Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Monica McAlister on 06/03/14 at 06:05 AM ET
Thanks for checking in with the Kukla’s Korner NHL Hat Trick Challenge Advise piece number three. As you hopefully know by now 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 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 If you haven’t yet, 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 and see how you rank against others that maybe you flame war with in the comments.
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 the hashtag #NHLHatTrickChallenge to engage on Twitter as well today to go along with the NHL Hat Trick Challenge for bonus material and the additional prize giveaways!
Here are the questions for June 3rd:
1. Will L.A. score a power-play goal in Game 1? Yes or No
Look for both teams to try and feel one another out in Game 1 and emotions to be high with the Stanley Cup within reach for both teams. Special teams will come into play and look for both teams to capitalize on the advantages.
2. Will Carl Hagelin score a goal in Game 1? Yes or No
Look for the Kings to try and shut down the Rangers offence; but with so much of the offence spread around rather than heavily relied on a few key players this will be a challenge for the Kings.
Hagelin has been strong for the Rangers since making his NHL debut in 2011 after completing his multiple award winning college hockey career with the University of Michigan.
Hagelin is 13th in playoff goals, take out those eliminated and he is 6th and the second ranked Ranger (only Ranger with more is Martin St. Louis) with 10 goals this post season.
Though he is a top scorer for the Kings, and a strong defensive forward, look for Hagelin to score tonight in the Stanley Cup Final opening game in LA.
3. Which team will win Game1? Rangers or Kings
The Rangers have had some extra time off since clinching their Stanley Cup Final berth. Both teams have had to travel to LA as the Rangers had to wait for the Western Conference winner to be decided and the Kings has to head to Chicago for Game 7. With the Kings having to go to Game Seven in three straight series this playoff run look for adrenaline to kick in and help them get through Game 1; however, look for a slightly more rested Rangers to come out strong. It will be a game of goaltending and I give the edge to the Rangers for Game 1.
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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