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Examining PHT Staff second round predictions

May 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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We don’t take ourselves too seriously here at Pro Hockey Talk. Ultimately, we want to bing you a nice mixture of puck-based news and entertainment. One of the more torturous practices involves making fearful predictions for a sport that is about as predictable as a David Lynch film. To the chagrin of us three, we must now assess the wreckage of our predictions. (Want to read them and chuckle derisively at our now-foolish notions? Click here for the West and here for the East.)

To do so, I looked at our results on two levels: the standard series predictions and also a “plus/minus” system. The plus/minus system is pretty simple: I took our series scores and deducted a point for every missed win. So, for instance, I predicted the San Jose Sharks to sweep the Colorado Avalanche. This means that I’m “equal” for the Sharks and -2 for the Avs. (Naturally, there’s no way to get any pluses but plus/minus seems like the simplest title.)

The wild and woolly second round really wounded our records. It’s like a crime scene, really. I almost don’t want to share the results, but maybe you’ll at least get a chuckle at our collective sadness.

Joe Yerdon

Round 1 series score: 6-2
Round 2 series score: 0-4
Overall: 6-6

Round 1 “plus/minus”: -15
Round 2 “plus/minus”: -14
Overall: -29

James O’Brien

Round 1 series score: 5-3
Round 2 series score: 1-3
Overall: 6-6

Round 1 “plus/minus”: -16
Round 2 “plus/minus”: -10
Overall: -26

Brandon Worley

Round 1 series score: 2-6
Round 2 series score: 0-4
Overall: 2-10

Round 1 “plus/minus”: -19
Round 2 “plus/minus”: -14
Overall: -33

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