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The 2019 Canes Country Playoff Pick ‘Em: First Round

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We’re back for another year, now with 100% more chances for you to pick the Hurricanes!

Washington Capitals Victory Parade And Rally Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

It’s finally happened.

The seventh annual Canes Country Playoff Pick ‘Em is upon us, and for the first time ever, you can actually pick the Carolina Hurricanes to win a playoff series.

What a time to be alive.

Like last season, 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, by and large. It’s remarkably easy to enter:

  • 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.
  • All picks must be entered by the start of the first playoff game, which is Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. The comments will close at that time. Entries must be posted in this comment thread; we will not include any entries in the comments on any other article.

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) Carolina Hurricanes (it’s real!!! this is actually happening!!!)
(2) New York Islanders vs. (3) Pittsburgh Penguins

Atlantic
(1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (WC2) Columbus Blue Jackets
(2) Boston Bruins vs. (3) Toronto Maple Leafs

Central
(1) Nashville Predators vs. (WC1) Dallas Stars
(2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (3) St. Louis Blues

Pacific
(1) Calgary Flames vs. (WC2) Colorado Avalanche
(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (3) Vegas Golden Knights

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