Today is a cause for celebration.
Not only is the NHL returning against all odds — with a divisional alignment that’s spicy as fuck — but the home of puck talk and bullshit returns.
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On the season preview, Beggsy and Bhawan talk about
- The #Canucks will finish ___
- Why the #Leafs will fail...
- @kylebhawan got pulled back ✂️
- Oh, the other three divisions
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Against all odds, the Silky N’ Filthy podcast returns despite the abundance of cuss words and questionable takes. We stayed true to that in our first episode of the season, with a barrage of bold Canucks and North Division predictions.
Oh, we talked about the rest of the NHL too...for maybe 20% of the show.
Here are some of the bold predictions that Kyle and I mentioned on the latest episode of Silky N’ Filthy. Listen below, or find the Nucks Misconduct Network wherever you listen to podcasts.
1. Toronto will miss the playoffs (Kyle)
Certainly the boldest prediction to be mentioned on the show, Kyle talked about how the culture problem in the Leafs dressing room will cause them to miss the playoffs in 2021.
I’ve mentioned how I wouldn’t be surprised about the top six Canadian Division teams finishing in any order...but that isn’t necessarily true.
I’d be a little bit surprised/disappointed if the Canucks missed the playoffs. I’d arguably be even more surprised if the Leafs outright missed.
If that actually comes to fruition, what are the ramifications for the Leafs organization? Is Kyle Dubas on the outs, is a star traded? That would be so damn interesting to watch, just for the potential dumpster-fire storylines.
2. Thatcher Demko will finish with the 2nd-best save percentage in Canada...behind Markstrom (Beggsy)
If it wasn’t for Thatcher Demko’s miraculous three-game stretch against the Vegas Golden Knights in the playoffs...would Jacob Markstrom still be a Canuck?
That’s an interesting “what-if” debate (I certainly think it’s plausible), but nonetheless, Demko will enter the season in a timeshare with Braden Holtby.
I don’t think it’s a bold prediction to say that Demko will eventually emerge as the starter. I’m taking it one step further by saying he’ll finish with the second-best save percentage in the North Division...behind Markstrom.
That’s bold considering that this division has reigning Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck. However, Hellebucyk has rotated between being one of the best goalies in the NHL, or being league average during his first five seasons. Is he due for another average season this year?
This division also has Carey Price, Frederik Andersen and Matt Murray...but I think Demko can have a better season than all of them. He might have to if the Canucks are going to return to the postseason.
3. Montreal will finish 6th in the Canadian Division (Kyle)
Montreal seems to be a sexy Canadian Division champ pick by many pundits, after a season in which they were analytics darlings who were hit hard by injuries
They also had one more win than the Buffalo Sabres, and they will enter the season with two youngsters not named Elias Pettersson (Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi) as two of their top three centres.
Kyle isn’t buying the hype, and he predicts that the entirety of Eastern Canada finishes outside of the playoffs. Gotta love it.
4. McDavid and Draisaitl each finish with 100+ points...and the Oilers still miss the playoffs (Beggsy)
No Oilers love on this Canucks blog...unless you have McDavid or Draisaitl on your fantasy team.
It’s another year where the Oilers boast two of the best players in the league, but the supporting cast around them is subpar. That’s highlighted by the fact that both Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith return, while their mediocre defence is already missing their best player for the season in Oscar Klefbom.
In a division where six team match-up favourably with each other, I think the Oilers are on the outside looking in heading into the regular season.
5. The Canucks will win the Canadian Division (Kyle)
bold homer take from Kyle.
It’s hard not to love the swagger of this Canucks team heading into the season, with two of the most driven young players in the league, complemented by veterans such as J.T. Miller and the newly-acquired Nate Schmidt who know how to set the tone.
So, with Kyle predicting that the Canucks win the division while all of Eastern Canada misses the playoffs, I would imagine that every Canucks fan cracks a smile envisioning that scenario.