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

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#2 Sean Sampson
April 11 2012, 04:11PM
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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.

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#3 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 11 2012, 05:29PM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Kings [6] - StL [6] - Phx [6] - Nsh [7]
NYR [6] - Bos [5] - NJD [6] - Pit [7]

You bet against your Flames?

...oh wait, nevermind.

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#4 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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#5 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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#6 @NateInVegas
April 11 2012, 04:18PM
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1st Round:

Vancouver 7, Blues 6, Hawks 6, Preds, 7

NYR 6, Bruins 5, NJ, 6, Pitt 6

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#7 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
April 11 2012, 04:18PM
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A lot of the teams who come out of the first round are gonna be a tad tired, as a few of those match-ups are going to be intense battles.

Should make for an even more interesting second round.

1st: LA in 7; Blues in 6; Yotes in 7; Preds in 6

Pens in 6; Rangers in 6; Devels in 7; Bruins in 6

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#8 Oilerpride15
April 11 2012, 04:18PM
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LA in 7 St.Louis in 6 Phx in 6 Nash in 7

NYR in 5 Bos in 4 Florida in 6 Pitt in 6

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#9 Bucknuck
April 11 2012, 04:21PM
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VAN/L.A. - LA, 7

SJ/STL - STL, 6

PHX/CHI - CHI, 6

NSH/DET - DET, 6

NYR/OTT - NYR 5

BOS/WSH - BOS 5

FLA/NJD (who cares) - FLA 7

PIT/PHI - PIT 7

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#10 ItsTheBGB
April 11 2012, 04:22PM
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Canucks - 6, Blues - 7, Hawks - 6, Preds - 7. Rags - 7, Bruins - 7, NJ - 5, Pens - 7.

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#11 greenlightning86
April 11 2012, 04:24PM
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VAN 5, STL 6, PHX 6, NASH 7, NYR 6, BOS 7, NJ 6, PHI 7

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#12 master of my domain
April 11 2012, 04:28PM
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LA in 7 (though I don't actually believe this, but the oiler fan in me won't let me pick the canucks to win)

Stl in 6

Chi in 6

Nash in 7

NY in 6

Bos in 5

NJ in 4 (for the only sweep of round 1)

Phi in 7

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#13 mark
April 11 2012, 04:31PM
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Van in 6 Sj in 7 Chi in 6 Det in 6

Nyr in 5 bos in 6 Njd in 6 Pit in 7

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#14 oilderrick
April 11 2012, 04:31PM
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VAN 6 STL 7 CHI 6 NSH 6 NYR 5 BOS 5 NJD 5 PIT 6

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#15 everton fc
April 11 2012, 04:35PM
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Van 7 Stl 5 Chi 6 Det 7 NYR 6 Bos 4 Fla 7 Pitt 7

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#16 Vintage Flame
April 11 2012, 04:36PM
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Kings [6] - StL [6] - Phx [6] - Nsh [7]
NYR [6] - Bos [5] - NJD [6] - Pit [7]

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#17 Mantastic
April 11 2012, 04:39PM
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West: LA in 7, STL in 5, CHI in 6 and DET in 7

EAST: NYR in 6, BOS in 5, NJD in 5 and PIT in 7

4 technical upsets in the 1st round!

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#18 SLAM
April 11 2012, 04:40PM
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VAN, 6 STL, 6 CHI, 5 DET, 6 OTT, 7 BOS, 5 FLA, 6 PIT, 7

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#19 Ern Beckett
April 11 2012, 04:48PM
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NYR 5, BOS 7, NJD 6, PIT 7 LA 6, SL 5, CHI 6, DET 7 And EDM for many years to come.

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#20 BigE91
April 11 2012, 04:49PM
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LA-7, Phx-7, Stl-5, Det-6

NYR-5, Pitt-7, Bos-5, NJ-5

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#21 Cam Davie
April 11 2012, 04:49PM
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I'm a terribly lazy blogger. And that's saying something! Here are my picks.

VAN 6 STL 4 CHI 7 DET 6

NYR 7 BOS 6 NJD 5 PIT 6

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#22 Trentonl
April 11 2012, 04:50PM
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Van in 6 St louis in 5 Nash in 7 Chi in 7 New york in 5 Boston in 5 Jersey in 4 Pitts in 7

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#23 Dunnonuttin
April 11 2012, 04:53PM
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Am I reading that right: 3/6 Canucks Army writers are predicting a Los Angeles victory?

L.A - 5 STL - 6 CHI - 6 NSH - 7

NYR - 6 BOS - 4 FLA - 5 PIT - 7

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#25 Beavis
April 11 2012, 05:03PM
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Picking upsets* are more fun than being right (I'd be surprised at going better than 5 for 8), so I'm going with that.

West - Van in 6; SJ in 7; Chi in 5; Det in 5

East - NYR in 4; Wsh in 6; NJ in 5; Phi in 7

*Picking the Canucks to win on this site is going with an upset, even if the consensus is more due to extreme dislike than analysis, but Scott Reynolds at C & B covers both of those in his rationale for picking the Kings.

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#26 Woodguy
April 11 2012, 05:09PM
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NYR in 5 BOS in 6 NJD in 5 PIT in 5

VAN in 7 STL in 7 PHX in 6 NSH in 6

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#27 James
April 11 2012, 05:10PM
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LAK in 7, STL in 7, CHI in 6, DET in 6, NYR in 5, BOS in 5, NJD in 6, PIT in 6

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#28 Woodguy
April 11 2012, 05:10PM
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@Jonathan Willis

Not as surprised to see someone pick FLA over NJD

Also,

Tried to post from my Blackberry was got the message of IP ban.

