NHL 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS / POOL PREDICTION THREAD

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The Lowdown:
After a grueling stretch of an 82 game regular season has finally come to a dramatic close, 16 of the 30 remaining teams left will now do battle for hockey’s ultimate holy grail: The Stanley Cup.

Will the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins, champions of last year, manage to repeat themselves as champions once again? Can the Chicago Blackhawks manage to win their 4th Stanley Cup in seven years with Jonathon Toews, Patrick Kane and company? Can the Washington Capitals, after having a President’s Trophy season, manage to break through the entire Eastern Conference this time around and finally win it all? Or maybe it will be one of the many Canadian teams this year, such as the Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators or Montreal Canadians that will finally bring the cup back to Canada after more than two decades?

Just like with the previous years, not only are we going to be discussing and reacting to everything that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs here, but we’re also holding a playoff prediction pool where the winner (or winners) will receive an achievement badge for their ultimate mastery (or complete dumb luck) that is the game of hockey.

The Bracket:

The Rules:
From all the playoff matches that are listed above, you must pick the winner of each playoff series from the 1st round all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and how many games that each particular series will go to.

For each team that you manage to guess correctly that advances you will receive 2 points. If you manage to successfully predict how many games a particular series will happen to go to you will earn yourself a bonus point, even if that particular team that you happen to pick in that series ends ultimately losing in the end. And if you happen to guess both the team that wins and the correct number of games as well you’ll earn up to 4 points in total, so it’s crucial that you happen to get both of them right (if you can).

Also, the team that you pick to ultimately win the Stanley Cup plays a big factor in your pool too, as any matchup that team is involved in will net you double the amount of points, so it’s possible to get up to a maximum of 8 points each if that team not only wins the round but also if you correctly predict the right amount of games for it too!

The Prize:

For this year, the participant(s) that earn the most points at the end of this year’s playoffs will be given the Brent Burns Beard Award that’s worth 5 whole makerscore points with a face that only a shark could love.

The Leaderboard:
1stGreatRedSpirit20 Pts
2ndCap_H16 Pts
3rdAddit14 Pts
4thAnkylo13 Pts
T-5thHexatona11 Pts
T-5thShinan11 Pts
7thKentona6 Pts

The Players:
Addit's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 6
Wild over Blues In 7
Flames over Ducks In 7
Oilers over Sharks In 5
Capitals over Leafs In 4
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 6
Rangers over Canadiens In 5
Senators over Bruins In 6

2nd Round
Wild over Blackhawks In 6
Flames over Oilers In 6
Capitals over Blue Jackets In 7
Rangers over Senators In 5

Conference Finals
Wild over Flames In 5
Capitals over Rangers In 7

Stanley Cup Finals
Capitals over Wild In 7

Stanley Cup Champions
Washington Capitals

Ankylo's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 6
Wild over Blues In 7
Ducks over Flames In 6
Sharks over Oilers In 7
Capitals over Leafs In 6
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 7
Canadiens over Rangers In 6
Bruins over Senators In 7

2nd Round
Blackhawks over Wild In 6
Ducks over Sharks In 6
Capitals over Blue Jackets In 6
Canadiens over Bruins In 4

Conference Finals
Capitals over Canadiens In 6
Blackhawks over Ducks In 5

Stanley Cup Finals
Capitals over Blackhawks In 7

Stanley Cup Champion
Washington Capitals

Cap_H's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 6
Blues over Wild In 6
Ducks over Flames In 5
Oilers over Sharks In 7
Capitals over Leafs In 5
Penguins over Blue Jackets In 7
Canadiens over Rangers In 5
Senators over Bruins In 6

2nd Round
Blues over Blackhawks In 6
Oilers over Ducks In 7
Capitals over Penguins In 4
Canadiens over Senators In 6

Conference Finals
Blues over Oilers In 6
Canadiens over Capitals In 5

Stanley Cup Finals
Canadiens over Blues In 7

Stanley Cup Champion
Montreal Canadiens

GreatRedSpirit's Picks:

1st Round
Predators over Blackhawks In 6
Blues over Wild In 5
Flames over Ducks In 7
Oilers over Sharks In 4
Capitals over Leafs In 5
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 6
Canadiens over Rangers In 5
Senators over Bruins In 6

