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Bold NHL predictions for rest of 2022-23

Bold NHL predictions for rest of 2022-23

The NHL has passed the mathematical midpoint of the 2022-23 regular season. We’ve graded all 32 teams — including one A+ and two F’s — and announced the winners of our own batch of awards.

With the 2023 All-Star Game and skills competition approaching on Feb. 3-4, we turn our focus to the collective bold predictions from our ESPN hockey family.

Which players will be on the move before the trade deadline? Which teams will jump into — or fall out of — playoff position? How many points will Connor McDavid amass by season’s end?

I know. BOLD. Chychrun’s name has been bandied about in trade rumors for so long that to see it finally happen will be something. The Arizona Coyotes are looking for a lot in return for the blueliner, and rightfully so, given what Chychrun has shown in the past and could be capable of in the future. A team will step up at last and give the Coyotes what they want for a game-changing defender. — Kristen Shilton, NHL reporter

It’s clear that Kane isn’t himself this season. He’s tracking for his lowest points-per-60 minutes average since 2011-12. He missed a couple of games because of injury. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet speculated recently that Kane could be shut down, sign a one-year extension with the Blackhawks and then see where things are with himself and the team next season. Kane pushed back on that in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago this week, saying, “That’s definitely not where we’re at right now.”

I don’t know if it’s the injury, the flat cap complicating a trade, his undeniable affinity for being a Blackhawk, or the roots he’s put down in Chicago, but I just have an inkling that the Patrick Kane trade we’re all anticipating doesn’t end up happening. Now, Jonathan Toews, on the other hand … — Greg Wyshynski, NHL reporter

There will be few fireworks at the trade deadline

The names seemingly available for trade are flashy: Norris Trophy front-runner Erik Karlsson, plus Stanley Cup champs Jonathan Toews, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly, just to name a few.

But too many teams are strapped against the flat cap to make maneuvers….

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