Playoff Picks, Round 3

Jonathan Willis
May 13 2012 05:47PM

It's been an unpredictable playoffs.  As it stands, 12 series have been concluded.  None of our entrants to date have pegged more than seven correctly, and our average is sitting between four and five.

For those wondering, here are the full standings:

Writer Total Score Percentage
~S~K~ 7 58.3%
Beavis 7 58.3%
BigE91 7 58.3%
Cam Charron 7 58.3%
greenlightning86 7 58.3%
Horcsky 7 58.3%
Johe 7 58.3%
Koolaid drinker #33 7 58.3%
Oilers4ever 7 58.3%
schevvy 7 58.3%
Vintage Flame 7 58.3%
Bucknuck 6 50.0%
D 6 50.0%
david 6 50.0%
Dunnonuttin 6 50.0%
First Name Unidentified 6 50.0%
geoilersgist 6 50.0%
Jason Gregor 6 50.0%
John Cullen 6 50.0%
madjam 6 50.0%
Mantastic 6 50.0%
master of my domain 6 50.0%
Orange-n-Blue 6 50.0%
Wax Man Riley 6 50.0%
Alberto's dad 5 41.7%
Danny Gray 5 41.7%
DieHard 5 41.7%
EvanAllTogether 5 41.7%
ItsTheBGB 5 41.7%
Jonathan Willis 5 41.7%
Lowetide 5 41.7%
maimster 5 41.7%
Mason Storm 5 41.7%
Matt Stephen 5 41.7%
Oilerpride15 5 41.7%
Quicksilver ballet 5 41.7%
TLHansum 5 41.7%
Woodguy 5 41.7%
yawto 5 41.7%
Abby W. 4 33.3%
ashley 4 33.3%
Brett Mitchell 4 33.3%
Cam Davie 4 33.3%
Ern Beckett 4 33.3%
icedawg_42 4 33.3%
James 4 33.3%
Jeff Angus 4 33.3%
Justin Azevedo 4 33.3%
Kent Wilson 4 33.3%
Marda Miller 4 33.3%
Nate Sans Hate 4 33.3%
ncomas 4 33.3%
Number 44 4 33.3%
oilderrick 4 33.3%
Rob Vollman 4 33.3%
shanetrain 4 33.3%
Thomas Drance 4 33.3%
Tim in Kelowna 4 33.3%
Trentonl 4 33.3%
Wes Mantooth 4 33.3%
Colin 3 25.0%
dan 3 25.0%
Gitagrip 3 25.0%
gord962 3 25.0%
John Lofranco 3 25.0%
Oilers G 3 25.0%
Patrick Johnston 3 25.0%
Time Travelling Sean 3 25.0%
Tinfoil Tuque 3 25.0%
Wanyes bastard child 3 25.0%
Come join the Dark Parade 2 16.7%
Dawn 2 16.7%
everton fc 2 16.7%
Fight Club 2 16.7%
mark 2 16.7%
mayorpoop 2 16.7%
Ryan Fancey 2 16.7%
Ron Burgundy 1 8.3%
SLAM 1 8.3%

Worth noting: some people (especially those near the bottom) only got picks in for one of the previous two rounds.

Naturally, this much inaccuracy isn't going to prevent more guessing!

Round 3 Picks

Writer PHX/LA Games NYR/NJ Games
Cam Charron LA 6 NYR 7
Danny Gray LA 5 NYR 6
Jason Gregor LA 6 NYR 6
Jonathan Willis LA 6 NYR 6
Justin Azevedo LA 6 NYR 5
Kent Wilson PHX 6 NJ 7
Lowetide LA 7 NYR 6
Matt Stephen LA 5 NJ 7
Vintage Flame LA 6 NYR 7

We'll be accepting entries in the comments until puck-drop tomorrow.

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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 FSD
May 14 2012, 12:16AM
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@DSF

"Anyone under 50% should just turn in their man card."

DSF, Anyone who could post that without entering their own prediction, never had a man card.

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#2 Mattthemascot
May 14 2012, 10:16AM
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Gary Smith, because we love hockey. doesnt matter what team it is. we are used to it ;)

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LA in 6

NYR in 7

Finals.....NYR in 6

Got my picks in fist :-)

EDIT. Willis, for those who only got the second round in, you should mention that by a 3/4 for 75%*, the * denoting only 1 rd.

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#4 Lowetide
May 13 2012, 05:59PM
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Willis you rat fink! Your name is above mine even though we're tied!!!! :-)

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#5 Bucknuck
May 13 2012, 06:23PM
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LA in seven

NYR in six

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#6 greenlightning86
May 13 2012, 06:47PM
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LA 6 NYR 7

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#7 Johe
May 13 2012, 06:59PM
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LA in 6. NY in 7.

Oh and by the way- the reward for winning this whole prediction thing is a million dollars, right? RIGHT!!!!????

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#8 Sincity1976
May 13 2012, 07:00PM
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LA and NY. Both in 5.

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#9 ItsTheBGB
May 13 2012, 07:56PM
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LA in 5 NYR in 6

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#10 @Oilanderp
May 13 2012, 08:12PM
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L.A.K. 7 N.Y.R. 6

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#11 EvanAllTogether
May 13 2012, 08:32PM
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LA in 6 NYR in 7

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#12 TLHansum
May 13 2012, 08:55PM
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LA in 5 NYR in 7

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#13 schevvy
May 13 2012, 09:01PM
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Tied for the lead!

