A Quick Look Back Before Moving Forward: Who To Listen To (Or Not)

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 23: Jonathan Toews #19 and Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks shake hands with Boyd Gordon #15 and Radim Vrbata #17 of the Phoenix Coyotes after Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 23, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 4-0 to win the series 4 games to 2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


In a quick measure of accountability, I though everyone might like to know who among all those internet and media "experts" they may or may not want to listen to going forward. Below you'll find a list of those sites I could locate that outlined their picks in the Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks series. Gold Stars to the ones that nailed it dead on. Failing grades to those that picked the Hawks.

Some general trends real quick: Stats guys all seemed to pick the Hawks. Shot Differential, Corsi and such. That didn't really work out so well. Leahy actually picked correctly? Surprised there weren't more tweets about that. In 6 either way seems the more popular pick just because it's easier. Not many are going to pick in 4 or even 5. With the series expected to be close, and it was a decent number of 7s, though a few more for the Hawks.

The percentage split between the two teams was 40% Coyotes to 60% Hawks in the links I was able to find.

Those that got it exactly right predicting the Coyotes in 6. A+, Gold Star, Honor Roll, Etc.

Sean Leahy Coyotes in 6 Puck Daddy
Linda Cohn Coyotes in 6 ESPN
Katie Strang Coyotes in 6 ESPN
Jim Gintonio Coyotes in 6 Arizona Republic
James Murphy Coyotes in 6 ESPN
Harrison Mooney Coyotes in 6 Puck Daddy
Halford Coyotes in 6 Pro Hockey Talk
Eric Duhatschek Coyotes in 6 Globe and Mail
Elena Pagliarello Coyotes in 6 Puck Daddy
Daryll Dobbs Coyotes in 6 Puck Daddy
Dadoun Coyotes in 6 Pro Hockey Talk
Carl Pavlock Coyotes in 6 Five for Howling

Almost there, Coyotes in 5 or 7? B. Above average at least:

Roenick Coyotes NHL Broadcast
Roarke Coyotes NHL.com
Pakarinen Coyotes NHL.com
Malamud Coyotes NHL.com
Hradek Coyotes NHL Broadcast
Button Coyotes NHL Broadcast
Basu Coyotes NHL.com
ME! Coyotes in 5 Five for Howling
Travor Coyotes in 7 Arctic Ice Hockey
Jordan Ellel Coyotes in 7 Five for Howling
John Buccigross Coyotes in 7 ESPN
James Mirtle Coyotes in 7 Globe and Mail
Dirk Hoag Coyotes in 7 SBNation.com
Carl Putnam Coyotes in 7 Five for Howling

Well at least you thought it would be close... still wrong C? I guess. (Hawks in 7):

Scott Burnside Hawks in 7 ESPN
Craig Custance Hawks in 7 ESPN
Bruce Peter Hawks in 7 SBNation.com
Ryan Lambert Hawks in 7 Puck Daddy
Dmitry Chesnikov Hawks in 7 Puck Daddy
Derek Hawks in 7 Arctic Ice Hockey
David Ebner Hawks in 7 Globe and Mail
Ben Hawks in 7 Arctic Ice Hockey

Pretty wrong. You get a D.

Pierre LeBrun Hawks in 6 ESPN
Paul Grant Hawks in 6 ESPN
Kevin McCauley Hawks in 6 SBNation.com
Jesse Rogers Hawks in 6 ESPN
Adam Jahns Hawks in 6 CHI Sun Times
Yerdon Hawks in 6 Pro Hockey Talk
Tim Hawks in 6 Arctic Ice Hockey
Sean Gordon Hawks in 6 Globe and Mail
Ryan Hawks in 6 Arctic Ice Hockey
Roy MacGregor Hawks in 6 Globe and Mail
O'Brien Hawks in 6 Pro Hockey Talk
Jeff Marek Hawks in 6 Puck Daddy
Jason Plank Hawks in 6 Fear the Fin
Greg Wyshynski Hawks in 6 Puck Daddy
Gabe Hawks in 6 Arctic Ice Hockey
David Shoalts Hawks in 6 Globe and Mail
Brough Hawks in 6 Pro Hockey Talk

Rosen Hawks NHL.com
Roesch Hawks NHL.com
Morreale Hawks NHL.com
Masisak Hawks NHL.com
Lozo Hawks NHL.com
Langr Hawks NHL.com
Kimelman Hawks NHL.com
Cubeta Hawks NHL.com
Compton Hawks NHL.com

Really Wrong. You'll have to take this class again. F.

Jon Bois Hawks in 5 SBNation.com
Eric Tulsky Hawks in 5 SBNation.com
Snark SD Hawks in 5 Fear the Fin
Kent Wilson Hawks in 5 Puck Daddy

Ummm... We're suggesting you may want to take a remedial class or two or twelve. Here's a nice hat. (Hawks in 4)

Graham Hawks in 4 Arctic Ice Hockey
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