Jun 3rd, 2015
12:00PM UTC

SNN Predicts: 2015 Stanley Cup Finals

Apparently there's a debate on Twitter as to whether that ends in an “s” or not. Of all the things I don't miss...

Doogie Gerard Matt Result
4-2 4-2 4-1 4-3
4-2 4-2 4-2 4-3
2-0 1-1 1-1 W-L
2 4 5 GO
0 0 0 PS
11-3 8-6 8-6 W-L
19 30 33 GO
6 3 1 PS

It’s not an ice cream cake, but given the distances involved, it’ll have to do for now.

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May 15th, 2015
12:00PM UTC

SNN Predicts: 2015 NHL Conference Finals

A post that goes up the day before? What madness is this?

Doogie Gerard Matt Result
4-1 4-1 4-2 4-1
4-2 4-2 4-2 4-0
4-2 4-2 4-3 4-2
4-3 4-3 4-1 4-3
4-0 2-2 3-1 W-L
2 12 8 GO
3 1 0 PS
9-3 7-5 7-5 W-L
17 26 28 GO
6 3 1 PS

That’s more like it.

Two fresh matchups for our conference finals, one of which I nailed, one of which…well, the less said about my Campbell bracket the better. Fucking St. Louis. Anyway, they both look like they’ll be pretty fun to watch, which is really what matters at this point, since it’s not like we can channel-surf to the other series anymore. Let’s get to it.

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May 5th, 2015
10:59AM UTC

SNN Predicts: 2015 NHL Division Finals

Five days late and all the dollars short, just the way you like it.

Doogie Gerard Matt Result
4-2 4-0 4-3 4-0
4-3 4-2 4-2 4-2
4-2 4-1 4-1 4-2
4-2 4-1 4-0 4-2
4-3 4-2 4-1 4-2
4-2 4-2 4-3 4-3
4-1 4-3 4-1 4-1
4-3 4-2 4-0 4-3
5-3 5-3 4-4 W-L
15 14 20 GO
3 2 1 PS

The Caps and Bolts saved that one at the end but hoo boy. I lost both my Campbell finalists in round one and had my Stanley Cup champion forced to win two elimination games to stay in it, so I can’t exactly claim much of a high ground going into round two. But hey, at least my d8 came through for me! So I have that.

Yes, this is going up after every series has at least two games played. But our picks are in the comments of the last post, and I’ve been travelling so time is at a premium right now. Whatever, we’re the only ones who read this shit anyway.

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Apr 24th, 2015
7:55PM UTC

SNN Predicts: 2015 WHL Eastern Conference Final

I am about to start the stream for Game 1 on about a two-hour delay. I will work up the numbers etc. eventually. For now, fuck you with a rusty nail, Brandon. Hitmen in seven.

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Apr 15th, 2015
1:00PM UTC

SNN Predicts: 2015 NHL Division Semi-Finals

Welcome to the eighth annual SNN Predicts series of articles (ninth overall, if you count the 2004 version done on the forums, lost to the mists of time but notable for the fact that I went 0-4 in series involving the Flames), in which we act like we know what we’re talking about and make our (mostly) blindingly obvious predictions, with a shocking amount of success, considering some mainstream reporters usually wind up under .500 by the time the Stanley Cup is finally awarded somewhere around Canada Day. This is also at least my sixth year in a row copying and pasting the same intro, because I’m cool like that.

So. Three of the last four Stanley Cups – including the league’s #1 possession team – are sitting at home, the Jets look like a decent dark horse out of the Neo-Smythe, and the East is tempting me to pull out a d8 and Matt it up. Oh, and I’m doing this for dollars this year, with five of them sitting in an office pool. That should be interesting.

As always, the best predictor is still last-20 GP shot-adjusted Corsi (“possession”), which has about a 75% conversion rate, but I’ve gone against it in three of eight series: two for injury reasons (one getting better, one getting worse), and one for MVP reasons. Fingers crossed there. Also, I’m super nervous about my Cup Finals picks with a bunch of the safe ones gone, and I’m still not completely convinced of my Western champion, but fuck it, you gotta put something down, right? First instinct or bust.

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