Examining PHT Staff third round predictions

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We don’t take ourselves too seriously here at Pro Hockey Talk. Ultimately, we want to bing you a nice mixture of puck-based news and entertainment. One of the more torturous practices involves making fearful predictions for a sport that is about as predictable as a David Lynch film. To the chagrin of us three, we must now assess the wreckage of our predictions. (Check out our conference finals predictions here.)

To do so, I looked at our results on two levels: the standard series predictions and also a “plus/minus” system. The plus/minus system is pretty simple: I took our series scores and deducted a point for every missed win. So, for instance, I predicted the San Jose Sharks to sweep the Colorado Avalanche. This means that I’m “equal” for the Sharks and -2 for the Avs. (Naturally, there’s no way to get any pluses but plus/minus seems like the simplest title.)

Joe Yerdon

Round 1 series score: 6-2
Round 2 series score: 0-4
Round 3 series score: 0-2
Overall: 6-8

Round 1 “plus/minus”: -15
Round 2 “plus/minus”: -14
Round 3 “plus/minus”: -9
Overall: -38

James O’Brien

Round 1 series score: 5-3
Round 2 series score: 1-3
Round 3 series score: 1-1
Overall: 7-7

Round 1 “plus/minus”: -16
Round 2 “plus/minus”: -10
Round 3 “plus/minus”: -7
Overall: -33

Brandon Worley

Round 1 series score: 2-6
Round 2 series score: 0-4
Round 3 series score: 1-1
Overall: 3-11

Round 1 “plus/minus”: -19
Round 2 “plus/minus”: -14
Round 3 “plus/minus”: -7
Overall: -40

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.