The Playoff Prediction Project

Jonathan Willis
April 12 2011 02:19PM

 

 

The regular season is ended. Now cometh upon us the time of the playoff.

Not coincidentally, the time of playoff prediction is here.

Before each and every playoff round, we will ask the writers of the Nation Network to submit their picks for our playoff preview. We will also open up the contest to every commenter who wishes to enter, so long as their picks are in before puck drop on Wednesday. To enter, simply write the winner of each series and how many games it will take them to win.

Scoring:

  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 VAN/CHI SJ/LA DET/PHX ANA/NSH WAS/NYR PHI/BUF BOS/MTL PIT/TB
Davie VAN, 6 S.J., 5 DET, 6 NSH, 7 NYR, 7 PHI, 6 BOS, 7 T.B., 6
Drance VAN, 6 S.J., 4 DET, 5 NSH, 7 WAS, 7 BUF, 6 MTL, 6 PIT, 5
Gregor VAN,6 S.J., 5 PHX, 6 ANA, 7 WAS, 6 PHI, 6 BOS, 6 T.B., 7
Lansky VAN, 7 S.J., 4 PHX, 6 ANA, 7 NYR, 7 PHI, 5 BOS, 6 PIT, 7
Lowetide VAN, 6 S.J., 6 DET, 7 NSH, 7 WAS, 6 PHI, 6 BOS, 5 T.B., 6
Steinberg VAN, 5 S.J., 6 DET, 5 ANA, 6 WAS, 5 PHI, 7 BOS, 6 PIT, 7
Wanye CHI, 7 S.J., 6 DET, 6 ANA, 6 WAS, 7 PHI, 6 BOS, 7 T.B., 7
Willis VAN, 6 S.J., 5 DET, 6 NSH, 5 WAS, 5 PHI, 6 BOS, 7 T.B., 7
Wilson VAN, 7 S.J., 5 DET, 7 NSH, 7 WAS, 4 PHI, 6 MTL, 7 PIT, 6
Consensus VAN, 8-1 S.J., 9-0 DET, 7-2 NSH, 5-4 WAS, 7-2 PHI, 8-1 BOS, 7-2 T.B., 5-4

If you don't recognize all the names, they are:

  • Cam Davie and Thomas Drance of Canucks Army
  • Baron Wanye Von Gretz IV, Creator of the Nations
  • Jason Gregor, Lowetide and Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation
  • Pat Steinberg and Kent Wilson of Flames Nation
  • Steve Lansky of Leafs Nation

Other writers will be added above here once they e-mail me their picks or post them in the comments below. I'll also be tracking all reader predictions and posting updates at the end of each round.  The first round of the contest closes Wednesday at puck drop.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#101 Kodiak
April 12 2011, 10:35PM
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Vancouver in 5

SJ in 5

Detroit in 6

Anaheim in 7

Washington in 6

Philly in 5

Boston in 6

Pittsburg in 7

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#102 Etown Rebel
April 12 2011, 10:44PM
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Ok, let's see.... How about Chicago in 7, anaheim in 6, Detroit in 5, San Jose in 6, Philly in 6, Washington in 7, boston in 5, Tampa bay in 6

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#103 Peterborough
April 12 2011, 10:48PM
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Ender wrote:

In reality, Kent, I think you'll be lucky if that's true. I see some long, dark days ahead for the Red Mile.

Lol Calgary: Home of the most diluded fans in hockey.

Dear Mr. Wilson please look at you cap situation. Next Look at your prospect pool (worst in the NHL only Philly is really even close). After that I would refer you to the picks you have in this years draft.

Yes we suck right now, but so do you and in three years I can safely say we will be back in. Cowtown you will try and make it next year and fail. Then if you don't blow it up its prolly gonna keep up for the next decade or so (only 6 years if you blow it up)

Thats a hard fact to face, isn't it. No wonder why Calgary fans a delusional--reality sucks so bad for you!

edit: props to quicksilver for starting this, gawd suckiness this year has almost made me forget how much I hate the Flames, almost.

