Stanley Cup Final To Decide Pool, Football Survivor On Deck

Our Stanley Cup Playoffs Hockey Pool that kicked off the first week of May is winding down, with only a handful still in the running to claim a decorated spot in the top three. If you are amongst that exclusive group, well done, and enjoy the ride to the finish.

At the start of the Finals round of the playoffs, Kartin still managed to hold on to top spot thanks to picking every series correct through Rounds 1 and 2. It all fell apart in the Conference Finals though, when both his picks of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings got knocked out. Now he tries to stave off the competition with numerous Chicago Blackhawks picks, and a Boston Bruins pick to hoist the Cup, nipping at his heels. If the Blackhawks win, he will get knocked out of the top three. If the Bruins win, he should stay in the top three.

Ds0589, currently in second place, has a healthy lead on third. A Blackhawks win should vault him into first regardless how the player points or bonus for games in the series shake out. The lone Bruins pick belongs to 2011 pool champ (also on the Bruins – sensing this is not a luck or coincidence thing) markymark2281. He may or may not finish in the top spot even if the Bruins win, because he needs the 20 points for picking the winner plus some help.

It should be a great finish. With the Blackhawks down 2-1 in the series after last night’s shutout loss, and Game 4 in Boston, they’ve got their work cut out for them. And really, since I’ve been even more anti-Bruins than usual since the miracle come from behind win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, it seems all the more obvious now they are the team to beat.

After the Stanley Cup Playoffs conclude, we’ll got into a short hibernation before we crank up the biggest pool we run every year, Football Survivor. Very likely, the same format as always. Why mess with a good thing? When sign ups are open it will be posted on the website, plus like us on Facebook and follow us on the Twitter for the latest.

Conference Finals Start Today – Pens vs. Bruins, Hawks vs. Kings

Next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to start today with the number one and number five teams from each conference squaring off for a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Our Hockey Playoffs Pool gets back in the action too, after a two-day layoff. Kartin has a huge 23 points lead thanks to going perfect through not only the opening round but now round two as well. That is damn impressive.

However, with 15 points earned for each of the Conference Finals series, and 20 points up for grabs for picking the Stanley Cup Final winner, it isn’t carved in stone he’s going to win this thing. We have some entries backing Chicago to hoist the Cup, and one Kings and one Bruins entry within striking distance of the top three.

In the East, Pittsburgh Penguins host the Boston Bruins. Where I live in central Ontario, and in close proximity to southern Ontario, some less than scientific polling found on one side people are pulling for the Bruins because it shows well for the Toronto Maple Leafs that the team that barely edged them out made it all the way to the finals. On the flip side, some people are just pulling for the dastardly Bruins to finally get the boot out of the playoffs. I’m in the latter camp by a wide margin. This will be a tough series though, so Penguins in 7 is my pick.

Over in the West, Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings. Did you realize the last four Stanley Cup winners are the last four teams standing in this tournament? And of course you know the Kings are the reigning champs, and with good reason. Jonathan Quick is nothing short of amazing. The Blackhawks fought back hard to get past the Detroit Red Wings after more or less cruising through Round 1 (although Minnesota Wild did give them a run for their money on a game-to-game basis).

I picked the other series to go seven games and yet, I find this one a much tougher one to call. Lets go with Chicago, in 7. If the Kings had home ice one would almost have to take them and their perfect record in L.A., but Jonathan Toews seemed to light a spark in that Detroit series and they’ve got more scoring power overall.

As predictable as it sounds, lets see the two #1 regular season teams in the finals. Should be some great hockey – no matter what Damien Cox says – leading up to that.

Maple Leafs Roller Coaster Ride Over, Stanley Cup Playoffs Carry On

Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs wrapped up last night. The Toronto Maple Leafs had our expectations on an extreme roller coaster ride from being down three games to one to the Boston Bruins, and up, up, up the expectations went winning the next two, taking a 4-1 lead in Game 7, before it all came crashing down. A solid season and series by all accounts for the Buds, but still a bitter pill to swallow at the end.

Over in the other Game 7, between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, it was anything but a dramatic finish. The Rangers steamrolled the Caps 5-0 for the win to advance after being down most of the series.

Our Hockey Playoffs Pool is updated, and congrats to Kartin who holds down first place after going eight-for-eight picking the Round 1 series winners. knuckle_pucks is the lone other entry that went perfect in Round 1, and sits in second place, while markymark2281 is in third place.

There are still a lot of people who can make a run at this thing given we have a lot of different combinations of final four teams within striking distance of the top three spots in the pool. Although there are not many Ottawa Senators picks, so personally, Go Ottawa! I’ll definitely be pulling for the upset over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

And I don’t have to wait long to see how that series might shape up. Wasting no time at all, the NHL kicks off Round 2 tonight with two games: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, and San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings. Detroit Red Wings play at Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday to start their series, while the must be tired Rangers and Bruins being Thursday in Boston.

Good luck to all of you still in the running in the pool, and enjoy the rest of the playoffs!