NHL hockey Stanley Cup picks


A year ago, the DobberHockey Crew went 12-3 with our playoff picks as a group. Individually, Jim Gunther, who wrote Sticks and Stones at the time, was tops at 11-4. Matt Bugg was the only one to say Anaheim would win in four, Gunther said in six – it wound up being five. Everyone on the panel had a winning record, but the worst prognosticator was (gulp) myself going just 8-7. 



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But the important thing is, the DobberHockey Crew went 12-3 as a consensus so go with what we say this year as a whole. 


Eastern Conference


DobberMTL in 4PIT in 5WAS in 4NYR in 7
AngusMTL in 6PIT in 5WAS in 7NJ in 7
BuggMTL in 4OTT in 6PHI in 5NYR in 6
MillerMTL in 5PIT in 4WAS in 6NYR in 5
StatusMTL in 4PIT in 6WAS in 7NJ in 4
MaltaisMTL in 6PIT in 5WAS in 6NJ in 6
MaMTL in 5PIT in 6WAS in 7NYR in 7
Goldman MTL in 5
PIT in 5 WAS in 6 NJ in 6 
Lanky MTL in 5 PIT in 6WAS in 5 NYR in 7 
Notch MTL in 5 OTT in 6 WAS in 7 NYR in 6



Panel Consensus: MTL in 5, PIT in 6, WAS in 7, NYR in 7  - take it to the bank!



Western Conference



DobberDET in 4SJ in 7MIN in 6ANA in 5
AngusDET in 7SJ in 6COL in 7DAL in 6
BuggDET in 6SJ in 5MIN in 6DAL in 7
MillerDET in 5CGY in 7MIN in 6ANA in 6
StatusDET in 6SJ in 7MIN in 6ANA in 4
MaltaisDET in 5CGY in 7COL in 6ANA in 5
MaDET in 5SJ in 6COL in 6ANA in 6
Goldman DET in 5
SJ in 6
COL in 6
ANA in 7
LankyDET in 6SJ in 7COL in 7ANA in 5
NotchDET in 5SJ in 4 MIN in 6 ANA in 5 


Panel Consensus: DET in 5, SJ in 6, MIN in 7 (less games), ANA in 6. Put it in stone!



Other Picks:


 Conn SmytheFinalistsStanley CupTop Scorer who had <50pts in the seasonTop Scorer overall
DobberCarey PriceSJ vs. MTLMTLJoe PavelskiJoe Thornton
AngusBrian CampbellSJ vs. MTLSJPatrick MarleauJoe Thornton
BuggCarey PriceDET vs. MTLMTLMichael RyderPavel Datsyuk
MillerSidney CrosbyPIT vs DETPITDan ClearySidney Crosby
StatusMarc-Andre FleuryPIT vs. ANAPITTeemu SelanneEvgeni Malkin
MaltaisTeemu SelannePIT vs. ANAANATeemu SelanneSidney Crosby
MaJoe ThorntonSJ vs. PITSJJonathan CheechooJoe Thornton
Goldman Evgeni Nabokov
SJ vs. NJ SJ
Peter Forsberg
Peter Forsberg
LankySidney CrosbyPIT vs. SJPITPatrick MarleauSidney Crosby
NotchEvgeni NabokovOTT vs. SJ OTT Patrick Marleau Joe Thornton 



Panel Consensus: PIT or SJ wins the Stanley Cup. Carey Price, Evgeni Nabokov or Sid the Kid wins the Conn Smythe if the Pens/Habs get there and Thornton/Crosby will win the scoring title. The category for <50 points is a strong indicator of some under-the-radar players who are far down the season scoring list.


About the Panel:
Dobber – Darryl Dobbs, founder of DobberHockey and columnist for THN.com
Angus – Jeff Angus, author of Angus Unleashed
Bugg – Matt Bugg, author of Bugg Bytes
Miller – Russ Miller, author of Eastern Edge
Status – J Status, author of The Wild West
Maltais – Eric Maltais, author of Croaks from the Fantasy Frog
Ma – Ryan Ma, author of Maasquito Buzzings
Goldman – Justin Goldman, author of School of Block and co-host on Dobber Nation
Lanky – Tim O’Brien, forum moderator and stats contributor
Notch – Steve Johnson, author of Notch’s Saturday Picks



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