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2011 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup Finals

For the first time in 21 years, the Bruins are fighting for hockey's ultimate prize. (http://images.wikia.com)

The Stanley Cup Finals start Wednesday, but we here at SoB have readied our thoughts on how it will all turn out. Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo anchor two impressive squads itching to take home the trophy. Can the Bruins improve their power play enough to have a shot? Can Vancouver keep up the pressure long enough to seize the ultimate prize?

Though EA Sports begs to differ, a bare majority of us believe the Bruins will take home the cup for the first time since 1972, and will do it in six games. Those of us who believe the Canucks will squash those hopes believe that it will happen fairly quickly.

For this final round, all point values are doubled!!!. That means picking the series winner is now worth four points and guessing how many games it will take is worth two points. Also, the new scoring category of MVP of the series is worth two points. In the event of a tie, whoever guesses closest, above or below, to Tim Thomas’ collective save percentage in all games of the series will get the edge.

So now that that’s out of the way, check below for the picks, and stay tuned for what is sure to be an exciting finals.

Name Brian K Derek Erikk John KC
Cancuks vs Bruins Winner Canucks Bruins Bruins Canucks Bruins
Series Length 5 6 6 4 6
MVP Ryan Kesler David Krejci Tim Thomas Henrik Sedin Tim Thomas
Thomas’ SV% .919 .918 .926 .877 .920
Total Points 19 29 21 18 25

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