Wednesday, August 16, 2006

THE FIRST EXPERT PREDICTIONS

A backhand pass to James Mirtle who has posted The Hockey News' 2006-07 Predictions today. Ah, I love these things. But as you can see, some of my drunken predictions (which I stand by) from early August aren't so bogus compared to what THN drummed up.

THE HOCKEY NEWS...............................ZANSTORM

EASTERN CONFERENCE...................EASTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Carolina.........................................Ottawa
  2. Ottawa..........................................Carolina
  3. NY Rangers..................................Philadelphia
  4. New Jersey...................................Buffalo
  5. Buffalo............................................Montreal
  6. Philadelphia...................................Florida
  7. Montreal........................................Boston
  8. Atlanta...........................................NY Rangers
  9. Tampa Bay....................................New Jersey
  10. Toronto..........................................Tampa Bay
  11. Florida............................................Atlanta
  12. Boston.............................................Toronto
  13. Pittsburgh.......................................NY Islanders
  14. NY Islanders..................................Pittsburgh
  15. Washington....................................Washington
WESTERN CONFERENCE.................WESTERN CONFERENCE
  1. Anaheim.........................................Anaheim
  2. Nashville........................................Calgary
  3. Calgary...........................................Nashville
  4. San Jose..........................................San Jose
  5. Dallas...............................................Dallas
  6. Detroit.............................................Detroit
  7. Minnesota.......................................Colorado
  8. Columbus........................................Edmonton
  9. Phoenix...........................................Vancouver
  10. Los Angeles....................................Minnesota
  11. Vancouver.......................................Los Angeles
  12. Edmonton........................................Phoenix
  13. Colorado...........................................St. Louis
  14. Chicago.............................................Columbus
  15. St. Louis...........................................Chicago
Well at least we both agree that the Canucks won't make the playoffs, and even Tampa Bay for that matter. They are pretty bold for putting Columbus in 8th, but hey, why not be adventurous, kind of like me placing the Devils OUT of the playoffs, despite their world class goalie Will Colorado plummet that far down? Depends on which skirt Theodore is chasing.
Anyway, I look forward to other people's predictions in the coming weeks.

16 Comments:

At August 16, 2006 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

My prediction: Anaheim does not finish first in the west. We're not in the goddamn Central, for chrissakes.

Gosh, if I do predictions this year it will be the first time I've tried it. Ugh.

 
At August 16, 2006 at 6:20 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, but it's fun.

 
At August 16, 2006 at 6:23 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

We'll see. I'll probably have to do it, but I'd rather make predictions about who wins the scoring race or who gets hurt by the end of November.

(Answer to both questions, by the way: Chris Pronger)

 
At August 16, 2006 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

I'm not sure if I'm going to make predictions. How do you predict that your team doesn't make the palyoffs (unless you are CBJ, PIT, CHI, PHO, or VAN). Hard to do.

Z - I would love to see a series of drunk predictions. Get hammered (which means every night, you bobblehead), and make a new set, with no regard to the last set. You could even predict the Leafs are in first place (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!). The more outragous, the more you defend them, the funnier they are.

 
At August 16, 2006 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Maybe what I'll do instead is make predictions for the 2007-08 season, and just document how I took the first stab at it.

Anything can happen in a year, right? I wonder where I'll put Kansas City...

 
At August 16, 2006 at 8:26 PM , Blogger zanstorm said...

Or Winnipeg...Not.
Stat predictions are cool, I'm in.
Tapeleg, one day soon we'll all organize a drunk prediction-fest. Or sober. Depends if you drink or not. Me? I don't drink EVER

 
At August 16, 2006 at 8:33 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I'm wondering whether there really is such a thing as 'zanstorm' or 'hodge' or if there's just one guy 'hodge' who only posts as 'zanstorm' when he's really drunk.

 
At August 16, 2006 at 8:35 PM , Blogger zanstorm said...

ouch, that was below the belt. Funny though. (dick)

Nah, Hodge would like that one, Earl, but truth be told, I am the brains of this outfit!

 
At August 16, 2006 at 9:36 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Z - there are brains?

More On topic: Avs at 7th? I find that optomistic. But 13th is just insane. Maybe I will have to do predictions.

If Theodore has that bad a go of things, don't think he won't be out of there. After his contract is up. Because Lacroix is never wrong.

I would save that for my blog, but A) nobody in Denver reads it, and B) you two and Ingmar are the only ones who read it. Sad, just sad.

 
At August 16, 2006 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It'll pick up. Why don't you whore yourself around the bloggysphere. Be a mangina

 
At August 16, 2006 at 10:03 PM , Blogger reality check said...

C'mon Tapeleg, I read it.

Do your predictions. I'm gonna do my drunk predictions later tonight after I finish the blog I'm working on now. Mine, I am willing to wager, becomes more accurate than the THN predictions!

 
At August 16, 2006 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

R/C, you have a monkey?

Awesome!

 
At August 16, 2006 at 10:23 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

(Monkeys ensure predictive accuracy)

 
At August 16, 2006 at 11:52 PM , Blogger reality check said...

I have a donkey that can pick the top corner. A mule that shits when the Leafs score. A mongrel that licks his balls only during the Stanley Cup finals, and a parrot whose total vocabulary consists of "Go habs Go".

If all that fails me, I just leave my pen and paper in the can with an unflushed shit, and the work does itself.

 
At August 17, 2006 at 12:22 AM , Blogger zanstorm said...

Good God man. You should be a stand up comic! I'm laughing my ass off here.

 
At August 17, 2006 at 12:44 AM , Blogger reality check said...

A stand up comic!

I drink too much to stand up! Drinking and driving laws make it impossible to get to gigs. Woman love guys with a sense of humour, but who wants to lay a lush.

I've considered all this and come to this conclusion.

I can't stand up for falling down.

BTW - My predictions are up - come beat the Hell out of me.

 

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