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2021 Predictions Review: Did we get it right? | Silky N’ Filthy Podcast

Long at last, a reunion.

NHL: MAY 18 Flames at Canucks
Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser (6) and goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) celebrate after their NHL game against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena on May 18, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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After a lengthy hiatus, Kyle Bhawan and I reunited for another episode of the Silky N’ Filthy Podcast.

On this episode, we get into why we took a multi-month layoff from the pod. Did something happen between us? Did Jim Benning break our spirit? Was one of us away for experimental voice box surgery?

We get into the reason behind the departure and touch on some “home improvement” topics of discussion about your Vancouver Canucks.

Finally, because we like to stay true to you, the listener, we reviewed our season predictions that we made prior to opening night puck drop back in January. When you see some of Kyle’s predictions, perhaps you can understand his growing disdain for Benning and the hockey world.

Listen to our “tense” reunion episode to hear all the predictions, but I’ll highlight a few predictions below.

1. Demko will finish with the second-best save percentage in Canada...behind Markstrom. (Beggsy)

Put this one in the “close, but no cigar” category.

After a rocky start, Demko emerged as one of the most valuable contributors on the Canucks this season. Heading into the Canucks COVID layoff, the San Diego native was the sole reason why they even had faint hopes of making the playoffs.

However, he did finish fourth in save percentage among North Division goaltenders that played at least 20 games. Here were the goalies who finished ahead of him.

1. Mike Smith (EDM) — .923 SV%
2. Jack Campbell (TOR) — .921 SV%
3. Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) — .916%
4. Thatcher Demko (VAN) — .915 SV%

6. Jacob Markstrom (CGY) — .904 SV%

So, Demko was up there, but the biggest flaw I had in this prediction was Markstrom’s mediocre performance, as Calgary ran him into the ground early in the season. I also pegged Calgary as the North Division winner, so, you know, there are faint signs that sometimes, I have no idea what I’m talking about...

2. The Canucks will win the North Division (Kyle)

Hard to blame Kyle for being sobered up by Benning after being drunk on Pettersson last summer.

3. Buffalo will win the draft lottery (Beggsy)

Hey, brothers in failure can sometimes sense when these things are on the horizon!

Tune into the latest episode of Silky N’ Filthy below wherever you listen to podcasts.