Am I Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? – NHL Conference Finals Edition
In the opening round, I correctly predicted the winners of six out of eight series while Jace got five out of eight. I got three out of four right in the second round, incorrectly picking the Washington Capitals to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jace, unfortunately, didn’t do as well this time around. He went one for four, correctly taking the Nashville Predators to eliminate the St. Louis Blues.
Jace gets a chance at redemption in the Conference Finals. In the West, he’s taking the Predators over the Anaheim Ducks. In the East, he’s selecting his beloved Penguins to defeat the Ottawa Senators in the East.
Good picks by Jace. The Predators are getting strong goaltending from Pekka Rinne as well as offensive contributions throughout their roster. The Penguins are the defending Stanley Cup champions, carrying considerably more star power and experience than the underdog Senators.
However, I’m going with the Ducks to beat the Predators and the Senators to upset the Penguins.
Led by captain Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks are the second-highest scoring club in this year’s postseason, averaging 3.18 goals per game compared to the Predators 2.80 goals per game. They’re a very physical team loaded with veteran leadership and considerable blueline depth.
While my head tells me to select the Penguins, my heart is with the Senators. it’s been 24 years since a Canadian team last won the Stanley Cup and this country is overdue for a champion.
The Sens are also a likable team with interesting storylines. Despite two hairline fractures in his left heel, captain Erik Karlsson remains the best defenseman in the playoffs. Goalie Craig Anderson’s wife overcame cancer earlier this year. Winger Clarke MacArthur overcame career-threatening concussion symptoms. Gotta love the underdogs here.
Be sure to check back when the Conference Finals end to see how we did. As always, remember that this is just a fun project between my nephew and I. Enjoy responsibly!