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, Sportsnet, 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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#1 OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM
April 12 2011, 02:23PM
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Chicago in 6

Sharks in 4

Red Wings in 7

Ducks in 5

Caps in 7

Sabres in 6

Bruins in 4

Lightning in 7

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#2 SmodFooZombie
April 12 2011, 02:29PM
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Chicago 6

San Jose 4

Detroit 4

Anaheim 6

Washington 5

Philadelphia 6

Boston 7

Tampa Bay 6

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#3 David S
April 12 2011, 02:31PM
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If you win this one too Willis I'm going to forward your name to the Discovery Channel for their next "Modern Sorcerers" documentary.

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#4 DougWeightProblem
April 12 2011, 02:31PM
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Vancouver in 6 / San Jose in 6 / Detroit in 5 / Anaheim in 6 / Washington in 4 / Philadelphia in 5 / Boston in 7 / Pittsburgh in 6

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#5 Lyxdeslic
April 12 2011, 02:32PM
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Chicago 7 Sharks 5 Red Wings 6 Ducks in 6 Caps 5 Philly 6 Bruins 5 Lightning 7

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#6 Archaeologuy
April 12 2011, 02:32PM
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Vancouver in 6 LA in 7 Phoenix in 5 Anaheim in 6 Washington in 5 Philly in 4 Boston in 6 TBay in 5

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#7 Chickenplucker
April 12 2011, 02:32PM
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Vancouver 6

Sharks 5

Coyotes 7

Ducks 5

Capitals 6

Philly 7

Bruins 5

Tampa Bay 6

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#8 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 12 2011, 02:33PM
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Vancouver in 5, Sharks in 6, Coyotes in 7, Ducks in 6, Washington in 7, Philadelphia in 6, Bruins in 6, Pittsburgh in 6.

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#9 lolhockey
April 12 2011, 02:34PM
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@Willis

HA! Nashville beats Anaheim in 5. Good one!

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#10 OILISMYBLOOD
April 12 2011, 02:35PM
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Vancouver 5 San Jose 6 Detroit 5 Anaheim 7 Washington 7 Philadelphia 6 Boston 6 Tampa Bay 6

how about a new cheer till the draft?

RNH, RNH, RNH, RNH

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#11 brah
April 12 2011, 02:42PM
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Vancouver 7 San Jose 6 Detroit 5 Ducks 6 Washington 6 Buffalo 6 Montreal 7 Tampa Bay 7

Nugent Hopkins #1

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Caps in 5

Flyers in 6

Bruins in 6

Lightning in 7

Nucks in 6

Sharks in 5

Wings in 6

Ducks in 7

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#13 Lord Tunderin'
April 12 2011, 02:48PM
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Vancouver in 6 San Jose in 5 Detroit in 7 Predators in 6

Washington in 6 Buffalo in 7 Boston in 6 Tampa Bay in 7

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#14 Oil Rigz
April 12 2011, 02:49PM
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Chicago in 6 San Jose in 5 Detroit in 6 Ananhiem in 7

New York in 6 Philadelphia in 5 Boston in 7 Pittsburgh in 6

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#15 A Sad Panda
April 12 2011, 02:49PM
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Chicago in 6, San Jose in 5, Detroit in 5, Anaheim in 6, Washington in 5, Philadelphia in 7, Boston in 4, and Tampa Bay in 7.

Book it!

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#16 Ninjai
April 12 2011, 02:49PM
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Chicago 6

San Jose 5

Detroit 6

Anaheim 5

Washington 6

Philadelphia 7

Boston 6

Tampa Bay 7

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#17 Mantastic
April 12 2011, 02:49PM
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Chicago - 6

San Jose - 4

Phoenix - 6

Anaheim - 6

Washington - 5

Philadelphia - 6

Boston - 6

Tampa Bay - 5

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#18 necrobot
April 12 2011, 02:51PM
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Chicago 6 San Jose 6 Phoenix 7 Anaheim 5 Washington 5 Philadelphia 6 Boston 6 Tampa Bay 6

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#19 master of my domain
April 12 2011, 02:52PM
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chi-6, SJ-5, det-6, nash-6, was-5, buff-7, bos-4, TB-6 Roli for the cup!

