OddManRush has a nice list of all the playoff challenges for OtFers to enjoy this year, and it includes the standard round-by-round playoff pick'em. Which is lots of fun. And not insane. So I thought I'd add something completely different. And completely insane: a full bracket challenge.
Think of it as a March Madness pool. You don't know what matchups will happen in the later rounds, but you still have to pick the winners. But the NHL playoffs make it even trickier, because there's re-seeding after every round. So not only do you have to pick the participants in a round, you have to pick which participants will play which. In that sense, it's like a World Cup pool, for any of you who are soccer fans (and hopefully weren't at LP Field for the disgrace against Canada). Like I said, tricky. Like March Madness pools, there's a strong possibility of busted brackets after one round.
But also, like March Madness, the point totals go up the deeper you go into the pool, so picking say, the Western Conference Final matchup and result correctly will net you a lot more points than picking most of the round one winners.
So here's how the game works. Pick your first round winners and how long the series run. Then pick your second round winners and how long the series run. Then pick your conference champions and how long the series run. Then pick your Stanley Cup champion and how long the series runs. All at the same time in the comments to this post. Try to keep extraneous comments and trash-talking to a different thread, so that I can keep track of who picks what. And if you change your picks before Wednesday at 7:30 (EDT), do so in a reply to your original picks. I'm not dealing with anything more complicated than that.
Here's how the scoring works:
- 1 point for each round one winner picked correctly
- 2 points for each round two winner picked correctly
- 4 points for each conference champion picked correctly
- 8 points for picking the Stanley Cup champion correctly
- 1 bonus point (per series) for calling the correct number of games (only if you call the winner)
- 1 bonus point for each matchup correctly predicted beyond the first round (regardless of whether you call the winner)
For example, suppose your Western Conference picks are as follows:
NSH over DET in 7, PHX over CHI in 7, STL over SJS in 6, VAN over LAK in 7
NSH over VAN in 6, STL over PHX in 7
STL over NSH in 7
Now suppose what actually happens is
NSH over DET in 7, PHX over CHI in 5, STL over SJS in 4, LAK over VAN in 7
NSH over PHX in 6, STL over LAK in 5
NSH over STL in 5
You would get 3 points for calling NSH, PHX, and STL as first round winners, plus 1 bonus point for calling the length of the NSH series
You would get 4 points for calling NSH and STL as the second round winners, plus 1 bonus point for calling the length of the NSH series
You would get 0 points for not calling NSH as the conference champion, but 1 bonus point for correctly calling that NSH and STL would face off.
Confusing? I did warn you. But hopefully simple enough that you can submit a bracket in the comments without straining the brain too much (at least not on anything but the picks). I'll take care of the scoring. And if you don't know how the re-seeding works, it's pretty simple. Each round, the highest remaining seed in the conference plays the lowest remaining seed in the conference.
My (guaranteed to be terribad) picks will be in the first comment as a model. I'll start a new FanPost after round one for the scoring. Have fun with this! And good luck!