Dobber Hockey Playoff Experts Panel 2016 – Round 3

Neil Parker

2016-05-13

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The Dobber writers weigh in on the third round of the playoffs.

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The crew is backing the Penguins, but the Western Conference Final is much more contested.

Here is the experts panel on the third round:

Expert (record) TB vs PIT STL vs SJ
Clifford (N/A)  – PIT in 6  – SJ in 6
Dobber (9-3)  – PIT in 6  – STL in 7
Gooding (6-6)  – PIT in 6  – STL in 7
Hoos (2-2)  – PIT in 6  – STL in 6
Libin (N/A)  – PIT in 7  – SJ in 6
Roos (7-5)  – PIT in 6  – SJ in 5
Schmidt (7-5)  – PIT in 6  – SJ in 7
Robinson (8-4)  – PIT in 6   – SJ in 7
Fragopoulos ( N/A)  – TB in 7  – SJ in 6
Corettij (N/A)  – PIT in 6  – SJ in 7
McMillian (N/A)  – PIT in 6  – STL in 7
Pudsey (N/A)  – TB in 7  – STL in 6
Wassel (N/A)  – PIT in 6  – SJ in 7
Daust (N/A)  – PIT in 6  – STL in 5
De Costa (N/A)  – PIT in 6  – STL in 7
LeBlanc (N/A)  – TB in 6  – SJ in 6

Consensus: PIT (13-3) and SJ (9-7)

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Some commentary from a few of the writers:

Dobber

St. Louis in 7

Do you think that after squeaking by Chicago and Dallas, St. Louis will let San Jose take them out? Not on your life. I would argue that St. Louis is a much better team than Nashville, which means the Sharks will have their hands full. I would also argue that San Jose is not a better team than Dallas – at least not by much. The Blues win this but the Sharks make it interesting.

 

Pittsburgh in 6

I picked the Penguins a lot over the last couple of years, and I suffered for it. Last round I decided to finally learn my lesson and pick against them. Of course, that's when they put down the best team in hockey. Lesson learned. Pittsburgh is the hottest team in the NHL since Christmas and can now wear the 'best team in hockey' crown. Kudos to the Lightning for taking it this far despite the injuries – and they were my preseason Stanley Cup pick – but the party i