Apr 112012
 

On the first day of the 2012 NHL Playoffs, we kick off the CHB Playoff Prediction Pool with CHB’s own writers and our fearless first round predictions.

Your competitors are CHB bloggers: Caylie, Chris, Clay, Ed, JJ, Lizz, Matt, Richard, Tom and Victoria.

Scoring is simple:  one point for guessing the correct series winner and a bonus point for also correctly guessing the number of games (presuming that the series winner is correct).

Check out our predictions, and then, check out the end of this post to see how you can get in on the fun.

Caylie (@CayKing)

  • Canucks in 6
  • Sharks in 6
  • Blackhawks in 7
  • Predators in 7
  • Rangers in 7
  • Bruins in 5
  • Devils in 5
  • Flyers in 7

A hot goaltender will only go so far; Mike Smith will not be able to stand on his head throughout the series against the likes of Kane and Hossa.

Chris (@lyteforce)

  • Canucks in 6
  • Blues in 5
  • Blackhawks in 7
  • Red Wings in 6
  • Rangers in 5
  • Bruins in 5
  • Devils in 6
  • Penguins in 7

The fact I say this series goes 5 games is simply a mercy win to the Sens for the sake of being a proud Canadian.  The Rangers are a team full of blue collar studs and Lundqvist has been known to stop everything including time.

Clay (@CanuckClay)

  • Canucks in 6
  • Blues in 7
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Red Wings in 7
  • Rangers in 5
  • Bruins in 6
  • Devils in 5
  • Penguins in 6

The triumphant returns of Daniel Sedin and Keith Ballard…yes Keith Ballard…will help the Canucks win a hard-fought series.

Ed (@edlau)

  • Canucks in 6
  • Blues in 5
  • Coyotes in 6
  • Predators in 7
  • Rangers in 6
  • Bruins in 5
  • Devils in 6
  • Penguins in 7

Seriously, this is going to be the best series of the 1st round…and possibly the playoffs.  So much build-up…so much star power…so much hate.  This is going to be awesome.

J.J. (@canuckshockey)

  • Canucks in 6
  • Blues in 7
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Predators in 7
  • Rangers in 5
  • Capitals in 7
  • Devils in 6
  • Penguins in 7

Nashville knows there aren’t any guarantees that Ryan Suter and Shea Weber will both be back with the team next season so they loaded up at the deadline, including coaxing Alexander Radulov back from the KHL.

Lizz (@lizzmoffat)

  • Canucks in 5
  • Sharks in 6
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Red Wings in 7
  • Rangers in 4
  • Bruins in 5
  • Panthers in 6
  • Penguins in 7

How did this match up even happen? As weird as it is seeing one of these two make it to the second round, the Panthers will take it, and confuse everyone in Florida who was unaware that hockey lasted past April 10.

Matt (@mattlee61)

  • Canucks in 6
  • Blues in 7
  • Blackhawks in 7
  • Red Wings in 7
  • Rangers in 6
  • Bruins in 5
  • Devils in 6
  • Penguins in 7

The Sharks will make a series of it and their physicality will push the Blues to the limit but goaltending will be the ultimate difference.

Richard (@mozy19)

  • Canucks in 6
  • Sharks in 6
  • Blackhawks in 5
  • Predators in 7
  • Senators in 7
  • Bruins in 5
  • Panthers in 6
  • Penguins in 7

Washington doesn’t stand a chance. Thomas will shut out the Capitals like he did the President.

Tom (@tomwakefield88)

  • Canucks in 5
  • Blues in 7
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Predators in 5
  • Rangers in 7
  • Bruins in 7
  • Devils in 5
  • Penguins in 7

LA is the lowest scoring team in the Conference and thus will be an early exit; the longer Daniel Sedin is out though the closer this series is.

Victoria (@concretefluff)

  • Canucks in 6
  • Blues in 5
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Red Wings in 7
  • Rangers in 5
  • Bruins in 5
  • Devils in 7
  • Penguins in 7

Boston has better goaltending; one hit from Lucic and Semin will be crying like a toddler with a dirty diaper.

*****

Are you smarter than a CHB blogger?

If so, then prove it by leaving your predictions in the comments section below – don’t forget to predict both the series winner and the number of games!

And if by chance you happen to top all of the CHB bloggers, we may do something nice for you.  Once we’ve mended our bruised egos.

  • Ella Klein101

    Canucks in 7
    Sharks in 6
    Blackhawks in 5
    Predators in 7
    Rangers in 7
    Capitals in 7
    Devils in 5
    Flyers in 7 

  • Rich_Barry

    Canucks in 6
    Sharks in 7
    Blackhawks in 6
    Predators in 7
    Rangers in 6
    Bruins in 5
    Panthers in 6
    Penguins in 7

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=613615234 Tyler Blair

    Canucks in 5
    St. Louis in 5
    Phoenix in 6
    Predators in 7
    New York in 6
    Boston in 5
    New Jersey in 6
    Penguins in 7

  • Jason Siemens

    VAN 4
    STL 6
    PHO 7
    NSH 5
    OTT 6
    WSH 6
    NJ 6
    PHI 6

  • natevk

    Canucks in 6
    St. Louis in 5
    Chicago in 6
    Nashville in 7
    Rangers in 4
    Washington in 7
    New Jersey in 5
    Pittsburgh in 6

  • http://michaelkwan.com Michael Kwan

     VAN in 6. STL in 5. CHI in 7. NSH in 6. NYR in 5. BOS in 5. NJD in 6. PIT in 6.

  • Jason M

    NYR 5 BOS 6 NJ 6 PIT 6 VAN 6 STL 7 CHI 6 NSH 7
     

  • http://twitter.com/BrianRomein Brian Romein

    VAN in 6
    STL in 6
    PHX in 7
    NSH in 5
    NYR in 6
    BOS in 5
    FLA in 6
    PIT in 7

  • Nicole Ferreira

    VAN in 5
    SJS in 6
    CHI in 6
    DET in 7
    NYR in 5
    BOS in 7
    NJD in 5
    PIT in 6

  • David Cameron

    I’m thinking…

    Canucks in 6
    Blues in 5
    Hawks in 5
    Wings in 4
    Sens in 7
    Bruins in 5
    Devils in 5
    Penguins in 6.

  • Romeoserban

    LA in 4 !!!!!

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris (@lyteforce)

    Very ballsy of you to make a prediction like this before the series started.  Oh wait… you didn’t.

  • Pingback: CHB Playoff Prediction Pool: Readers 1 Writers 0 | The Vancouver Canucks

%d bloggers like this: