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Eklund
Commissioner
Joined: 09.15.2005

Nov 21 @ 2:28 PM ET
Eklund: Three Wacky Predictions You Can Take To The Bank. I’m Sure You’ll Agree.
Kooleus
Los Angeles Kings
Location: LA (home of King Alex), CA
Joined: 11.17.2018

Nov 21 @ 2:34 PM ET
Wrong.
Maybe.
Totally clueless.
LittleBroDougie
Calgary Flames
Joined: 03.03.2017

Nov 21 @ 2:34 PM ET
So in Ek to reality terms... vegas and washington win their respective divisions and Sorokin will end up being a bust.

jimbro83
New York Rangers
Location: LETS GO RANGERS, NY
Joined: 12.25.2009

Nov 21 @ 3:10 PM ET
Lafreniere and Shesterkin will be battling neck and neck for the Calder
joegreif17
Location: Puckyouville
Joined: 05.10.2009

Nov 21 @ 3:13 PM ET
Not sure what you were smoking when you wrote this but Vegas will be even stronger with the additions of Pietrangelo and Lehner, how can they not be. As for the Caps I wish it was true but Samsonov will easily replace Holeby and still lots of aging firepower good for another year. Sorokin has to beat out Varlamov and unless Varlamov is traded to Chicago the games played will be fairly equal. Sorokin will be awesome I am sure but not so fast. I think you got the Russians mixed up, you meant Shesterkin from the other New York team, haha
Fidel
Vancouver Canucks
Location: I wish a fish!
Joined: 08.11.2006

Nov 21 @ 3:14 PM ET
I agree 100% totally.
FlamesFan1230
Calgary Flames
Joined: 02.27.2006

Nov 21 @ 3:32 PM ET
Ek crack isn't good for you.
drew18
New Jersey Devils
Location: Places in the
Joined: 02.27.2015

Nov 21 @ 3:38 PM ET
Lafreniere and Shesterkin will be battling neck and neck for the Calder
- jimbro83


It will not be neck and neck. Shesterkin will run away with it.
Kooleus
Los Angeles Kings
Location: LA (home of King Alex), CA
Joined: 11.17.2018

Nov 21 @ 4:10 PM ET
Once the Oilers sign Haula, and then flip him for MAF, then Vegas will be even deeper.

As for Sorokin, why stop at the Calder and Vezina? Why not the Hart and Conn Smythe too? I mean have you seen his YouTube videos?
drew18
New Jersey Devils
Location: Places in the
Joined: 02.27.2015

Nov 21 @ 4:36 PM ET
Once the Oilers sign Haula, and then flip him for MAF, then Vegas will be even deeper.

As for Sorokin, why stop at the Calder and Vezina? Why not the Hart and Conn Smythe too? I mean have you seen his YouTube videos?

- Kooleus


And the Art Ross, Rocket, and selke
Tom Dusome
Season Ticket Holder
Location: Hamilton, ON
Joined: 06.28.2007

Nov 21 @ 4:38 PM ET
My prediction:
The Nashville Predators will win their Division.
Forsberg and Johansen will score more than 30 goals a piece.

On Ek's Predictions:

1. Maybe. I hate to say it, but as a fan of this team from day one I have seen doom in the forecast since the organization let Gallant go. I believe that was a big sign that the philosophy of the franchise had changed from the inside out. Vegas's Roster is now very telling of that. However, I think we will see the talent that is there still keep them in the running so I am on the fence on this. Maybe.

2. I will disagree with you EK, I still think the team is designed to win and it hasn't changed much. I think the competitiveness of the Capitals is even stronger now with Lundqvist in the room.

3. Ilya Sorokin, joining the ranks of Belfour, Barrasso, Brimsek, and Esposito.
Kay... wacky but okay...okay... Predicting a goalies effectiveness is insanely difficult. SO I am going to back you on this one. Islanders are going to be sneaky good. If this is the case.

TJYTJY
Season Ticket Holder
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 05.23.2017

Nov 21 @ 4:54 PM ET
My prediction: There will be no season. See you in DEC 22
Hesh_
Philadelphia Flyers
Joined: 07.29.2013

Nov 21 @ 5:04 PM ET
I think a goalie has a shot at this, but it’ll be Shesterkin.

