In last year's preseason, I correctly predicted that Chicago would beat Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Finals. Later, 14 of my 15 playoff-series picks were correct.

In other words, a prediction drop-off in 2015-16 is almost inevitable. But here I go anyway:

Flyers: sixth in the eight-team Metropolitan Division with 90 points, missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four years.

Points for Claude Giroux: 82.

Points for Jake Voracek: 77.

GAA for Steve Mason: 2.35.

When Shayne Gostisbehere will be promoted from the Phantoms: early January.

Most likely Flyer to be traded at deadline: Mark Streit.

NHL scoring champion: John Tavares, Islanders, 95 points.

Goal-scoring champion: Alex Overchkin, Capitals, 52 goals.

MVP (Hart Trophy): Ovechkin.

Rookie of year (Calder Trophy): Buffalo's Jack Eichel upsets Edmonton's Connor McDavid. (Dark horse: Chicago's Artemi Panarin).

Best defenseman (Norris Trophy): Los Angeles' Drew Doughty.

Best goalie (Vezina Trophy): Nashville's Pekka Rinne.

Coach of year (Jack Adams Award): Washington's Barry Trotz.

DIVISION WINNERS

Metropolitan: Washington.

Atlantic: Tampa Bay.

Pacific: Anaheim.

Central: Chicago.

Most improved team: Columbus.

Eastern Conference finals: Washington over Columbus.

Western Conference finals: Anaheim over Nashville.

Stanley Cup Finals: Washington over Anaheim.