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Canes Country’s 2021–2022 Season Predictions

As always, guaranteed to be wrong or your money back.

Tampa Bay Lightning Victory Rally & Boat Parade Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Hey, what’s this? An actual predictions post in mid-October, prior to the start of a (relatively) normal hockey season? What is this, 2018?!

Yes, it’s been that long since we had an 82-game season. Put another way, the youngest students who have experienced what amounts to a normal school year are in 3rd grade right now. (Or even 4th grade, if you’re down on the coast and had a month wiped out by Hurricane Matthew in 2018.)

Needless to say, a return to relative normalcy is welcomed. Sure, we’ll still have pandemic-related bumps in the road this year, but thankfully, with all but four NHL players vaccinated per commissioner Gary Bettman on ESPN Radio yesterday morning, those should be fewer, farther between, and significantly less frequent than what we have dealt with the past couple of years.

As always, our Canes Country staff predictions are guaranteed to be wrong or your money back. We predicted the final finishing order of the Metropolitan Division from top to bottom, then identified the teams we think will make the playoffs in all four divisions. Finally, we’ll take a look at how many points we project the Hurricanes to have, who will lead the Canes in scoring, and finally who will win the 2022 Stanley Cup.

Here we go!

Canes Country’s 2021-22 Metropolitan Division Predictions

Writer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Writer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Brian Hurricanes Islanders Capitals Penguins Rangers Flyers Devils Blue Jackets
Andrew Islanders Hurricanes Capitals Penguins Flyers Rangers Devils Blue Jackets
Ryan Islanders Hurricanes Flyers Capitals Rangers Penguins Devils Blue Jackets
Alec Islanders Hurricanes Penguins Flyers Capitals Rangers Devils Blue Jackets
Zeke Islanders Hurricanes Capitals Penguins Rangers Devils Flyers Blue Jackets
Cody Capitals Islanders Penguins Hurricanes Flyers Rangers Devils Blue Jackets
KayDee Islanders Hurricanes Penguins Devils Capitals Flyers Rangers Blue Jackets
Matt Hurricanes Islanders Capitals Rangers Penguins Devils Flyers Blue Jackets
Brett Islanders Capitals Hurricanes Penguins Rangers Devils Flyers Blue Jackets

Canes Country’s 2022 Playoff Predictions

Writer Atlantic Playoff Teams East Wild Cards Central Playoff Teams Pacific Playoff Teams West Wild Cards
Writer Atlantic Playoff Teams East Wild Cards Central Playoff Teams Pacific Playoff Teams West Wild Cards
Brian Panthers, Lightning, Maple Leafs Bruins, Penguins Avalanche, Wild, Jets Golden Knights, Oilers, Flames Blues, Stars
Andrew Lightning, Panthers, Bruins Maple Leafs, Penguins Avalanche, Stars, Wild Golden Knights, Oilers, Flames Kraken, Blues
Ryan Panthers, Maple Leafs, Lightning Bruins, Capitals Avalanche, Wild, Blues Golden Knights, Oilers, Flames Jets, Kraken
Alec Lightning, Panthers, Maple Leafs Bruins, Flyers Avalanche, Wild, Jets Golden Knights, Oilers, Flames Stars, Kraken
Zeke Lightning, Maple Leafs, Panthers Bruins, Penguins Avalanche, Jets, Wild Golden Knights, Oilers, Flames Stars, Blues
Cody Lightning, Bruins, Panthers Hurricanes, Maple Leafs Avalanche, Blues, Stars Golden Knights, Oilers, Flames Jets, Blackhawks
KayDee Lightning, Bruins, Canadiens Devils, Capitals Avalanche, Blues, Wild Kraken, Golden Knights, Oilers Ducks, Jets
Matt Lightning, Bruins, Maple Leafs Panthers, Rangers Avalanche, Wild, Jets Golden Knights, Oilers, Kings Blues, Stars
Brett Panthers, Lightning, Maple Leafs Bruins, Penguins Avalanche, Wild, Stars Golden Knights, Oilers, Kraken Blues, Flames

Hurricanes Point Predictions

  • Brian, Alec: 104
  • Ryan: 102
  • Andrew: 101
  • Zeke, Matt: 100
  • Cody: 97
  • Brett: 96 (ecin)
  • KayDee: 69 (plus some, but let’s be honest, no reason to keep counting once you have a point total that nice)

Hurricanes Leaders: Goals, Assists, Points

  • Brian: Andrei Svechnikov, 36 goals; Sebastian Aho, 61 assists; Aho, 97 points
  • Andrew: Svechnikov, 40 goals; Martin Necas, 44 assists; Aho, 88 points
  • Ryan: Aho, 47 goals; Teuvo Teravainen, 60 assists; Aho, 96 points
  • Alec: Aho, 41 goals; Teravainen, 59 assists; Aho, 88 points
  • Zeke: Aho, 42 goals; Necas, 51 assists; Aho, 88 points
  • Cody: Aho, 34 goals; Aho, 54 assists; Aho, 88 points
  • KayDee: Aho, 28 goals; Aho, 37 assists; Aho, 65 points
  • Matt: Svechnikov, 45 goals; Aho, 60 assists; Aho, 90 points
  • Brett: Svechnikov, 38 goals; Teravainen, 56 assists; Aho, 88 points

(If Aho and Necas want to swap uniform numbers, according to our prognosticators, that would obviously be a reasonable course of action.)

Stanley Cup Final Predictions

  • Brian: Maple Leafs over Golden Knights
  • Andrew: Avalanche over Panthers
  • Ryan: Golden Knights over Islanders
  • Alec: Avalanche over Panthers
  • Zeke: Avalanche over Panthers
  • Cody: Avalanche over Islanders
  • KayDee: Kraken over Hurricanes
  • Matt: Avalanche over Islanders
  • Brett: Avalanche over Lightning

Now, it’s your turn! Who do you have taking the Stanley Cup? Where will the Hurricanes finish? Let’s see your predictions in the comments.

And, as always, enjoy the season!