2nd Round
Predators over Blues In 5
Flames over Oilers In 6
Blue Jackets over Capitals In 7
Senators over Canadiens In 6

Conference Finals
Flames over Predators In 6
Blue Jackets over Senators In 5

Stanley Cup Finals
Flames over Blue Jackets In 6

Stanley Cup Champion
Calgary Flames

Hexatona's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 4
Wild over Blues In 7
Flames over Ducks In 6
Oilers over Sharks In 5
Capitals over Leafs In 5
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 5
Canadiens over Rangers In 6
Bruins over Senators In 4

2nd Round
Predators over Blues In 6
Sharks over Ducks In 7
Blue Jackets over Capitals In 6
Bruins over Rangers In 7

Conference Finals
Blues over Oilers In 7
Canadiens over Leafs In 6

Stanley Cup Finals
Wild over Canadiens In 6

Stanley Cup Champion
Minnesota Wild

Kentona's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 7
Wild over Blues In 4
Ducks over Flames In 6
Oilers over Sharks In 7
Capitals over Leafs In 5
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 7
Canadiens over Rangers In 5
Bruins over Senators In 7

2nd Round
Wild over Blackhawks In 7
Oilers over Ducks In 6
Blue Jackets over Capitals In 7
Canadiens over Bruins In 5

Conference Finals
Oilers over Wild In 5
Canadiens over Blue Jackets In 7

Stanley Cup Finals
Canadiens over Oilers In 6

Stanley Cup Champion
Montreal Canadiens

Shinan's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 5
Wild over Blues In 7
Flames over Ducks In 5
Oilers over Sharks In 6
Leafs over Capitals In 4
Penguins over Blue Jackets In 6
Canadiens over Rangers In 6
Senators over Bruins In 7

2nd Round
Wild over Blackhawks In 7
Ducks over Oilers In 6
Capitals over Penguins In 6
Canadiens over Senators In 5

Conference Finals
Wild over Ducks In 4
Canadiens over Capitals In 6

Stanley Cup Finals
Wild over Canadiens In 6

Stanley Cup Champion
Minnesota Wild


The deadline for getting your picks in is on Friday, April 14th by 12:00 P.M., PST.
Oh, and for anybody who’s considering picking Washington this year to win it all - you might wanna watch this first, lol:



I'll pick my teams tomorrow. Right now I'm just too tired and I just wanna go to bed.

- Good luck to everyone! Try not to screw up!!! :D
Playoff Brackets posted
Calgary vs Anaheim




Well I'll just post what I want to see happen since that worked out well last time! Nashville takes it to the conference finals, Battle of Alberta where somehow Calgary wins despite not being able to win in Anaheim and lost every game to Edmonton this year (although this was only in the first half of the year because NHL scheduling is fucked), Pittsburgh will get bounced, Ontario vs Montreal, and final being Calgary vs Columbus I think. I'm still torn on if I support Washington although their players and GM supporting telling the NHL to fuck off and have their stars play in the Olympics is a good starting position.
kentona
One of RMN's Top 10 Admins of all-time
20519
I got burned by the Caps 3 years running. But they lool so good this year! Could it be their year??

Also Oilers are going to make a surprise run and take it to the finals.

I'll post my picks tonught or tomorrow
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6318
Ok, I don't usually watch NHL, but I do love predictions.

Blackhawks:Nashville 4:2
Wilds:Blues 2:4
Ducks:Calgary 4:1
Oilers:Sharks 4:3
Capitals:Toronto 4:1
Penguins:Blue Jackets 4:3
Canadiens:Rangers 4:1
Senators:Boston 4:2

Blackhawks:Blues 2:4
Ducks:Oilers 3:4
Capitals:Penguins 4:0
Canadiens:Senators 4:2

Blues:Oilers 4:2
Capitals:Canadiens 1:4

Blues:Canadiens 3:4
author=GreatRedSpirit
Nashville takes it to the conference finals, somehow Calgary wins despite not being able to win in Anaheim.

What’s the deal with you and Nashville, anyway? And has Calgary really not beaten Anaheim at home yet - still!? I thought they have by now! *looks it up*

…You gotta be kiddin’ me...


