There are 16 teams and 4 rounds that make up the National Hockey League playoffs. Teams are divided into Eastern and Western Conferences with 8 playoff teams in each. The 2 winners of each conference will meet in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Each entry will rank from 8 thru 1 (high to low) each playoff team in each conference. This rankings list will be based on how far you think each team will advance in the playoffs.
Here is a sample ranking breakdown (this is not the actual playoff list):
8. Pittsburgh Penguins
7. Washington Capitals
6. Montreal Canadiens
5. Boston Bruins
4. New York Islanders
3. New York Rangers
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
1. Toronto Maple Leafs
8. Chicago Black Hawks
7. Minnesota Wild
6. San Jose Sharks
5. Nashville Predators
4. Detroit Red Wings
3. Columbus Blue Jackets
2. Anaheim Ducks
1. St. Louis Blues
For each team that wins their series, your entry will receive points based on the ranking number you gave that team. Using the rankings above, if the teams listed below all won their series in the first round, this entry would receive 48 points for the first round. Here is the breakdown of how points would be rewarded.
Sample First Round Results:
8 pts: Pittsburgh
7 pts: Washington
6 pts: Montreal
4 pt: New York Islanders
8 pts: Chicago
7 pts: Columbus
5 pts: St. Louis
3 pts: Dallas
Total Round 1: 48 pts
Bonus points will be multiplied to each ranking after each round all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Here is the breakdown:
ROUND 1: Team Ranking x 1
ROUND 2: Team Ranking x 2
CONFERENCE FINALS: Team Ranking x 4
STANLEY CUP FINALS: Team Ranking x 8
The entry that accumulates the most points after the Stanley Cup Finals will be the NHL Playoffs Pool champion.
For all tied entries, any payout will be split among those entries still tied.
To increase your chances of winning, you may play as many times as you wish. Each entry will be scored separately.
You will need to signup before you can make selections online. Click "signup" at the top of this page to go to the signup page.
STEPS TO SIGNING UP:
Please follow these step closely for a pain free signup process.
1.) Click the signup button at the top of the page.
2.) After you signup, you will be taken to the payment page with information how to pay your entry fee
3.) After signup, you should get an email with additional instructions on how to rank your teams and get to your pools homepage. Good Luck!
All selections must be made prior to the start of the NHL Playoffs. Rankings may not be changed once the playoffs begin.
PICKS POSTED BY COMMISH: If you need help making your selections or are having computer problems, please contact the commish with your selection(s) before the deadline and he will make it/them for you.
WHEN ARE RESULTS POSTED: Results are posted either at the conclusion of each series or early the following day at the latest.