In a sport as unpredictable as hockey, bold predictions are tough to make without sounding like an absolute idiot. Then again, making bold predictions could be the only way to sound like a genius when all is said and done. Look at what happened last spring.
One thing we learned last year was that no prediction can be a wrong prediction before the season or playoffs started. If anyone picked the Kings and/or Devils to be playing in June last April, he or she must have had to withstand a huge amount of criticism before looking like an expert.
Bold predictions are even more interesting in a shortened season, as the likelihood of anything happening increases with a fewer amount of games. If one team goes on an unexpected hot streak, it can make the playoffs. On the contrary, if a top contender goes on an unexpectedly cold streak, it could miss the playoffs entirely.
Here are some bold, yet not impossible predictions for the shortened 2013 NHL season.