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John Vogl's Stick Taps: Off-the-wall predictions. Hey, they could happen.

Five off-the-wall predictions for 2017-18

1. Viva, Las Vegas

The Vegas Golden Knights will become the first team in NHL history to go 41-0 at home. Visiting teams will really like Sin City – at least the night before the games.

2. Capital punishment

In a reversal from previous years, Washington will be a mediocre team during the regular season and roll through the playoffs en route to the Stanley Cup.

3. (Blank) this

After being named Coach of the Year last season, Columbus' John Tortorella will watch his team struggle and unleash a flurry of expletives that will be heard in Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Things get hairy when Brent Burns (88) and Joe Thornton are around. (NHLI via Getty Images)

4. Razor Burns

San Jose beard brothers Brent Burns and Joe Thornton will raise $10 million for charity at a public shaving event.

5. Head to head

Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel will both make the All-Star Game, and they'll race each other during the Skills Competition. No, really, that could happen. And it'll be awesome.

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