From The Penalty Box…. Former NHL Referee, Greg Kimmerly #18, offers strategy for picking your DSN 2018 NHL Playoff Hockey Pool Dream Team!
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DSN Hockey Pool 2018
With less than 2 weeks before the NHL play-offs begin, it’s time to start creating your winning strategy for the DSN Hockey pool. This season, the NHL has changed the format for the first round match ups. It is no longer simply a matter that the first place team will beat the eighth place team. The NHL has tried to create a more competitive format which will definitely make the first round more exciting. How will this new format affect those of us in the DSN hockey pool (the poolies)? Well, if you pick players from a team that is eliminated early, you just might well be eliminated too. Without going into the somewhat complicated formula used to form first round match-ups, here is the current breakdown of the teams that will play each other (if the play-offs were to start today March 29th):
Tampa Bay vs New Jersey
Boston vs Toronto
Washington vs Columbus
Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia
Las Vegas vs St. Louis
San Jose vs Los Angeles
Nashville vs Anaheim
Winnipeg vs Minnesota
No question about it….these potential first round match-ups will make for some great hockey that will produce lots of scoring points. The key to your pool strategy will be how to predict which teams will last beyond the 1st round.
Obviously there are numerous strategies to consider when compiling your DSN pool team. Here are just a few examples to mull over:
Look at the regular season records and decide who are the most likely candidates to meet in the Stanley Cup Finals (like maybe Washington and Nashville?!?). Then, pick most of your players from both of those teams.
Put your hopes on a team that just squeaks into the play-offs and then ends up winning a few rounds (like Nashville last year). Possible similar examples of such teams this year might be New Jersey or St Louis.
Go with the plan that only teams from the original six will succeed—not many options here this year since only Toronto & Boston remain and only one of them will see the second round.
Pick teams that you predict will play lots of hockey games (i.e. series that will go 7 games). In the first round, consider teams like San Jose- Los Angeles/ Nashville-Anaheim/ Boston-Toronto/ Pittsburgh-Philadelphia.
Pick players from teams that tend to play a high scoring style of hockey, like Toronto or St. Louis.
Go with the conspiracy theory that the NHL wants the newest team in the league, the Las Vegas Knights, to win the Stanley Cup. Then, only pick players from the ‘lucky’ Knights.
Choose players from a variety of teams to increase your chances of still having players active in the pool for the finals
Perhaps you are someone that believes “play-off beards” actually work? If that is the case, then your selections should include Brent Burns or Joe Thorton from San Jose.
One of last year’s winning strategies was to choose players from teams with animal names—only 6 to choose from this season.
You may decide to put all of your hopes into teams who have the best “3rd jerseys”. If this is your preference, then eliminate Nashville…their 3rd jersey is truly an unappealing colour. Maybe choose Toronto this season because you liked the jersey that they wore for the outdoor game.
If you think that experience matters, then you should be selecting players from Pittsburgh. They are hoping to win their 3rd consecutive Stanley Cup!
There is also value in the strategy of picking a team that always seems to be in the mix but never follows through until they win the big prize…think Washington & San Jose.
Every play-off year there are one or two players that have a fantastic 6 weeks of hockey and rack up tons of points. If you find one of these hidden gems for your pool team, this might be the strategy that easily puts you in the top 3 of the pool. Think about any player from Vegas or perhaps a player that will be on the wing with Crosby.
Finally, for those of you who are sick of the weather, select players from cities that have the most consistent sun in June when the Stanley Cup will be presented—that certainly eliminates Winnipeg & Minnesota?
So many options… so many strategies to employ. Now is the time to make up your mind and commit to a winning strategy. Stick to a plan and choose your players carefully. This year’s play-offs are destined to be exciting and will always be filled with upsets.
No matter which method you use to select your team, know that the play-offs are much more interesting when you have drafted a collection of players to form your team in the DSN Hockey Pool. Pool participants can check the web site weekly as I will be reporting numerous play-off updates “From The Penalty Box….”
Good Luck All!
Former NHL Referee #18
- Click on the “Log In” button below to log onto the DSN web portal and view your personal “Dashboard” page
- Top, left-hand corner of that page: Click on the icon beside the word Dashboard
- Click on Hockey Pool, then click on 2018
- You will see the list of all pool participants, click on your name
- To select a player: Click in the Available Players field, type the name of a player, or, to see an entire team, type the 3 character NHL team code (for example, WSH, CHI, BOS, etc.)
- Choose the player by clicking on the Add button beside their stats
- Continue adding players, staying at or below the Salary Cap of $150
- As you build your team, you will see your choices and their stats listed on the left side of the page
- Questions? Please contact email@example.com via email or call 1-800-388-3487, ext. 9364
DON’T FORGET to enter and save your Tie Breaker score. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the participant whose Tie Breaker number is closest to the total number of goals actually scored in the final series.
GOOD LUCK !
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