We’ve got a couple contests as we head into the postseason — finally! — tomorrow.
Send me, via e-mail, your “before” photos before Game 2 on Friday. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This time I am going to ask you to please, within the e-mail, tell me your real name and the name by which you want to be identified … i.e. your screen name. And I need your real e-mail address in case I have questions.
Once the Rangers are eliminated, or once they raise the Stanley Cup, whichever comes first, I will ask those who submitted “before” photos to send me “after” photos. Then we will decide, somehow, who won. Not sure what the prize(s) will be.
Second is the predictions contest. Between now and the Game 1 “It’s Go Time” thread, post your series predictions in the comments on this thread. Please, for my sake, use this thread only for your predictions, don’t make me scroll through other threads. I will put reminders in any and all new posts between now and gametime. Contest ends when “It’s Go Time!” post goes up tomorrow after 6:30.
Here’s how it works: Pick all eight first-round series, winner and number of games. Then give me tiebreakers: Score of the clinching game of the Rangers-Capitals series, GWG in the clinching game of the series, number of saves for Henrik Lundqvist, Chad Johnson or Martin Biron (or other goalie for the Rangers) in the clinching game of the series.
The first tiebreaker after the number of correct series winners is determined, will be the number of correct series predicted with the exact number of games. Then we will go with score of Rangers-Caps clinching game, GWG, and saves. OK? If any problems arise, the decision of the judges (me) will be final. Or I’ll just award the title to Sally!
(Oh, one more little thing: Don’t even dream about entering more than once. If I don’t recognize a screen name, I will check IP addresses and I will send CCCP over to your house).
Not sure what kind of prizes there will be. I have some programs from this season, and I might be able to round up some other cheap (or free) stuff I gathered, or will gather.
Here are my picks:
Rangers over Caps in 6.
Flyers over Baby Buffaloes in 7.
Bruins over Canadiens in 5.
Lightning over Penguins in 7.
Canucks over Blackhawks in 7.
Sharks over Kings in 5.
Red Wings over Coyotes in 6.
Ducks over Predators in 6.
(Your tiebreakers should look like this: Clinching game-Rangers 7-1, GWG-Avery, Saves-93).
Later tonight or tomorrow I will have my position-by-position matchups, and my column on King Henrik Lundqvist. I will also have some Stanley Cup playoff odds from Bodog.com.