Picking the winner of the Stanley Cup Finals

Jonathan Willis
May 29 2012 02:46PM

So far, these playoffs have defied prediction, as our playoff prediction contest tends to demonstrate. Interestingly though, there seems to be a very clear favourite in the series between Los Angeles and New Jersey.

Writer Picks

Writer Team Games
Kent Wilson LA 6
Jason Gregor LA 6
Lowetide LA 6
Vintage Flame LA 6
Ryan Pike LA 6
Jonathan Willis LA 7
Justin Azevedo LA 5

If our predictions mean anything, Los Angeles will win the Stanley Cup in a six game series over the New Jersey Devils. There is a clear consensus among our writers on that score.

The Standings

However, as these standings show, that consensus may bear little relationship to what actually happens in the series. Note – I’ve included everyone who has entered at any point, even if only for one round, so some of the percentages below don’t reflect the fact that the entrant may have missed a round or three.

Writer Total Score Percentage
Beavis 9 64.3%
schevvy 9 64.3%
~S~K~ 8 57.1%
BigE91 8 57.1%
Cam Charron 8 57.1%
Dunnonuttin 8 57.1%
geoilersgist 8 57.1%
greenlightning86 8 57.1%
Johe 8 57.1%
Wax Man Riley 8 57.1%
Vintage Flame 8 57.1%
Bucknuck 7 50.0%
D 7 50.0%
First Name Unidentified 7 50.0%
Horcsky 7 50.0%
Jason Gregor 7 50.0%
Koolaid drinker #33 7 50.0%
Mantastic 7 50.0%
master of my domain 7 50.0%
Matt Stephen 7 50.0%
Oilers4ever 7 50.0%
Orange-n-Blue 7 50.0%
Danny Gray 6 42.9%
david 6 42.9%
EvanAllTogether 6 42.9%
ItsTheBGB 6 42.9%
John Cullen 6 42.9%
Jonathan Willis 6 42.9%
Lowetide 6 42.9%
madjam 6 42.9%
maimster 6 42.9%
Mason Storm 6 42.9%
Number 44 6 42.9%
Oilerpride15 6 42.9%
TLHansum 6 42.9%
yawto 6 42.9%
Alberto's dad 5 35.7%
ashley 5 35.7%
DieHard 5 35.7%
Justin Azevedo 5 35.7%
Kent Wilson 5 35.7%
Quicksilver ballet 5 35.7%
Time Travelling Sean 5 35.7%
Woodguy 5 35.7%
Abby W. 4 28.6%
Brett Mitchell 4 28.6%
Cam Davie 4 28.6%
Ern Beckett 4 28.6%
icedawg_42 4 28.6%
James 4 28.6%
Jeff Angus 4 28.6%
Marda Miller 4 28.6%
mayorpoop 4 28.6%
Nate Sans Hate 4 28.6%
ncomas 4 28.6%
oilderrick 4 28.6%
Oilers G 4 28.6%
Rob Vollman 4 28.6%
shanetrain 4 28.6%
Thomas Drance 4 28.6%
Tim in Kelowna 4 28.6%
Trentonl 4 28.6%
Wes Mantooth 4 28.6%
Colin 3 21.4%
Come join the Dark Parade 3 21.4%
dan 3 21.4%
Gitagrip 3 21.4%
gord962 3 21.4%
John Lofranco 3 21.4%
Patrick Johnston 3 21.4%
Tinfoil Tuque 3 21.4%
Wanyes bastard child 3 21.4%
Chris 2 14.3%
Copperblueandwhite 2 14.3%
Dawn 2 14.3%
everton fc 2 14.3%
Fight Club 2 14.3%
mark 2 14.3%
Mattthemascot 2 14.3%
Ryan Fancey 2 14.3%
Dan the Man 1 7.1%
Ron Burgundy 1 7.1%
Sincity1976 1 7.1%
SLAM 1 7.1%

Once again, I list my name above Lowetide’s even though we’re tied. You might think thhis has to do with alphabetical order, but you would be wrong; I do this solely because of his merciless ribbing after out-predicting the entire field last year.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including the Edmonton Journal, Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.