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?
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.
Jonathan Huberdeau finishes in the NHL’s Top 10 in points.
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
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.
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.
Carter Hart finishes as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Brayden Point leads the team in scoring and points.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Evgeny Kuznetsov records the most assists in the NHL.
The rebuilding Anaheim Ducks struggle to win 15-20 games this season.
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.
They reach 30-35 wins in a shortened season.
Kirby Dach scores 20 goals and records 20 assists.
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.
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.
Los Angeles Kings
This team will finish in fifth place in the Central Division and just miss the playoffs in the Western Conference.
They will finish in last place in the Central Division.
San Jose Sharks
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.
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.
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