We. Are. In. Stanley Cup Playoffs, here come the Jackets. This last prediction piece is going to be a little different. There are currently four teams (CBJ, PIT, WSH, CHI) that have a shot at the Presidents’ Trophy for best regular season record in the NHL. So I am not just going to predict the Jackets last 10 games, we are going to do all four teams. But first, here is how my last 7 game prediction fared:
Close, but I really didn’t think we would lose to Buffalo in either of those games. Didn’t play well in Buffalo and they had to be motivated having dropped the last four before that game. The loss last night was tough to watch. A five minute PP and nothing to show for it, but Toronto is really coming on and the win last night vaulted them into third in the Atlantic.
Before I start predicting, what an incredible season. We set franchise records all over the place, have a rookie in the Calder conversation and a keeper who should win the Vezina. We still have the Presidents’ Trophy to play for, its going to be a photo finish.
@Washington – The Caps may have taken a nap at the beginning of march but they are 3-0-1 in their last four. Jackets are playing a b2b here. Jackets win to come even with the Caps in the standings.
Philadelphia – 5-2-0 in their last seven, this team may already be on the golf course. Jackets win at home.
Buffalo – Out of the playoff race but still playing tough. They owe me a loss from my last prediction. Jackets make it three in a row.
@Carolina – CBJ sit 2-1-0 on the season against the Hurricanes. The loss came when we were in Carolina. We avenge it – 4 game win streak.
@Chicago – Four game win streak over. 6-0-1 in their last seven (as of 3/23), they are in playoff mode. In their barn, second game in a back to back – it isn’t our night. Jackets lose.
Washington – If my predictions for both the Jackets and Caps are correct, both teams will be coming into this game at 108 points. This game is Nationwide. Goes to OT. Jackets win – Seth Jones snipe 3 on 3.
@Pittsburgh – We are 2-0-1 against the flightless birds this year. Last two went to OT. This could be a preview of the first round of the playoffs. Jackets lose in OT.
Winnipeg – Last home game of the regular season. I think coming off the murderers row of Chicago, Washington, Pittsburgh we drop a winnable game. CBJ fans already playoff focused.
@Philadelphia – Philly is out of the playoffs, phones this one in. Jackets get back to their winning ways.
@Toronto – My name is Joshua Anderson, you hurt Bjorkstrand. Prepare to die. Jackets win headed into the playoffs.
Prediction: 7-2-1. – That would be 115 points on the season.
@Ottawa – 1-2-2 in their last five. Pittsburgh’s due for a loss Ottawa wins.
Islanders – This game has OT written all over it. Islanders are fighting for their playoff lives. Pittsburgh gets the W in OT.
Philadelphia – Philly has moved on to the first tee box. Penguins win.
Chicago – Tight game against two playoff regulars. Chicago thumped them 4-1 in Chicago. Pittsburgh returns the favor.
@Rangers – Pittsburgh has gone 2-1-0 against the Rangers this year. Two of those wins were by 5+ goals. Rangers remember, get revenge in MSG.
Carolina – Carolina is down two strokes to the Flyers at the turn. Season over. Checked out. PIT wins.
Columbus – Pittsburgh is 1-2-0 against the most attractive looking team in the Metro this year. Last two went to OT. This could be a preview of the first round of the playoffs. Penguins win in OT.
@New Jersey – The Devils skipped golfing and went straight to the 19th hole. Pittsburgh wins in New Jersey.
@Toronto – Toronto’s playoff berth has the potential to still be on the line here. Maple Leafs are more motivated, take this one.
@Rangers – Clean skating pillow fight as both teams don’t want any injuries going into the first round. 2-1 Pittsburgh finish.
Prediction: 7-3-0, 115 points
Columbus – The team that everyone swoons for comes to town motivated after coming off a loss to Toronto. Bob between the pipes. Caps lose this one.
Arizona – Coyotes are terrible. Caps win.
@Minnesota – Locked into a playoff spot, Dubnyk makes a last push at the Vezina. Minnesota wins.
@Colorado – Only team more terrible than the Coyotes. Caps win in an empty stadium.
@Arizona – Coyotes skill has not improved in the short gap between games with Washington. Washington wins again.
@Columbus – If my predictions for both the Jackets and Caps are correct, both teams will be coming into this game at 108 points. This game is Nationwide. Goes to OT. Jackets win – Seth Jones snipe 3 on 3.
@Toronto – Toronto continues to battle for their playoff slot. Toronto wins.
Rangers – Caps take it to the Rangers, give them a preview of what a match-up in the playoffs might feel like.
@Boston – Caps just want to avoid injury going into the playoffs. Boston wants a playoff spot. Boston wins.
Florida – Caps finish the regular season with a win over the Panthers, sweeping their three game series.
Prediction: 5-4-1, 113 points.
Dallas – Stars aren’t making the playoffs but break Chicago’s six game point streak. Stars win.
@Florida – Jaromir Jagr and the Panthers can’t keep the Blackhawks out of the net. Chicago bounce back, takes this one.
@Tampa Bay – No Stamkos, No win. Chicago wins again
@Pittsburgh – Tight game against two playoff regulars. Chicago thumped them 4-1 in Chicago. Pittsburgh returns the favor.
Columbus – Jackets are on a back to back, Chicago wins at home.
Boston – Boston is pushing hard for the playoffs, more motivated than the Blackhawks, steal one in the United Center.
@Colorado – Colorado is abysmal. Chicago is not. Chicago wins.
@Anaheim – Ducks fighting to stay out of the wildcard spot. Ducks win.
@Los Angeles – Chicago ends the season with a W. Jeff Carter sprains both ankles in warm-ups. All of Columbus rejoices.
Prediction: 5-4-0, 110 points
I believe that this would make the Blue Jackets the Presidents’ Trophy winner based on the tie-breaker of more wins (minus shootouts). Like I said, photo-finish.
Here’s hoping for a CBJ v an Atlantic team first round!
Let’s Go Jackets!