We continue to make predictions in 13 game bunches. Let’s take a look at how we have done thus far:
Predicted total record (since beginning of season): 24-12-3
Actual total record: 28-7-4
60 points in 39 games! We are just about to the all-star break and the playoffs are within reach, even with the Metro collectively outplaying the rest of the league. ESPN keeps us at #1 in their power rankings for the third week in a row and we are back in the W column.
The McElhinney move today has left me guessing what game(s) our young Forsberg will be filling in, but here goes the prediction through game 52.
We play Carolina three times in a little under three weeks. Once away and twice at home. Two back to backs in this group of games and our first trips to Pittsburgh, Madison Square Garden and Nashville. Exciting times.
@ Carolina – divisional game against a team that has been in almost every game they have played. OT win carries positive vibes forward, Jackets win.
@Tampa Bay – Bob in goal on the front end of a back to back, Stamos still out of the lineup – three game win streak for the Jackets
@Florida – Forsberg gets his first NHL start of the year. Jagr and company stay out of the penalty box, we drop game one of our two games in the sunshine state
Carolina – Jackets are a different beast at home this year. Take down Carolina for the second time in seven days.
Ottawa – Senators have had a knack for giving up 3+ goals in their losses this season. Load up the cannon, Jackets win.
Carolina – Final game of the groundhog’s day series. OT win for the Jackets who sweep the Puxatony Hurricanes.
@Ottawa – Revenge game after being embarrassed in Nationwide. End up in overtime for the second consecutive game, don’t win this one.
@New York Islanders – Tavares and his crew are missing the magic this year. Jackets win in a tight divisional game.
@Nashville – Seth Jones returns to Nashville, defense stands tall – CBJ 2-0
@ New York Rangers – We lost to them in the last 16 seconds of the last meeting, we beat them outright in the Garden.
@ Pittsburgh – Crosby and company have not forgotten 7-1. Jackets drop in a really physical game.
New Jersey – Return to Nationwide, return to the win column.
@Detroit – Wings aren’t making the playoffs this year, they also aren’t winning this game. Jackets win.
Prediction for this 13 games – 10-2-1.
I am not in love with this prediction as this hopes that Forsberg has a much better showing during this trip up from the AHL