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The playoffs are finally here, and there have been quite a few surprises. The Bruins disappointed many with such a poor finish, with a top three draft pick as consolation. The Sabres scored 100 points to win the division, though they do have Ryan Miller, and the Senators did do a great job too. The Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and Nashville Predators (which I believe are the red properties in NHL Monopoly) all outdid expectations, as did the Avalanche, but they started out so well. So did the Rangers, who are going home.
There were certainly plenty of monkey wrenches throwing us off, but through it all, a winner emerged, and that winner is…Erikk. Erikk was helped out immensely by the Capitals and Sharks, as he was the only one to correctly guess both #1 seeds, and even had the Penguins helping out. On the other end of the spectrum, I was the only one not to guess a single seed correctly. If only the Penguins didn’t stink so badly against the Devils, and if only the Blackhawks and Sabres had taken care of business on the final day, I would’ve been in business. Oh well.
But seriously, it’s okay. At least Matt Cooke got his comeuppance in the process. To see the final standings and how everyone’s picks turned out, check below.
|#6||Ty||20 (more point-garnering picks)|
|#7||Teddy||20 (less point-garnering picks)|
|#1*||Penguins||Penguins||Capitals (8)||Bruins||Penguins||Capitals (8)||Bruins||Bruins||Penguins|
|#7||Sabres||Canadiens||Thrashers||Maple Leafs||Sabres||Senators||Flyers (2)||Panthers||Senators|
|#8||Canadiens (1)||Sabres||Maple Leafs||Rangers||Canadiens (1)||Flyers||Canadiens (1)||Rangers||Flyers|
|#1*||Sharks (8)||Sharks (8)||Sharks (8)||Red Wings||Sharks (8)||Red Wings||Red Wings||Blues||Sharks (8)|
|#2*||Flames||Red Wings||Flames||Sharks||Red Wings||Sharks||Sharks||Sharks||Flames|
|#3*||Blackhawks||Canucks (6)||Red Wings||Flames||Flames||Canucks (6)||Flames||Canucks (6)||Red Wings|
|#7||Blues||Blues||Oilers||Stars||Blue Jackets||Wild||Blue Jackets||Predators (2)||Blues|
|#8||Wild||Blue Jackets||Blues||Blue Jackets||Blues||Blue Jackets||Wild||Coyotes||Wild|