The Playoff Prediction Project, Round 2

Jonathan Willis
April 27 2011 09:32PM

 

 

The first round of the playoffs is over, and it was a doozy. The best part is, there are three rounds to go, and the hockey isn’t likely to get any worse as time goes on.

After the jump, it’s time to make Round Two predictions.

Round One predictions can be found here. Scoring is as follows:

  1. Best series prediction record (length excluded)
  2. Tie-breaker one: Most accurate prediction in the Stanley Cup finals (winner and length)
  3. Tie-breaker two: Highest number of correct predictions (both series and length)

Writer predictions are below, and will, be updated as they come in:

Writer VAN/NSH Games S.J./DET Games WAS/T.B. Games PHI/BOS Games
Davie VAN 6 S.J. 6 WAS 5 BOS 7
Drance VAN 6 S.J. 6 WAS 7 BOS 6
Gregor VAN 6 DET 5 WAS 6 PHI 7
Lansky VAN 5 S.J. 6 WAS 4 BOS 5
Lowetide VAN 6 S.J. 7 WAS 6 BOS 7
Steinberg VAN 6 S.J. 7 WAS 5 BOS 6
Wanye NSH 6 DET 6 WAS 7 BOS 7
Willis VAN 6 S.J. 6 WAS 6 PHI 7
Wilson VAN 5 S.J. 7 WAS 6 PHI 7
Consensus VAN 8-1 S.J. 7-2 WAS 9-0 BOS 6-3

I’d like to invite everyone who participated in Round One to chime in below with their predictions; the contest is open until puck drop of Game One.

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#51 John Chambers
April 28 2011, 07:09AM
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Vancouver in 6

San Jose in 7

Philadelphia in 6

Tampa Bay in 6

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#52 Tracie
April 28 2011, 07:09AM
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Van in 6

Det in 7

Wash in 6

Phi in 7

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#53 Archaeologuy
April 28 2011, 07:24AM
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I'm pretty sure my terrible 1st round can only be made up for with BOLD (stupid) predictions in Rd 2.

Nashville in 6

Detroit in 7

TBay in 6

Boston in 5

I hate the Canucks so much.

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#54 Crash
April 28 2011, 07:29AM
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Vancouver in 7

San Jose in 6

Washington in 6

Boston in 6

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VAN in 6 SJ in 6 WSH in 6 PHI in 6

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#56 Spydyr
April 28 2011, 07:42AM
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Nashville in 7

Detroit in 6

Boston in 7

Washington in 6

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#57 Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement
April 28 2011, 07:50AM
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Nashville in 6

Detriot in 5

Philly in 4

Washington in 5

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#58 OilIsMyBlood
April 28 2011, 07:52AM
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Vancouver in 5

Detroit in 6

Tampa in 7

Philadelphia in 5

don't forget to cheer

RNH RNH RNH RNH

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#59 hoil
April 28 2011, 07:57AM
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VAN/NSH = (NSH,6)

SJ/DET = (DET,5)

WAS/TB = (TB,7)

PHI/BOS = (BOS,7)

1) The two series winners I called wrong in the first round are facing each other, and I like the way Trotz always has his team ready to play. That, and if history has taught us anything, the Canucks will eventually get beat in the playoffs.

2) SJ will be kicked to the curb by the Swedish Hockey Mafia from Detroit.

3) Roli playing like it's 2006! Why couldn't the Oilers find a cheap, veteran goalie like that instead of Re-Khabb?

4)I don't understand these teams, so I will go with the one that has a decent puck stopper.

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#60 jbh
April 28 2011, 08:04AM
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Nashville in 6 Detroit in 6 Boston in 5 Washington in 7

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#61 marty
April 28 2011, 08:07AM
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Nash 7

SJ 7

Wash 6

Boston 6

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#62 CrazyCaptain88
April 28 2011, 08:11AM
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Van - 6 Det - 6 Wsh - 5 Bos - 7

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#63 greenlightning86
April 28 2011, 08:15AM
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Vancouver-7 Detroit-6 Washington-6 Boston-7

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#64 Monaertchi
April 28 2011, 08:28AM
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Van - 6 / Det - 6 / Was - 6 / Bos - 6

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#65 positivebrontefan
April 28 2011, 08:33AM
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Nashville in 6

Detroit in 7

Washington in 6

Boston in 7

Go Nashville!!!

