Friday, May 19, 2023

Revisiting the right, wrong and very wrong of my oddly specific NHL predictions

One of my favorite posts to write every year is my Oddly Specific Predictions for the coming season. Shortly before opening night, I'll go through each team and make one prediction that’s way too detailed. Anyone can guess that something might happen; I’ll try to tell you where and when and exactly how. It’s become an annual tradition, and it’s all in good fun.

One of my least favorite posts to write is this one, where I see how those predictions actually did. Let’s just say it’s not pretty.

That’s the whole point, of course, and some years are better than others. Last year featured probably the most unlikely hit that I’ll ever have, as I not only predicted that 30-year-old defensive defenseman Joel Hanley would score his first-ever regular season goal, but nailed the exact game he would do it in.

I probably should have dropped the mic and quit while I was ahead, but that’s not how the prediction game works. I made a new slate of calls for the 2022-23 season, which you can find here. And now it’s time to take my medicine and see how they hold up.

As always, we’ll divide the list into various categories that highlight the ones I got wrong, the ones I got embarrassingly wrong, and the ones I got right. Will there be anything at all in that last group? Miracles happen, so let’s find out how I did.

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