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The 2018 Canes Country Playoff Pick ‘Em: First Round

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We’re back for another year, and another chance for you to beat the staff.

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This will be the sixth year that we’ve done the Canes Country Playoff Pick ‘Em challenge, and in all that time, you’ve never been able to actually pick the Carolina Hurricanes to win a playoff series. (Wait till next year!)

But the silver lining is that you get to sit back and enjoy the best time of the year for hockey fans without having a rooting interest, except for the teams you pick in our contest. Back again for another year, the CC Playoff Pick ‘Em is your chance to show the community how much you know can guess about how this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs will unfold.

As of right now, we have no prizes, so this year’s pick ‘em will be all about bragging rights. (If you have something you’d like to donate for a prize, shoot us an email at sbncanescountry at gmail dot com!) The rules will stay the same as last year, with one minor tweak:

  • Make a selection for each first round series in the comments of this post: who wins, and in how many games.
  • In the first round, you’ll get one point for each winning team you correctly pick. If you pick both the correct team and the correct series length, you’ll also get five bonus points. The five bonus points will stay constant throughout the contest; the points for picking the winners will increase in each round.
  • In the past, all picks must have been entered by the start of the first playoff game. However, since we’re a little late in getting this year’s contest posted, you will have until the start of the second day’s games (so Thursday, April 12 at 7:00) to comment with your picks. The comments will close at that time. Keep in mind, though, that if you post after the first game of any series begins, your pick for that series will not count. In other words, comments posted Thursday morning will not have their picks for the MIN/WPG, PHI/PIT, or LAK/VGK series counted.

As in the past, please post your picks in the following order (it makes it way easier to enter into a spreadsheet if they’re all in the same order):

Metro
(1) Washington Capitals vs. (WC1) Columbus Blue Jackets
(2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (3) Philadelphia Flyers

Atlantic
(1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (WC2) New Jersey Devils
(2) Boston Bruins vs. (3) Toronto Maple Leafs

Central
(1) Nashville Predators vs. (WC2) Colorado Avalanche
(2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (3) Minnesota Wild

Pacific
(1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (WC1) Los Angeles Kings
(2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (3) San Jose Sharks

If you have any questions about the contest, post them below or email us. The staff picks for the first round are below. Good luck!

2019 CC Playoff Pick ‘Em: Round 1 Staff Picks

Series Brian Jamie Zeke Brett Andrew S Andy Justin Cody Antoine Kevin Jake Ford Andrew A
Series Brian Jamie Zeke Brett Andrew S Andy Justin Cody Antoine Kevin Jake Ford Andrew A
(M1) Capitals vs. (WC1) Hurricanes Capitals in 6 ABSTAIN in ABSTAIN Hurricanes in 6 Hurricanes in 6 Hurricanes in 6 Hurricanes in 6 Hurricanes in 6 Capitals in 7 Hurricanes in 6 Capitals in 6 Hurricanes in 7 Hurricanes in 6 Capitals in 6
(M2) Islanders vs. (M3) Penguins Penguins in 5 Penguins in 6 Penguins in 5 Penguins in 6 Penguins in 7 Penguins in 6 Penguins in 6 Penguins in 6 Penguins in 6 Penguins in 6 Islanders in 7 Penguins in 7 Penguins in 5
(A1) Lightning vs. (WC2) Blue Jackets Lightning in 5 Lightning in 5 Lightning in 5 Lightning in 4 Lightning in 4 Lightning in 5 Lightning in 5 Lightning in 5 Lightning in 5 Lightning in 6 Lightning in 4 Lightning in 7 Lightning in 6
(A2) Bruins vs. (A3) Maple Leafs Bruins in 7 Bruins in 7 Bruins in 6 Bruins in 7 Bruins in 7 Bruins in 5 Bruins in 6 Bruins in 7 Bruins in 6 Bruins in 7 Bruins in 6 Bruins in 5 Bruins in 6
(C1) Predators vs. (WC1) Stars Stars in 6 Predators in 5 Predators in 4 Predators in 5 Predators in 5 Predators in 7 Predators in 6 Predators in 5 Predators in 7 Predators in 7 Predators in 6 Stars in 5 Predators in 6
(C2) Jets vs. (C3) Blues Blues in 5 Blues in 6 Blues in 6 Blues in 6 Blues in 7 Jets in 6 Blues in 7 Blues in 6 Blues in 7 Jets in 7 Jets in 7 Jets in 5 Jets in 7
(P1) Flames vs. (WC2) Avalanche Flames in 6 Avalanche in 7 Flames in 4 Flames in 5 Flames in 5 Flames in 4 Avalanche in 6 Flames in 4 Flames in 5 Avalanche in 6 Flames in 5 Avalanche in 6 Flames in 5
(P2) Sharks vs. (P3) Golden Knights Sharks in 7 Golden Knights in 6 Golden Knights in 7 Golden Knights in 7 Sharks in 7 Sharks in 7 Sharks in 6 Sharks in 7 Sharks in 6 Golden Knights in 6 Sharks in 7 Sharks in 7 Sharks in 7