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#66 buttermilk biscuits
April 28 2011, 08:39AM
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Nashville in 6 (Canucks will get beat up) Rinne will be spectacular)

Detroit in 6 (Teams will split the first four, after that it will be complete dominance by Detroit)

Tampa Bay in 7 (due to Dwayne Roloson)

Boston in 7 (Thomas will post consecutive shutouts)

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#67 joel
April 28 2011, 08:55AM
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Boston 6 games

Vancouver 6 games

Wash 6games

Boston 7games

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#68 joel
April 28 2011, 08:56AM
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Det- 6 games

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#69 Chunklets
April 28 2011, 08:59AM
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Van-Nsh: Vancouver in 5. They just got a whole tribe of monkeys off their collective back.

SJ-Det: Detroit in 7. This should be the best series of round 2.

Wsh-TB: Washington in 6. The Caps seem to have figured out the whole playoff thing.

Phi-Bos: Boston in 7. There is a very good chance that every single player in this series will be suspended by the end of it.

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#70 Mojo
April 28 2011, 09:08AM
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Vancouver in 7

San Jose in 7

Washington in 6

Boston in 6

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#71 geoilersgist
April 28 2011, 09:10AM
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Vancouver - 6

San Jose - 7

Tampa Bay - 6

Philadelphia - 7

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#72 Ashley
April 28 2011, 09:12AM
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VAN in 6

DET in 6

WSH in 6

BOS in 6

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#73 DougWeightProblem
April 28 2011, 09:15AM
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Nashville in 7, San Jose in 6, Washington in 6, Philadelphia in 6

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#74 Riles97
April 28 2011, 09:16AM
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Nashville in 6, San Jose in 6, Washington in 6, Boston in 7

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#75 Woogie
April 28 2011, 09:27AM
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VAN - 6 WAS - 7 PHI - 7 SJS - 7

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#76 Vanguard
April 28 2011, 09:27AM
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Van/Nash - Van in 6

SJ/Det - Det in 6

Was/TB - TB in 7

Phi/Bos - Bos in 6

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#77 Rogue
April 28 2011, 09:28AM
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Nash.....6

S.J......6

Rollie...7

Bos......6

Gawd,I had to listen to Van/Chi game 7 on radio. 5 minutes was all I could take; no wonder the fans are mindless Zombies. What a terrible homeristically slanted broadcast. Yeech!

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#78 Dan the Man
April 28 2011, 09:33AM
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Don't mean to hijack the thread but Copper and Blue is reporting that the Oilers have signed Anton Lander.

http://www.coppernblue.com/2011/4/28/2139067/oilers-sign-anton-lander#storyjump

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#79 mayorpoop
April 28 2011, 09:34AM
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Chunklets wrote:

Van-Nsh: Vancouver in 5. They just got a whole tribe of monkeys off their collective back.

SJ-Det: Detroit in 7. This should be the best series of round 2.

Wsh-TB: Washington in 6. The Caps seem to have figured out the whole playoff thing.

Phi-Bos: Boston in 7. There is a very good chance that every single player in this series will be suspended by the end of it.

i believe this so called "tribe of monkeys" returns after they get donkey punched by SMASHVILLE!

betty white has a stronger back than loungo he couldnt carry her jock strap! he will carry them no where!

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#80 madjam
April 28 2011, 09:36AM
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Wash-6 , Phil- 6 , Vanc.-5 , S.Jose -6 .

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#81 Bucky9
April 28 2011, 09:45AM
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Vancouver in 6

Sj in 7

Wash in 6

PHI in 7

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#82 Quicksilver ballet
April 28 2011, 09:59AM
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Nashville in 6, Detroit in 7, Lightning in 6 and the Boston Bruins in 7.

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#83 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
April 28 2011, 09:59AM
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Nashville in 6 over Vancouver.

Detroit in 5 over San-Jose.

Tampa-Bay in 6 over Washington.

Philadelphia in 6 over Boston.

It could be perceived that I am predicting 3 upsets here but in my mind the teams I predict to loose have just never got the job done in the playoffs except Boston but I think Pronger will be back and that will doom Boston however. Nashville will stop Vancouver's Offense dead and that will mean the series. Tampa I just have to love Tampa They killed Calgary in 04 and that playoff experience will help but the real ace in the hole is ROLI I want him to go all the way and win the MVP and the way he played in game seven tells me he can do it. The great8 be limited in production and Roli will be the difference.

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#84 Motel
April 28 2011, 10:00AM
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Nashville-7, Detroit-5, Washington-7, Boston-6

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#85 gord962
April 28 2011, 10:04AM
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Nashville in 7

San Jose in 6

Washington in 5

Boston in 7

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#86 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
April 28 2011, 10:06AM
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The thing I really have to love about hockey is that any one of us could be right. If this was Basket ball 90+% of the time you could predict the series and be right. Man I love this game Its fans and every thing about it. Canada's gift to the world is truly awesome.

