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Canes Country’s 2018 Playoff Pick ‘Em Challenge: Round 2

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Going chalk in the first round was rewarded. How did your picks do?

Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Six Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Last year, there was mass chaos after the first round. This year, the Canes Country Playoff Pick ‘Em Challenge looks a little more normal.

With the exception of the Pacific third-seeded Sharks, the top two seeds advanced in every series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs first round. That meant good things if you went chalk in the first round, as the majority of folks did, and you were likely rewarded with a decently high score in the first round of the pick ‘em as a result.

The winner of each series was the team picked by the majority of folks, including the Predators (every single entry had them winning), Lightning (five brave souls took the Devils) and Penguins (only six took the Flyers). The closest series in terms of number of picks was the Golden Knights/Kings series, and even there 30 of 50 correctly took Vegas.

There were 48 points available in round 1, and while no one came close to complete perfection, more than a few picked every series winner correctly. If that was you, pat yourself on the back. Here’s how the standings look:

Now, onto the second round, where the points increase (and so does the level of difficulty to pick the winners). If you didn’t play in the firsts round, it’s not too late to enter the contest! The basics, for your refreshment and edumacation:

  • Make a selection for each second round series in the comments of this post: who wins, and in how many games.
  • In the second round, you’ll get two points 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.
  • Like in the first round, you will have until the start of the second day’s games (so Friday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.) to comment with your picks. The comments will close at that time. If you post after the first game of any series begins, your pick for that series will not count.

Please post your picks in the following order:

Eastern Conference
(M1) Washington Capitals vs. (M2) Pittsburgh Penguins
(A1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (A2) Boston Bruins

Western Conference
(C1) Nashville Predators vs. (C2) Winnipeg Jets
(P1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (P3) San Jose Sharks

Here are the Canes Country staff picks for the second round. Good luck!

CC Staff Picks: Second Round

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
(M2) Islanders vs. (WC1) Hurricanes Islanders in 6 ABSTAIN in ABSTAIN Hurricanes in 6 Hurricanes in 6 Hurricanes in 6 Hurricanes in 6 Hurricanes in 6 Hurricanes in 7 Hurricanes in 6 Islanders in 6 Hurricanes in 7 Hurricanes in 6 Islanders in 6
(A2) Bruins vs. (WC2) Blue Jackets Blue Jackets in 6 Blue Jackets in 7 Blue Jackets in 7 Bruins in 6 Bruins in 7 Blue Jackets in 7 Bruins in 6 Bruins in 6 Blue Jackets in 6 Bruins in 7 Blue Jackets in 6 Blue Jackets in 6 Bruins in 7
(C3) Blues vs. (WC1) Stars Blues in 5 Blues in 6 Blues in 6 Stars in 6 Blues in 7 Stars in 5 Blues in 6 Stars in 6 Blues in 6 Blues in 6 Blues in 6 Stars in 6 Blues in 6
(P2) Sharks vs. (WC2) Avalanche Sharks in 5 Avalanche in 7 Sharks in 5 Sharks in 7 Sharks in 5 Sharks in 6 Avalanche in 7 Sharks in 5 Sharks in 7 Sharks in 5 Sharks in 6 Sharks in 7 Sharks in 6