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Neutral Zone Wrap: Playoffs? Playoffs?! PLAYOFFS!

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Playoffs? Playoffs?! PLAYOFFS!

Now that we have your attention, we hope you are ready for the NHL postseason. The real games get rolling Wednesday and we're here to prepare you for your pools.

Never heard of a hockey playoff pool? First, welcome back from your sabbatical on Mars. And now that you've once again settled for oxygen-based terrestrial life, you'll be happy to know the format is simple to follow. So anyone can play. Yes, even you.

Most setups allow people to pick a set number of NHLers to see who can earn the most points based on predetermined categories. Unsure who to take? Don't panic. Below, you'll find four player tiers. And like financial transactions, each tier has its own risk assessment. Sticking to the safer bets may work in an ideal situation but you may need to make a few shrewd selections in order to stand out amongst the masses.

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