Rolling Rock (Unofficially) Presents: The Second Annual 2018 Bench Life Stanley Cup Prediction Battle

Another year another pick battle. Quite honestly I forgot to post the results of last year’s. To recap, Brendan won a case of Rolling Rock and Cam is a coward who never did a punishment for losing.

This time around, Ray has entered the fold and I’m going to put a punishment in writing. Winner will still win a case of Rolling Rock, otherwise known as the King’s spoils of war. The loser will have to change their Twitter profile pic to a picture of them wearing the jersey of their least favourite team and must not change the picture for a whole year. For Ballantyne and I we would have to wear one of Cam’s Bruins jerseys, Ray would have to wear a Blackhawks jersey and Cam would have to wear a Leafs jersey. The stakes have never been higher(?)

Before I break down our picks, I thought I would give an update on the podcast situation. We have been off of the air waves for a couple of weeks due to school ending and us having to figure out how to format over Skype. Expect a victorious return to the podcast game within the next week or so.

Without further ado, here’s our official Stanley Cup picks:

Pick the Winner (5 points for team, 3 points for amount of games, 10 points if both are right)
Thomas: Washington in 6
Cameron: Vegas in 7
Brendan: Washington in 7
Ray: Washington in 6

Conn Smythe (10 points)
Thomas:   Alex Ovechkin
Cameron: Marc-Andre Fleury
Brendan: Alex Ovechkin
Ray: Evgeny Kuznetsov (although realistically it’ll probably be Ovie)

Select 3 Forwards and 2 Defensemen. You get points for where they finish series in top 10 scorers (1st=10 pts, 10th=1 pt, 14th= 0)
Thomas: Marchessault, Ovechkin, Oshie, Carlson, Orlov
Brendan: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Smith, Carlson, Schmidt
Cameron: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Karlsson, Theodore, Carlson
Ray: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Marchessault, Carlson, Theodore (sorry Tatar and Nosek)

1st Player to be Handed the Cup after the captain (5 points)
Thomas: Vegas–Fleury  Washington–Carlson
Brendan: Vegas–James Neal Washington–Backstrom
Cameron: Vegas – Fleury, Washington – Backstrom
Ray: Vegas – assuming Engelland is the pseudo-captain, Fleury. Washington – Backstrom.  

For Every OT Tweet a VGK and WSH player for who will score the OT Goal. 10 points per correct pick.

Over Unders (2 pts for every pick)

Ovechkin Goals Set at 4.5
Thomas: Over
Brendan: Under
Cameron: Over
Ray: Over

Back-Up Goalie Starts Set at 0.5
Thomas: Over
Brendan: Under
Cameron: Under
Ray: Under

Total Overtime Games Set at 1.5
Thomas: Over
Brendan: Under
Cameron: Under
Ray: Under

Total Shutouts in Series Set at 0.5
Thomas: Under
Brendan: Over
Cameron: Over
Ray: Over

Total Goals in Series Set at 24.5
Thomas: Under
Brendan: Over
Cameron: Over
Ray: Under

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