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Hockey Playoffs Pool Stats

Our Hockey Playoffs Pool is underway, and the pool is updated as of the games played last night, including the Montreal Canadiens eliminating the Tampa Bay Lightning. That represents our first series points awarded to those who backed the Habs. Two entries even picked them to do it in 4 games. Nice job.

Here are some stats from the pool for all of the Round 1 series, the Stanley Cup Final and the most popular players picked in the pool. This way you can check to see where your picks are with the consensus, and where they are not.

There are 13 different teams picked to win the Stanley Cup. Only Columbus, Dallas and Minnesota got shutout. Pretty good chance we are going to have at least one entry pick the winner. The Boston Bruins got 26% of the votes, and then it drops off with 10 votes for San Jose Sharks (who are rolling), 9 each for St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins, and then a whole lot of parity the rest of the way.

As for most popular players, no surprise Sidney Crosby tops the list. Ryan Getzlaf and David Krejci got a lot of votes, followed by Patrick Kane and Corey Perry. From there it is under 20% of entries per player selected.

Check out the stats and thanks for joining the pool!

Eastern Conference

+-------+-------+-------+
| R1 S1 | Count | Pct   |
+-------+-------+-------+
| BOS   |    75 | 86.21 |
| DET   |    12 | 13.79 |
+-------+-------+-------+

+-------+-------+-------+
| R1 S2 | Count | Pct   |
+-------+-------+-------+
| MTL   |    64 | 73.56 |
| TB    |    23 | 26.44 |
+-------+-------+-------+

+-------+-------+-------+
| R1 S3 | Count | Pct   |
+-------+-------+-------+
| CBJ   |     2 |  2.30 |
| PIT   |    85 | 97.70 |
+-------+-------+-------+

+-------+-------+-------+
| R1 S4 | Count | Pct   |
+-------+-------+-------+
| NYR   |    57 | 65.52 |
| PHI   |    30 | 34.48 |
+-------+-------+-------+

Western Conference*

+-------+-------+-------+
| R1 S1 | Count | Pct   |
+-------+-------+-------+
| COL   |    76 | 87.36 |
| MIN   |     5 |  5.75 |
| STL   |     6 |  6.90 |
+-------+-------+-------+

+-------+-------+-------+
| R1 S2 | Count | Pct   |
+-------+-------+-------+
| CHI   |    52 | 59.77 |
| COL   |     3 |  3.45 |
| STL   |    32 | 36.78 |
+-------+-------+-------+

+-------+-------+-------+
| R1 S3 | Count | Pct   |
+-------+-------+-------+
| ANA   |    82 | 94.25 |
| DAL   |     5 |  5.75 |
+-------+-------+-------+

+-------+-------+-------+
| R1 S4 | Count | Pct   |
+-------+-------+-------+
| LA    |    35 | 40.23 |
| SJ    |    52 | 59.77 |
+-------+-------+-------+
Stanley Cup Winner

+--------------+-------+-------+
| CupFinalPick | Count | Pct   |
+--------------+-------+-------+
| BOS          |    23 | 26.44 |
| SJ           |    10 | 11.49 |
| STL          |     9 | 10.34 |
| PIT          |     9 | 10.34 |
| CHI          |     8 |  9.20 |
| COL          |     6 |  6.90 |
| ANA          |     6 |  6.90 |
| NYR          |     4 |  4.60 |
| LA           |     4 |  4.60 |
| MTL          |     4 |  4.60 |
| DET          |     2 |  2.30 |
| PHI          |     1 |  1.15 |
| TB           |     1 |  1.15 |
+--------------+-------+-------+

Players (Top 20)

Sidney Crosby, PIT      66     75.9 
Ryan Getzlaf, ANA       38     43.7 
David Krejci, BOS       36     41.4 
Patrick Kane, CHI       23     26.4 
Corey Perry, ANA        19     21.8 
Claude Giroux, PHI      17     19.5 
Patrice Bergeron, BOS   16     18.4 
Joe Thornton, SJ        13     14.9 
Joe Pavelski, SJ        12     13.8 
Alexander Steen, STL    12     13.8 
Anze Kopitar, LA        10     11.5 
Brad Richards, NYR       9     10.3 
Patrick Sharp, CHI       8      9.2 
Jonathan Toews, CHI      8      9.2 
Gabriel Landeskog, COL   8      9.2 
Max Pacioretty, MTL      8      9.2 
Martin St. Louis, NYR    8      9.2 
Matt Duchene, COL        8      9.2 
Jarome Iginla, BOS       7      8.0 
Thomas Vanek, MTL        6      6.9 
Steven Stamkos, TB       6      6.9 
Nathan MacKinnon, COL    6      6.9 
Pavel Datsyuk, DET       6      6.9 

* The first two Western Conference series got a little funny because the seeds swapped around after the pool was first opened. Some picks were input from the original seeds and not updated. Three have St. Louis and Colorado simply swapped. Three have St. Louis and Chicago each winning a series.

