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Comparing PHT editor and reader predictions to second round results

May 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

Sean Bergenheim AP

It’s not easy to make forecasts for many things in life. If it was, Las Vegas probably wouldn’t allow people to gamble on sporting events and lotteries probably wouldn’t exist anymore.

Some people are frightened by the randomness of the world while others are delighted by the unpredictable nature of many events.

Either way, part of the fun of predicting the outcomes of games comes when we find out if our wild guesses picks are accurate. Last time, we took a look at how our results (along with reader results) compared to the first round realities. Let’s see how PHT editors and readers did in the second round.

Eastern Conference semifinals

1. Washington Capitals vs. 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Actual result:Lightning beat Capitals 4-0
PHT readers pick: Capitals win series 4-2. (44.54 percent)
Joe’s pick: Capitals win series 4-2.
James’ pick: Capitals win series 4-1.

2. Philadelphia Flyers vs. 3. Boston Bruins

Actual result: Bruins win series 4-0.
PHT readers pick: Flyers win series 4-2. (41.1 percent)
Joe’s pick: Flyers win series 4-3.
James’ pick: Flyers win series 4-2.

Western Conference semifinals

1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 5. Nashville Predators

Actual result: Canucks win series 4-2.
PHT readers pick: Canucks win series 4-2. (32.13 percent)
Joe’s pick: Canucks win series 4-2.
James’ pick: Canucks win series 4-1.

2. San Jose Sharks vs. 3. Detroit Red Wings

Actual result: Sharks win series 4-3.
PHT readers pick: Red Wings win series 4-2. (46.3 percent)
Joe’s pick: Red Wings win series 4-3.
James’ pick: Sharks win series 4-2.

First round records:

PHT readers: 5-3 (with two exactly correct)
Joe: 6-2 (with three exactly correct)
James: 8-0 (with two exactly correct)

Second round records

PHT readers: 1-3 (with one exactly correct)
Joe: 1-3 (with one exactly correct)
James: 2-2 (with none exactly correct)

Overall record

PHT readers: 6-6 (with three exactly correct)
Joe: 7-5 (with four exactly correct)
James: 10-2 (with two exactly correct)

  1. bcjim - May 14, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Appreciate the follow-up. Count me as one who dislikes the “randomness” or foreign nature of playoff hockey. It really makes the reg. season fairly meaningless. Having said that, I have no real suggestion for changing it.

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