It’s hockey prediction season

Let the punditry begin. The Sports Forecaster hockey yearbook hit newsstands today, on the same day The Hockey News released its prediction for the last place teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences. If you’re on this web site, you’re not gonna like the results.

Let the punditry begin. The Sports Forecaster hockey yearbook hit newsstands today, on the same day The Hockey News released its prediction for the last place teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences. If you’re on this web site, chances are you’re not gonna like the results.

Let’s get to the Forecaster first. On the plus side, the magazine doesn’t have the Senators finishing last in the east. Just second-last (ahead of the woeful Florida Panthers and one back of the Winnipeg Jets). I can’t say I disagree with their top-8…

1. WSH
2. BOS
3. PHI
4. PIT
5. NYR
6. MTL
7. BUF
8. TB

…but I’d probably order them a little differently. I think I would take the Rangers and Penguins over the Flyers in the Atlantic, while Montreal would drop to eighth. You may disagree. Here are the playoff teams in the west:

1. CHI
2. SJ
3. VAN
4. NSH
5. STL
6. DET
7. LA
8. ANA

Again, agree with the top-8, with some shuffling. The L.A. Kings could take a solid run at the Pacific crown, so I’d bump them up a couple spots, while Nashville surprises me every year by staying in contention. So I’ll be surprised again if they finish higher than seventh or eighth. I also like the Sharks and Canucks ahead of the Blackhawks (who The Forecaster is picking to win the President’s Trophy AND Stanley Cup).

On to The Hockey News. The fact I’m addressing it in a post when the mag has only released its last-place picks tells you all you need to know, but here’s what THN says about the once-mighty Sens:

After finishing second-last in NHL scoring in 2010-11, it’s clear the Senators have fallen long and hard from their days as a league powerhouse. The team started down the rebuild road and traded away many veterans, but still have Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson to hang their hat on. Ottawa has some tantalizing talent on its way up, namely Erik Karlsson on the blueline, but the future isn’t here yet. Keep up THN’s picks by clicking here.

Pretty, pretty, pretty bleak.

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