The regular season is over. Now the second season begins!
The standings are posted here. If the old standings show up, click your browser's REFRESH button, and you should see the current ones.
Please check the standings to make sure they are correct. If I've made a mistake, please let me know before 12 midnight on Thursday night, or forever hold your peace.
The top eight qualify for the post-season. They are:
However, everyone is still welcome to post their picks. In fact, if you're close to the top 8, I recommend you do so. ploen_truth has already said he will not be participating, and if he doesn't, he will drop to #9 and everyone else will bump up one, allowing Chronicguy to qualify.
You folks by now all know the basic rules, so I'm not going to rehash them again. They're still posted here if you want to read them. There are just a few differences from the regular season.
First of all, the deadline for picks is midnight Friday night. No exceptions. Anyone who does not have their picks in by that time forfeits, and will drop out of the top 8. This is a little different from last year, and is the reason why I say if you're close, you should make your picks; it's the top 8 who participate who qualify. This usually doesn't come up, but it may this year.
Another difference from last year that isn't in the official rules yet, is that I'm not changing any more picks, at least not in the divisional playoffs. I'm leaving it up to you to make your picks strategically. But remember that only the top four move on, so if four people above you are making the same picks you are, you're guaranteeing that you'll be sitting out next week.
On Saturday I will post each qualifying participant's picks.
After the divisional semi-finals, participants will be ranked based on their record that week. The regular season standings will be used as a tie-breaker. So even if you're #8, if you're the only one to go 2-0, you jump into first place. Just like in the real playoffs, where all that matters is who wins that day.
The top 4 will qualify for the Divisional Finals.
So, without further delay, here are the games for the Divisional Semi-Finals:
Hamilton @ Montreal
Calgary @ Edmonton