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Bracket Challenge offers second chance to fans in Stanley Cup Playoffs

New picks can be made following first-round upsets

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - Dramatic outcomes in the First Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup® Playoffs have busted brackets in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge™ presented by Jägermeister. And now - for the first time ever - fans can have a fresh start with the Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Chance Bracket™. At the conclusion of the First Round and before the start of the Second Round, fans will be able to submit a new bracket at with their predictions for the remainder of the 2019 Stanley Cup® Playoffs.

While the grand prize of $100,000 still is available for initial entrants, fans that submit Second Chance Brackets will vie for a trip for two to the 2019-20 NHL® event of their choice. Once the Second Round matchups for the 2019 Stanley Cup® Playoffs are set, fans can start creating and submitting new brackets containing their predictions for the remainder of the postseason online or via the NHL® App. Brackets will be locked at 6:59 p.m. ET before the first puck drops in the Second Round. 

Hockey fans submitted more than 1.42 million brackets in the initial 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge™ presented by Jägermeister. Fans were tasked with predicting the winner of each series through the Stanley Cup® Final as well as the number of games for each First Round series.

The full breakdown of fan selections to win the Stanley Cup based on early bracket submissions, in order (teams in italics have been eliminated):

Champion Selected   % of Total
Tampa Bay Lightning   48.62%
Calgary Flames   7.22%
Boston Bruins   7.11%
Washington Capitals   5.95%
Nashville Predators   5.40%
Pittsburgh Penguins   5.13%
Winnipeg Jets   4.09%
Toronto Maple Leafs   3.75%
San Jose Sharks   3.58%
St. Louis Blues   3.29%
Vegas Golden Knights   2.58%
New York Islanders   1.00%
Dallas Stars   0.71%
Colorado Avalanche   0.66%
Carolina Hurricanes   0.47%
Columbus Blue Jackets   0.43%

All prizes are subject to confirmation of eligibility and compliance with winner notification requirements. Tiebreaker rules apply in the event of a tie. There is no purchase necessary to participate. For Official Rules, visit and NHL Network™ will offer comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs. NHL Social™ will showcase brackets from the Famous Fans League, which currently is led by NBC host Willie Geist.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Open to legal residents of the 50 US/DC, CA, BG, CN, CZ, DK, DE, NL, NO, RU, SK, SE, CH and UK (excluding Northern Ireland), 21+. 1 Grand Prize: $100,000 USD. Second Chance Bracket Promotion begins following the conclusion of the First Round not later than 2:00 a.m. ET on April 25, 2019. 1 Second Chance Bracket Prize: an NHL® event package valued up to $5,000. Skill test applies for CA residents. Sponsor: NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises, LLC. See official rules at for additional details and prize restrictions.

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