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The NHL season is underway, and we here at Sports of Boston are proud to present our annual Pick ‘Em for the regular season. It may be a little light this year, but there’s plenty to talk about.
Most notably, we all have mad love for the Washington Capitals, with all four of us picking them to repeat as Presidents’ Trophy winner. The Vancouver Canucks are also a popular pick, unanimously picked to win the division, with half the field picking them to win the conference. In fact every division winner was picked unanimously, save for my pick of the Sabres over the Bruins. Don’t hate me; I just see them as too offensively challenged.
Beyond that, things get a little interesting with the lower halves of the fields. The Blues, Avalanche, Ducks, Rangers, and Canadiens are all getting some support, but we’ll see how they turn out. The Thrashers, Panthers, and Flames are all getting both playoff picks and basement picks, which makes them really interesting to watch.
The scoring nets two points for a correct division winner, and one point for any other pick to make the playoffs that does so in whatever fashion. Correctly picking the Presidents’ Trophy winner is worth two points, but since everyone took Ovechkin and the Caps, that’s a moot point. Exactly picking the top seed in each conference is worth eight points, followed by seven points for second, and so on. Ties in the final standings will be broken by the pick for worst record, then second-worst record, then third-worst record.
|East||#1||Washington Capitals||Washington Capitals||Washington Capitals||Washington Capitals||#2||New Jersey Devils||New Jersey Devils||New Jersey Devils||Boston Bruins||#3||Boston Bruins||Boston Bruins||Buffalo Sabres||New Jersey Devils||#4||Pittsburgh Penguins||Buffalo Sabres||Pittsburgh Penguins||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|#5||Philadelphia Flyers||Pittsburgh Penguins||Philadelphia Flyers||Philadelphia Flyers|
|#6||Buffalo Sabres||Philadelphia Flyers||New York Rangers||Ottawa Senators|
|#7||New York Rangers||Atlanta Thrashers||Boston Bruins||Buffalo Sabres|
|#8||Tampa Bay Lightning||Montreal Canadiens||Florida Panthers||Montreal Canadiens|
|West||#1||Vancouver Canucks||Vancouver Canucks||San Jose Sharks||Detroit Red Wings|
|#2||Detroit Red Wings||San Jose Sharks||Detroit Red Wings||Vancouver Canucks|
|#3||San Jose Sharks||Detroit Red Wings||Vancouver Canucks||San Jose Sharks|
|#4||Los Angeles Kings||Phoenix Coyotes||Chicago Blackhawks||Chicago Blackhawks|
|#5||Chicago Blackhawks||Chicago Blackhawks||St. Louis Blues||Los Angeles Kings|
|#6||Phoenix Coyotes||Los Angeles Kings||Phoenix Coyotes||Phoenix Coyotes|
|#7||Anaheim Ducks||Anaheim Ducks||Los Angeles Kings||Nashville Predators|
|#8||St. Louis Blues||Colorado Avalanche||Calgary Flames||Colorado Avalanche|
|President’s||Trophy Winner||Washington Capitals||Washington Capitals||Washington Capitals||Washington Capitals|
|Tiebreaker||Worst Team||Columbus Blue Jackets||Edmonton Oilers||Edmonton Oilers||Edmonton Oilers|
|2nd Worst Team||Edmonton Oilers||New York Islanders||Minnesota Wild||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|3rd Worst Team||Atlanta Thrashers||Calgary Flames||Atlanta Thrashers||Florida Panthers|