The NHL playoffs have barely started and we’ve already seen some pretty remarkable games. Last night’s two OT thrillers could very well become instant classics. We at COE are major hockey fans…and therefore, created some friendly competition around the office (also known as the internet). So there you have it, five members of the crew made their picks and only one winner will emerge from this contest. The rules are simple, 2 points are awarded every time the correct winning team is selected. You get an extra point by selecting the correct number of games. Whoever gathers the most amount of points by the end of the playoffs receives a special prize. Alright, here are the participants and their first round picks. Feel free to comment below.
The COE rookie picked a lot of upsets in the east choosing the Flyers, Bruins and Senators to move to the second round. He played it relatively safe in the west, picking only Detroit to win it over Phoenix, which really wouldn’t be an upset at all. Some overall risky picks that could give him an early lead for the next round.
Picks: Washington in 6, Philly in 5, Bruins in 6, Ottawa in 7, San Jose in 6, Chicago in 7, Vancouver in 5 and Detroit in 5
The COE Editor in Chief was lucky enough to witness his favorite team win its third Cup last year. Though he isn’t very enthusiastic about their playoff chances this year, he did favor them against the Sens. He pretty much kept it simple for the rest of his picks, although he did prefer the coyotes to the red wings.
Picks: Washington in 5, New Jersey in 6, Buffalo in 6, Pittsburgh in 7, San Jose in 5, Chicago in 6, Vancouver in 7, Phoenix in 6
Tim is COE’s hockey noob. He just recently took interest in the sport and his fandom has quickly risen. Still, Tim played the numbers and picked every team that was higher in the standings. He’s also the only guy who has a now impossible prediction.
Picks: Washington in 4, New Jersey in 6, Buffalo in 7, Pittsburgh in 6, San Jose in 5, Chicago in 5, Vancouver in 6, Phoenix in 7
I also played it pretty safe, picking only Detroit as a possible upset. The first games have me dazzled a bit, but I’m confident things will pick up by the end of the series.
Picks: Washington in 5, New Jersey in 6, Buffalo in 7, Pittsburgh in 4, San Jose in 6, Chicago in 6, Vancouver in 7, Detroit in 6
Jarrod submitted his picks at the last minute and it shows. He pretty much copied my picks and put random numbers besides them.
Picks: Washington in 6, New Jersey in 5, Buffalo in 6, Pittsburgh in 5, San Jose in 5, Chicago in 6, Vancouver in 5, Detroit in 5
There you have it folks. You’ll get random updates every round with a leaderboard and new predictions. Enjoy!