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 email@example.com . 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|
|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|
|Conn Smythe Winner||OVECHKIN||RICHARDS||HOSSA||THOMAS|
|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|
|Conn Smythe Winner||SETOGUCHI||PARISE||LUONGO||PARISE|