Despite the shortened NHL season is just about half over, I am ready to give my predictions on how the local ice hockey team will fare for the rest of the year. Based on what I’ve seen, the Vancouver Canucks will barely make the playoffs. When I make that statement, I am giving them a huge benefit of the doubt as I could easily see them missing the playoffs for the first time in many years. Should they make the post-season though, there is no doubt in my mind they will lose quite handily to whoever they face in the first round.

The season doesn’t end until the end of April but you read it here first. The Canucks limp into the playoffs under a best-case scenario and then go out with a whimper in the first round. There will be much hand-wringing in Vancouver over the summer.

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