ROUND 3 – DobberHockey Experts Panel – NHL Playoffs 2018

Mario Prata

2018-05-11

The DobberHockey writers select their winners for the 2018 Conference Finals.

The second round of Stanley Cup play wasn't kind to many prognasticators around the hockey world if we're to abide by DobberHockey's predictions as a barometer. As a group, the panel combined for a laborious 1-3 record after posting a 6-2 log in the first round of action. In fact, only one member of the experts panel, Brad Phillips, went a perfect four-for-four!

So, as all good hockey teams do, let's put that one quickly behind us and look forward to what's ahead. If we're to believe the consensus Round 3 predictions, we'll be seeing a Tampa Bay-Winnipeg Stanley Cup Final. Only four of 19 writers chose the Capitals to advance in the East (Dobber, Prata, Collins, Mark), while just three (Frey, Roos, MacLean) pin their hopes on the Golden Knights to do the same in the West.
 

Here are the Round 3 matchups:

Eastern Conference
Washington Capitals (M1) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (A1)

Western Conference
Vegas Golden Knights (P1) vs Winnipeg Jets (C2)

* Playoff action resumes tonight with the Capitals in Tampa Bay, while the Golden Knights will be in Winnipeg on Saturday.


Here are the Conference Final picks for each DobberHockey analyst, with the Consenus board on the bottom row:

 

Dobber
Round 3:
Washington in 7
Winnipeg in 6
Steve Laidlaw
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Winnipeg in 7
Ian Gooding
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Winnipeg in 6
Michael Clifford
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Winnipeg in 6
Mario Prata
Round 3:
Washington in 6
Winnipeg in 6
Cam Robinson
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Winnipeg in 7
Eric Daoust
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Tom Collins
Round 3:
Washington in 6
Winnipeg in 7
Adam Daly-Frey
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Vegas in 6
Rick Roos
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Vegas in 6
Alexander MacLean
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 5
Vegas in 6
Brennan Des
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 7
Winnipeg in 6
Brad Phillips
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 5
Winnipeg in 7
Adam Mark
Round 3:
Washington in 7
Winnipeg in 6
Cameron Metz
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Winnipeg in 7
Christopher Kane
Round3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Winnipeg in 6
Chris Liggio
Round3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Winnipeg in 6
Scott Maran
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 7
Winnipeg in 6
Chris Wassel
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Winnipeg in 6
CONSENSUS
Round 3:
Tampa Bay in 6
Winnipeg in 6

 

Agree? Disagree? Comments?

 

   

About the panel …

 

Dobber launched this website in 2005 after he was the fantasy hockey columnist for The Hockey News website, The Fantasy Sports Network, and a contributor to The Forecaster. DobberHockey has since grown into the Dobber Sports Network and has work can be found across the Internet, including on Sportsnet.

 

Steve Laidlaw is the managing editor of DobberHockey. His work can be followed through our regular-season Ramblings, as well as on Sportsnet.

 

Ian Gooding is an associate editor of DobberHockey and a regular writer on the daily Ramblings beat. He also contributes to many other sites, including Sportsnet.

 

Mike Clifford is an associate editor of DobberHockey and contributor for Rotowire and other fantasy hockey ventures.

 

Mario Prata is the manager of special projects and marketing for Dobber Sports. He is also a co-founder of the famous The Sports Forecaster magazine.

 

Cam Robinson is an associate editor at DobberProspects and, along with Ian Gooding and Mike Clifford, collaborates to Daily Ramblings throughout the summer while Steve Laidlaw is on leave.

 

Eric Daoust manages our valued Frozen Pool section.

 

Tom Collins writes the weekly Top 10 column that can be found here every Monday.

 

Rick Roos authors the weekly Cage Match column every Wednesday.

 

Adam Daly-Frey checks out what's coming down the pipe with the Looking Ahead column every Friday.

 

Adam Mark is our resident prognosticator, penning the weekly Saturday NHL Picks column.

 

Alex MacLean authors the salary cap column Capped, which can be found here every Thursday.

 

Brennan Des writes the weekly line combinations column every Tuesday, and gives us the latest injury information every Wednesday.

 

Brad Phillips, also a senior writer with DobberProspects, pens the weekly prospect column The Journey that can be found here every Saturday.

 

Chris Liggio writes the Frozen Pool Forensics column on Fridays.

 

Scott Maran pens Fantasy Hockey Geek, found here every Sunday.

 

Chris Wassel delivers the weekly Draft Kings primer, now on Thursdays.

 

Cameron Metz pens the Eastern Edge column that's published on Tuesdays.

 

Christopher Kane writes the weekly Wild West column every Monday.

 

 

Enjoy Round 3, folks!!

 

 

UPCOMING GAMES

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HOT PLAYERS

  Players Team GP G A P
EVGENI MALKIN PIT 5 4 7 11
ADAM FOX NYR 4 1 6 7
JAKUB VORACEK PHI 6 0 10 10
NATHAN MACKINNON COL 5 2 6 8
MIKA ZIBANEJAD NYR 29 25 19 44
NIKITA KUCHEROV T.B 24 16 20 36
KEVIN FIALA MIN 11 9 7 16
EVANDER KANE S.J 7 5 5 10
KYLE CONNOR WPG 7 8 2 10
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS EDM 17 8 16 24

LINE COMBOS

  Frequency CHI Players
31.1% PATRICK KANE ALEX NYLANDER DYLAN STROME
23.2% KIRBY DACH BRANDON HAGEL DOMINIK KUBALIK
22.8% ALEX DEBRINCAT BRANDON SAAD JONATHAN TOEWS

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