As long as you picked a team to win and they win, you will get the points. It does not matter if you have them aligned in the correct series. So, the STL-COL picks can still get both series correct. The STL-CHI picks can only get one series correct, but are guaranteed to get one.

Stanley Cup Final To Decide Pool, Football Survivor On Deck

Our Stanley Cup Playoffs Hockey Pool that kicked off the first week of May is winding down, with only a handful still in the running to claim a decorated spot in the top three. If you are amongst that exclusive group, well done, and enjoy the ride to the finish.

At the start of the Finals round of the playoffs, Kartin still managed to hold on to top spot thanks to picking every series correct through Rounds 1 and 2. It all fell apart in the Conference Finals though, when both his picks of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings got knocked out. Now he tries to stave off the competition with numerous Chicago Blackhawks picks, and a Boston Bruins pick to hoist the Cup, nipping at his heels. If the Blackhawks win, he will get knocked out of the top three. If the Bruins win, he should stay in the top three.

Ds0589, currently in second place, has a healthy lead on third. A Blackhawks win should vault him into first regardless how the player points or bonus for games in the series shake out. The lone Bruins pick belongs to 2011 pool champ (also on the Bruins – sensing this is not a luck or coincidence thing) markymark2281. He may or may not finish in the top spot even if the Bruins win, because he needs the 20 points for picking the winner plus some help.

It should be a great finish. With the Blackhawks down 2-1 in the series after last night’s shutout loss, and Game 4 in Boston, they’ve got their work cut out for them. And really, since I’ve been even more anti-Bruins than usual since the miracle come from behind win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, it seems all the more obvious now they are the team to beat.

After the Stanley Cup Playoffs conclude, we’ll got into a short hibernation before we crank up the biggest pool we run every year, Football Survivor. Very likely, the same format as always. Why mess with a good thing? When sign ups are open it will be posted on the website, plus like us on Facebook and follow us on the Twitter for the latest.

Conference Finals Start Today – Pens vs. Bruins, Hawks vs. Kings

Next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to start today with the number one and number five teams from each conference squaring off for a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Our Hockey Playoffs Pool gets back in the action too, after a two-day layoff. Kartin has a huge 23 points lead thanks to going perfect through not only the opening round but now round two as well. That is damn impressive.

However, with 15 points earned for each of the Conference Finals series, and 20 points up for grabs for picking the Stanley Cup Final winner, it isn’t carved in stone he’s going to win this thing. We have some entries backing Chicago to hoist the Cup, and one Kings and one Bruins entry within striking distance of the top three.

In the East, Pittsburgh Penguins host the Boston Bruins. Where I live in central Ontario, and in close proximity to southern Ontario, some less than scientific polling found on one side people are pulling for the Bruins because it shows well for the Toronto Maple Leafs that the team that barely edged them out made it all the way to the finals. On the flip side, some people are just pulling for the dastardly Bruins to finally get the boot out of the playoffs. I’m in the latter camp by a wide margin. This will be a tough series though, so Penguins in 7 is my pick.

Over in the West, Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings. Did you realize the last four Stanley Cup winners are the last four teams standing in this tournament? And of course you know the Kings are the reigning champs, and with good reason. Jonathan Quick is nothing short of amazing. The Blackhawks fought back hard to get past the Detroit Red Wings after more or less cruising through Round 1 (although Minnesota Wild did give them a run for their money on a game-to-game basis).

I picked the other series to go seven games and yet, I find this one a much tougher one to call. Lets go with Chicago, in 7. If the Kings had home ice one would almost have to take them and their perfect record in L.A., but Jonathan Toews seemed to light a spark in that Detroit series and they’ve got more scoring power overall.

As predictable as it sounds, lets see the two #1 regular season teams in the finals. Should be some great hockey – no matter what Damien Cox says – leading up to that.