NHL: Bold Predictions for the 2020-2021 Season

The NHL regular season is supposed to start sometime on New Year’s Day, which is on January 1st. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the defending Stanley Cup Champions and they defeated the Dallas Stars in six games. At the moment, we have no idea when the season could begin.

Their could be a lockout, but let’s hope that isn’t the case here. Talks are possible that a 52 to 56-game is possible and they want the season to end in early July (Stanley Cup Playoffs).

What are the bold predictions going to be for each NHL this team this upcoming season?

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins

They will miss the playoffs with having Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak sidelined to start the season due to injuries.

Buffalo Sabres

The Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel experiment will fail and they will have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho leads the league in goals scored

Columbus Blue Jackets

They will miss the playoffs due to a lack of goal scoring.

Detroit Red Wings

They won’t score a lot of goals, but they won’t give up a lot of goals either.

Florida Panthers

Jonathan Huberdeau finishes in the NHL’s Top 10 in points.

Montreal Canadiens

With gaining experience in the Stanley Cup Playoffs due to the Coronavirus situation, the Montreal Canadiens will continue to grow this season and be the three seed in the Atlantic Division and make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

New Jersey Devils

MacKenzie Blackwood will start more games than Corey Crawford will and also will have better statistics than him.

New York Rangers

Alexis Lafreniere will score 30 goals as a rookie.

New York Islanders

Ilya Sorokin becomes the starting goaltender for the New York Islanders midseason in favor of Semyon Varlamov.

Ottawa Senators

They will just miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but Ottawa will finish in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and finish with more points than the Boston Bruins.

Philadelphia Flyers

Carter Hart finishes as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jake Guentzel will finish with more points than Sidney Crosby.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Brayden Point leads the team in scoring and points.

Toronto Maple Leafs

With the additions of Joe Thornton and Wayne Simmonds, they will finish in the Top 2 in the Atlantic Division and finally win a playoff series or two for the first time since 2002.

Washington Capitals

Evgeny Kuznetsov records the most assists in the NHL.

Western Conference

Anaheim Ducks

The rebuilding Anaheim Ducks struggle to win 15-20 games this season.

Arizona Coyotes

With losing Taylor Hall to the Buffalo Sabres in free agency and despite having Phil Kessel around as an elite goal scorer, the Arizona Coyotes will have the fewest goals scored in the NHL this season.

Calgary Flames

They reach 30-35 wins in a shortened season.

Chicago Blackhawks

Kirby Dach scores 20 goals and records 20 assists.

Colorado Avalanche

They win The Presidents’ Trophy for the 2020-2021 regular season and they will also win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001 in seven games against the New Jersey Devils. They will also be the first to win it all since the 2012-2013 Chicago Blackhawks to have the most points in the NHL.

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn leads the Dallas Stars in goals scored. He is the heartbeat and heart and soul of this hockey team and club. Also, Benn is one of the best captains and leaders in the NHL as well here.

Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid wins another Hart Trophy and his teammate Leon Draisaitl won the Hart Trophy last season.

Los Angeles Kings

Rookie Quinton Byfield and Captain Anze Kopitar will lead the Los Angeles Kings to the playoffs as a wild card team in the Western Conference.

Minnesota Wild

This team will finish in fifth place in the Central Division and just miss the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Nashville Predators

They will finish in last place in the Central Division.

San Jose Sharks

Devan Dubnyk will start more games than Martin Jones.

St. Louis Blues

Torey Krug will lead the team in assists and he came over from the Boston Bruins in free agency for the next seven years while former Captain Alex Pietrangelo left in free agency for the Vegas Golden Knights for the next seven years as well here.

Vancouver Canucks

They will reach the Western Conference Finals this season for the first time since going to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011 and losing to the Boston Bruins in seven games.

Vegas Golden Knights

They will not finish as a Top 3 team in the Pacific Division.

Winnipeg Jets

Patrik Laine will finish with more goals scored than Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins also.

What did you think of these bold predictions in the NHL for the 2020-2021 season? Leave a comment below.

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