With the opening round complete, let's take a look at what's going on in my annual NHL playoff pool.
We'll start with Joe. Joe decided to bank on Coyotes, Kings and Avs... with a sure-thing first round pick of Washington's Nicklas Bäckström. This decision gave Joe a very strong opening round of 44 points. That's also Joe's final score. Joe lost all ten of his players in the first round.
In hindsight, dear Joe, what the hell were you thinking? Coyotes, Kings and Avs? Were you trying to finish last?
Everyone else still has horses in the race. Dom leads with his ace picks being Crosby and Samuelsson. Ryan's in second, thanks to Malkin, Pavelski and Zetterberg. I've got some work to do, but the Sedin twins have worked out.