As the Stanley Cup Playoffs rolled around, we made first round NHL playoff predictions based on a slightly modified version of the power ratings we use for other sports.
Those predictions did fairly well. We disagreed with Vegas on two series, and went 1 for 2 on those picks, which means if you had simply bet on both of the underdogs that we favored, it would have been a profitable first round.
We pegged #3 Phoenix over #6 Chicago while Vegas favored the lower-seeded Blackhawks, but we were incorrect in predicting a #5 Detroit win over #4 Nashville. We — and Vegas — also correctly favored the #6 New Jersey Devils to top the #3 Florida Panthers in the first round, though we thought the series would be over a bit sooner.
Now that the second round is set, we’ve re-calculated the ratings. Here are our forecasts for the upcoming series.
Judging by the emails we get, a lot of you enjoy taking in a hockey game every now and then. Every sport is more exciting during the playoffs, when stakes are high and effort is at a maximum, but perhaps no sport benefits from the increased drama and intensity as much as the NHL.
While we don’t cover the NHL in the same way we do baseball, football, or basketball, we can still apply our power ratings to the results of the games in order to come up with some Stanley Cup Playoff predictions.