(Now watch Calgary win every single game in Anaheim while losing the rest of them at home and manage to beat the Ducks in seven games that way and move on because of that, lol.)

author=kentona
I got burned by the Caps 3 years running. But they lool so good this year! Could it be their year??

I, too, have been burned by these bumbling boobs for the last, past three years in a row now, and now I’m not really sure what to believe with them anymore...

(...Watch them finally win now when no one's picking them anymore, lol.)

author=kentona
Also Oilers are going to make a surprise run and take it to the finals.

- This ain’t no 2006 there, Kenton!



@ Cap_H – Done, and done. Your predictions are in. :)

EDIT: Cap_H, you have the Penguins winning in round one but the Blue Jackets are in the second round instead. Did you mean the Penguins?
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6318
Yeah, thanks for noticing it.
kentona
One of RMN's Top 10 Admins of all-time
20519
1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators in 7
Wild over Blues in 4
Ducks over Flames in 6 (number of knees blown out: 3)
Oilers over Sharks in 7
Capitals over Leafs in 5
Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7
Canadiens over Rangers in 5
Bruins over Senators in 7

2nd Round
Wild over Blackhawks in 7
Oilers over Ducks in 6
Blue Jackets over Capitals in 7 (Washington chokes out here)
Canadiens over Bruins in 5

Conference Finals
Oilers over Wild in 5 (believe it baby!)
Canadiens over Blue Jackets in 7

Stanley Cups
ALL CANADIAN FINAL
Canadiens over Oilers in 6 The dream run ends here :'(
Hexatona
JESEUS MIMLLION SPOLERS
3529
I'm going to pull a Kenton from Last year and do things a little differently

1st Round
BlackHawks 4 games
Wild 7 games
Flames 6 games
Oilers 5 games

Capitals 5 games
Blue Jackets 5 games
Canadiens 6 games
Boston 4 games

2nd Round
Nashville vs Blues 6 games
Ducks vs Sharks 7 games
Capitals vs Blue Jackets 6 games
Rangers vs Boston 7 games

Converence Finals
Blues vs Oilers 7 games
Toronto vs Canadiens 6 games

Final
Wild vs Canadiens 6 games
author=Addit
What’s the deal with you and Nashville, anyway? And has Calgary really not beaten Anaheim at home yet - still!? I thought they have by now! *looks it up*

…You gotta be kiddin’ me...


(Now watch Calgary win every single game in Anaheim while losing the rest of them at home and manage to beat the Ducks in seven games that way and move on because of that, lol.)

Yeah, Anaheim's rink has been Calgary's archnemesis for some time now. It's really frustrating, especially when we face them in the playoffs. I also cheer for Nashville partly because I'm a sucker for underdogs and partly when Calgary had a massive flood including several levels of our arena Nashville who suffered something similar helped out with some advice (although I can't find the article where they did).


So, predictions!
First Round

Washington beats Toronto in 5.

The Penguins having half their team out and Crosby unable to carry them on his own get in trouble against Columbus who want this year to be that year! Columbus beats Pittsburgh in 6.

Carry Price shows why he's the best while the rest of his team floofs around and the Rangers can't quite find the crack to put them away. Canadiens beat Rangers in 5.

I don't know shit about Ottawa and Boston this year so I'll just forego the fake rationalization when I just want Habs vs Sens. Ottawa beats Boston in 6.


Blackhawks still reeling from losing to Colorado will only be able to skate awkwardly in circles and shoot pucks into the netting above the glass. Nashville beats Chicago in 6.

The Blues will act like this will be their year to get somewhere and clean up the Wild. Blues beast Wild in 5.

Oilers are hot and want to kick butt. The Sharks on the other hand are content to reach the playoffs and immediately crash. Oilers beat Sharks in 4.

Calgary will finally break their losing streak in Anaheim in game 7, finally advancing past the Ducks in the playoffs and ending their horrible losing streak. Calgary beats Anaheim in 7.


Round 2
Like a shooting star the Capitals burn through the sky until they completely burn up. Columbus beats Washington in 7.

MEGA BATTLE OF EASTERN CANADA. Everybody's picking on Montreal so I'll stick up for Ottawa. Ottawa beats Montreal in 6.

St. Louis sees the fantastic job Washington is doing and decides to do the exact same... in double time! Nashville beats St. Louis in 5.

