Playoff Pick ‘Em – Round 1 Results

The Rangers celebrate their game 7 win against the Ottawa Senators. (Photo: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

If you remember from a couple of weeks ago, we here at Cardiac Cane decided to do a little playoff pick ‘em for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Well, the first round has come and gone and what a first round it was. We saw the President’s Trophy winners get knocked out by the 8th seeded Los Angeles Kings out west, the top seed in the east Rangers get taken to a game 7 by the Senators and a Flyers/Penguins series that will go down as one of the craziest series in the history of the playoffs. Not to be outdone, but our rivals in the southeast division stood tall. The Washington Capitals defeated the reigning cup champs in 7 games and the Florida Panthers took a very tough Devils team to 7 games as well. Needless to say if the first round went the way it did, hockey fans are eagerly anticipating the second round match ups. How did the Cardiac Cane staff do with their picks?

The scoring system was pretty simple: 1 point for the correct winning team and 2 points for correctly guessing the number of games. For example, Jennifer and I both picked the Blues in 5, so we would get 1 point for picking the Blues and an additional 2 points for correctly guessing 5 games. Got it? Good. Here’s the point breakdown:

 

 

 

 

 

Not bad at all, huh? We all struck out a couple of times (thanks a lot, LA and Washington), but considering how crazy the first round was, I’d say we all did pretty well.

There are 24 possible points, and Jennifer led the way with 8 (33.3%), I came in second with 7 (29.2%) and Sally and KP were tied in third with 3 (12.5%). We’ll keep track of these scores and add them into the results for the second round (which starts tonight…kinda crazy), and subsequent rounds after. Our second round picks are as follows:

(1) New York Rangers vs (7) Washington Capitals

KP – NYR in 4

Sally – NYR in 5

Jennifer – NYR in 6

Dan – NYR in 7

(5) Philadelphia Flyers vs (6) New Jersey Devils

KP – PHI in 6

Sally – PHI in 4

Jennifer – PHI in 5

Dan – NJD in 6

(2) St. Louis Blues vs (8) Los Angeles Kings

KP – LAK in 7

Sally – LAK in 7

Jennifer – LAK in 7

Dan – STL in 6

(3) Phoenix Coyotes vs (4) Nashville Predators

KP – NSH in 6

Sally – PHX in 5

Jennifer – NSH in 5

Dan – NSH in 7

Enjoy the semi-finals, everyone!

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