A look back at Round 1
Prediction >> Result
Buffalo in 4 >> Buffalo in 5
New Jersey in 5 >> New Jersey in 6
Rangers in 7 >> Rangers in 4
Ottawa in 6 >> Ottawa in 5
Detroit in 7 >> Detroit in 6
Minnesota in 7 >> Anaheim in 5
Dallas in 6 >> Vancouver in 7
Nashville in 6 >> San Jose in 5
Well, that sort of spells out where the surprises were on my end.
My feeling heading into Round 1 was that the Eastern Conference was relatively easy to pickem, and that the West would be a whole lot of coin tosses, series that went at least six, and more likely, seven games.
Given it was going to be so closely contested, it seemed a decent enough strategy to pick a few of the perceived underdogs and watch as chaos ensued. The general wisdom was that Anaheim and San Jose were coming out of the west; if both went down in Round 1, there would have been raised eyebrows all around.
That didn't happen. (And many of TSN's experts either ran the table or came mighty close, which is probably a first — at least in recent history.)
So, for the first time I can recall, my playoff pool teams are all in shambles after Round 1 (go Kyle Calder!) and now it's going to be all about sitting back and enjoying the games.
Ah, yes, and making a few more predictions. Round 2's should be up early tomorrow.
2007 playoff pickems results: 5-3
Maggie the monkey: 4-4