Playoff Prediction Project, 2012

Jonathan Willis
April 11 2012 04:09PM

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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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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#51 Tim in Kelowna
April 11 2012, 07:26PM
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VAN in 7 STL in 6 PHX in 7 DET in 7 NYR 7 BOS in 5 NJD in 5 PIT in 6

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#52 TLHansum
April 11 2012, 07:37PM
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VAN in 6, SJS in 5, CHI in 7, NSH in 6, NYR in 5, BOS in 6, NJD in 6, PIT in 5

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#53 D
April 11 2012, 07:43PM
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LA in 7 STL in 6 CHI in 6 DET in 6 NYR in 5 BOS in 5 NDJ in 5 PIT in 5

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#54 shanetrain
April 11 2012, 08:19PM
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Van 5 StLoo 6 Chi 5 Nash 6 NYR 5 Bos 5 NJ 4 Pitt 7

Oilers in playoffs in 2013/2014.

The world will not end this year.

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#55 Sean sampson
April 11 2012, 08:24PM
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Sean Sampson wrote:

Fist. Ed.: C'mon, you have to do something more creative than "fist." You must work it into a sentence, like 'Gosh, I wish this was the FIST time the Oilers were outside the playoffs' or 'Among all non-playoff teams, the Flames finished FIST!' etc. Otherwise it's just hollow.

Yeah I suppose you're right it is hollow but then again we can't all be men of substance like yourself right? Who knew posting on your favorite website could feel so crappy! Thanks for the heads up though eh ill stick to reading your creative replies from now on.

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#56 Oilers4ever
April 11 2012, 09:00PM
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Oh good.. looks like the Canucks have the refs in their back pocket again.. blatant goalie interference and yet the goal stands.. figures... the only way the Canucks stand a hope is by blowing the refs first... errrr I mean.... :) :)

Kings in 6 Preds in 5 Flyers in 6 Blues in 7 Bruins in 5 Devils in 6 Coyotes in 7 Rangers in 5

And yes I know its after the deadline.. but some of us work ya know!

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#57 Chri$
April 11 2012, 10:51PM
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Kings in 4...Lets hope!

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#58 Rocknrolla
April 11 2012, 11:44PM
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Love to see 3 of the canucks army guys picking LA!! Poor Canucks...always a bridesmaid.

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#59 steelymac
April 11 2012, 11:47PM
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Sweet!!!!Pancake Penner gets the game winner.

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#60 Walter Sobchak
April 12 2012, 02:22AM
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Van in 5 STL in 5 PHX in 6 NSH in 6 NYR in 5 BOS in 5 FLA in 5 PIT in 7

Just for good measure STL and PIT in Stanley Cup finals.

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#61 david
April 12 2012, 03:43AM
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nucks-6 blues-7 rangers-5 yotes-7 nashville-7 pens-7 devils-5 washington-6

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#62 mayorpoop
April 12 2012, 06:41AM
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la-6, sj-6, chi-7, nsh-5, ott-7, bos-5, fla-7, pit-5.

fwiw.

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#63 gord962
April 12 2012, 08:16AM
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Van - 6, StL - 6, Chi - 5, Det - 7

NYR - 6, Bos - 7, NJ - 5, PIT - 7

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#64 geoilersgist
April 12 2012, 09:17AM
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Van - 6, STL - 6, CHI - 6, NSH - 7, NYR - 6, BOS - 7, NJD - 7, PIT - 6

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#65 dan
April 12 2012, 09:19AM
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great idea...

here are my picks please enter me... i made them yesterday afternoon here is the link to prove i picked them prior:)

thanks!

http://www.arcticicehockey.com/2012/4/11/2932554/arctic-ice-hockeys-2012-stanley-cup-quarterfinals-preview

my picks

for the fun of it…

LA 6 (with D. Sedin now out – would have been Van in 7)

St.Louis 6 Det 6 Ott 7 NJ 5 Pit 6 or 7 okay 7 Bos 5 chi 6 And … LA Detroit Pit Bos

LA – Bos

Bos repeat…(very hard to say as a canuck fan! but they did it last year with worse numbers…..)And nhl now with NBC in big..this would be awesome…!

Game on..

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#66 madjam
April 12 2012, 02:14PM
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Van.7 ,S.Jose 7, Chicago 6, Detroit 7 . Washington 6, Boston 6, New Jersey 5, Phil.6 .

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#67 @Oilanderp
April 12 2012, 02:47PM
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LA in 7 STL in 5 CHI in 6 NSH in 7 NYR in 5 BOS in 4 FLA in 6 PHI in 7

Sorry i'm late, I was several pork chops into the festivities when this was posted.

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#68 madjam
April 13 2012, 07:09AM
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My Wash, in 6 , should be N.Y.Rangers in 6 . Sorry for the goof up . Got my series mixed up .

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#69 ashley
April 13 2012, 04:03PM
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Sorry I'm late. Feel free to disqualify:

VAN 6 STL 6 CHI 6 DET 6 NYR 6 BOS 6 NJ 6 PIT 6

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