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Points Race Prediction 2008-2009 season: 61-70

Back once more for my points predictions. This is the area that the defensemen start showing up. Two young guys, Phaneuf and Gagner, show up at 63 points a piece. If you think at the potential these two guys have to improve, they might end up with much more. But until then, I'm not going to give them the benefit of the doubt.

61. Lidstrom, 65 points
62. Kovalev, 64 points
62. Langkow, 64 points
63. Nylander, 64 points
64. Gagner, 63 points
65. Phaneuf, 63 points
66. Sykora, 63 points
67. Boyle, 63 points
68. Prospal, 63 points
69. Smyth, 63 points
70. Cheechoo, 63 points

Points Race Prediction 2008-2009 season: 51-60

Back again for the ongoing release of my points race predictions for 2008-2009. As you can see, I'm not giving up on Brian Rolson even though he was shipped to New Jersey. He's old, yes. He's also really good. He will be right there with Gionta and Elias on the powerplay, and will be on the first line. Good enough for me.

51. Arnott, 68 points
52. Parise, 68 points
53. Kariya, 67 points
54. Horton, 67 points
55. Gagne, 66 points
56. Richards, 66 points
57. Rolston, 65 points
58. Frolov, 65 points
59. Carter, 65 points
60. Semin, 65 points

Points Race Prediction 2008-2009 season: 41-50

Here's 41-50 of this year's points predictions. Two of this year's big jumpers are Kyle Turris and Peter Mueller. Obviously, Turris has a lot to prove coming into this year, but I think he's NHL ready and should be on a line with someone who can elevate his game. Peter Mueller is right there with him because he should be playing the powerplay with Doan and Jokinen. It's odd to look at the Phoenix Coyotes as an offensive powerhouse, but it's starting to look more that way these days. Don't forget that they have forward Mikkel Boedker, the 2008 8th overall pick, trying to crack the lineup as well.

41. Hemsky, 72 points
42. Nash, 72 points
43. Kovalev, 71 points
44. Drury, 70 points
45. Brind'Amour, 70 points
46. Sundin, 70 points
47. Turris, 69 points
48. Mueller, 69 points
49. Ra. Whitney, 69 points
50. Gonchar, 69 points

Points Race Prediction 2008-2009 season: 31-40

And we're rolling along now, on down the list. Here's the fourth installment of my points predictions for the 2008-2009 NHL season. As you may notice, I've given big ups to Nikolai Zherdev who was recently traded to the New York Rangers. We'll just have to see how that plays out. Remember, the Rangers lost Jagr. Zherdev might just get his chance here.

31. D. Sedin, 76 points
32. Stastny, 75 points
33. Roy, 75 points
34. Pominville, 74 points
35. Zherdev, 74 points
36. O. Jokinen, 73 points
37. Gomez, 73 points
38. Ribeiro, 72 points
39. H. Sedin, 72 points
40. Carter, 72 points

Points Race Prediction 2008-2009 season: 21-30

Here we are for part three of this seasons points predictions. I will keep giving ten new players until we hit 100, when I will go to 20 players a post. At the end I will make available a spreadsheet with all of my predictions.

21. M. Richards, 80 points
22. Briere, 79 points
23. Vanek, 79 points
24. Kovalchuk, 78 points
25. Morrow, 78 points
26. Bergeron, 78 points
27. Marleau, 77 points
28. Staal, 77 points
29. Perry, 77 points
30. Tanguay, 76 points

Points Race Prediction 2008-2009 season: 11-20

Here's the second part of my long, points race prediction list. I will do it 10 players at a time until we hit 100, in which case I will do it 20 at a time. I will try to keep it up until we reach October. The hockey season is just around the corner. :)

11. Hossa, 95 points
12. St. Louis, 93 points
13. Zetterberg, 90 points
14. Getzlaf, 88 points
15. Backstom, 87 points
16. Savard, 85 points
17. Kane, 83 points
18. Briere, 83 points
19. Toews, 82 points
20. Kopitar, 81 points

Who will win the 2008-2009 season Art Ross?

The race for this year's Art Ross is probably going to be close. Crosby is obviously the front runner, but I've got a feeling we're going to see a challenge by Mr. Ovechkin. I also think we're going to see a few youngers realy establish themselves as top ten superstars. Could it be Getzlaf? Bergeron? Backstrom? Kopitar? Roy? This is how I see the top ten playing out:

1. Crosby, 129 points
2. Ovechkin, 116 points
3. Iginla, 111 points
4. Lecavalier, 110 points
5. Datsyuk, 106 points
6. Spezza, 103 points
7. Heatley, 102 points
8. Thornton, 100 points
9. Malkin, 99 points
10. Alfreddson, 97 points

Next week I will do 11-20 in the rankings.