Starting in the East:

 

1. Pittsburgh *

2. New York Rangers

3. Buffalo Sabres *

4. Boston Bruins

5. Carolina Hurricanes *

6. Philadelphia Flyers

7. Toronto Maple Leafs

8. Tampa Bay Lightning

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9. Washington Capitals

10. Florida Panthers

11. Ottawa Senators

12. Montreal Canadiens

13. New York Islanders

14. Winnepeg Jets

15. New Jersey Devils

 

Besides nailing Pittsburgh to finish first (big stretch there), the only other right predictions:

"Yes, once again, it looks like the "winner" from the Southeast Division will unjustly claim 3rd seed"

"The Leafs will end their playoff absence, while the Caps will be on the outside this time around. (TBD on that last one) "

 

 

Now, on to the West:

 

A little better.  Way off on Columbus.  Hands up if you saw that turn around coming.  Also missed the boat on the Ducks.

 

1. St. Louis Blues *

2. LA Kings *

3. Nashville Predators

4. Edmonton Oilers *

5. Vancouver Canucks

6. Chicago Blackhawks

7. Phoenix Coyotes

8. San Jose Sharks

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9. Dallas Stars

10. Detroit Redwings

11. Minnesota Wild

12. Colorado Avalanche

13. Anaheim Ducks

14. Calgary Flames

15. Columbus Blue Jackets

 

 

 

 

THE HARDWARE

 

Mixed bag on these calls:

 

MVP / Art Ross

Crosby.  End. Of. Discussion.

Still think he's got this in the bag.

 

Rocket Richard

Despite a handful of worthy competitors, Stamkos will be holding on to this one for a few years.

Still has a shot to prove me right.

 

Norris

Shea Weber will claim his first of many this year.  Expect some votes for Letang and Karlsson.

Shea misses Ryan.  Who knew? 

 

Vezina

The committee always seems to be a year behind in naming the winner here.  Jonathan Quick gets his due in 2013.

No idea who's going to claim the Vezina at this point, but it's not going to be Quick.

 

Presidents Trophy

The Blues will be so good defensively, they'll win this with a week to go in the season.

Did I say the Blues?  I meant that other Central Division team.

 

Stanley Cup

Last year, I predicted a California / Pennsylvania matchup in this space.  I was right on one end. 

My vague, cloudy crystal ball shows me the winner this time will emerge from either PA or NY state and will take on a team from the Central Division.  {pause while I crumble up papers.  Place them in the hat…}… and the gutsy prediction is:

 

OK.  Let's pretend like I stopped there, and a Penguin / Hawks 1992 repeat isn't out of the question...

 

 

The Buffalo Sabres will claim their first Cup over the St. Louis Blues.

 

Ouch. See where being bold gets you.

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