Haven't posted in a long time and don't think I did anything IP ban-worthy.

Glitch?

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#29 Orange-n-Blue
April 11 2012, 05:13PM
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VAN-5, SJ-7, PHX-6, NSH-6 NYR-6, WSH-7, NJ-5, PIT-6

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#30 Abby W.
April 11 2012, 05:13PM
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VAN/L.A. - Vancouver, 6 games

SJ/STL - St Louis, 6 games

PHX/CHI - Chicago, 7 games (gosh, I hate having to pick them :P )

NSH/DET - Nashville, 6 games

NYR/OTT - Ottawa, 7 games

BOS/WSH - Boston, 6 games (hate, hate, hate.)

FLA/NJD- New Jersey, 6 games(probably my least educated guess as these are two teams I know the least about)

PIT/PHI - Philadelphia, 7 games

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#31 Justin Azevedo
April 11 2012, 05:22PM
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@Woodguy

what network are you on? I can post from my telus bb fine

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LA 6, Nash 7, Stl 5, Chi 6

Nyr 5, Pit 6, NJ 5, Bos 6

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#34 Gitagrip
April 11 2012, 05:26PM
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Van 7, STL 6, Chi 6, Det 7, NY 5, Bos 5, NJ 6, Pity 7

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Woodguy wrote:

Not as surprised to see someone pick FLA over NJD

Also,

Tried to post from my Blackberry was got the message of IP ban.

Haven't posted in a long time and don't think I did anything IP ban-worthy.

Glitch?

I just tried from my bb as well, blocked as well.

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#36 Johe
April 11 2012, 05:29PM
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LA 7 STL 6 CHI 6 DET 6

NYR 5 WASH 6 NJ 4 PHI 7

GO KINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#37 Horcsky
April 11 2012, 05:30PM
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LA in 7. Nashville in 6. Chicago in 5. St. Louis in 6

NYR in 5. Pittsburg in 6. NJ in 4. Boston in 7

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#38 First Name Unidentified
April 11 2012, 05:32PM
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VAN 6, STL 6, NSH 7, CHI 6

NYR 6, BOS 5, NJD 5, PIT 7

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#39 Alberto's dad
April 11 2012, 05:33PM
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First round: Kings in 7 Blues in 5 Preds in 6 Hawks in 7 Rangers in 6 Devils in 6 Pens in 5 Bruins in 7

I hope this is the fist of many Pickems I win this year.

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#40 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 11 2012, 05:37PM
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Kings in 6/Blackhawks in 5/ Predators in 7/Blues in 5/

Rangers in 6/Bruins in 6/Devils in 7/Penguins in 7.

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#41 Mason Storm
April 11 2012, 05:53PM
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LA-7 Blues-7 Chi-6 Det-6

NYR-6 Bos-5 NJ-6 PHI-6

Luongo is pulled 3 times Phoenix are relocated prior to game 5. Florida misses out on a game 7 by losing in OT in game 6. So they lose 32 million this year instead of 31,992,000

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#42 Fight Club
April 11 2012, 05:57PM
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VAN 7 Sharks 6 Wings 6 Hawks 5 Pitts 6 NYR 4 Bos 6 NJD 4

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#43 DieHard
April 11 2012, 06:11PM
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Van (6), SJ (6), CHI (6), NSH (7), NYR (4), BOS (5), NJD (5), PIT (6)

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#44 maimster
April 11 2012, 06:23PM
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Canucks in 5 Blues in 7 Hawks in 6 Preds in 5

Rangers in 5 Capitals in 7 Devils in 7 Penguins in 7

Interesting having the Cup plaque from the Bourque era Avs as the picture. A glimpse into Jarome's future?

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#45 ncomas
April 11 2012, 06:24PM
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VAN 5, STL 5, CHI 6, DET 7 NYR 7, WSH 7, NJD 5, PIT 4

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#46 schevvy
April 11 2012, 06:26PM
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LA in 6, STL in 7, CHI in 6, NSH in 7

NYR in 5, BOS in 6, NJ in 5, PIT in 6

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#47 Woodguy
April 11 2012, 06:36PM
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VAN in 6 STL in 6 NSH in 6 PHX in 7

NYR in 6 BOS in 6 NJD in 5 PIT in 5

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#48 EvanAllTogether
April 11 2012, 06:37PM
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VAN in 5 STL in 6 CHI in 6 NAS in 7

NYR in 6 BOS in 6 NJD in 5 PHI in 7

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#49 icedawg_42
April 11 2012, 06:45PM
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i like NYR in 5 gms.....BOST in 6 gms....PITTS in 5 gms...NYJ in 6 gms...Kings in 5 gms...SJ in 7 gms...CHI in 6 gms.....NASH in 6 gms....just saying....& IAM hoping either the Bruins win cup again or Sidney Crosby & the Penguins win another cup.....just saying...let the playoffs begin......the Kings over Vancouver, im WILLING to happen. Screw the Canucks.

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#50 Wax Man Riley
April 11 2012, 06:55PM
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VAN-6

STL-6

Chi-7

NSH-6

NYR-5

BOS-7

NJD-7

PIT-6

that is all. Go LA kings and Go New Jersey so that I don't have to hear about Dale Tallon taking his team to the second round from DSF ;)(Although Tallon made some, what seem to be good moves, he assembled seemingly cast-offs that I think are playing over their heads. 18 otls)

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