May 24, 2010

Stanley Cup Finals Pickem 2010: Will we ever again see an all-Original 6 Finals? Will a 7-seed beat a 2-seed? Will garfield get his picks in before the Conn Smythe winner is named? Check inside to see, and make your own picks as well...

posted by MeatSaber to fantasy at 09:43 PM - 44 comments

Results for the first three rounds will be up later, but you can still get your picks submitted. For the Finals, you'll get 2 points for the winner, 1 point for number of games, and a bonus 3 points for picking the correct Conn Smythe winner. So let's see them picks...

posted by MeatSaber at 09:45 PM on May 24, 2010

Chicago in 6
That Dustin Buffalo guy will win the Conn Smythe.

Thanks a ton for running this game, MS. Good job.

posted by NoMich at 09:49 PM on May 24, 2010

Chicago in 6

Antti Niemi

posted by tommybiden at 09:54 PM on May 24, 2010

Flyers in 6


posted by apoch at 10:00 PM on May 24, 2010

Here's the results after 3 rounds...and let me just say that if Excel 2010 is any indication of the readiness of the Office 2010 suite, stick to 2007...

NameWinnersGamesR3 TotalGr Total
Ying Yang Mafia11316

I'm going out on a limb and picking Philly in 6, and Mike Richards as the Conn Smythe winner. The Flyers have the distinction of knocking off the team that knocked off both the President's Trophy winner and the defending Cup winner, and Chicago has Marian Hossa. I'd love nothing more than to see him go 0-3 in consecutive Finals...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:01 PM on May 24, 2010

Philly in 7, if you please.

Mr Pronger from the Flyers, thanks.

posted by owlhouse at 10:46 PM on May 24, 2010

Hawks in 5, and I'll take Mr. Toews.

posted by boredom_08 at 11:28 PM on May 24, 2010

Hawks in 6...also Toews.

posted by BoKnows at 12:01 AM on May 25, 2010

Hawks in 4.


(But the Hossa thing certainly gives one pause. And if my track record is any indication this year - congratulations Flyers!)

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 12:05 AM on May 25, 2010

Hawks in 6

Toews wins Connie.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:10 AM on May 25, 2010

Well, there's something really frightening for me about the 'hawks playing in these Finals: since I flipped my pick in the Vancouver series, they've been burning me. Thank goodness I have Toews in my office pool! Along with a whole fleet of Flyers (and the Philly goalies), of course (yes, I am pretty much guaranteed the win in that pool).

Months ago I picked the Flyers as my "dark horse". Now that Carter is back on the ice, they're offensive power is right back where it needs to be. I think this is gonna be an "oh my" series though ... gotta think it will take 7 ... but for my "official" picks (on time this round):

Philadelphia Flyers in 5 games. I'm not sure they would give the Smythe to Toews if the 'hawks lose (Giguere is the last to win w/o the Cup, no?) ... ah, heck ... the kid has been amazing. Toews for the Smythe win or lose the Cup.

posted by Spitztengle at 12:19 AM on May 25, 2010

No skater has ever won the Conn Smythe without the Cup, but there is a first time for everything...

apoch, Halak's chances are greatly diminished since he's no longer playing, but if you wanna take the long-shot...

posted by MeatSaber at 12:42 AM on May 25, 2010

Philadelphia in 6 I don't see anyone other than Gagne getting the Smythe if the Flyers win it all.

begrudgingly submitted by a Devils fan

posted by MrFrisby at 04:18 AM on May 25, 2010

Seeing as my goose egg in round 3 has allowed Weedy to pull in to a tie with me for the coveted 23rd place position. I am going to even the playing field and take the opposite of what he took. Now everyone has an equal chance right? Oh wait, can anything cancel out the Hossa effect?

Flyers in 6 with former Springfield Falcon and Paul McCartney look alike Daniel Briere taking home the Conn Smyth

posted by Demophon at 08:40 AM on May 25, 2010

Hawks in 5. They are far more skilled then the Flyers and have the size to play physical with them.

posted by Debo270 at 08:55 AM on May 25, 2010

Flyers in 6. Giroux. dude is a gamer.

posted by garfield at 10:14 AM on May 25, 2010

Chicago in 4. Toews.

posted by bender at 10:31 AM on May 25, 2010

@Mr. Frisby:

I like the way you think! People laugh at me when I pick Gagne first in hockey pools ... but perhaps I will have the last laugh on them.

posted by Spitztengle at 11:26 AM on May 25, 2010

I guess, for the record, I should state that my Toews pick is more of a bet hedge than an actual prediction that a non-Cup-winner will be handed the Smythe. Those exciting little bastards in Chicago could take this one in 5 too. I'll stick with my Flyer pick ... but keep Toews as MVP "just in case".

but I reserve the right to see what NoMich picks ;)

posted by Spitztengle at 11:32 AM on May 25, 2010

Flyers in 7 Leighton

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:44 PM on May 25, 2010

Chicago in 5. I want to choose Toews as my pick, but everyone is doing that so I'm going to go with Dustin Byfulgien ... uh Buflygien ... um Byfunglien ... Byfuglien!

