The experts have weight in, the models been run, and EA Sports simulated the season in a video game. Now, the puck is about to drop on the start of the 2018-19 NHL season and I want to know one thing: how well do you think the Canucks will do?
It’s time to jump into the comment section and make your own prediction. How many points will the Canucks amass by the end of the season? What will their record be? You can even throw in your own projections for the point totals of players like Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat, and Elias Pettersson, as well as your prediction for the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
As a reminder, here’s what the pundits, gambling sportsbooks, and analytical models have to say:
Your prediction could skew to the average of the experts, or you could be aggressively optimistic or pessimistic. Do you think the Canucks are going to shock the world and make the playoffs? Go ahead and make that 98-point prediction. Do you think this season is going to be an unmitigated disaster? Say it. Say 50 points. I dare you.
Here are my completely unscientific predictions. Feel free to make fun of me in the future for any of these predictions that I get hilariously wrong and I will steadfastly deny I ever made those predictions, even though the evidence is right here:
I think the Canucks will underperform the models, but not by much. Let’s go with 74 points and a 32-40-10 record. That will make them last in the Pacific Division, but not last in the Western Conference; let’s say that the Chicago Blackhawks fully collapse and finish beneath them.
But I’m going to be bold and optimistic and predict 40 goals for Brock Boeser, 70 points for Bo Horvat, and 65 points for Elias Pettersson. I think the young guns could excel; I just don’t think the supporting cast will be enough for the wins to start piling up.
I’m picking the Winnipeg Jets to win the Presidents’ Trophy, but I think the Nashville Predators will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final, with the Predators winning it all.
What say you? Am I ridiculously off-base? Do you have a finely-tuned crystal ball and know better? Sound off in the comments!