Friday, 24 May 2019

The Final Round

We started with sixteen teams, and we're now down to just two as the Stanley Cup Final features the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues. There have been all sorts of experts who have come out with predictions, what to watch for in this final, who the key players will be, and so on, so I'll leave it to them to help you in your attempts to win the HBIC Playoff Pool. What I will do, however, is post the spreadsheet you need to fill out and send back to me before Monday's opening game of the Stanley Cup Final. That seems like a fair deal, right?

Let's get the business end of the Stanley Cup Final done first: here's the new spreadsheet for final round. Same rules as before - rename it with your name AND ADD "R4" AT THE END, and then send it to me at this email address.

Just as we did in the previous two rounds, there are no player selections for each division. Your scorers that you chose at the beginning are your scorers for the playoffs, and, unfortunately, there are a total of zero players remaining in the pool selected by all competitors. In other words, you're going to have to rely on your prognostication skills in the Stanley Cup Final because there are no players from any entrant left. That likely also means that no saw Boston and St. Louis in the final, but that's another topic for another time.

Because the series starts on Monday, you'll have had loads of time to be able to get this spreadsheet in to me. I realize that it is Memorial Day weekend in the United States, but I'm not drawing up the schedule for the NHL. Do your best in getting this in to me. If you run into issues due to travel or something, let me know ASAP so we can make arrangements. Deal? Deal.

Finally, you may look at the scores and think that you have no chance in winning a prize. That may be true depending on the gap between your current score and top scores, but I can tell you that less and less people have seen sending in spreadsheets as this contest rolls on. In saying that, we also saw Richard D. destroy Round Three with an amazing score to put himself back in prize contention, so make sure you really think hard about game-winning goal scorers because they could vault you past someone or many people if you predict well!

Best of luck in the final, and we'll see who stands atop the mountain once the dust settles in both the Stanley Cup Final and the HBIC Playoff Pool!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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