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#104 DrPow
April 12 2011, 11:06PM
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Vancouver, San Jose, Detroit, Anaheim, Washington, Philly, Montreal, Pittsburgh.

All series in 6

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#105 6zeppelin6
April 13 2011, 12:33AM
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Vancouver in 5

SJ in 6

Detroit in 6

Anaheim in 5

Washington in 6

Philly in 6

Boston in 7

Tbay in 7

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#106 Feynman
April 13 2011, 01:21AM
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Chicago in 7 San Jose in 6 Phoenix in 6 Anaheim in 7 Washington in 6 Buffalo in 6 Boston in 5 Tampa Bay in 7

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#107 bretzky
April 13 2011, 01:25AM
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Chicago in 6 San Jose in 5 Detroit in 6 Anaheim in 7

Wasington in 5 Philadelphia in 6 Boston in 4 Tampa Bay in 7

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#108 robinrussia
April 13 2011, 01:48AM
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VAN/CHI Chi 7

SJ/LA SJ 6

DET/PHX Phx 7

ANA/NSH An 6

WAS/NYR Was 5

PHI/BUF Buf 7

BOS/MTL Bos 6

PIT/TBV TB 6

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#109 Mr. Pederson
April 13 2011, 02:42AM
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CHICAGO in 6 (Screw the Canucks! I live here and the quicker they are out the better, the TV won't shut up about how great they are)

SJ in 5

DETROIT in 5 (Would love to be wrong)

ANAHEIM in 7

GEORGE WASHINGTON in 6

PHILLY in 5

BOSTON in 6 (Gonna be a heckuva series)

TAMPA BAY in 7 (Roli! Roli! Roli!)

California's got 3 teams in the playoffs. Gee whiz eh?

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#110 DDP
April 13 2011, 03:24AM
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Alright JW here we go:

VAN/CHI - Van 5 SJ/LA - SJ 5 DET/PHX - Phx 7 ANA/NSH - Ana 6 WAS/NYR - Wsh 5 PHI/BUF - Phi 7 BOS/MTL - Bos 7 PIT/TB - TB 6

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#111 pelhem grenville
April 13 2011, 05:10AM
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chi in 6 sjs in 4 phx in 7 ana in 6

bos in 6 phil in 7 caps in 5 pitt in 6

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#112 Number 94 Is FIST In My Heart
April 13 2011, 05:13AM
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Chicago in 6 LA in 7 Detroit in 5 Nashville in 7 Washington in 5 Philidelphia in 5 Boston in 6 Tampa Bay in 7

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#113 Stone Hands McOsta
April 13 2011, 05:41AM
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CHI 7, SJ 5, DET 6, ANA 6 WAS 7, PHI 6, BOS 7, TB 6

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#114 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
April 13 2011, 06:34AM
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Vancouver in 5, Chicago is just what they need to be more than ready If they cant win a Stanley this year I do not see how they ever will., SJ in 4 The loss of LA's #1 goal scorer will kill them, Phx/Winnipeg in 6 I really think they are Due, Nas in 6 No one will want to play this team they could go all the way, Was in 5 This is no contest, Phi in 7 Pronger matters, Mtl in 6 Could go either way, TB in 7 Have goal scoring and a proven goal tender Roli could take them to the final and Who in Oiler country would be surprised.(If he does it will just make the Habi contract stick all the more in the craw!)(Of coarse if we did still have Roli we would be drafting 5th-10th and that would just extend the misery) This will be fun to watch especially in the west. Oh and Calgary Will shoot at Par

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#115 TrentonL
April 13 2011, 06:41AM
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Chicago 7, Detroit 5, LA 7, Anaheim 6, Washington 4, Boston 5, Philly 7 Pittsburgh 5

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#116 The Beaker
April 13 2011, 06:48AM
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Not too many people picking upsets...

