Apr 272012
 

Just before the first round of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs began, the CHB writers gave their predictions and we invited CHB readers to do the same.  Scoring was 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 was correct).

Conveniently, there were 10 CHB readers who submitted predictions matching the 10 CHB writers who participated.  Thus, I don’t even have to calculate averages (although I still will)…we can just compare total scores!

In the interest of full disclosure (yet at the risk of it making it look like we don’t know what we’re talking about), I will provide you with the results now.  And it’s not pretty.

CHB readers amassed a total of 51 points (average of 5.1 per prognosticator) while the CHB writers totaled only 41 points (average of 4.1 per predictor).  Yes, that means that each reader outscored a writer by an average of one point.  That’s quite significant.

Here are the results:

CHB WritersPointsCorrect Series and No. of Games
Ed7(5 series, 2 bonus)
JJ6(5 plus 1)
Tom6(4 plus 2)
Caylie5(4 plus 1)
Victoria5(3 plus 2)
Chris4(3 plus 1)
Clay3(3)
Matt3(3)
Lizz1(1)
Richard1(1)
Total Points:41
CHB ReadersPointsCorrect Series and No. of Games
Jason S7(6 series, 1 bonus)
Michael K7(5 plus 2)
Natevk7(5 plus 2)
Tyler B7(5 plus 2)
Ella K7(5 plus 2)
Brian R5(4 plus 1)
Jason M4(4)
David D3(2 plus 1)
Nicole F2(2)
Rich B2(2)
Total Points:51

Ed tops the CHB writers with 7 points going 5 for 8 in winners along with a couple of bonus points.  He was the only writer to correctly predict the Coyotes’ win.  Close behind are JJ and Tom, each with 6 points.  JJ was the only writer to pick the Capitals and he got the number of games right to boot.  Meanwhile, Tom’s detailed analysis for his posts seemed to pay off.

In the middle of the pack are Caylie, Victoria and Chris.  Caylie fared particularly well in the Eastern Conference going 3 for 4.  Our newest writer Victoria is holding her own while Chris is trying to stay out of the Danger Zone.

Sitting at 3 points are Matt and Clay.  Being the Asian James Duthie didn’t help Matt and Clay might as well start writing a song to the tune of End of the Road.

Bringing up the rear are Lizz and Richard; they both predicted just one series winner correctly.  Perhaps Lizz should have Picked According to Twitter.  As for Richard, he should probably just mozy on out of the pool.

So congrats to all the CHB readers, in particular Jason S, Michael K, Natevk, and Tyler B for all matching CHB writer Ed for 7 points.  We encourage you to provide predictions once again for the next round.  Just leave them in the comments section below – don’t forget to predict both the series winner and the number of games!

And even if you didn’t get in on the first round, feel free to jump in now for the second round.

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