Illegal Curve 2009 1st Round Playoff Predictions

Posted by Drew Mindell in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Features,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Season Previews,St.Louis Blues,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals on April 14, 2009 — 11 Comments

This handy little chart (below) , beautifully (cough cough) formatted by yours truly, lists all of the Illegal Curve contributors predictions for the upcoming playoff run.

A few interesting things to note about the predictions:

1) The New York Rangers might as well not bother to show up. Eight predictors, eight Washington victories predicted.

2) The goaltending disparity between Chris Osgood/Ty Conklin and Steve Mason is weighing heavily on the minds of the predictors.

3) Anaheim is a team to be feared and avoided? Not according to the IC team who feel, by a seven to one margin, that the Sharks will get by their in-state cousins.

4) Four series are to close to call (Car-NJ, Pitt-Phil, CBJ-Det, and Cgy-Chi). Despite this, the only team to receive two votes for Cup champion are the New Jersey Devils, who four predictors believe won’t even get out of the first round.

5) Along the same lines of the Devils winning the cup, Zach Parise receives two votes for Conn Smythe.

6) We invite all of our Illegal Curve readers to submit their own predictions. I would be pleased to add it to the chart below upon receiving them. If we get enough entries, perhaps we will even offer a touque as a prize once I figure out some sort of convoluted scoring method. Please send your predictions to . If you don’t want to be subjected to ridicule over bad predictions, but still wish to comment on our predictions (cowards!), please comment below.

2009 1st Round                        Playoff Predictions                
  winner games winner games winner games winner games
Boston vs Montreal BOS 7 BOS 5 BOS 5 BOS 5
Washington vs New York WASH 5 WASH 6 WASH 6 WASH 6
New Jersey vs Carolina CAR 6 NJ 7 CAR 7 CAR 7
Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh PITT 7 PHIL 7 PITT 6 PITT 7
San Jose vs Anaheim SJ 6 SJ 7 SJ 6 SJ 6
Detroit vs Columbus DET 6 CBJ 7 DET 6 CBJ 7
Vancouver vs St. Louis VAN 7 VAN 6 VAN 5 STL 5
Calgary vs Chicago CGY 7 CGY 7 CHI 6 CHI 6
Eastern Conf Champion WASH   PHI   CAR   BOS  
Western Conf Champion SJ   VAN   DET   CBU  
Stanley Cup Champion WASH   PHI   DET   BOS  
  winner games winner games winner games winner games
Boston vs Montreal BOS 4 MTL 7 BOS 6 MTL 7
Washington vs New York WASH 5 WASH 5 WASH 5 WASH 7
New Jersey vs Carolina CAR 6 NJ 6 NJ 5 NJ 6
Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh PITT 7 PHIL 7 PITT 6 PHIL 7
San Jose vs Anaheim SJ 7 ANA 7 SJ 7 SJ 4
Detroit vs Columbus CBJ 6 DET 6 CBJ 7 DET 6
Vancouver vs St. Louis VAN 6 VAN 5 VAN 5 VAN 5
Calgary vs Chicago CHI 5 CGY 6 CHI 6 CGY 7
Eastern Conf Champion BOS   NJ   WASH   NJ  
Western Conf Champion SJ   ANA   VAN   DET  
Stanley Cup Champion SJ   NJ   VAN   NJ  
  • Boldest prediction of the IC team goes to Kyle picking the Blue Jackets to make the Cup Finals. Didn’t you read my preview? Det in 6.

  • pattywins

    sj in 6
    det in 5
    van in 5
    chi in 6
    bos in 6
    was in 5
    nj in 7
    pitt in 6

    pitt vs van


    crosby, it should be malkin, but they will vote crosby

  • Bob Roberts, time to put your prediction money where your mouth is! Let’s hear from you!

  • I’m still waiting for Bob to finish his analysis of the Red Wings/Jackets series. I’m feeling left out.

  • Bob Roberts

    David — Not enough time today. Will do the rest later.

    Drew — Read the ones I’ve done — that’s 3 predictions, isn’t it?

  • Bob, I require predictions on the winner of every first round series, and in how many games. Then I need the conference champions, the Stanley Cup Champions, and the Conn Smythe winner.

    Put your money where your mouth is, Roberts! 🙂

  • Ari

    Ezzy I’m calling you out for being a homer

  • Bob Roberts

    Life has reared its ugly head here Drew, so whether you like it or not, you’ll have to get my wisdom-filled thoughts one day at a time. Think of it as your daily dose of hockey wisdom and insight, best taken with a good meal and an icy beverage. Or two. Cheers and enjoy the games.

  • pattywins

    Put pattywins on the big board … Im golden so far!

  • Can’t be golden as NJ and Car are tied. But good picks so far.

  • Pattywins, you are up on the big board. My apologies for the delay but real life work obligations have caused me to be indisposed for the past week or so.