May 14, 2012

The NHL Conference Finals as Predicted by the 2010-2011 Paninni All-Goalies Set Scans

The 2010-2011 Panini All-Goalies Set has a card of all the goalies that made an appearance during the 2009-2010 (or at least what they claim) plus 10 classic goalie cards. Also included in the box, are 5 parallels and a jersey card. The set itself is very basic, with the goalies in goalie gear set against a white background. The parallels have an extra silouetted image of the goalie.

 Since the Conference Finals have now been set (New York-New Jersey in the East and Phoenix-Los Angeles in the West), I will use an arbitrary point system based on the cards I scanned a couple months ago to determine the winner of the series and the Stanley Cup.
Tom Barrasso: The Devils beat the Flyers who beat the Penguins: 3 points for the Devils
Roberto Luongo: The Kings beat the Canucks in the 1st round in 8 vs 1 upset: 5 points for the Kings
Jean Sebastian Giguere: Former Playoffs MVP who played for the Ducks: no points awarded
Jim Craig: 1980 gold medal winning goalie: 2 points to each team with an American starting goalie (Kings only)
Grant Fuhr: Led Canadian team to the cup multiple times: 2 points to the Rangers and Kings for defeating Canadian teams
Richard Brodeur: ugly uniformed Canuck goalie, 2 points to Phoenix for having a non-classic uniform
Tony Esposito:Inducted into the hockey hall of fame in 1988: 3 points each for the Kings and Devils for having the highest scoring players born in that year.
Brian Elliott jersey: He was defeated by Jonathan Quick and the Kings in the 2nd round, +4 points for the Kings.
Up Close and Personal Parallel of Martin Brodeur: Though not as stellar as he once was, he's brought the Devils to the conference finals agin, +4 for the Devils
Tim Thomas: The reigning Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophy winner, knocked out in the 1st round.  Not a good sign....+3 for the Rangers for defeating the team that knocked him out.

Final Scores:

Phoenix: 2
Rangers: 5
Devils: 10
Kings: 16

The prediction then is Kings over Devils for the Stanley Cup, completing a historic 8th seed run.  That gives me a sad for some reason. 

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