Hey folks, I'm the messenger this week while Brian is away, and while I certainly won't try to replicate his rapier wit and irrepressible charm, I will bring you the current standings for the Canes Country Pick-em Challenge and open up the floor for the Conference Finals.
And what a round this should be. For the first time since 1945, the four previous Stanley Cup champions meet in the conference finals. In the Eastern Conference, the #1 seed and 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins face the #4 seed and 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. Representing out west, the #1 seed and 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks meet the #5 seed and defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Double-header Game coverage begins Saturday at 5:00 pm with the Hawks versus the Kings, and the Pens and Bruins will follow at 8:00 pm.
Here are the Pick-em standings after Round Two:
Corey S: 25
Patrick Clarke: 22
Cory L: 15
keebler elf: 13
Feast of Maximum Occupancy: 6
Sara James: 4
Now for the Conference Finals we up the ante as the points get bigger. So, no one is out of the running! For this round, picking a correct team will net you 4 points, with 8 bonus points if you guess the correct number of games. Your picks need to be in the comments section and time-stamped by 5:00 pm on Saturday in order to count.
Here are the bold predictions from the Canes Country brain trust.
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|(1) PIT vs. (4) BOS||(1) CHI vs. (5) LAK|
|Bob||Penguins in 6||Hawks in 7|
|Cory L.||Penguins in 5||Kings in 6|
|Brian||Penguins in 7||Kings in 6|
|Jamie||Penguins in 5||Kings in 6|
|Corey S.||Bruins in 6||Kings in 7|
|PackPride17||Penguins in 6||Hawks in 7|
Who ya got this round? Bring it on!