Playoff Picks: Round 2

Jonathan Willis
April 28 2012 11:11AM

Remember Maggie the Macaque? I guarantee the TSN panel in 2006 does.

In 2006, Maggie picked 9 of 15 playoff series winners, beating out an expert panel consisting of Bill Berg (who is Bill Berg, anyway? I wouldn’t know who Bill Berg was if I ran him over with my truck), Pierre McGuire (future Habs G.M.?), and Bob McKenzie (yes, that Bob McKenzie).

I remember feeling sorry for the expert panel at the time.

On a completely unrelated note, here are the scores from the first round predictions (I haven’t used tie-breakers here since we have an overall leader):

Writer Wesbite VAN/L.A. S.J./STL PHX/CHI NSH/DET NYR/OTT BOS/WSH FLA/NJD PIT/PHI Total Score
Oilers4ever Commenter L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PHI 7
Cam Charron Canucks Army L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 6
John Cullen Canucks Army L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 6
greenlightning86 Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PHI 6
master of my domain Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PHI 6
Vintage Flame Commenter L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 6
Johe Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR WSH N.J. PHI 6
david Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR WSH N.J. PIT 6
Oilerpride15 Commenter L.A. STL PHX NSH NYR BOS FLA PIT 5
BigE91 Commenter L.A. STL PHX DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Woodguy Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Orange-n-Blue Commenter VAN S.J. PHX NSH NYR WSH N.J. PIT 5
Koolaid drinker #33 Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Horcsky Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Alberto's dad Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Quicksilver ballet Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Mason Storm Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PHI 5
maimster Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR WSH N.J. PIT 5
schevvy Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
Woodguy Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 5
EvanAllTogether Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PHI 5
~S~K~ Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS FLA PHI 5
Danny Gray Leafs Nation VAN S.J. CHI NSH NYR WSH N.J. PHI 5
Matt Stephen Leafs Nation VAN STL CHI DET NYR WSH N.J. PHI 5
Jeff Angus Canucks Army VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS FLA PIT 4
Thomas Drance Canucks Army L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Marda Miller Canucks Army VAN S.J. PHX NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Nate Sans Hate Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
ItsTheBGB Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
oilderrick Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Mantastic Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Ern Beckett Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Trentonl Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Dunnonuttin Commenter L.A. STL CHI NSH NYR BOS FLA PIT 4
Brett Mitchell Commenter VAN STL PHX DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Beavis Commenter VAN S.J. CHI DET NYR WSH N.J. PHI 4
James Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Abby W. Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH OTT BOS N.J. PHI 4
First Name Unidentified Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
ncomas Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR WSH N.J. PIT 4
icedawg_42 Commenter L.A. S.J. CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Wax Man Riley Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Tim in Kelowna Commenter VAN STL PHX DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
D Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
shanetrain Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Wes Mantooth Commenter VAN STL PHX NSH NYR BOS FLA PIT 4
geoilersgist Commenter VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Justin Azevedo Flames Nation VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Jason Gregor Oilers Nation VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Lowetide Oilers Nation VAN STL CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 4
Tinfoil Tuque Canucks Army VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Bucknuck Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET NYR BOS FLA PIT 3
Gitagrip Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
DieHard Commenter VAN S.J. CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Time Travelling Sean Commenter VAN S.J. CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
yawto Commenter VAN S.J. PHX NSH OTT WSH FLA PIT 3
TLHansum Commenter VAN S.J. CHI NSH NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
gord962 Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
dan Commenter L.A. STL CHI DET OTT BOS N.J. PIT 3
madjam Commenter VAN S.J. CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PHI 3
ashley Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Kent Wilson Flames Nation L.A. S.J. CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
John Lofranco Leafs Nation L.A. STL CHI DET OTT BOS N.J. PIT 3
Jonathan Willis Oilers Nation VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Cam Davie Canucks Army VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 3
Rob Vollman Flames Nation VAN STL PHX DET OTT BOS N.J. PIT 3
Patrick Johnston Canucks Army VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS FLA PIT 2
mark Commenter VAN S.J. CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 2
everton fc Commenter VAN STL CHI DET NYR BOS FLA PIT 2
Fight Club Commenter VAN S.J. CHI DET NYR BOS N.J. PIT 2
mayorpoop Commenter L.A. S.J. CHI NSH OTT BOS FLA PIT 2
Ryan Fancey Leafs Nation VAN S.J. CHI NSH OTT BOS N.J. PIT 2
SLAM Commenter VAN STL CHI DET OTT BOS FLA PIT 1

