Playoff Picks: Round 2

Jonathan Willis
April 28 2012 11:11AM

Remember Maggie the Macaque? I guarantee the TSN panel in 2006 does.

In 2006, Maggie picked 9 of 15 playoff series winners, beating out an expert panel consisting of Bill Berg (who is Bill Berg, anyway? I wouldn’t know who Bill Berg was if I ran him over with my truck), Pierre McGuire (future Habs G.M.?), and Bob McKenzie (yes, that Bob McKenzie).

I remember feeling sorry for the expert panel at the time.

On a completely unrelated note, here are the scores from the first round predictions (I haven’t used tie-breakers here since we have an overall leader):

Writer Wesbite VAN/L.A. S.J./STL PHX/CHI NSH/DET NYR/OTT BOS/WSH FLA/NJD PIT/PHI Total Score
Oilers4ever Commenter L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PHI 7
Cam Charron Canucks Army L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 6
John Cullen Canucks Army L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 6
greenlightning86 Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PHI 6
master of my domain Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PHI 6
Vintage Flame Commenter L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 6
Johe Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR WSH N.J. PHI 6
david Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR WSH N.J. PIT 6
Oilerpride15 Commenter L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS FLA PIT 5
BigE91 Commenter L.A. STL PHX DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Woodguy Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Orange-n-Blue Commenter VAN S.J. PHX NSH NYR WSH N.J. PIT 5
Koolaid drinker #33 Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Horcsky Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Alberto's dad Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Quicksilver ballet Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Mason Storm Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PHI 5
maimster Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR WSH N.J. PIT 5
schevvy Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Woodguy Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
EvanAllTogether Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PHI 5
~S~K~ Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS FLA PHI 5
Danny Gray Leafs Nation VAN S.J. CHI NSH NYR WSH N.J. PHI 5
Matt Stephen Leafs Nation VAN STL CHI DET NYR WSH N.J. PHI 5
Jeff Angus Canucks Army VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS FLA PIT 4
Thomas Drance Canucks Army L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Marda Miller Canucks Army VAN S.J. PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Nate Sans Hate Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
ItsTheBGB Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
oilderrick Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Mantastic Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Ern Beckett Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Trentonl Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Dunnonuttin Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS FLA PIT 4
Brett Mitchell Commenter VAN STL PHX DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Beavis Commenter VAN S.J. CHI DET NYR WSH N.J. PHI 4
James Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Abby W. Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH OTT BOS N.J. PHI 4
First Name Unidentified Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
ncomas Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR WSH N.J. PIT 4
icedawg_42 Commenter L.A. S.J. CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Wax Man Riley Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Tim in Kelowna Commenter VAN STL PHX DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
D Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
shanetrain Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Wes Mantooth Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS FLA PIT 4
geoilersgist Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Justin Azevedo Flames Nation VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Jason Gregor Oilers Nation VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Lowetide Oilers Nation VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Tinfoil Tuque Canucks Army VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Bucknuck Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS FLA PIT 3
Gitagrip Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
DieHard Commenter VAN S.J. CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Time Travelling Sean Commenter VAN S.J. CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
yawto Commenter VAN S.J. PHX NSH OTT WSH FLA PIT 3
TLHansum Commenter VAN S.J. CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
gord962 Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
dan Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET OTT BOS N.J. PIT 3
madjam Commenter VAN S.J. CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PHI 3
ashley Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Kent Wilson Flames Nation L.A. S.J. CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
John Lofranco Leafs Nation L.A. STL CHI DET OTT BOS N.J. PIT 3
Jonathan Willis Oilers Nation VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Cam Davie Canucks Army VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Rob Vollman Flames Nation VAN STL PHX DET OTT BOS N.J. PIT 3
Patrick Johnston Canucks Army VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS FLA PIT 2
mark Commenter VAN S.J. CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 2
everton fc Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS FLA PIT 2
Fight Club Commenter VAN S.J. CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 2
mayorpoop Commenter L.A. S.J. CHI NSH OTT BOS FLA PIT 2
Ryan Fancey Leafs Nation VAN S.J. CHI NSH OTT BOS N.J. PIT 2
SLAM Commenter VAN STL CHI DET OTT BOS FLA PIT 1

The average number of correct answers, for all entrants, was four, as an unpredictable first round made a hash out of most predictions. Commenter Oilers4Ever somehow nailed seven of the eight series winners, while a pair of Los Angeles-picking Canucks Army writers tied for second.

The Second Round

Writer Wesbite STL/LA Games PHX/NSH Games NYR/WSH Games PHI/N.J. Games
Cam Davie CanucksArmy STL 6 NSH 7 NYR 6 PHI 7
Jason Gregor OilersNation LA 7 NSH 6 NYR 5 PHI 5
John Cullen CanucksArmy STL 7 NSH 7 WSH 6 PHI 5
Jonathan Willis OilersNation STL 7 PHX 7 NYR 5 PHI 5
Justin Azevedo FlamesNation STL 6 NSH 5 WSH 6 PHI 5
Kent Wilson FlamesNation STL 7 NSH 7 NYR 6 PHI 5
Lowetide OilersNation STL 7 NSH 5 NYR 5 PHI 5
Vintage Flame FlamesNation STL 6 NSH 7 NYR 6 PHI 5

These are the picks I have in so far; and I’d like to have all other picks in by the end of the second period between L.A./St. Louis. Thanks!

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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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#1 Robin Brownlee
April 28 2012, 11:19AM
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My, what a collection of vast intellects.

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#2 Hemmertime
April 28 2012, 12:00PM
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Just noticed and thought weird.

8 teams left in playoffs. Theres a 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 seeded team left. Wonder if happened before.

