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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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Blues vs Bruins: Week 23's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Teams only have between eight and eleven games remaining, so the time to act to secure a spot is now. Despite that, only four teams have mathematically clinched so far. With the divisions exceedingly difficult to overtake, it’s largely been a race to get home-rink advantage at the #2 positions, most of which are much more in play. It’s certain to be a highly chaotic last few weeks of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, March 26, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 23 »

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Blues vs Bruins: Week 22's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Barely more than 10 games and just under a month remain in the season. It’s still close for many teams looking to get a better seed or just get into the playoffs in the first place. Even the top of the standings is in a state of uncertainty that hasn’t been present there for some time. With so much going on and so much sure to change, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, March 19 at 8:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 22 »

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Blues vs Penguins: Week 21's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Less than 20 games remain, and while some teams have started making their moves, others are suddenly finding themselves in hot water. The Wildcard spots are among those still in the running, while St Louis and Boston are among those teams making strides in their division. Plenty of time remains for everyone to do something worthwild, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, March 12, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 21 »

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Ducks vs Penguins: Week 20's prediction for the Stanley Cup

The trade deadline is done with, and some big goaltending moves were made. With several teams in the mix looking to make an improvement, the landscape of the NHL is quite different in the final 20 games or so. The second Wildcards are still very much in play, and much of the divisions could still see seeding go this way or that quite easily. It will be a very interesting last few weeks, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, March 6, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 20 »

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