MEGA BATTLE OF ALBERTA. Calgary is happy with breaking trends including breaking Edmonton's perfect record against Calgary this year! Calgary beats Edmonton in 6.

Round 3
Ottawa, broken from their battle against Montreal, gets handily cleaned up by Columbus who are on fire and see the cup in reach. Columbus beats Ottawa in 5.

Of course Calgary can beat Nashville! Should be easy sailing from here. Calgary beats Nashville in 6.

STANELY CUP FINAL
Calgary somehow and against all odds wins the Stanley Cup over Columbus in 6.


e: I will be glad if I get double digit points with these picks
kentona
One of RMN's Top 10 Admins of all-time
20519
Hexatona is deep into the dizzy sauce. His picks make no sense.

GRSs picks are entertaining. I want a Battle of Alberta too.
Hexatona
JESEUS MIMLLION SPOLERS
3529
Well, I just wanted to maximize the randomness -0 what if I'm wrong at the start!? I could be losing out on mucho points. So, for each round, I chose (randomly) from the full available roster for that point.
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6318
GPR's development would be super fun to watch. 4 underdogs would win in round 2.

Hexatona, that's a wild bunch.

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators in 6
Wild over Blues in 7
Ducks over Flames in 6
Sharks over Oilers in 7
Capitals over Leafs in 6
Blue Jackets over Penguins in 7
Canadiens over Rangers in 6
Bruins over Senators in 7

2nd Round
Blackhawks over Wild in 6
Ducks over Sharks in 6
Capitals over Blue Jackets in 6
Canadiens over Bruins in 4

Conference Finals
Capitals over Canadiens in 6
Blackhawks over Ducks in 5

Stanley Cup
Capitals over Blackhawks in 7
author=kentona
Blue Jackets over Capitals in 7 (Washington chokes out here)

Could you imagine if that happens again, especially against the Blue Jackets? I would think that Ovi would want to get the hell out of there as soon as possible for next season, because that organization is cursed! CURRRSSSEEEDDD!!!

author=Hexatona
I'm going to pull a Kenton from Last year and do things a little differently

(…I swear to god, if you manage to win this whole thing with picks like that, you gotta be f'…!)

author=GreatRedSpirit
Calgary somehow and against all odds wins the Stanley Cup over Columbus in 6.

Lol - that would be SO epic! No one would see that coming... (well...'cept you though, lol.)

- And what’s up with everyone picking Columbus to do well this year? Do you guys know something that I don’t know???

Once I finish updating your guys’ picks in here, I’ll be ready to do mine in a second.

(Failure, here I come!)
1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 6
Wild over Blues In 7
Flames over Ducks In 7
Oilers over Sharks In 5
Capitals over Leafs In 4 (lol)
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 6
Rangers over Canadiens In 5
Senators over Bruins In 6

2nd Round
Wild over Blackhawks In 6
Flames over Oilers In 6
Capitals over Blue Jackets In 7
Rangers over Senators In 5

Conference Finals
Wild over Flames In 5
Capitals over Rangers In 7

Stanley Cup Finals
Capitals over Wild In 7

Stanley Cup Champions
Washington Capitals

*sigh* You ba*tards better do it this time around! I’m serious!
Hexatona
JESEUS MIMLLION SPOLERS
3529
Thanks for cleaning up my gibberish, Addit.
author=Addit
Capitals over Rangers In 7

*sigh* You ba*tards better do it this time around! I’m serious!


I checked my crystal ball and it gave me this:
GRS posted
Oilers over Sharks In 4

First blood! That's one less point I can earn! (and just minutes before kentona suffering a similar fate)
I need to do this too. Though when looking it up apparently the playoffs have already started...

So...

Blackhawks over Predators in 5
Wild over Blues in 7
Flames over Ducks in 5
Oilers over Sharks in 6
Canadiens over Rangers in 6
Senators over Bruins in 7
Leafs over Capitals in 4
Penguins over Blue Jackets in 6

Wild over Blackhawks in 7
Ducks over Oilers in 6
Canadiens over Senators in 5
Capitals over Penguins in 6

Wild over Ducks in 4
Canadiens over Capitals in 6

Wild over Canadiens in 6


I stopped following the NHL ages ago and it shows.
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