TORONTO -- Holy cow -- she sure can pick them.
Trikxi, a two-year-old heifer in Pefferlaw, Ont., is pulling out her crystal ball and predicting which NHL teams will conquer the first series of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"You know how TSN used to have Maggie the Monkey that would spin the wheel and pick the teams? Well, we said we have to do something too because Maggie's not in use anymore," Jerry Archer, morning show co-host on KX96 FM in Oshawa said of their special mascot.
"Our intern said his family owns a farm and we could use the cow, so he came up with the grain buckets with the team logo on it and whichever bucket she picked, that's the team we're going with," he said.
Calling the process "completely unscientific," Archer said Trikxi established her team picks on Monday before the beginning of the playoffs Wednesday night.
Among her predictions: Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals, Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks.
For Thursday's games, she is siding with the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks.
"We turned the logos away from her because you know how cows are hockey fans, right?" Archer said. "Whatever pail she stuck her nose in, that's the one."
Trikxi is only one example of a large family of animals used to predict sports outcomes. Paul the psychic octopus maintained his 100% World Cup success rate by correctly predicting Spain would defeat the Netherlands last year.
"We're going to do this every playoff round," Archer said. "She was picked because she was one of the more quiet cows, she's a thinking cow."
However, she didn't predict the Leafs being shut out of the playoffs.
"She does not do predictions of teams that are not in the playoffs, but maybe next year," Archer said.