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Who could have predicted this?: Results of Lighthouse Hockey’s Preseason Prediction Contest

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Checking in on how readers thought the Islanders season would turn out.

New York Islanders v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Four
There are no psychics at The Lighthouse
Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

If you were the average Lighthouse Prediction Contest entrant, here’s what you guessed this year:

Points - 85; Score 0.0
Goals For - 239; Score 4.6
Goals Against - 245; Score 0.0
Power Play % - 21.9%; Score 2.6
Penalty Kill % - 81.2%; Score 8.7
Points for Mat Barzal - 83; Score 0.0
Points for Jordan Eberle - 56; Score 0.0
Points for Ryan Pulock - 44; Score 3.0
Goals for Anders Lee - 32; Score 6.0
Robin Lehner Save % - 91.4%; Score 2.0

Total Score 27.1 out of 100

62 people submitted entries this season. Prizes for all entrants include a 1st round sweep of the Penguins and a feeling of pity from those who didn’t enter.

You couldn’t earn negative points for any question, or the average score would have been a negative number.

Here’s a look at each question, and how our wannabe Ms. Cleos fared.

Q1 - Number of points; Correct 103

As you can guess, not very many people were close on this one. Only 8 of 62 people earned points. Top marks to:

CorneliusWoods - 102
tomisles - 101
soapbox_jester - 97
kingdm9 - 96
Mike Basile - 96
since70too - 96

Q2 - Goals For (per NHL standings); Correct 228

This one saw many people earn at least a few points. Only 15 of 62 scored a zero. The closest:

NYI4ever - 228
martylnd - 227
Dominik - 230
backstop87 - 230
Rollie the Goalie - 230
Torgo - 225
Bourne14 - 224

Q3 - Goals Against (per NHL Standings); Correct 196

5 people scored more than a zero in this one:

NYI4ever - 197
vinylaisle - 199
CorneliusWoods - 190
MD_NY_FL - 203
tomisles - 211

Q4 - Power Play %; Correct 14.5%

Once again, Islander futility made this a poorly performing category. Almost as poor as the actual power play. While only 3 people earned zero points, only 3 people earned more than 7.5 points:

Daniel Wagoner - 15.0%
IheartBoychuksPuck - 15.5%
davesy22 - 17.0%
Furkmyster - 17.1%
khrudey30 - 17.2%

Q5 - Penalty Kill %; Correct 79.9%

This was a much more competitive question, with only 3 people missing out on any points. The winners here:

davesy22 - 80.0%
David in SWE - 80.0%
MD_NY_FL - 80.0%
Psi*Psi - 80.0%
NYholoCene - 79.8%
Furkmyster - 80.2%
since70too - 80.2%

Now on to another question with very poor results:

Q6 - Number of points for Mat Barzal; Correct 62

Only 6 of 62 people earned more than zero:

backstop87 - 65
oxposo - 65
Cheepnis - 66
Radar’Spirit - 69
tancona - 69
David in SWE - 70

Q7 - Number of points for Jordan Eberle; Correct 37

13 people managed some points here. One person was dead on:

Chris18 - 37
billymac23 - 40
Barzillier - 42
Dominik - 42
Blast Hardcheese - 43

Q8 - Number of points for Ryan Pulock; Correct 37

Several people did well in this one:

khrudey30 - 37
oxposo - 37
Ashphil - 38
davesy22 - 38
soapbox_jester - 38
tm - 38

Q9 - Number of goals for Anders Lee; Correct 28

Several correct guesses on this one:

Furkmyster; IheartBoychuksPuck; kingdm9; MegasAV1977; soapbox_jester - 28
Blast Hardcheese; Bourne14; Dominik; gordpike - 27
Isles66; m_x_b - 29

Q10 - Robin Lehner Save %; Correct 93.0%

This was a pretty forgiving question, with a large range of answers eligible for some points. Only 4 people managed more than 6, though:

mbkrug - 92.5%
Gilliesuppercut - 92.4%
tomisles - 92.4%
kingdm9 - 92.3%

Ok, enough of this... who won?

9T - 38.4 - davesy22; David in SWE
8 - 39.4 - soapbox_jester
7 - 40.0 - Bourne14
6 - 40.4 - backstop87
5 - 40.6 - Dominik
4 - 40.8 - Chris18
3 - 41.9 - NYI4ever
2 - 42.1 - Ashphil

And the winner, with 49.6 points: oxposo

The rest of the field:

khrudey30 37.0
Furkmyster 36.6
Cheepnis 36.6
martylnd 35.0
tm 34.6
Radar’Spirit 33.9
billymac23 33.6
gordpike 33.6
Blast Hardcheese 33.2
MD_NY_FL 33.2
Gilliesuppercut 32.8
StevetheJIM 32.7
tomisles 32.5
Rollie the Goalie 31.9
risenrule 31.4
IheartBoychuksPuck 31.1
Barzillier 31.0
Pjpridezone 30.8
NewIsles 30.7
estarr31 30.6
Daniel Wagoner 29.4
kingdm9 29.4
NYholoCene 28.8
metro57 28.6
CorneliusWoods 28.5
Isles66 27.6
Metzfan22 27.6
LHH Average 27.1
MegasAV1977 25.3
Dorfer 25.1
EmeraldIslander 25.0
bagskate 24.3
Quine-gon Jinn 24.0
Psi*Psi 23.4
tancona 23.3
vinylaisle 22.8
mbkrug 22.4
Stevie Gee 22.2
bossy 22 20.8
Mike Basile 20.6
Torgo 19.0
NorthshoreIslander 18.7
m_x_b 18.1
Jenny Berman 18.1
rwaibel30 17.9
Dave TN 17.4
jrams16 17.2
AgentIslander 16.6
since70too 15.3
IDigRcks 14.5
ncislesfan23 11.3
HybridIce 10.0
Thick McRunfast 7.6