Predictions can sometimes feel like the journalistic equivalent of shots on goal. As long as one in every few hit the back of net, you are doing okay.
With the NHL now having plunged into the second half of its 48-game regular season for 2012-13, the landscape has taken enough shape for one to prognosticate with more conviction. Preseason predictions have been dashed or fulfilled and there are enough disappointments, pleasant surprises and budding redemption stories all ranging from mild to major.
With a variety pack of those developments in hand and a survey of what lies ahead in the next 41 days, here are 15 of the more daring, yet perfectly conceivable predictions for the NHL’s 2012-13 homestretch.