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M&G Writers Playoff Pool (Stanley Cup Final)

Our writers make our Final selections with the Stanley Cup set to begin on Monday.

Sharks-Penguins, here we go!
Sharks-Penguins, here we go!
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The Stanley Cup Final is set as the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins are set to begin their best of 7 series on Monday night in Pittsburgh. Our final predictions of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be made and our pool will wrap up at the end of this round. Our standings got a lot closer last round after our leaders fell and others rose.

Here's a recap of our predictions:

5 Points for Correct Series Win, 3 Points for Correct Games Amount, 4 Points per Correct Bonus Question

Matchsticks and Gasoline Writers Playoff Pool 2016
Writer FlamesMM TraciKay BizzleJ markparkinson14 jshanny14 HockeyGoalieEh
Eastern
TB vs PIT (7) Penguins in 6 Penguins in 6 Penguins in 6 Penguins in 6 Penguins in 7 Penguins in 7
Western
SJ vs STL (6) Blues in 5 Sharks in 7 Sharks in 6 Sharks in 7 Blues in 7 Sharks in 6
How many Shutouts (2) 1 1 3 0 0 1
# of OT Games (2) 3 4 4 2 7 4
Most Goals Scored Crosby (PIT) Tarasenko (STL) Pavelski (SJ) Tarasenko (STL) Tarasenko (STL) Marleau (SJ)

Our updated pool standings are as follows:

M&G Writers Playoff Pool Standings (Rounds 1,2,3)
Rank Person Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total Pts
1 FlamesMM 26 18 5 49
2 HockeyGoalieEh 22 8 16 46
3 BizzleJ 18 10 17 45
4 markparkinson14 16 10 14 40
5 TraciKay 18 8 10 36
6 jshanny14 16 10 8 34

4 of our 6 writers correctly predicted what the Stanley Cup Final matchup will be as the standings narrowed from the last round meaning that this next round will definitely decide the pool.

San Jose is making their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final with veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau making their first ever appearance on the leagues biggest stage. Pittsburgh makes their first appearance since winning the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals over Detroit. The Penguins are going for the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history this year.

Here's the schedule for the Stanley Cup Final

  • Game 1: @ Pittsburgh May 30th 6PM MST
  • Game 2: @ Pittsburgh June 1st 6PM MST
  • Game 3: @ San Jose June 4th 6PM MST
  • Game 4: @ San Jose June 6th 6PM MST
  • Game 5: @ Pittsburgh June 9th 6PM MST
  • Game 6: @ San Jose June 12th 6PM MST
  • Game 7: @ Pittsburgh June 15th 6PM MST

The setup is the same as the other rounds but with more bonus questions this time around. The points system will be the same as last round with 5 for correct series winner, 3 for correct games amount, and 4 per bonus question. Without further adieu, here's our Stanley Cup Final predictions:

Writer FlamesMM TraciKay BizzleJ markparkinson14 jshanny14 HockeyGoalieEh
Stanley Cup Final
SJ vs PIT Penguins in 6 Penguins in 7 Penguins in 5 Penguins in 6 Sharks in 6 Sharks in 6
Bonus
Player with Most Pts Thornton (SJ) Pavelski (SJ) Pavelski (SJ) Crosby (PIT) Pavelski (SJ) Pavelski (SJ)
Team with Most Goals Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh San Jose San Jose
# of Overtime Games 2 1 1 0 3 2
Conn Symthe Winner Crosby (PIT) Murray (PIT) Murray (PIT) Crosby (PIT) Pavelski (SJ) Pavelski (SJ)

The Penguins are the 4-2 favorite for us to win the Stanley Cup but we are mostly picking a Shark player (Joe Pavelski) to lead the series in scoring. Should be a very entertaining end to a very entertaining playoffs.

Tell us in our poll who you think will win the Stanley Cup this year. Enjoy the Stanley Cup Final!