Ill go

Van in 7, SJ in 6, Phx in 6, Ana in 6

NYR in 7, Buffalo in 6, Boston in 5, Tampa in 6

I just have an odd feeling this year is going to be crazy. (I want to pick CHI too but :S)

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#117 Dyckster
April 13 2011, 07:05AM
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Chi - 7

SJ - 5

Det - 6

Ana - 6

Wash - 5

Phi - 5

Mtl - 6

Pitt - 7

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#118 greenlightning86
April 13 2011, 08:19AM
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Vancouver - 6 San Jose - 5 Detroit - 6 Anaheim - 7

Washington - 6 Philadelphia - 7 Boston - 5 Tampa Bay - 7

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#119 K-UGER Industrial Smoothing
April 13 2011, 08:32AM
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CHI-6 SJ-6 DET-6 NSH-7 WSH-5 PHI-6 BOS-5 PIT-7

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#120 CrazyCaptain88
April 13 2011, 08:32AM
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Van - 5 SJ - 6 Phx - 7 NSH - 7 Was - 5 Phi - 6 Bos - 6 TB - 7

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#121 Oilcruzer
April 13 2011, 08:35AM
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VAN/CHI = VAN 5

SJ/LA = SJ 4

DET/PHX = DET 6

ANA/NSH = ANA 7

WSH/NYR = WSH 5

PHI/BUF = BUF 6

BOS/MTL = BOS 5

PIT/TB = TB 5

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#122 BurkeTheTurd
April 13 2011, 08:37AM
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VAN/CHI = VAN 6

SJ/LA = SJ 6

DET/PHX = PHO 6

ANA/NSH = ANA 7

WSH/NYR = WSH 5

PHI/BUF = Phi 7

BOS/MTL = BOS 6

PIT/TB = TB 7

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#123 OILERSORDEATH
April 13 2011, 08:56AM
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DIE CANUCK BASTARDS DIE!!!

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#124 geoilersgist
April 13 2011, 08:57AM
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VAN - 6

SJS - 7

PHX -7

ANA - 7

WAS - 5

PHI - 6

MTL - 7

PIT - 6

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#125 Steve Lansky
April 13 2011, 09:04AM
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Where the hell is the representation from Leafs Nation? We are the Centre of the Universe, for Pete's sake!

Don't agree? Well, as Brian Burke says, "We don't give a rats a** what the consensus is!"

VAN 7 ~ They're gonna be damned lucky to advance SJ 4 ~ Sharks are underrated, much more balanced PHX 6 ~ Bryzgalov stones senior citizens ANA 7 ~ Pick 'em, Rinne is the key NYR 7 ~ Lundqvist outplays Caps' kids PHI 5 ~ Bobs is real deal BOS 6 ~ Canadiens will be lucky to win two PIT 7 ~ Could go either way

Book it.

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#126 chicago oiler
April 13 2011, 09:37AM
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Chicago in 7 San Jose in 5 Detroit in 6 Anaheim in 6

Washington in 5 Philly in 6 Boston in 7 Tampa in 6

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#127 Tracie
April 13 2011, 09:56AM
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My picks:

Van in 6

SJ in 6

Det in 5

Ana in 6

Was in 5

Phi in 6

Bos in 5

Pit in 6

That is all.

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#128 Bucky9
April 13 2011, 11:01AM
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Van in 6. SJ in 4. Det in 7. Ana in 7. Was in 5. Phi in 6. Bos in 6. Pit in 7.

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#129 Woogie
April 13 2011, 11:06AM
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VAN - 6 SJ - 6 DET - 7 ANA - 7 WAS - 7 PHI - 5 BOS - 6 TB - 7

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#130 Hoovisonfire
April 13 2011, 11:10AM
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Vancouver in 6 San Jose in 5 Detroit in 6 Anaheim in 5

Washington in 5 Buffalo in 6 Boston in 5 Pittsburgh in 6

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#131 oliveplusgreen
April 13 2011, 11:22AM
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Chicago in 7 Los Angeles in 7 Pheonix in 5 Anaheim in 6 Washington in 5 Philadelphia in 6 Boston in 6 Pittsburgh in 6

