LAST EDITED ON 04-29-13 AT 08:50 AM (EST)
Pick the winning team from each series right up to the conference and Stanley Cup finals.
Here's a fictitious example:
1. Washington Capitals
2. New Jersey Devils
3. Buffalo Sabres
4. Pittsburgh Penguins
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Montreal Canadiens
7. Philadelphia Flyers
8. Boston Bruins
The 1st seed plays the 8th seed, the 2nd seed plays the 7th seed and so on - example picks as follows.
Series 1 Washington(1)/Boston(8)
- Boston wins
Series 2 New Jersey(2)/Philadelphia(7)
- New Jersey wins
Series 3 Buffalo(3)/Montreal(6)
- Montreal wins
Series 4 Pittsburgh(4)/ Ottawa(5)
- Ottawa wins
Should all my picks come in, I collect 4 points and my winning teams move on to the second round where I have picked teams all the way through to the Stanley Cup Final. (Note: Each conference reseeds after the 1st round, with the highest remaining seed playing the lowest remaining seed.)
Correct picks in the first round are worth 1 point, 2 in the second, 3 in the third and 5 for the final.
Pick a series in the correct number of games, i.e., Montreal over Buffalo in six games. So, along with naming your series winner, predict in how many games the series will end. One half point (0.5) will awarded for each correct answer.
Lastly, in the unlikely event that we end up tied, a tie-breaking question for your viewing pleasure. Tell me how many goals will be scored in the Stanley Cup deciding game. Closest to the answer without going over wins the tiebreaker.
Your picks must be submitted by replying to this thresd before the playoffs begin.
This year's playoff match-ups:
1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 8. New York Islanders
2. Montreal vs. 7. Ottawa Senators
3. Washington Capitals vs. 6. New York Rangers
4. Boston vs. 5. Toronto Maple Leafs
1. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 8. Minnesota Wild
2. Anaheim Ducks vs. 7. Detroit Red Wings
3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. San Jose
4. St. Louis Blues vs. 5. L.A. Kings
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