Monday, April 17, 2006

The preseason predictions, Part 1

Waaaaay back in August, I hosted the sixth edition of the hockey carnival, and as part of my hosting duties, I asked bloggers to submit their picks for who would be the top three NHL teams at the end of the 2005-06 season.

Including myself, ten responded to the request.

With only two days left in the season, it's unlikely this will change much, so here's a look at the picks and who, in fact, wins the jade monkey (I've actually got a pretty decent prize in mind, just for indulging me). This season was horribly unpredictable, so the wide-ranging numbers are definitely understandable.

From worst to first (so far):


10. Canucks Hockey:

1. Philadelphia, 2. Boston, 3. Vancouver
Actual standings: 9, 25, 16
Points: 50 - 6 = 44



9. Jez Golbez:
1. Calgary, 2. Boston, 3. Tampa Bay
Actual standings: 7, 25, 16
Points: 48 - 6 = 42


8. The Ice Block:
1. Philadelphia, 2. Calgary, 3. Florida
Actual standings: 9, 7, 22
Points: 38 - 6 = 32


7. Sabre Rattling:
1.
San Jose, 2. Philly, 3. Atlanta
Actual standings: 9, 9, 18
Points: 36 - 6 = 30


6. Colby Cosh:
1. Philadelphia, 2. Calgary, 3. Vancouver
Actual standings: 9, 7, 16
Points: 32 - 6 = 26


5. Spector:
1. San Jose, 2. Calgary, 3. Montreal
Actual standings: 9, 7, 14
Points: 30 - 6 = 24


4. Sharkspage:
1. Philadelphia, 2. Calgary, 3. San Jose
Actual standings: 9, 7, 9
Points: 25 - 6 = 19


T2. Jerry Aldini:
1. Calgary, 2. Ottawa, 3. San Jose
Actual standings: 7, 3, 9
Points: 19 - 6 - 1 (Ott in Top 3) = 12


T2. Man Bites Dog:
1. Calgary, 2. Philadelphia, 3. Ottawa
Actual standings: 7, 9, 3
Points: 19 - 6 - 1 (Ott in Top 3) = 12


1. James Mirtle:
1. Detroit, 2. Ottawa, 3. New Jersey
Actual standings: 1, 3, 9
Points: 13 - 6 - 2 (Det, Ott in Top 3) = 7



OK, I win.

I kid, I kid. Whoever ends up in No. 2 will be declared our winner. This is, however, a nice way to flout all of the grief I received back in September for saying the Devils (and, to a lesser extent, the Red Wings) would be one of the NHL's top teams.

As for the fellows who picked the Bruins as one of the league's top three teams: No making fun of Mike O'Connell — for three weeks.

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