LA in 6 NJ in 7

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#14 DSF
May 13 2012, 09:24PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Willis you rat fink! Your name is above mine even though we're tied!!!! :-)

Anyone under 50% should just turn in their man card.

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#15 Mason Storm
May 13 2012, 09:57PM
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Wish I picked in the 2nd round. I'll take Phoenix and New Jersey.

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#16 Oilerpride15
May 13 2012, 10:12PM
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La in 7

Rangers in 7

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#17 Vintage Flame
May 13 2012, 10:18PM
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What makes this nice to see is that even if I go 0 for 3 in the remaining series'... Wanye's Bastard Child can't catch me in the predictions.

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#18 schevvy
May 13 2012, 10:23PM
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@Vintage Flame

You're going down VF. Game on. :)

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#19 Orange-n-Blue
May 13 2012, 10:34PM
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PHX in 6 NJD in 6

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LA in 5

NYR in 6

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#21 Dunnonuttin
May 13 2012, 10:41PM
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LA in 5 NJ in 7

edit: I should add that I'm actually hoping for a NYR/LA final, but I think that the east final is probably going to go the distance, and that NJ has the advantage in a seven game series.

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#22 Chris
May 13 2012, 11:17PM
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Teams that lose 8 or more games in the playoffs rarely win the Final.

To my knowledge, last year was the first time that any team had ever lost 9 games in the playoffs and won the Cup. The only reason the Bruins won is that the Canucks were also dog tired and fell apart at the end.

The Rangers have already lost 6 games this year, and have played significant overtime to boot -- triple overtime in one case. Compare that to LA and Phoenix who have lost a combined 4 games between them, in the first two rounds.

Based on that, I would be astonished if the Rangers win the cup.

Devils in 6 Kings in 5

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#23 master of my domain
May 13 2012, 11:26PM
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LA 5, NY 6

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#24 yawto
May 13 2012, 11:58PM
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LA NY final. Nhl wet dream come true.

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#25 First Name Unidentified
May 14 2012, 12:33AM
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LAK in 6

NYR in 7

Sutter vs Torts ....back to 2004

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#26 Wäx Män Riley
May 14 2012, 01:44AM
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NJD 7

LA 6

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#27 Time Travelling Sean
May 14 2012, 03:30AM
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LA in 5

NJ in 6.

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#28 mayorpoop
May 14 2012, 05:36AM
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LA in 5

NJ in 6

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#29 Dan the Man
May 14 2012, 08:30AM
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LA in 5

NY in 6

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#30 Frank
May 14 2012, 08:47AM
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Phx in 8!

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#31 geoilersgist
May 14 2012, 08:58AM
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LA 6 NJ 7

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#32 maimster
May 14 2012, 09:09AM
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I'm going to stop picking against the Kings - LA in 5.

And I'm going to believe in the Rangers - NYR in 7.

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#33 Gary Smith
May 14 2012, 09:14AM
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Why are fans from a Canadian city even talking about the current playoffs, None of Your teams are in it anymore, better topic would be 'Murray should be Oilers pick in June's draft.

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#34 OILERSORDEATH
May 14 2012, 09:52AM
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Chris wrote:

Teams that lose 8 or more games in the playoffs rarely win the Final.

To my knowledge, last year was the first time that any team had ever lost 9 games in the playoffs and won the Cup. The only reason the Bruins won is that the Canucks were also dog tired and fell apart at the end.

The Rangers have already lost 6 games this year, and have played significant overtime to boot -- triple overtime in one case. Compare that to LA and Phoenix who have lost a combined 4 games between them, in the first two rounds.

Based on that, I would be astonished if the Rangers win the cup.

Devils in 6 Kings in 5

That's the only reason Boston kicked Vans ass was that Van was tired? That's horse sh!t Boston was also bigger, stonger, faster, more skilled, and most importantly had heart.

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#35 Mantastic
May 14 2012, 09:53AM
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NYR in 6, LA in 5

LA to win the Cup

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#36 Mattthemascot
May 14 2012, 10:15AM
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LA King in 5, Devils in 6.

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#37 BigE91
May 14 2012, 10:51AM
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LA-6, Rangers-7

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#38 Quicksilver ballet
May 14 2012, 11:09AM
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Los Angeles escapes in 6 and the Rangers escape New York in 6 as well.

....still have my man card, i think.

The artist formerly known as the Quicksilver Ballet

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#39 ashley
May 14 2012, 12:15PM
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LA in 6 NYR in 6

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#40 Dangerous Neil
May 14 2012, 01:19PM
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LA in 5

NJ in 6

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#41 D
May 14 2012, 01:41PM
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LA in 5 NYR in 6.

NYR vs LA would be one for the ages...

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#42 Copperblueandwhite
May 14 2012, 04:59PM
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LA in 7; NJ in 6 (Volchenkov is the difference)

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#43 Beavis
May 14 2012, 08:15PM
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I'm tied for first and I'm too late to enter?? Terrible. Well, since the game is still tied at 0 as of now, I'll put these down and accept disqualification if that's the case.

So, LA in 6 and NJ in 7, because damn, the Rangers are too boring to watch for one more series.

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