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Carolina Hurricanes 2019-20 Season Predictions

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The Canes Country staff’s annual exercise in futility is back again for another season of inevitably wrong predictions.

Jamie Kellner

Last season, the Carolina Hurricanes finally broke the longest playoff drought in the NHL in style, advancing to the conference final for the third time in team history. As the new season begins, with plenty of new faces and offseason turnover now in the rear view mirror, it’s time to see if the Canes can do it again.

As is our tradition, prior to every season we present our predictions, and we changed a couple of things this year to be more Canes-specific. Below you’ll find a table of our projected finish for teams in the Metro and who we think will make the playoffs out of the Eastern Conference. Then, we’ll take a shot at predicting point totals for the Hurricanes, give our picks for the leading scorers (spoiler: one name appears a whole lot of times), offer our predictions for the Stanley Cup Final, and go on the record with our pick to raise the chalice come June.

And here we go! First up: our Metro and playoff predictions. An asterisk denotes a projected playoff team.

2019-20 Metro Predictions

Writer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Writer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Brian Capitals* Hurricanes* Penguins* Islanders* Flyers Devils Blue Jackets Rangers
Brett Capitals* Hurricanes* Penguins* Rangers Islanders Devils Flyers Blue Jackets
Justin Capitals* Hurricanes* Penguins* Rangers Devils Islanders Flyers Blue Jackets
Cody Capitals* Penguins* Islanders* Devils* Hurricanes Rangers Flyers Blue Jackets
Zeke Capitals* Hurricanes* Penguins* Devils* Flyers Islanders Blue Jackets Rangers
Andy Capitals* Penguins* Hurricanes* Devils* Islanders Flyers Rangers Blue Jackets
Jake Hurricanes* Capitals* Devils* Flyers* Islanders* Penguins Rangers Blue Jackets
Alec Hurricanes* Penguins* Capitals* Flyers* Islanders Devils Blue Jackets Rangers
Kevin Capitals* Hurricanes* Penguins* Blue Jackets* Devils Islanders Flyers Rangers
Ford Capitals* Flyers* Penguins* Islanders* Hurricanes Blue Jackets Rangers Devils

2019-20 Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions

Writer 1st Metro 2nd Metro 3rd Metro 1st Atlantic 2nd Atlantic 3rd Atlantic 1st Wild Card 2nd Wild Card
Writer 1st Metro 2nd Metro 3rd Metro 1st Atlantic 2nd Atlantic 3rd Atlantic 1st Wild Card 2nd Wild Card
Brian Capitals Hurricanes Penguins Lightning Maple Leafs Bruins Islanders Panthers
Brett Capitals Hurricanes Penguins Lightning Maple Leafs Bruins Panthers Canadiens
Justin Capitals Hurricanes Penguins Lightning Maple Leafs Panthers Bruins Canadiens
Cody Capitals Penguins Islanders Lightning Maple Leafs Bruins Panthers Devils
Zeke Capitals Hurricanes Penguins Lightning Maple Leafs Bruins Panthers Devils
Andy Capitals Penguins Hurricanes Lightning Bruins Maple Leafs Devils Panthers
Jake Hurricanes Capitals Devils Lightning Maple Leafs Bruins Flyers Islanders
Alec Hurricanes Penguins Capitals Lightning Bruins Maple Leafs Panthers Flyers
Kevin Capitals Hurricanes Penguins Lightning Maple Leafs Bruins Panthers Blue Jackets
Ford Capitals Flyers Penguins Maple Leafs Lightning Bruins Canadiens Islanders

Season Prognostications

Brian

  • Canes point total: 98
  • Point leader: Sebastian Aho, 86
  • Goal-scoring leader: Andrei Svechnikov, 33
  • Assist leader: Aho, 55
  • Stanley Cup Final: Bruins over Golden Knights

Brett

  • Canes point total: 103
  • Point leader: Aho, 87
  • Goal-scoring leader: Aho, 37
  • Assist leader: Teuvo Teravainen, 55
  • Stanley Cup Final: Lightning over Avalanche

Justin

  • Canes point total: 103
  • Point leader: Aho, 87
  • Goal-scoring leader: Aho, 39
  • Assist leader: Teravainen, 53
  • Stanley Cup Final: Lightning over Predators

Cody

  • Canes point total: 87
  • Point leader: Aho, 81
  • Goal-scoring leader: Svechnikov, 29
  • Assist leader: Aho, 54
  • Stanley Cup Final: Stars over Penguins

Zeke

  • Canes point total: 101
  • Point leader: Aho, 91
  • Goal-scoring leader: Aho, 40
  • Assist leader: Teravainen, 59
  • Stanley Cup Final: Lightning over Predators

Andy

  • Canes point total: 101
  • Point leader: Aho, 93
  • Goal-scoring leader: Aho, 41
  • Assist leader: Aho, 52
  • Stanley Cup Final: Lightning over Stars

Jake

  • Canes point total: 102
  • Point leader: Aho, 91
  • Goal-scoring leader: Aho, 32
  • Assist leader: Teravainen, 58
  • Stanley Cup Final: Hurricanes over Sharks

Alec

  • Canes point total: 105
  • Point leader: Aho, 94
  • Goal-scoring leader: Aho, 39
  • Assist leader: Aho, 55
  • Stanley Cup Final: Lightning over Predators

Kevin

  • Canes point total: 97
  • Point leader: Aho, 85
  • Goal-scoring leader: Aho, 33
  • Assist leader: Aho, 52
  • Stanley Cup Final: Lightning over Golden Knights

Ford

  • Canes point total: 93
  • Point leader: Aho, 89
  • Goal-scoring leader: Aho, 36
  • Assist leader: Teravainen, 59
  • Stanley Cup Final: Stars over Bruins

Those are our picks. What are yours? Feel free to share in the comments.

Tomorrow, we’ll have you covered for opening day from start to finish, including a new podcast out tomorrow morning, live commenting from the game, and all the reaction from the locker room.

You’ve finally made it. The summer’s over. Hockey is here. Enjoy the season!