As a Leaf fan, it kills me to watch ANOTHER Original 6 franchise break a longer Cup-failure streak than Toronto's current run, but those kids look too damn good.

BTW, if someone told you at the start of the season that the opposing goalies in the Stanley Cup final would be Niemi and Leighton...

posted by grum@work at 01:32 PM on May 25, 2010

but I reserve the right to see what NoMich picks ;)

He's already picked.

posted by grum@work at 01:32 PM on May 25, 2010

While my results in the conference semis and finals were somewhat less than spectacular (I didn't get even one team correct, but lucked into the correct number of games in at least one series), I will persevere. Chicago finally breaks the curse and wins the Stanley Cup in a 6-game series. Of course, the Curse of the Muldoon is fiction, as admitted by the original writer, Jim Coleman, as my prediction might well be.

posted by Howard_T at 03:39 PM on May 25, 2010

He's already picked.


On the other hand ... my picks are still gold! ;)

posted by Spitztengle at 03:51 PM on May 25, 2010

And let me add to the thanks for you, MeatSaber ... thanks for runnin' this!

posted by Spitztengle at 03:52 PM on May 25, 2010

@Spitz, every year that I had Gagne in a fantasy league he's killed me by spending too much time on the IR, but the Flyers would have never pulled that miracle comeback against Boston without him. I'm sure by the time it comes to vote on the CS that the people who do will have forgotten that, but I'm still picking him anyways.

posted by MrFrisby at 02:57 AM on May 26, 2010

Having scored 0 points now in the previous two rounds, I am reaching out to my good friend Thomas Jefferson care of his nickel. Through the power of coin flips, I pick

Flyers (tails)
in an odd-number of games (tails)
make that in 7 games (tails again! something wrong with this nickel?)

posted by kokaku at 11:20 AM on May 26, 2010

Don't sell yourself short, got 1 point in round 2... =D

I need Conn Smythe picks for kokaku, Debo270, and Howard_T as quick as you please, please...

posted by MeatSaber at 03:19 PM on May 26, 2010

Hawks in 5.

posted by holden at 05:20 PM on May 26, 2010

Hawks in 7


posted by tselson at 11:05 PM on May 26, 2010

Yes Meat - I forgot the one point for number of games (which I had originally thought was only awarded if you picked the team correctly). And I got off to such a good start :)

As for Conn Smythe... Gagne

posted by kokaku at 11:59 PM on May 26, 2010

I'll go along with the conventional wisdom and pick Toews for the Conn Smythe. Since it covers the entire playoffs, and not just the finals, Gagne is a strong possibility, as would be Rask had the Bruins gotten this far.

posted by Howard_T at 04:24 PM on May 27, 2010

Drop the puck, for crissake.

Way to capitalize on that excitment and momentum, Gary.

posted by tommybiden at 12:53 PM on May 28, 2010

Sorry about that. Gotta go with Toews. Thanks for the heads up.

posted by Debo270 at 12:59 PM on May 28, 2010

Way to capitalize on that excitment and momentum, Gary

In the 15+ years Bettman has been commish, can you cite any instance where he made the right call when an opportunity presented itself?

posted by MeatSaber at 02:22 PM on May 28, 2010

Outdoor game. It's been brilliant.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 05:25 PM on May 28, 2010


posted by MeatSaber at 10:55 PM on May 28, 2010

So in the first game:

Toews: 0 G, 0 A, -3
and the only goalie who gave up less than five goals was Brian Boucher. hmm.

posted by boredom_08 at 04:54 AM on May 30, 2010

Having family visiting from America and dragging me on a road trip to France (yeah, it sounds better than it is) had me miss my finals picks. Oh well. I feel confident with my winner, sure that my games won't hit and probable about my Conn Smythe winner, which leads me to believe I won't leap into first, but it was fun to play when I was able to get picks in on time.

Next time, no family staying for 16 days in our 1 bedroom apartment.

posted by Jeffwa at 08:29 AM on June 01, 2010

All I need now is for Dustin to have a huge game 6 like last night's game and the Hawks to win.

posted by NoMich at 08:06 AM on June 07, 2010

Where the hell is skydivedad? Isn't he a huge Hawks fan?

I have lost so much fucking money on these playoffs that from now on, I'm just going to email owlhouse and get him to flip a coin.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:59 AM on June 07, 2010


There's a kangaroo on one side and the Queen on the other.

posted by owlhouse at 07:01 PM on June 07, 2010

Toews is the Conn Smythe winner!!!

posted by Spitztengle at 11:14 PM on June 09, 2010

Congrats to NoMich ... bang on 'hawks in 6.

posted by Spitztengle at 11:15 PM on June 09, 2010

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