Die By The Blade Playoffs Bracket & Pick n' Mix - Round Two

April 12, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; The NHL playoff logo is painted under the ice at Jobing.com Arena prior to game one of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

*UPDATE* The first round of the NHL Playoffs are now complete.

For the Bracket competition, here are the links to: Playoffs Bracket Rd2 & the Brackets Scoreboard - after Rd 1 the leaders are ZJW5150 & nwobigboy, both with 6pts.

For the Pick n' Mix competition, here is the link to the Scoreboard - after Rd 1 Ubiquitous leads the way with 13pts, tied in second with 12pts are Michael Brady and allhopeisnotgone, and in third with 11pts are bflo and Seanicus17.

While the Eastern Conference has three series going to Game Seven, the Western Conference is already cut and dried and know who's playing who and when. Phoenix take on Nashville starting Friday, while new top seed St. Louis play Los Angeles on Saturday.

The pot has been sweetened for both fantasy contests, with the winner getting a $25 gift card to the NHL Shop. Stay tuned after the jump to put in your picks for the Western Conference in both contests, and also to get in on the action in case you missed the first round.

Playoffs Bracket - (click to see original post)

The leaderboard has been updated, see note above. To make your picks, name the team you select to win in the comments:

Starting April 28th - #1 New York Rangers vs #7 Washington Capitals
Starting April 29th - #5 Philadelphia Flyers vs #6 New Jersey Devils

Starting April 27th - #3 Phoenix Coyotes vs #4 Nashville Predators
Starting April 28th - #2 St. Louis Blues vs #8 Los Angeles Kings

Each correct pick will garner you one point, and the person with the most points after the Stanley Cup Final is played wins it all. It's not too late to play if you missed the first round, but you'll have quite the handicap to overcome, so show us your hockey smarts.

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Pick n' Mix - (click to see original post)

The leaderboard has been updated and the schedule released.

Apr 28 - E#1 New York Rangers vs E#7 Washington Capitals
Apr 29 - E#5 Philadelphia Flyers vs E#6 New Jersey Devils

Apr 28 - W#2 St. Louis Blues vs W#8 Los Angeles Kings
Apr 27 - W#3 Phoenix Coyotes vs W#4 Nashville Predators

To play the pick n' mix challenge, for each of these series, we will need you to pick -

Series winner [winner] - give the team name
Series score [score] - score of the best-of-seven series
Series top goal scorer [goals] - give the player's last name
Series top assists scorer [assists] - give the player's last name
Team with most PIMs [PIMs] - give the team name

Once again, each correct pick gains you one point and the winner is whoever has the most points after the Stanley Cup Final ends. It's not too late to play even if you missed the first round. Leave your picks in the comments in this form (for example) -

St Louis 4-1 Backes McDonald St Louis
Nashville 4-2 Yandle Gaustad Phoenix etc

Get your picks in now - the picks for the Western Conference will lock at puck drop on Friday, and the picks for the Eastern Conference will lock at puck drop on Saturday.

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