The average number of correct answers, for all entrants, was four, as an unpredictable first round made a hash out of most predictions. Commenter Oilers4Ever somehow nailed seven of the eight series winners, while a pair of Los Angeles-picking Canucks Army writers tied for second.

The Second Round

Writer Wesbite STL/LA Games PHX/NSH Games NYR/WSH Games PHI/N.J. Games
Cam Davie CanucksArmy STL 6 NSH 7 NYR 6 PHI 7
Jason Gregor OilersNation LA 7 NSH 6 NYR 5 PHI 5
John Cullen CanucksArmy STL 7 NSH 7 WSH 6 PHI 5
Jonathan Willis OilersNation STL 7 PHX 7 NYR 5 PHI 5
Justin Azevedo FlamesNation STL 6 NSH 5 WSH 6 PHI 5
Kent Wilson FlamesNation STL 7 NSH 7 NYR 6 PHI 5
Lowetide OilersNation STL 7 NSH 5 NYR 5 PHI 5
Vintage Flame FlamesNation STL 6 NSH 7 NYR 6 PHI 5

These are the picks I have in so far; and I’d like to have all other picks in by the end of the second period between L.A./St. Louis. Thanks!

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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 Robin Brownlee
April 28 2012, 11:19AM
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My, what a collection of vast intellects.

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Stl in 6, Nsh in 6, Nyr in 5, Nj in 6

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#3 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
April 28 2012, 11:22AM
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St. L in 6

Nash in 7

NYR in 6

Philly in 6

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#4 Lowetide
April 28 2012, 11:23AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

My, what a collection of vast intellects.

lol. Well done. Give 'em hell on the show today, Robin.

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#5 Frank
April 28 2012, 11:28AM
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You are depriving some poor village of its IDIOT

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#6 BigE91
April 28 2012, 11:38AM
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This round I'll take:

-Nashville-7 LA-7 NYR-6 Philadelphia-6

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#7 Wanyes bastard child
April 28 2012, 11:44AM
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LA in 7, Phoenix in 6, Was in 6 and NJ in 7

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#8 Dangerous Neil
April 28 2012, 11:57AM
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Phx - 6 LA - 6 NYR - 7 NJ - 6

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#9 Hemmertime
April 28 2012, 12:00PM
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Just noticed and thought weird.

8 teams left in playoffs. Theres a 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 seeded team left. Wonder if happened before.

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#10 Horcsky
April 28 2012, 12:03PM
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LA in 7

NSH in 6

NYR in 5

PHI in 4 (Get out the broom)

EDIT: ~Get your own picks Lindros!~

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#11 ItsTheBGB
April 28 2012, 12:06PM
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STL in 7 PHX in 5 PHI in 6 WSH in 7

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#12 Dunnonuttin
April 28 2012, 12:09PM
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LA - 7, NSH - 7, NYR - 6, PHI - 5

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#13 OILERSORDEATH
April 28 2012, 12:19PM
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LA in 6 then all the way! Jonny Quick is a pimp!!!

