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Famous Fans struggle in NHL Bracket Challenge

Nine of 98 entrants selected Predators over Ducks in first round

by Pat Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Nashville Predators' 2-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round wasn't secured until the wee hours of Thursday morning on the East Coast, but that didn't stop the Famous Fans league in the NHL Bracket Challenge from monitoring the events closely.

Actors Liev Schreiber and Michael Rosenbaum, "Hockey Night in Canada" host George Stroumboulopoulos, "Today" show co-host Willie Geist and Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland were among the few who picked the Predators to defeat the Ducks in the celebrity league.

"I went to [Vanderbilt University], consider Nashville a second home, have a bunch of friends who worked for the [Predators] when they were born," Geist tweeted to NHL.com. "So it definitely wasn't an X and O's pick. Pure Nashville love."

Boxer Robert Guerrero was the only one in the league to successfully pick the Western Conference Second Round series matchup of the Predators against the San Jose Sharks.

Fourteen of the 98 entrants saw their Stanley Cup champion eliminated with the Ducks' loss. No one in the group picked the Predators to win the Stanley Cup; nine (9.2 percent) predicted the Predators would beat the Ducks in the first round.

Schreiber leads the group with 72 points after the first round, but he is among the 19.4 percent of the Famous Fans who incorrectly picked the Los Angeles Kings to win the Stanley Cup. Nineteen members of the group shared the same fate, including actress Alyssa Milano, musician Snoop Dogg and game show host Pat Sajak.

More members of the group picked the Kings to win the Stanley Cup than any other team; the Washington Capitals (18) were next. Four of the famous field picked the Sharks to win the Stanley Cup, including Guerrero, and 20 of 98 (20.4 percent) took the Sharks to beat the Kings in the first-round series.

Five of the six most popular Stanley Cup picks were eliminated in the first round. Los Angeles, Anaheim, the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks accounted for 55 celebrity brackets (56.1 percent).

Actor Robbie Amell was among those who picked the Kings to defeat the Sharks en route to the Stanley Cup. Amell's fiancée, actress Italia Ricci from the CBS show "Supergirl," did not pick any series correctly and is last with zero points.

Mark Messier captained the Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994, but his pick of the Rangers to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, Capitals, Florida Panthers and Blackhawks en route to the title left him with 33 points after the first round. He cannot gain any more points and is tied for 60th.

Fans of actor Jon Hamm congratulated him on social media after his hometown St. Louis Blues defeated the Blackhawks in Game 7 on Monday. Hamm is one of three Famous Fans to pick the Blues to win the Stanley Cup. He is tied for 49th place with 40 points after the first round.

Actor Bill Camp has 60 points and has the most possible remaining points to earn (300). Holland also still can earn 300 points but trails Camp by 17 points after the first round. Camp has the Sharks winning the Stanley Cup; Holland selected the Dallas Stars.

After one round there are no perfect brackets in the Bracket Challenge. Two users, Gnashville and Dromain, successfully picked all eight series but missed the correct number of games on one series.

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