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Stl in 6, Nsh in 6, Nyr in 5, Nj in 6

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#4 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
April 28 2012, 11:22AM
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St. L in 6

Nash in 7

NYR in 6

Philly in 6

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#5 Lowetide
April 28 2012, 11:23AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

My, what a collection of vast intellects.

lol. Well done. Give 'em hell on the show today, Robin.

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#6 Frank
April 28 2012, 11:28AM
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You are depriving some poor village of its IDIOT

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#7 BigE91
April 28 2012, 11:38AM
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This round I'll take:

-Nashville-7 LA-7 NYR-6 Philadelphia-6

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#8 Wanyes bastard child
April 28 2012, 11:44AM
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LA in 7, Phoenix in 6, Was in 6 and NJ in 7

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#9 Dangerous Neil
April 28 2012, 11:57AM
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Phx - 6 LA - 6 NYR - 7 NJ - 6

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#10 Horcsky
April 28 2012, 12:03PM
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LA in 7

NSH in 6

NYR in 5

PHI in 4 (Get out the broom)

EDIT: ~Get your own picks Lindros!~

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#11 ItsTheBGB
April 28 2012, 12:06PM
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STL in 7 PHX in 5 PHI in 6 WSH in 7

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#12 Dunnonuttin
April 28 2012, 12:09PM
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LA - 7, NSH - 7, NYR - 6, PHI - 5

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#13 OILERSORDEATH
April 28 2012, 12:19PM
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LA in 6 then all the way! Jonny Quick is a pimp!!!

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#14 EvanAllTogether
April 28 2012, 12:20PM
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STL in 7

NSH in 6

WSH in 7

PHI in 5

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#15 TLHansum
April 28 2012, 12:27PM
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Washington in 6 Philly in 5 LA in 7 PHX in 6

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#16 First Name Unidentified
April 28 2012, 12:30PM
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LA in 6 NSH in 7 NYR in 6 PHI in 6

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#17 Mantastic
April 28 2012, 12:37PM
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Nsh in 6, LA in 7, NYR in 6, Philly in 5

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#18 Dawn
April 28 2012, 12:40PM
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My hat goes into the ring with:

LAK - 6, NSH - 7, NYR - 5, NJD - 5

While all the experts are going with PHI, I notice they didn't fare so well with VAN now did they.

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#19 Johe
April 28 2012, 12:50PM
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Nash in 7(though I fear Smith may be able to win this one single-handedly)

St Louis in 5(though I'm cheering for LA)

Philly in 5(don't think NJ is that good)

NY in 7(probably the most interesting series to me)

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#20 ashley
April 28 2012, 01:07PM
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STL 6 NSH 6 PHI 6 NYR 6

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#21 geoilersgist
April 28 2012, 01:07PM
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LA - 7 NSH - 7 NY - 6 PHI - 6

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#22 DieHard
April 28 2012, 01:19PM
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PHI 5; LAK 7; NSH 6; NYR 6

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#23 yawto
April 28 2012, 01:21PM
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Yotes in 6, kings in 5,caps in 6, flyers in 7

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#24 schevvy
April 28 2012, 01:23PM
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LA in 6 NSH in 7

WSH in 7 NJ in 6

CUE THE COMEBACK

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LA 6, PHX 7, NYR 6, PHI 6

EDIT: I wasn't in for the first round, but I went 6-8 missing out on Wash and NJ...honestly, you can ask my buddies.....

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#26 greenlightning86
April 28 2012, 02:32PM
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STL 6 NASH 6 NYR 7 PHI 5

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#27 @Oilanderp
April 28 2012, 02:33PM
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LAK 5, PHX 7, WAS 6, and PHI 6

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#28 Orange-n-Blue
April 28 2012, 03:15PM
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STL in 7, PHX in 7, WSH in 6, PHI in 5

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#29 Wäx Män Riley
April 28 2012, 04:57PM
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LA in 7

NSH in 6

NYR in 6

PHI in 5

I may be late, but.... y'know work gets in the way.

GO LA!!

BTW I use the Kings in NHL12 and they are AWESOME. Quick is the man, and all 4 lines are big and good defensively, and can knock guys off the puck. Anyone up for a game?

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#30 Quicksilver ballet
April 28 2012, 05:54PM
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Los Angeles in 6,Nashville in 7,Rangers in 6 and Flyers in 6.

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#31 Bucknuck
April 28 2012, 05:56PM
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LA in 7

PHX in 6

NYR in 7

PHI in 6

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#32 Beavis
April 28 2012, 06:55PM
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LA, Nashville, NYR, NJD (Devils are terrible, but Bryzgalov is possibly worse).

Incidentally, I managed to get all the West picks wrong and all the East picks right. I'm not sure what happened there.

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#33 Time Travelling Sean
April 28 2012, 07:35PM
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STL in 5

NASH in 7

PHILLY in 6

WASH in 7.

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#34 Colin
April 28 2012, 07:52PM
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LA 6 Nash 7 NYR 6 NJ 7

Incidentally I'm hoping for an East cup win again this year, the cup sure doesn't belong in Pheonix or Nashville.

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#35 D
April 28 2012, 08:12PM
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LA in 7 Nash in 6 NYR in 6 Phi in 5

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#36 maimster
April 28 2012, 08:25PM
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A bit late...sorry...

St Louis over LA in 6 Nashville over Phoenix in 6 Washington over NYR in 7 Philly over NJD in 6

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#37 madjam
April 29 2012, 01:37PM
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New York in 6 , New Jersey in 5 , L.A. in 6 , Nash.in 6 .

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