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Monday, 24 April 2017

The Leaderboard

While the Pac-Man high score screen was always a delight to add my name to, the reality is that the HBIC Playoff Pool leaderboard requires much more skill than just sending a pixelated yellow character around a screen eating pixelated while balls. There's real science and decisions to be made here, and the leaderboard will show you who has made wise choices when it comes to their prognostications thus far. As you scroll down the list to find your name, there may be some disappointment or sadness, but you still have seven series left in which to improve your standing! Let's see who charged out of the gates in this contest, who had solid first rounds, and who certainly needs to do a little studying of the season series for each series in the next round!

You'll want to refer back to this page for the point totals as we move through the playoffs. This is where all future points updates will happen. I have listed the names below in alphabetical order as per your submitted first name, so scroll through and find your name and point total.

Because of the scheduling for second round, if you want to gamble some points in the "Risk It!" option at this time, send me an email indicating that. Again, you must call the series perfectly to get the gambled points doubled. If you're wrong, you won't lose points, but you also won't receive any points for that series. In other words, don't gamble on EVERY series unless you absolutely have to do so!

Here are the current standings after three rounds!

HBIC PLAYOFF POOL LEADERBOARD
Name Tie-Breaker Points Rank
Andy S.
Washington
49 n/a
Casey H.
NO TEAM!
59 n/a
Chris C.
Anaheim
48 n/a
Cole V.
Minnesota
34 n/a
Dan F.
Washington
35 n/a
Dave F.
Washington
60 n/a
Jackson N.
Edmonton
61 n/a
Jared R.
Chicago
60 n/a
Jay W.
Chicago
50 n/a
John M.
Pittsburgh
54 3rd
Justin S.
Washington
69 3rd
Katie S.
Anaheim
68 n/a
LJ S.
Pittsburgh
60 n/a
Matt H.
Washington
64 n/a
Michael J.
Washington
56 n/a
Neal L.
NO TEAM!
67 n/a
Peter S.
MONTREAL
86 1st
Ted A.
Pittsburgh
54 n/a
Tony T.
Chicago
46 n/a
Tyler D.
Edmonton
42 n/a
Westin F.
Washington
72 2nd
Zeke P.
Chicago
64 n/a

As you can see, the highlighted names occupy first-place, second-place, and third-place as it stands after one round, but don't think those spots are stationary. Those are the people you're hunting down in this quest for some free gear. As you can see, some are closer than others, but no one is truly out of this contest until the Stanley Cup has been awarded. If you want to risk a few points on a series or two, that's at your discretion, but it could get you back into the race very quickly.

Secondly, due to the number of entrants, I will be awarding three prizes to this year's contestants. As you may be aware, there are a number of people who drop out over the course of the playoffs, so your odds will likely get better as the playoffs go on AS LONG AS YOU CONTINUE TO PLAY. As you can see above, six names are in yellow, tie-breakers may factor in once the dust has settled, and the top-three spots are there for the taking to those who can predict the next seven series correctly!

Here is the next spreadsheet for the contest.
Good luck, everyone, and congratulations to our leaders!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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