Playoff Prediction Project, 2012

The first round of the playoffs starts tonight, and once again the writers of the Nation Network are getting together to predict who they feel will win each series in the first round.

Last year, Lowetide walked away with this thing, correctly predicting the winner in 14 of 15 series.  He hasn’t consistently rubbed that in every single time I’ve talked to him, but I expect that to change when he wins it all again this year.  This year, we have 15 writers participating, and their picks are as follow:

Writer Wesbite VAN/L.A. S.J./STL PHX/CHI NSH/DET NYR/OTT BOS/WSH FLA/NJD PIT/PHI
Jeff Angus Canucks Army VAN, 5 STL, 4 PHX, 7 NSH, 7 NYR, 6 BOS, 7 FLA, 7 PIT, 6
Justin Azevedo Flames Nation VAN, 6 STL, 5 CHI, 5 NSH, 6 NYR, 5 BOS, 7 N.J., 5 PIT, 6
Cam Charron Canucks Army L.A., 6 STL, 6 PHX, 7 NSH, 5 NYR, 7 BOS, 5 N.J., 4 PIT, 7
John Cullen Canucks Army L.A., 6 STL, 7 PHX, 6 NSH, 7 NYR, 5 BOS, 6 N.J., 5 PIT, 6
Thomas Drance Canucks Army L.A., 6 STL, 7 CHI, 6 DET, 6 NYR, 5 BOS, 7 N.J., 6 PIT, 5
Ryan Fancey Leafs Nation VAN, 7 S.J., 6 CHI, 7 NSH, 7 OTT, 6 BOS, 5 N.J., 6 PIT, 7
Danny Gray Leafs Nation VAN, 5 S.J., 6 CHI, 6 NSH, 7 NYR, 5 WSH, 7 N.J., 4 PHI, 7
Jason Gregor Oilers Nation VAN, 6 STL, 5 CHI, 6 NSH, 7 NYR, 6 BOS, 7 N.J., 7 PIT, 7
Patrick Johnston Canucks Army VAN, 6 STL, 7 CHI, 6 DET, 7 NYR, 6 BOS, 7 FLA, 5 PIT, 6
John Lofranco Leafs Nation L.A., 7 STL, 6 CHI, 6 DET, 6 OTT, 7 BOS, 6 N.J., 5 PIT, 7
Lowetide Oilers Nation VAN, 5 STL, 5 CHI, 6 NSH, 6 NYR, 5 BOS, 6 N.J., 5 PIT, 7
Marda Miller Canucks Army VAN, 7 S.J., 7 PHX, 7 NSH, 7 NYR, 6 BOS, 7 N.J., 6 PIT, 7
Matt Stephen Leafs Nation VAN, 7 STL, 6 CHI, 6 DET, 5 NYR, 4 WSH, 7 N.J., 5 PHI, 6
Jonathan Willis Oilers Nation VAN, 7 STL, 6 CHI, 7 DET, 6 NYR, 5 BOS, 5 N.J., 6 PIT, 6
Kent Wilson Flames Nation L.A., 7 S.J., 7 CHI, 5 DET, 7 NYR, 6 BOS, 7 N.J., 6 PIT, 6

The consensus picks, in order of certainty, are as follow:

  • New Jersey over Florida, New York over Ottawa, Boston over Washington, Pittsburgh over Philadelphia, all 13-2
  • Chicago over Phoenix and St. Louis over San Jose, 11-4
  • Vancouver over Los Angeles, 10-5
  • Nashville over Detroit, 9-6

If you’d like to play along, please feel free to enter your picks below; I’ll count them up and add them to the spreadsheet as long as they’re in before the end of the second period of tonight’s Pittsburgh/Philadelphia game.  It’s just for fun, but it’s always an enjoyable contest.

Now, for an update on our just-for-fun-but-also-prizes contest: we’ll be announcing the winners of the Nation Network Hockey Pool on Friday morning, and contacting them individually shortly thereafter to award prizes.  Our esteemd leader, Baron Wanye von Gretz IV, came up in a big way and that’s something to be thankful for.  Just remember – you can be grateful and harassing at the same time, so be sure to pop down below and either encourage/LOUDLY DISCOURAGE him to live up to his promise to post naked pictures of himself should the Oilers win the draft lottery.  I don’t want to sway the outcome; feel free to do either: encourage or *LOUDLY DISCOURAGE* him.

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