Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Monica McAlister on 05/28/14 at 09:08 AM ET
The National Hockey League and league sponsor Enterprise have partnered up for the NHL Hat Trick Challenge - an online prediction game featuring a series of questions to test hockey fans’ ability to predict various game outcomes. The individual who scores the most hat tricks throughout the playoffs will win the Hat Trick Challenge and receive a trip for two to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game!
Kukla’s Korner has teamed up and will feature the daily question’s today (read on), on this Thursday, along with June 3rd and June 5th. On our daily post days we will be on Twitter @KuklasKorner and @MonicaMcAlister discussing and promoting that day. Those that interact on Twitter using the official #NHLHatTrickChallenge hashtag will be entered for bonus prizes.
How to play…
It is a pretty easy to get started just go here and sign up for the NHL Hat Trick Challenge presented by Enterprise to predict what happens on the ice. As the amazingly faithful Kukla’s Korner reader you are, be sure to select the Kukla’s Korner league once you have signed up to play against myself and other KK faithful.
The objective is to accumulate the most “Hat Tricks” overall (not just in the Kukla’s Korner league). To score a hat trick, you must correctly answer all three daily questions based on possible outcomes involving the NHL playoff games. There are three new questions each day and each question only has one right answer.
You can go on your gut instinct or use some fancy stats to make your predications every day and of course check back here for the four days of content, Twitter hashtag interaction with bonus prizes or you can just flip a coin.
I created the Kukla’s Korner league as a public league already . Along with the league we will have posts about it, tweets, and some helpful commentary here on Kukla’s Korner but also on Twitter (@KuklasKorner and myself @MonicaMcAlister use newly added to the dictionary hashtag #NHLHatTrickChallenge to engage on Twitter to go along with the NHL Hat Trick Challenge for bonus material and the additional prizes.
Without further ado here are today’s questions:
1. Will Chicago score 4+ goals in Game 5? Yes or No
Chicago is heading into Game Five down 3-1 in the series and looking to extend their playoff run for a chance at repeating as Stanley Cup Champions; thus they are going to throw the puck at the net and try to break Kings’ netminder Jonathan Quick. Look for big games from Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews yet don’t count out the Kings’ defense in trying to wrap up this series and not push for yet another Game Seven in their run. Though Kane and Toews have had clutch performances in this series I do not think the Hawks will score 4+ tonight.
2. Will Jeff Carter score a goal in Game Five? Yes or No
Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Marian Gaborik and Justin WIlliams lead not just the LA Kings but the league in points for the playoffs. Marian Gaborik, and Jeff Carter have the top two spots for goals (Chicago’s Jonathan Toews is tied with Carter at 8); however, in net Corey Crawford has the better GAA and Save Percentage. It is a good even match up and why both of these teams are in the Western Conference Final. Motivated to prove 2012 was not just a fluke after the trade I see Jeff Carter moving up in the goals scored ranking tonight.
3. Which team will win Game Five? Kings or Blackhawks
I am giving the edge to the Blackhawks with tonight’s game being played at home and that they will have the visual of their Cup Banner from a year ago in the rafters and the fans behind them.
This is a sponsored post with contest rules and giveaway prizes provided by Enterprise. I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
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