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#20 Tayranchula
April 12 2011, 02:53PM
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Van vs Hawks = Vancouver 6 games

SJ vs Kings = SJ 6 games

Red Wings vs Yotes = Red Wings 5 games

Ducks vs Preds = Ducks 6 games

Caps vs NYR = Caps 5 games

Philly vs Sabres = Philly 7 games

Bruins vs Montreal = Bruins 7 games

Tampa vs Pitts = Tamps 5 games

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#21 VATech
April 12 2011, 02:54PM
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Washington 6 Philly 5 Boston 7 Tampa 5 Chicago 7 San Jose 5 Detroit 4 Anaheim 6

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#22 Homie
April 12 2011, 02:58PM
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Canucks in 5 SJ in 4 Phoenix in 6 Ducks in 6 Caps in 5 Sabres in 7 Bruins in 5 TB in 5

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#23 Riles97
April 12 2011, 02:59PM
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Chicago in 7 San Jose in 5 Detroit in 6 Anaheim in 6

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

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#24 Milli
April 12 2011, 03:01PM
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Washington in 6

Tampa in 7

Philly in 6

Boston in 6

Chicago in 7

Anaheim in 5

Detroit in 7

San Jose in 5

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#25 Henri
April 12 2011, 03:06PM
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Vancouver 5 Los Angeles 6 Detroit 5 Anaheim 7 Washington 5 Philadelphia 5 Boston 6 Pittsburgh 6

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#26 RLH
April 12 2011, 03:11PM
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Vancouver in 6 San Jose in 6 Detroit in 5 Anaheim in 6 Washington in 5 Philadelphia in 6 Boston in 7 Pittsburgh in 6

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#27 Vanguard
April 12 2011, 03:11PM
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West

Vancouver - Chicago: Van in 6

San Jose - Los Angeles: SJ in 5

Detroit - Phoneix: Pho in 6

Nashville - Anahiem: Nash in 7

East

Washingtion - New York: Wash in 5

Philadephia - Buffalo: Buff in 7

Boston - Montreal: Bos in 6

Tampa Bay - Pittsburg: TB in 7

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#28 smytty777
April 12 2011, 03:12PM
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Caps in 5 Flyers in 6 Bruins in 6 Pens in 7 Hawks in 7 Sharks in 4 Wings in 6 Ducks in 7

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#29 gord962
April 12 2011, 03:12PM
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Chicago in 7, San Jose in 4, Detroit in 6, Anaheim in 6

Washington in 5, Buffalo in 7 Boston in 5, Pittsburgh in 6

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#30 smiliegirl15
April 12 2011, 03:13PM
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Phoenix - 7

Sharks - 5

Vancouver - 6

Ducks - 5

Boston - 6

Phili - 5

TBL - 7

Caps - 6

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#31 mayorpoop
April 12 2011, 03:14PM
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chicago - 7 san josie - 5 wings - 6 (will win cup btw) ducks - 5 rangers - 7 philly - 6 mtl - 7 pitt - 6

i may be hooped.

ps. is that scarlett jo in the maid outfit?

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#32 Jakethesnake
April 12 2011, 03:19PM
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Vancouver Chicago Hawks in 6 San Jose Los Angeles Kings in 7 Detroit Phoenix Phoenix in 6 Anaheim Nashville Ducks in 6 Washington New York Caps in 5 Philadelphia Buffalo Flyers in 5 Boston Montreal Bruins in 5 Pittsburgh Tampa Bay Pens in 6

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#33 Clyde Frog
April 12 2011, 03:19PM
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The West

Vancouver - 6

San Jose - 5

Phoenix - 6

Nashville - 7

The East

Boston - 5

Philadelphia - 6

New York - 6

Tampa Bay - 5

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#34 Tayranchula
April 12 2011, 03:20PM
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mayorpoop wrote:

chicago - 7 san josie - 5 wings - 6 (will win cup btw) ducks - 5 rangers - 7 philly - 6 mtl - 7 pitt - 6

i may be hooped.

ps. is that scarlett jo in the maid outfit?

No I dont think so cause that womens breasticles are too small..... AND Id know Scarlet Jo's (.)(.) haha

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#35 D-rek
April 12 2011, 03:20PM
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Vancouver in 7 - San Jose in 6 - Phoenix in 7 - Anaheim in 7

Washington in 7 - Buffalo in 6 - Boston in 7 - Tampa Bay in 7

Buffalo over Anaheim in SCF11.

You read it here first. Booya.

