Anaheim took down a Wildcard from the Central Division, and now looks to halt a Kings squad that won four straight after dropping three. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/)

Eight teams remain, many of them bruised and battered after a lengthy first round. Montreal got the sweep. LA came from three games down to win. After all that and everything in between, we’re left with four very good series for the divisional finals. As with the first round, it’s a matter for our experts mostly to pick the length of the series, as three of four series have unanimous predicted winners.

As before, picking the winner of a series is worth two points, while picking how many games each series will last is worth one point.

So with that, the picks for Round 2 are below. Check them out, and come back once the second round is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Second Round »

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Montreal got the only sweep of the first round; we'll see what they can do against arch nemesis Boston. (meridian.k12.il.us)

Montreal cruised their way to a sweep in the first round, but they were the only one. Three series went the distance and three others went six. That gave the Bruins and Canadiens plenty of time to prepare, but the whole round was filled with great moments.

Easily the biggest surprise of the round was Minnesota, who became the first Wildcard under the new playoff format to advance. But with our experts leaning mostly towards one team or the other, it was tough to gain points. To do that, picking the lengths of each lengthy series was the way to go.

So check below to see everyone’s results from the first round. And stick around, because Round 2 picks will be up shortly. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round Results »

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Tim's Playoff Bracket (NHL.com)

The board has been set. With the conclusion of the NHL regular season yesterday, the match-ups for the first round are finalized and boy are there some exciting ones.

I filled out a bracket on NHL.com, which has a fun and easy tool to use (see the featured image).

As you can see, I have the Bruins winning it all (big surprise.) I do have a few interesting upsets, though, and the first round will be fascinating to watch.

Western Conference

Avalanche vs Wild

What a story for Colorado this season, going from a basement dweller to the top team in the West. On the other hand, Minnesota is a team that just squeaked by. This is an easy one. Avalanche in 5. Continue reading NHL Playoff Predictions: Bruins over Kings »

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With a huge turnaround from last season, Colorado is well-positioned. Now what can they do with it? (nsidc.org)

The NHL playoffs are here, and the annual playoff Pick ‘Em is back. And it should be a good one this year with the Wildcard format leading to divisional match-ups in the first two rounds, except for Wildcard Dallas shifting over to the Pacific Division. East newcomers Detroit and Columbus face tough challenges as Wildcard teams themselves.

In our Pick ‘Em, four of the eight series have unanimous winners selected, though most series look to be tightly contested. New York and Philadelphia was the hardest series to choose, though defending champion Chicago will have a difficult contest against St Louis.

Scoring in the Pick ‘Em is as follows:

  • Correctly picking the winner of a series is worth two points.
  • Correctly picking how many games a series will last is worth one point.

And with that out of the way, complete picks for the first round are below. Updated results will be posted when the first round is complete. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round »

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"Pro Wrestling," NES

With the NHL season over and the playoffs about to begin, it’s time to announce the results of the 2013-2014 Regular Season Pick ‘Em. The Blackhawks and Red Wings could have been better for us, while the Avalanche and Lightning mucked around with the standings.

With the Penguins, Bruins and Blues coming through, the Pacific seeding hard to choose, and the Rangers settling in behind the Penguins, it was a close contest this year. And who managed to eke out a win amid stiff competition? Without further ado, the winner of the 2013-2014 NHL Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013-2014 NHL Expert Picks Results »

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Bruins vs Blues: Week 25's prediction for the Stanley Cup

The season ends Sunday, but a lot is still on the line. Despite seven Western slots being locked up, neither Western division has a winner. The top and low seeds in the conference are still very much up for grabs. In the East, the Bruins have the conference easily locked up, and are on the fast track to taking home the President’s Trophy. That locks Pittsburgh in as the second seed in the East. Some breathing room has developed for the East’s Wildcard teams, but neither one has clinched yet. Still, the playoff picture is starting to come into play, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, April 9, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 25 »

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Just two weeks remain, yet many teams are still having difficulty gaining separation. Only one division has been clinched so far, but only one remains close. The Wildcard situation looks to be the most tenuous down the stretch, especially in the tight Eastern race. Home-rink amid #2 and #3 teams is still mostly up for grabs as well. With only nine of the 18 spots locked up, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, April 2 at 8:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 24 »

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