At some point during the season, the CBJ will lead the league in GAA.
Jackets finish dead last again and 12th place team wins lottery.
We should take this as a foregone conclusion.
Prediction? The NHL "rewards the fans" by doing anything possible to hand the Cup to the New York Rangers this summer. Yes, they still believe that everyone is a Rag fan.
Prediction for the Jackets? We see the most competitive, hard working team we've ever had. They battle hard on a nightly basis, but come up short on the playoff push. We wind up with 1 top-5 pick, 1 top-10 pick, and the Ranger pick becomes #30 after they win the Cup.
With a shortened season and top six that will take some time to gell, I could see this season start off really slow and not have enough time to move up to a playoff spot. However, I don't see us finishing as anywhere close to the worst team in the West never mind the league.
Bold prediction? We have two players with more than a point-per-game pace (more than 48 points). Even as I'm typing it I'm laughing at myself.
It would be like a Greek tragedy. Columbus would be one period away from sweeping the Stanley Cup Final, with the hockey media and 99% of Canada tearing their hair out. Suddenly, a god descends from the sky and says, "No no, this isn't right at all. And since I'm a god, let's make things back to the way they should be."