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#14 EvanAllTogether
April 28 2012, 12:20PM
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STL in 7

NSH in 6

WSH in 7

PHI in 5

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#15 TLHansum
April 28 2012, 12:27PM
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Washington in 6 Philly in 5 LA in 7 PHX in 6

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#16 First Name Unidentified
April 28 2012, 12:30PM
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LA in 6 NSH in 7 NYR in 6 PHI in 6

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#17 Mantastic
April 28 2012, 12:37PM
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Nsh in 6, LA in 7, NYR in 6, Philly in 5

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#18 Dawn
April 28 2012, 12:40PM
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My hat goes into the ring with:

LAK - 6, NSH - 7, NYR - 5, NJD - 5

While all the experts are going with PHI, I notice they didn't fare so well with VAN now did they.

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#19 Johe
April 28 2012, 12:50PM
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Nash in 7(though I fear Smith may be able to win this one single-handedly)

St Louis in 5(though I'm cheering for LA)

Philly in 5(don't think NJ is that good)

NY in 7(probably the most interesting series to me)

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#20 ashley
April 28 2012, 01:07PM
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STL 6 NSH 6 PHI 6 NYR 6

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#21 geoilersgist
April 28 2012, 01:07PM
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LA - 7 NSH - 7 NY - 6 PHI - 6

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#22 DieHard
April 28 2012, 01:19PM
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PHI 5; LAK 7; NSH 6; NYR 6

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#23 yawto
April 28 2012, 01:21PM
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Yotes in 6, kings in 5,caps in 6, flyers in 7

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#24 schevvy
April 28 2012, 01:23PM
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LA in 6 NSH in 7

WSH in 7 NJ in 6

CUE THE COMEBACK

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#25 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
April 28 2012, 02:27PM
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LA 6, PHX 7, NYR 6, PHI 6

EDIT: I wasn't in for the first round, but I went 6-8 missing out on Wash and NJ...honestly, you can ask my buddies.....

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#26 greenlightning86
April 28 2012, 02:32PM
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STL 6 NASH 6 NYR 7 PHI 5

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#27 @Oilanderp
April 28 2012, 02:33PM
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LAK 5, PHX 7, WAS 6, and PHI 6

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#28 Orange-n-Blue
April 28 2012, 03:15PM
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STL in 7, PHX in 7, WSH in 6, PHI in 5

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#29 Wax Man Riley
April 28 2012, 04:57PM
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LA in 7

NSH in 6

NYR in 6

PHI in 5

I may be late, but.... y'know work gets in the way.

GO LA!!

BTW I use the Kings in NHL12 and they are AWESOME. Quick is the man, and all 4 lines are big and good defensively, and can knock guys off the puck. Anyone up for a game?

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#30 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 28 2012, 05:54PM
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Los Angeles in 6,Nashville in 7,Rangers in 6 and Flyers in 6.

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#31 Bucknuck
April 28 2012, 05:56PM
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LA in 7

PHX in 6

NYR in 7

PHI in 6

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#32 Beavis
April 28 2012, 06:55PM
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LA, Nashville, NYR, NJD (Devils are terrible, but Bryzgalov is possibly worse).

Incidentally, I managed to get all the West picks wrong and all the East picks right. I'm not sure what happened there.

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#33 Time Travelling Sean
April 28 2012, 07:35PM
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STL in 5

NASH in 7

PHILLY in 6

WASH in 7.

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#34 Colin
April 28 2012, 07:52PM
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LA 6 Nash 7 NYR 6 NJ 7

Incidentally I'm hoping for an East cup win again this year, the cup sure doesn't belong in Pheonix or Nashville.

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#35 D
April 28 2012, 08:12PM
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LA in 7 Nash in 6 NYR in 6 Phi in 5

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#36 maimster
April 28 2012, 08:25PM
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A bit late...sorry...

St Louis over LA in 6 Nashville over Phoenix in 6 Washington over NYR in 7 Philly over NJD in 6

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#37 madjam
April 29 2012, 01:37PM
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New York in 6 , New Jersey in 5 , L.A. in 6 , Nash.in 6 .

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