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#36 Wax Man Riley
April 12 2011, 03:21PM
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East

Washington 6

Philly 5

Boston 7

Tampa Bay 7

West

Vancouver 6

San Jose 5

Detroit 5

Anaheim 7

Edit: Yeeeaaaaaaa!! Playoff time!!

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#37 GSP
April 12 2011, 03:25PM
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Chicago in 6, San Jose in 5, Detroit in 7 & Anaheim in 6

Washington in 6, Boston in 6, Buffalo in 7 & Pitt in 6

As for the draft, I say they take Larsen #1 and then trade up with penner pick, 2nd rounder and maybe a player and pick Huberdeau....book it Dano

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#38 dawgbone
April 12 2011, 03:30PM
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West QF

Van over Chi 6 | Sjs over Lak 5 | Det over Phx 5 | Ana over Nsh 6

East QF

Wsh over Nyr 6 | Phi over Buf 6 | Bos over Mtl 7 | Tby over Pit 6

West SF

Van over Ana 7 | Det over Sjs 6

East SF

Wsh over Tbay 6 | Phi over Bos 7

CF

Wsh over Phi 6 | Det over Van 5

SCF

Wsh over Det 6

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#39 ItsTheBGB
April 12 2011, 03:34PM
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VAN 7 DET 6 SJ 5 NSH 7

WSH 7 PHI 6 BOS 7 PIT 7

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#40 I'm a Scientist!
April 12 2011, 03:35PM
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Yahoo...contests! I RULE at these...

*kick starts SuperComputer after months of inactivity*

Vancouver & Chicago = Vancouver 7

San Jose & Los Angeles = San Jose 5

Detroit & Phoenix = Detroit 5

Anaheim & Nashville = Anaheim 6

Washington & New York = Washington 6

Philadelphia & Buffalo = Philadelphia 5

Boston & Montreal = Boston 5

Pittsburgh & Tampa Bay = Pittsburgh 6

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#41 Motel
April 12 2011, 03:35PM
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VAN, 7 SAN, 7 DET, 5 ANA, 6 WSH, 5 PHI, 7 BOS, 5 TB, 6

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#42 mayorpoop
April 12 2011, 03:39PM
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@Tayranchula

thats what i had guesstimated as well.

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#43 Pilgor09
April 12 2011, 03:40PM
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Vancouver in 6

San Jose in 4

Detroit in 6

Anahiem in 6

Washington in 4

Philly in 5

Boston in 7

Tampa in 4

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#44 Petr's Jofa
April 12 2011, 03:42PM
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Chicago in 6

San Jose in 4

Detroit in 7

Anahiem in 6

Washington in 5

Buffalo in 6

Boston in 5

Tampa Bay in 7

Jonathan, your table has DET/CHI and not DET/PHO

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#45 jayoilfan
April 12 2011, 03:43PM
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hawks in 6, sharks in 4, coyotes in 7, ducks in 6, capitals in 6, flyers in 6, briuns in 5, lightning in 6.

so it is written, so it shall be... ...what ever it's all in good fun eh?

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#46 E-Mac
April 12 2011, 03:50PM
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Van - 5, SJ - 5, Ana -7, Pho -6

Wash - 6, Phi -7, Bos - 5, TB - 6

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#47 Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement
April 12 2011, 03:52PM
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Chicago in 7

San Jose in 5

Detriot in 6

Anaheim in 5

Washington in 6

Philly in 5

Boston in 5

Pittsburgh in 6

***Yah I may have peeked over The Scientist's shoulder while his super computer came up with results.

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#48 Lowetide
April 12 2011, 03:53PM
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West

Vancouver - Chicago: Vancouver in 6 San Jose - Los Angeles: San Jose is 6 Detroit - Phoneix: Detroit in 7 Nashville - Anahiem: Nashville in 7

East

Washingtion - New York: Washington in 6 Philadephia - Buffalo: Philadelphia in 6 Boston - Montreal: Boston in 5 Tampa Bay - Pittsburg: Tampa Bay in 6

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#49 NastyNate
April 12 2011, 03:56PM
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Hawks in 7, Sharks in 5, Wings in 6, Ducks in 5, Caps in 6, Flyers in 4, Bruins in 7, Pens, in 6.

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#50 Bucknuck
April 12 2011, 03:57PM
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In the east:

Wash 5,

Buf 7,

Bos 7,

TB 6

In the west:

Van 6 (cause if it goes to seven they will CHOKE)

LA 7 (see above for SJ)

Det 6,

Ana 7

This is fun, thank you for putting it together.

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