UPDATE: Picks due by Wednesday, April 16 at 7pm et/4pm pt (Start of the Habs-Bolts series).

For those who are new, we have a little fun every year picking the winners of all playoff series here on this thread. 45 posters played last year. Link to final results below. Be bold. Make fun of those who are awful at this. Tell us why you make your picks. I'll track and send updates on the leaderboard throughout. Picks open as soon as the games end late Sunday and we know the full matchups in the West.

Last year, we had some great consistent efforts by the likes of goodnewsbears, Ronstar and a late push by Shupe, but in the end it was those with correct predictions in the SCF that rose to the top. **mattymcgee** took the title. He held steady in RD1 and RD2 then came through with the call in the Finals to eek by dc-bruins-fan, ThatHockeyGuy and moogfan35 for the win.

**Scoring**

You all know the drill.... for round 1, you need to guess the series winner and # of games it'll take for all 8 matchups. Also, don't punk out if you tank the first round. The points awarded increase every round, so anyone who stinks it up early can still win in the end. To recap the points awarded...

__Round 1__

10 pts for correctly guessing series winner

+5 for correct # of games

+25 pt bonus for perfect guess of all 4 series per conference

__Round 2 (Eastern and Western Conference Semis)__

20 pts for correctly guessing series winner

+10 for correct # of games (winner only)

+50 pt bonus for perfect guess of all 4 series

__Round 3 (Eastern and Western Conference Finals)__

40 pts for correctly guessing series winner

+20 for correct # of games (winner only)

+50 pt bonus for perfect guess of both series

__Round 4 (Stanley Cup Finals)__

80 pts for correctly guessing series winner

+40 for correct # of games (winner only)

+50 pt bonus for perfect guess of total # of goals scored by Eastern Conf Team

+50 pt bonus for perfect guess of total # of goals scored by Western Conf Team