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#132 Mark-LW
April 13 2011, 11:37AM
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Chicago in 6

LA in 7

Detroit in 6

Anaheim in 7

Boston in 6

Philadelphia in 6

Tampa Bay in 5

Washington in 5

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#133 Eric Johnson
April 13 2011, 11:45AM
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Vancouver in 5

SJ in 4

Detroit in 7

Anaheim in 6

Washington in 6

Philly in 6

Boston in 6

Pittsburg in 7

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#134 GLoKz0r
April 13 2011, 12:05PM
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Vancouver in 6

San Jose in 5

Phoenix in 6

Nashville in 5

Washington in 5

Philly in 6

Boston in 5

Tampa in 7

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#135 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
April 13 2011, 12:54PM
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Dyckster wrote:

Chi - 7

SJ - 5

Det - 6

Ana - 6

Wash - 5

Phi - 5

Mtl - 6

Pitt - 7

Are you picking Det in 6 because you want Phoenix to loose and move? Your avatar makes me wonder.

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#136 Bigblue
April 13 2011, 01:04PM
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CHI- in 7 SJ- in 6 DET- in 6 ANH- in 6 WAS- in 6 BUF- in 7 BOS- in 5 TB- in 7

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#137 EvanAllTogether
April 13 2011, 02:05PM
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Vancouver in 6

Detroit in 5

San Jose in 6

Anaheim in 6

Washington in 5

Philadelphia in 6

Boston in 5

Pittsburgh in 7

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#138 Spydyr
April 13 2011, 02:13PM
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Vancouver in 6

SJ in 6

Detroit in 7

Anaheim in 6

Washington in 6

Sabres in 6

Boston in 7

Tampa Bay in 7

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#139 sizedoesmatter
April 13 2011, 02:34PM
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chi6 la7 det6 ana4 wash 6 phi6 bos 4 pit 4

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#140 MWA1991
April 13 2011, 02:38PM
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VAN/CHI = VAN 7

SJ/LA = SJ 5

DET/PHX = PHX 6

ANA/NSH = NSH 6

WSH/NYR = WSH 5

PHI/BUF = BUF 6

BOS/MTL = BOS 5

PIT/TB = TB 5

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#141 SLAM
April 13 2011, 03:14PM
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VAN/CHI CHI 7 SJ/LA SJ 5 DET/PHX DET 4 ANA/NSH ANA 6 WAS/NYR WAS 6 PHI/BUF PHI 6 BOS/MTL MTL 7 PIT/TBV TB 6

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#142 jbh
April 13 2011, 03:21PM
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Vancouver in 5 SJ in 4 Phoenix in 6 Buffalo in 6 Boston in 5 Washington in 7 Tampa Bay in 6 Nashville in 7

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#143 Aitch
April 13 2011, 03:49PM
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Washington in 7 Buffalo in 6 Boston in 5 Tampa Bay in 7

Vancouver in 6 San Jose in 4 Detroit in 7 Anaheim in 6

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#144 schevvy
April 13 2011, 04:45PM
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Vancouver in 6 San Jose in 7 Detroit in 7 Anaheim in 6

Washington in 5 Buffalo in 6 Montreal in 7 Pittsburgh in 6

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#145 Dyckster
April 13 2011, 04:52PM
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Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!" wrote:

Are you picking Det in 6 because you want Phoenix to loose and move? Your avatar makes me wonder.

Actually that thought never crossed my mind, but now that you mention it......

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#146 Freezing Weather Fan
April 13 2011, 06:59PM
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My apologies JW, I just got home, haven't turned the tv on yet though.

Vancouver in 6, San Jose in 7, Phoenix in 7, Anaheim in 6

Washington in 6, Buffalo in 6, Montreal in 7 (it's a hope pick, gotta go with the Canadian team), Tampa Bay in 6

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#147 stevezie
April 13 2011, 08:33PM
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Someone tell those west-coast morons that Rick Flair is from North Carolina, so it makes sense for the Hurricanes to use his voice, not them

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