Sep 20, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) controls the puck as St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson (62) defends in front of Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) during the first period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Hockey Prognostications (or Too Much Idle Time Between Bolts Games)

Since we fans have had several days (five–count ‘em, five!) days without a game to enjoy, I’ve had to fill my empty hours with reading hockey magazines.  Actually, catching up on a stack of them that I hadn’t gotten to yet.

Now that the season is well underway, I thought I’d amuse myself and see what predictions from the season preview issue were likely to follow through based on what we’ve seen so far.  (One reason I hadn’t read it yet was because it had you-know-who on the cover, my least favorite hockey person.  Nay, not even least favorite–most despised is more accurate.  And no, I did not watch his interview with Bob Costas either.)

Now, these predictions are from the magazine’s editorial staff, and well, they have to predict something, or there wouldn’t be a magazine, so I know I have to take these with a grain of salt.

Here are some:  Tampa Bay will be 6th in the Atlantic division.  St Louis Blues will take the cup for the first time in franchise history.  Cindy C. will continue to be the most annoying player in hockey history.

Okay, that last one was my own, but still.

It’s nice to know that even the pros get it wrong and nobody really knows how a season will progress because there are so many wild-card factors that occur throughout the season such as injuries and trades.  These writers claim that Vincent Lecavalier produced more than his replacement Valtteri Filppula will.  I take exception to that, and I believe those player changes have benefitted everyone involved.  Vinny was costing tons more than he was worth in the last 5 years, and the change of scenery has definitely boosted Filppula’s performance.

Not to mention, Filppula is a joy to behold on the ice–he is so smooth and so elegantly handles the puck with an ease that shines above many other players.  I hope he will be around for a long time to continue our run for the cup, which I predict will be our season!

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