The Pick 5 Hockey Pool is our newest offering at HostedPools. It’s a variation on a basic Pick’em Hockey Pool, where you only select 5 games each weekend instead of the full slate of games on the schedule. On the football side, it’s become quite a popular set up, as there is a huge one run by one of the Vegas Hotels for serious money, dubbed the SuperContest. We have had a number of requests to add the format for hockey, and we’ve heard the suggestions and added it.
Pick 5 Hockey Pool Basics
For each weekend of the NHL regular season, you pick the winners of 5 different games for the weekend. Each pick you make is on the ‘puck line’ or spread as it’s more commonly known on the football side, so if you take the favourite, they have to win, and cover the spread for you to earn a point. If you take the underdog, and they lose by less than the spread, you earn a point. If the team you pick “pushes” (the home team score plus the spread value, equals the visitors score), you earn a half a point for that game.
On HostedPools, our deadlines are always at 1pm (Eastern) on Sundays, but we allow you to select a team from an earlier game as long as your pick is in prior to the listed game time.
Pick 5 Football Pool Options
Pick 5 Hockey Pools generally use The Puck Line (Spread), but if you have more casual fans/entrants, you could always make them pick 5 games straight up. We generally advise using the straight up option for hockey pools to begin with.
Some pools will consider the game complete at the end of regulation, or overtime for scoring purposes. Our preference is to use the final score, but more serious pools like to have the option.