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#87 hoil
April 28 2011, 10:12AM
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buttermilk biscuits wrote:

Nashville in 6 (Canucks will get beat up) Rinne will be spectacular)

Detroit in 6 (Teams will split the first four, after that it will be complete dominance by Detroit)

Tampa Bay in 7 (due to Dwayne Roloson)

Boston in 7 (Thomas will post consecutive shutouts)

You are a very wise biscuit.

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#88 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
April 28 2011, 10:14AM
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Who won Round one? Or are you waiting till the Cup is won?

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#89 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
April 28 2011, 10:16AM
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hoil wrote:

VAN/NSH = (NSH,6)

SJ/DET = (DET,5)

WAS/TB = (TB,7)

PHI/BOS = (BOS,7)

1) The two series winners I called wrong in the first round are facing each other, and I like the way Trotz always has his team ready to play. That, and if history has taught us anything, the Canucks will eventually get beat in the playoffs.

2) SJ will be kicked to the curb by the Swedish Hockey Mafia from Detroit.

3) Roli playing like it's 2006! Why couldn't the Oilers find a cheap, veteran goalie like that instead of Re-Khabb?

4)I don't understand these teams, so I will go with the one that has a decent puck stopper.

We are close and if Pronger is not back I think you will have it right but if Pronger shows up I think it is bye bye Boston.

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#90 Quicksilver ballet
April 28 2011, 10:27AM
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Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!" wrote:

Who won Round one? Or are you waiting till the Cup is won?

Lowetide went 8 for 8 in his first round selections, almost nailed the number of games as well.

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#91 Cosmo
April 28 2011, 10:39AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I'm pretty sure my terrible 1st round can only be made up for with BOLD (stupid) predictions in Rd 2.

Nashville in 6

Detroit in 7

TBay in 6

Boston in 5

I hate the Canucks so much.

"I hate the Canucks so much"

Best comment on this post.

Nashville in 7

Detroit in 6

Tampa Bay in 7

Boston in 7

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#92 Ender
April 28 2011, 10:42AM
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Only 5/8 in Round 1. Let's hope that some Windex can brighten up the ol' crystal ball for Round 2.

VAN/NSH = VAN(6)
SJ/DET = SJ(7)

WSH/TB = WSH(6)
PHI/BOS = BOS(7)

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#93 H.O.P.E (Hall.Omark.Paajarvi.Eberle)
April 28 2011, 10:44AM
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Nashville in 7 - Goaltending and Defence far superior to Hawks - more of a challenge and the Canucks cant seem to get many decent opportunities from their big guns

Detroit in 6 - A powerhouse taking on Playoff Chumps. SJ still doesnt want it bad enough, and the Wings do!

Washington in 5 - Finally we will see Ovie make the Conference finals! TB almost lost to Pens without their top 2 centermen (which happen to be 2 of the top 10 in the league). They sure wont be able to hold back the ofensive powerhouse of a healthy Caps team. Could be a sweep. Caps lack the goaltending the Pens had though.

Boston in 7 - Taking them over Philly cause they dont want a repeat of last year. And Philly almost lost to a goaltender and no one else in the first round. Boston has the goaltending depth, with more experienced defencemen and much better scoring. Will be close, but Boston will prevail.

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#94 hoil
April 28 2011, 10:45AM
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Sheldon,

Pronger is normally the difference maker, but not if he can't grip his stick because his hand is totally borked.

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/39861-Campbell-Flyers-deny-Chris-Pronger-injury-is-worse-than-first-thought.html

A Philadelphia television station reported that Pronger, who is recovering from surgery on his right wrist, actually has a fracture in his hand that requires a plate and that he is unable to grip a stick.

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#95 DDP
April 28 2011, 11:02AM
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VAN - 6

SJS - 7

WSH - 5

BOS - 7

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#96 Mr. Pederson
April 28 2011, 11:04AM
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Hey everybody,

DETROIT in 6 - SJ will put up a fight but DET is better.

VAN in 6 - Much as I'll cheer for Nashville, and I hate to say it, but I think the Canucks won the cup on Tuesday.

PHILLY in 7 - Could go either way, and Philly's goalers might make it go the other way quickly.

TAMPA in 7 - Dwayne Roloson's still got it.

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#97 Skidplate
April 28 2011, 11:07AM
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Van in 6, Det in 6, Was in 6 and Bos in 7

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#98 Twiggs
April 28 2011, 11:32AM
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Van in 6, Detroit in 7, Wash in 6, Philly in 5

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#99 Dan the Man
April 28 2011, 11:42AM
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Nashville in 6

Detroit in 7

Washington in 6

Boston in 6

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#100 Rallan72
April 28 2011, 12:01PM
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Preds in 6

Sharks in 7

Lightning in 7

Flyers in 6

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