Imagine Edmonton vs. Calgary in the playoffs though. Edmonton is a bit of a bold prediction but you never know.
I never even factored the battle of alberta in playoffs implications or cared
. I don't really like to watch Flames or enjoy Oilers w/ those ugly prison orange uniforms over the blue they won everything wearing
. I just figured Flames tend to make playoffs, then miss them the following season... Kinda like they are good one year then suck the next... Figured they might manage to stay in top 3 in weak Pacific division. Sharks or Ducks I think won Division every year until Knights joined league, figure Sharks are only California team who can win anything so
... I'm thinking Sharks kept enough while adding a bit to get in... Oilers finally got some cap space after dumping off a lot of trash contracts or players... So they probably can still make a minor move or do something at deadline to help them get in... Canucks tend to start out well then fade so figured would be more of same for them... Ducks could surprise everybody but I just don't think they got enough even if people like Gibson in net or whatever his name. Coyotes should be right on fringes, Darcy I think played well for them last year after supposed starter got hurt so... Kings should be around 76 points, Knights will be like Sharks back in the Link Gaetz days this year
I don't know Central is tough as hell to pick right now... I don't really pay nearly as much attention to that division or really care for most part... It was only mistake I made in playoffs too having Jets over Blues then Stars over Jets only to lose to Sharks
1st Stars 115 points
2nd Avalanche 100 points
3rd Predators 95 points
4th Blackhawks 90 points
5th Blues 88 points
6th Wild 85 points
7th Jets 80 points
Those are all like give/take 10 points... So could be in 70's at worse... I figure Blues will dip down a bit having teams play them hard while their style don't work if refs call penalties... HOt goalie taking them far lots of factors should have them fade a bit... I could see Chicago get in top 3, I think Jets will finish last, drop like a stone be rough year... Wild will be more like boom or bust, maybe they in running then fade down stretch or lots depends on who makes what trade when...