Let the rampant playoff speculation begin

Jason Gregor
April 15 2009 11:01AM

Today in 16 cities fans dream about the possibility that their beloved team will start on the winning path towards the Stanley Cup. Meanwhile Oilers fans were waiting to see what the future held for their head coach.

Steve Tambellini had a press conference at noon today, but it’s he didn’t give much insight into who will be the next head coach. It would have made sense to do that today, but it wasn't the case.

And we will be live on the TEAM 1260 all afternoon if you want to call in and express your thoughts: 780.426.8326

And while some of you sit there analyzing the implications of the MacT resignation, many of you will, or have, put lots of effort into winning some money in a playoff pool.

A degenerate buddy of mine, Steve, is in 18 different pools, including the Hudsons pool. He is in for over a $1,000 so far, and in most drafts his final four teams are Anaheim, Detroit, Carolina and Washington. I do agree the best philosophy is to go hard with players on four or five teams. The key is picking the right four. I don’t like the Ducks’ chances v. the Sharks so Stevie will have to recoup his losses with Sports Select.

I will take the Sharks, Wings, Blues, Hawks, Bruins, Caps, Hurricanes and Penguins in round one.

Since you still have a few hours to enter our draft, here are the career playoff numbers for the teams still in the dance (It's a PDF, because bingofuel's too lazy/busy to turn it into a readable graphic).

Good luck lambs... Let’s hope you select better than Stevie!

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 Antony Ta
April 15 2009, 03:03PM
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San Jose beats Anaheim in four

Columbus beats Detroit in six

St. Louis beats Vancouver in seven

Chicago beats Calgary in five

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Boston beats Montreal in five

Washington beats New York Rangers in five

New Jersey beat Carolina in six

Philadelphia beats Pittsburgh in seven

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#2 Chris
April 15 2009, 03:17PM
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Antony Ta wrote:

San Jose beats Anaheim in four

No way. Annaheim is not an easy first round opponent.

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#3 The Towel Boy
April 15 2009, 03:20PM
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That is one creepy picture. Is that chick on the right doing Dristan?

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#4 Ender the Dragon
April 15 2009, 03:48PM
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You've got the Canucks tanking in the opening round? The Blues have been playing Cinderella for a little while now, but the clock's going to start striking midnight any minute, methinks . . .

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#5 Peter Pan
April 15 2009, 03:49PM
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I agree about Canes beating the Devils, but don't see the 'nucks losing to Blues or Shames losing to Hawks.

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#6 King Mob
April 15 2009, 04:06PM
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all the top seeds in the west.

Carolina and Philly pull upsets in the east.

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#7 Steve
April 15 2009, 04:49PM
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I just have to point out that if Detroit and Anaheim both win they play each other in the second round, so either your buddy's hedging his bets or his final four ain't gonna happen.

I like SJ, DET, VAN, CHI in the West and BOS, WSH, NJ, PIT in the East. The Chicago-Calgary and Jersey-Carolina series are the biggest tossups in my mind.

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#8 ryan
April 15 2009, 10:28PM
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Ducks in 7 Pittsburg Detroit rematch Pens are better going into this post season then last Gurien and Kunitz or Hossa come on.

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