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Here are PHT’s second-round playoff predictions

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Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf knees in front of an empty net after the Ducks’ 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators during Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)


The Blackhawks are out.

The Kings are out.

And most surprising of all, the Ducks are out

What’s not surprising? PHT’s first-round predictions did not go so well. Only three of us went above .500, and most of us (not me, of course, I’m really smart) lost our pick to win the Stanley Cup.

Here’s how things stand after round one:

Brough: 5-3
Halford: 4-4
O’Brien: 5-3
Dadoun: 3-5
Tucker: 5-3
Alfieri: 4-4
Just Flip A Coin: 3-5

As you can see, the virtual coin struggled. But in its defense, it was the only one to pick the Predators to upset the Ducks. (The virtual coin actually grew up in Nashville and went to Vanderbilt. It lives on the internet now, but Tennessee will always be home.)

Anyway, all we can do now is put the first round behind us. We’re not gonna dwell on it. That would be pointless. On to the second round...

Dallas Stars versus St. Louis Blues

Brough: Blues in 5
Halford: Blues in 6
O’Brien: Blues in 6
Dadoun: Blues in 6
Tucker: Blues in 6
Alfieri: Blues in 6
Just Flip A Coin: Stars

San Jose Sharks versus Nashville Predators

Brough: Sharks in 6
Halford: Sharks in 6
O’Brien: Sharks in 6
Dadoun: Sharks in 5
Tucker: Sharks in 6
Alfieri: Sharks in 6
Just Flip A Coin: Sharks (the virtual coin married a girl from the Bay Area, that’s why)

Washington Capitals versus Pittsburgh Penguins

Brough: Capitals in 7
Halford: Capitals in 7
O’Brien: Penguins in 6
Dadoun: Capitals in 6
Tucker: Capitals in 7
Alfieri: Capitals in 7
Just Flip A Coin: Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning versus New York Islanders*

Brough: Lightning in 6
Halford: Lightning in 6
O’Brien: Islanders in 7
Dadoun: Islanders in 7
Tucker: Lightning in 6
Alfieri: Lightning in 6
Just Flip A Coin: Islanders

*Yes, this series started yesterday. Everyone had to get their pick in before then. Here’s a screenshot from my phone to prove it.