2012 NHL Hockey Playoffs Pool:
Considering that we have a decent number of NHL Hockey fans in the community, it seems only fitting that we host a NHL Hockey Playoffs Pool. The pool consists of three parts.
Step 1: Fill Out Your Bracket
(1)New York Rangers vs (8)Ottawa Senators
(2)Boston Bruins vs (7)Washington Capitals
(3)Florida Panthers vs (6)New Jersey Devils
(4)Pittsburgh Penguins vs (5)Philadelphia Flyers
(1)Vancouver Canucks vs (8)Los Angeles Kings
(2)St. Louis Blues vs (7)San Jose Sharks
(3)Phoenix Coyotes vs (6)Chicago Blackhawks
(4)Nashville Predators vs (5)Detroit Red Wings
Your objective is to now successfully fill out the bracket. Begin by selecting the winners of the first four series in each conference. In the NHL Playoffs, unique to it alone is that after the first round the teams are reseeded. You will need to account for this reseeding in your selections. Here is an example:
Let's say I select (1)Boston, (2)Washington (5) Carolina and (6)Pittsburgh. Then in the next round I would have Boston playing Pittsburgh and Washington playing Carolina.
In other words the highest seeded team(the lowest value) will play the lowest seeded team(the highest value).
In addition to selecting each of the winners, you are to attempt to predict the number of games in each series will last. IF you are correct, you will earn an additional point to your score.
Part 1 Scoring:
Each Correct Conference Quarterfinals Series Prediction[2 pts] [16 max]
Each Correct Conference Semifinals Series Prediction[4 pts] [16 max]
Each Correct Conference Finals Series Prediction[8 pts] [16 max]
Correct Stanley Cup Prediction[16 pts] [16 max]
Total Possible: 64 points
Step 2: Select your Team
Rules for your team:
1. You may only select ONE player from each team. In other words, your team needs to consist of 7 different players from 7 different teams.
2. Your player at each position must be listed as such on ESPN. In other words you must have a LW as your LW.
3. Once you make your selections, your team is final. You will not be repicking your team throughout the tournament.
-1 point for each point(goal, assist)
-You will also either gain or lose points based on each player’s +/- Rating. This value is cut in half, rounded down.
-1 point per win
-2 point bonus per shutout
-You will gain points based on the number of penalty minutes divided by 3, rounded down.
Part 3: Tiebreakers
Tiebreaker 1: Number of Goals scored in the Stanley Cup Finals[ALL GAMES]
Tiebreaker 2: Number of Goals scored by the Eastern Conference Team in the Stanley Cup Finals
Tiebreaker 3: Number of Goals scored by the Western Conference Team in the Stanley Cup Finals
All Entries for the NHL Hockey Playoffs Pool must be completed by the night of the first game of the NHL Playoffs which I believe is Wednesday, April 11th. If you have any questions about how the pool works, let me know.