Now that the playoffs are finally upon us, it’s time to look back on Pens Labyrinth’s preseason predictions. How bad were they? Did we get anything right? Preseason predictions are always an interesting, and fun, chore. You get to predict the future, based mainly on your personal perceptions. And away we go down memory lane…
I was tasked with predicting the Eastern Conference. You can see it for yourself here. I had Washington as the top seed and Boston as the third seed. I had Pittsburgh winning the Atlantic Division as the 2 seed. The rest of my predictions: New Jersey (4), Philadelphia (5), Buffalo (6), Tampa Bay (7) and Montreal (8).
Overall, not too bad. I was right on with Washington and Boston; not too far off with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. I also had Buffalo, Tampa and Montreal making the playoffs. My only big gaffe was New Jersey, who failed to make the playoffs. Who knew they would start so poorly? I also had the Rangers missing the playoffs, which wasn’t that far from the truth.
Taking a closer look at my list, I had Florida finishing dead last (good call!), and I also had the Islanders and Atlanta at the bottom of the conference. However, I had Ottawa too high and Carolina too low. MY low point may have been mentioning Mike Comrie in the same breath as Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin as valuable additions for the Pens. I had this to say: “Tuuka Rask is the real deal in goal.” Ugh.
My partner in crime, Mr. IronCity, predicted the Western Conference. You can check it out here. I don’t like to brag, but let’s just say he did not forecast quite as well as I. He had St. Louis and Colorado both making the postseason, and he had Phoenix and Anaheim on the outside looking in. IronCity had this to say about the Avs: “Only getting better with age.” Yeah, not so much.
IronCity also had Edmonton 12th, ahead of Dallas, Minnesota and Columbus. I’ll give him props for predicting Nashville and L.A., and he also had the top 3 in the conference almost spot on. But the Blues and Avalanche swung things in my favor for P-Lab prediction dominance.