About ten games away from the mid point of the Regular Season, we have seen some of what we have expected, along with several surprises such as Buffalo’s ten game winning streak, and the Rangers appearing far from a rebuild season.
Here are three bold predictions I have looking forward at the rest of the season.
1. Calgary Will Make A Deep Playoff Run
The Calgary Flames currently sit first in the Pacific Division with a record of 19-10-2, including a record of 7-2-1 in their last ten games.
Gaudreau, Monahan, Lindholm, and Tkachuk lead the team in points.
Johnny Gaudreau has 39 points with 12 goals, and 27 assists, Sean Monahan has 18 goals, and 17 assists for 35 points, Elias has 16 goals, and 18 assists for 34 points, and Matthew Tkachuk 13 goals, and 20 assists for 33 points.
With a home record of 10-3-2 if the Flames can secure some home ice advantage, along with larger contributions from leaders such as Neal, Calgary will be in good position for the post season.
2. Vegas Will Win The Pacific Division
After a slow start in their second season, Vegas has appeared to find its grove going 8-2-0 in the last ten games, and are currently tied for the second Wild Card Spot in the Western Conference.
A huge part to this is their ability to win at home, so far this year Vegas is 10-3-1 at home.
The Golden Knights have nine players with at least 10 points.
Marc-Andre Fleury has been solid with 17 wins, and 5 shutouts, along with a goals against average of 2.51, and a save percentage of .908.
Vegas will look to continue their climb up the standings against the New York Islanders tonight at 7:00 PM ET.
3. New York Rangers Will Make The Playoffs
In his first season as Head Coach David Quinn has the New York Rangers at 14-13-3 and are 4 points from a Wild Card Spot.
The Rangers have been excellent at home, but have had their struggles on the road with a road record of 4-9-2.
Mika Zibanejad leads the team with 26 points with 9 goals, and 17 assists.
Kreider and Hayes have also contributed with 22, and 21 points respectively.
With Lundqvist currently having a .916 save percentage, if the Rangers can improve on the road, along with their special teams, this New York team will have a fair shot at sliding into the Playoffs.
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