May 162012
 

[Disclaimer: Please note that these were made prior to the start of the round...it’s just taken me a few days to put this post together.  The proof is in the fact that many CHB writers picked the Coyotes over the Kings!]

After two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ed still leads the CHB Playoff Pool with a total of 9 points.  Following Ed is a logjam for second place as JJ, Caylie and Victoria all have 7 points.  Here are the complete standings after Round 2 based on 1 point for naming the correct team and a bonus point for guessing the correct number of games:

  • 9 – Ed (7 series, 2 bonus)
  • 7 – JJ (6 plus 1)
  • 7 – Caylie (5 plus 2)
  • 7 – Victoria (4 plus 3)
  • 6 – Tom (4 plus 2)
  • 5 – Chris (4 plus 1)
  • 4 – Clay (4)
  • 4 – Matt (4)
  • 3 – Richard (3)
  • 3 – Lizz (2 plus 1)

Without further adieu, here are the predictions for Round 3. 

Caylie

  • Kings in 5
  • Devils in 6

The Kings have proven that they have everything a Cup-winning team needs: scoring, depth, defense and a great goaltender.  As for the East, I have been wrong in a lot of my predictions. My actual pick is the Rangers but I’m doing a little reversal and picking the Devils. Hopefully this strategy helps me.

Chris

  • Coyotes in 6
  • Devils in 7

Even though it confounds me that the Coyotes have a shot at making the SCF, my hope is their consistent play and lights out goaltending are enough to get past Quick and the Kings.  Good money is on the Rangers, but these teams hate each other and in another war of attrition I’m not sold that New York has the health to get through another long series.

Clay

  • Kings in 6
  • Devils in 6

In each series, I’m going with the team that has played fewer games and therefore more well-rested.

Ed

  • Coyotes in 7
  • Rangers in 7

Sticking with the Coyotes. Everyone picked the Coyotes’ opponents in the first two rounds while I chose Phoenix.  And it’s great that Shane Doan is playing in his first Conference Finals and he’s damned near retirement. Not a Shane Doan fan but I respect his loyalty to a franchise that wasn’t very committed to winning for a long time. 

J.J.

  • Coyotes in 7
  • Rangers in 6

I’m not emotionally-invested in either team so I’ll cheer for the sentimental favorite Shane Doan to win the Cup for the first time ever in his career. 

Lizz

  • Kings in 6
  • Rangers in 6

The Kings have surprised and dominated every team they’ve come across, and I can’t see that momentum stopping now.  Despite surprising everyone with the win over Philly, I think the Devils still won’t be able to stop the Rangers.  Plus, a Rangers win is the only thing that could save my embarrassingly bad playoff pool.

Matt

  • Kings in 6
  • Rangers in 6

The jerseys of Matt’s ice-hockey team look a lot like Kings’ jerseys.

Richard

  • Coyotes in 7
  • Devils in 7

Richard likes teams that wear red.

Tom

  • Kings in 5
  • Rangers in 6

See Tom’s detailed previews of the Kings-Coyotes here and the Rangers-Devils here.

Victoria

  • Coyotes in 7
  • Rangers in 7

I hate LA more than I hate Phoenix.  I want Marc Staal to get a chance at the Stanley Cup because his brothers have played for it.  Now I’m picking on emotion as using logic has failed me miserably.

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