Maybe that isn’t wacky, I guess. Solid upcoming team ahead of him, and he’s shown short term he can handle the NHL
broncohorvath
Joined: 12.20.2012

Nov 21 @ 5:08 PM ET
What season?????? There will be no season. Book it
Markiz
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Montréal, QC
Joined: 10.22.2008

Nov 21 @ 7:13 PM ET
1. leafs miss the playoffs in an all canadian division, making their fans happy they dont have to endure another letdown in the first round.
2. the first six teams in an all canadian divion are separated by less then 8 points by the end of the season.
3. i only had 2 predictions.
DonCherries
Montreal Canadiens
Joined: 06.12.2019

Nov 21 @ 7:50 PM ET
Montreal will finish 1st in a Canadian division
Douchetacular
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Your sister's panties...
Joined: 03.10.2016

Nov 21 @ 7:59 PM ET
1. Vegas is still a contender, so nope...
2. Many teams looked old in the bubble and many partied too much and didn't take it that seriously. You can't judge a team for what it was in the bubble playoffs. They are aging but will be in the playoffs.
3. Calder, who knows, but Vezina, nope... Youtube videos (against weaker competition) mean nothing.
Douchetacular
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Your sister's panties...
Joined: 03.10.2016

Nov 21 @ 8:00 PM ET
Montreal will finish 1st in a Canadian division
- DonCherries

Not impossible, I think those bastards will be sneaky good.
Shuswap Wap
Location: BC
Joined: 02.07.2018

Nov 21 @ 8:30 PM ET
Washington will be great as is every team the first year Laviolette takes the helm coupled with a Vezina finalist performance from Samsonov.
TogaIsles
New York Islanders
Joined: 01.20.2018

Nov 21 @ 8:40 PM ET
Nailed it.
jjtoepfer
New Jersey Devils
Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: 01.21.2011

Nov 21 @ 8:59 PM ET
My predication that for sure will happen. The covid vaccine will have a higher death rate than the actual virus itself.
Kooleus
Los Angeles Kings
Location: LA (home of King Alex), CA
Joined: 11.17.2018

Nov 21 @ 9:41 PM ET
I predict Gaudreau, Malkin, Doughty, Keith, Toews, and Eichel will all be traded this year. And we could see RFA wars as the season approaches. Also, doubleheaders.
Htowntigers89
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 06.30.2014

Nov 21 @ 10:21 PM ET
1) Vegas will be a playoff contender for the next 4-6 years easily. I have to disagree here.

2) NJ will be better than most analysts put them pre-season. The Blackwood/ Crawford combo will be the best goaltending duo in the NHL, enough to squeak them into the playoffs. But Washington in my humble opinion still has it. They aren’t missing the playoffs. Carlson had his best season ever last year pre-covid. Ovi showing no sign of slowing down. They will be there next year.

3) Maybe. Good chance. I’ve heard nothing but spectacular things about this kid. I was thinking he would be a sleeper in fantasy so don’t write too much more about him. I agree they won’t name him starter immediately, but I think he takes over the isles net very early on in the season as well. That division is going to be stacked with great goaltending.
Hesh_
Philadelphia Flyers
Joined: 07.29.2013

Nov 21 @ 10:28 PM ET
Washington will be great as is every team the first year Laviolette takes the helm coupled with a Vezina finalist performance from Samsonov.
- Shuswap Wap

Maybe. He does seem to do that. I was expecting them to fade slightly, although still be strong.

Lavy could have a solid impact on guys like Vrana, and will keep Wilson hungry.
Ranjaz023
Location: CT
Joined: 09.14.2020

Nov 22 @ 12:53 AM ET
Unless Lafreniere totally folds or is hurt he will win the Calder. Not a shot in hell the hockey writers don't give it to this kid. Im a Rangers fan so there is bias here but I don't see the hockey community at large giving it to a Russian goalie over one of their own Canadian darlings. It would make them all look stupid for hyping him for the last 5 years if he doesn't win.
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