The NHL and NHLPA may be preparing for the impending lockout, but good hockey fans are still preparing for the 2012-13 season. After all, it is up to us; it seems we are the only ones who actually want the season to happen.
Part of that preparation is predicting how the season will unfold for your favorite team (always ending with a Stanley Cup victory, of course). This involves speculation about who will lead the team in points, who will emerge as a surprise sensation and what the team's final record will be.
But as long as we're on the subject of pure speculation, why not make things a little more fun?
The season is about so much more than scoring goals and racking up points in the standings, and we as fans have every reason to imagine every tiny aspect of the season.
Here are 12 "offbeat" predictions about the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012-13.