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Illegal Curve 2009 1st Round Playoff Predictions

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        
Boston vs MontrealBOS7BOS5BOS5BOS5
Washington vs New YorkWASH5WASH6WASH6WASH6
New Jersey vs CarolinaCAR6NJ7CAR7CAR7
Philadelphia vs PittsburghPITT7PHIL7PITT6PITT7
San Jose vs AnaheimSJ6SJ7SJ6SJ6
Detroit vs ColumbusDET6CBJ7DET6CBJ7
Vancouver vs St. LouisVAN7VAN6VAN5STL5
Calgary vs ChicagoCGY7CGY7CHI6CHI6
Eastern Conf ChampionWASH PHI CAR BOS 
Western Conf ChampionSJ VAN DET CBU 
Stanley Cup ChampionWASH PHI DET BOS 
Boston vs MontrealBOS4MTL7BOS6MTL7
Washington vs New YorkWASH5WASH5WASH5WASH7
New Jersey vs CarolinaCAR6NJ6NJ5NJ6
Philadelphia vs PittsburghPITT7PHIL7PITT6PHIL7
San Jose vs AnaheimSJ7ANA7SJ7SJ4
Detroit vs ColumbusCBJ6DET6CBJ7DET6
Vancouver vs St. LouisVAN6VAN5VAN5VAN5
Calgary vs ChicagoCHI5CGY6CHI6CGY7
Eastern Conf ChampionBOS NJ WASH NJ 
Western Conf ChampionSJ ANA VAN DET 
Stanley Cup ChampionSJ NJ VAN NJ