It is common to make predictions for the season ahead just before it begins. But because there are so many unknowns at that time, even smart prognosticators usually miss by a wide margin on many things.
But now just past the one-third point of the 2019-20, there is quite a bit more information to process and consider in trying to guess how the 2019-20 season will go. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe asks you to get out your crystal ball and figure out how the rest of the season will go.
The Hurricanes currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. That is a good place to be but adjusted for games played, the Canes have a slim lead of one point over the Lightning and two points over the Rangers. Where will the Hurricanes finish in the regular season standings?
Right now Andrei Svechnikov leads the team in scoring with Dougie Hamilton and Sebastian Aho close behind. Who will ultimately lead the team in scoring? Can Svechnikov and Hamilton maintain their scorching paces? Where do yo think each finishes for points?
Through 28 games Petr Mrazek has been the starter, but that might be changing before our very eyes with James Reimer just completing consecutive starts and running his streak to four straight strong outings. What happens in total with goaltending for the remainder of the season?
With Erik Haula’s situation looking dicey and the team at but not significantly above the playoff cut line, will Don Waddell make a move or two to bolster the team? If so, what type/caliber of player would you expect? In that vein, will we in fact see the return of Justin Williams?
Room for improvement
Despite the team’s success, there are multiple players with room for improvement as the season wears on. Jake Gardiner has struggled acclimating to a new team. After excelling as a mid-season addition in 2018-19, Nino Niederreiter has been mostly unable to find the net so far in 2019-20. Which, if either, of these players do you see rebounding? What other player do you see posting significantly better numbers in the remaining part of the season as compared to now?
If you were a betting man or woman…
Of something that is not a sure thing, what is one prediction you would bank on for the rest of the season?
If you wanted to roll the dice…
What is one long shot or outlandish prediction that you have for the rest of the season?