Before the 2015-16 NHL Season got underway, Sean and Keith went through the irresistible and unrewarding exercise of making predictions. Though this post (and subsequent podcast) was technically uploaded onto the web a few days after the start of the season, we cross our hearts and promise these picks were made before games had begun (Wednesday, October 7).
Pacific Division (in order of finish at year’s end)
- Anaheim Ducks (“Because that’s what they do. Bounced in the first round”)
- Calgary Flames (“Because they just might be for real. Or they come in last”)
- Los Angeles Kings
- Vancouver Canucks (“The last desperate gasp of the Sedin Twins”)
- Edmonton Oilers (“McJesus gets a hundred points and their defense lets in 10,000 goals”)
Phoenix ArizonaWhatever Coyotes (“The worst team in the league?”)
- San Jose Sharks (“Cuz screw those guys”)
- Ducks (“Let them burn themselves out again winning useless Division banners”)
- Flames (“I’d predict more of a regression if they didn’t make some decent upgrades”)
- Sharks (“The new coach will keep them from being irrelevant but not good enough for the playoffs)
- Oilers (“They can’t be any worse, will likely be way better, but still won’t place in the top half”)
- Canucks (“Only Arizona is there to cushion their fall”)
- Coyotes (“Miffed that they whiffed on the McDavid-Eichel sweepstakes, they’re tanking hard now”)
Read ’em and weep. Because they’re both going to be nowhere near correct when the season ends.