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3/15/2013 12:37 AM
I am getting very frustrated in my quest to complete the WIS career grand slam.  All that is missing for me, is a hockey title.

Not that it's not hard enough dealing with having to beat out chuck, nickneely, jakyll, mpalco, kidsims and so on and so on, who seem to be in EVERY open league I am ever put in, but I must be missing something when it comes to playoff success vs regular season success.

I have a career hockey regular season record of .543 (although its closer to .600 the last couple years due to the learning curve) in 40 WIS open league seasons, and I've made the playoffs 33 times.

That is where my problem starts.  In those 33 playoffs, the farthest I have made it is losing in the conference finals.  I have never even played in a championship cup series, and my career playoff win percentage is .415

I ask you guys, is there something that you successful cup winning teams do in the playoffs that you don't do in the regular season???  I usually do the "sniper/distributor/defender) thing on all four forward lines just like the regular season.  Do you make line four a pure checking line and move more scorers to the other 3 lines?  Do you put a Gretzky or Lemieux on the short hand line unlike the regular season?  Do you switch any settings?  Do you move Duggan to BOTH short hand lines?  

I am open to any suggestions.  It just makes no sense to me that I can go 48-22-10 or something like that in every league I join and get a top five seed, but then lose my first series 4-0 or 4-1 no matter who I play or from what seed I am.  HELP!!!

3/16/2013 2:53 PM
One of the things I do amerk is rest my starting goaltender as much as possible during the regular season. This way his energy is high and he is able to play in most, ifnot all playoff games. I'm also not afraid to switch lines around during the playoffs. I pay close attention to the players +/-, and if he is consistantly a - player, I will shuffle the lines to better "protect" him with better defensive forwards.
3/16/2013 5:36 PM
As someone who has achieved the WIS Grand Slam, I applaud ur persistence in obtaining this goal.  Have you tried the 3 goalie platoon that I outlined in my help thread?  U can use a 4 goalie rotation during the regular season (with the minor league goalie) then only ur 3 drafted goalies during the playoffs.
3/18/2013 12:38 PM
Don't ask the Toronto Maple Leafs. 
3/28/2013 11:50 AM
Line settings.

Everyone seems to think conservative and/or checking is the only way to play. Once the playoffs start I adjust my lines as necessary for each opponent. It is not uncommon for me to use aggressive or medium for one or both of my top two even strength lines.

Also, don't be afraid to roll with your backup/scrub goal tender. Sometimes they are smokin hot.

And, like Chuck mentioned, it seems helpful to have your #1 GT play a lower pct of games than he did in his real life season.
3/31/2013 4:48 PM
dont play in a league with Mr Jackyll or Mr. Chuck?? They always beat my butt
4/5/2013 9:03 PM
LOL...it's almost impossible to avoid those heavy hitters.  I think they play in every single league on here hehe
4/6/2013 8:28 PM
Posted by amerk1180 on 4/5/2013 9:03:00 PM (view original):
LOL...it's almost impossible to avoid those heavy hitters.  I think they play in every single league on here hehe
Some of the open league heavy hitters don't play as many theme leagues, or progressive leagues.  You might find one of those to be an enjoyable change-of-pace, as well.
4/28/2013 10:18 PM
Posted by the_jsa on 4/6/2013 8:28:00 PM (view original):
Posted by amerk1180 on 4/5/2013 9:03:00 PM (view original):
LOL...it's almost impossible to avoid those heavy hitters.  I think they play in every single league on here hehe
Some of the open league heavy hitters don't play as many theme leagues, or progressive leagues.  You might find one of those to be an enjoyable change-of-pace, as well.
So basically, the keys to success in the playoffs.... Avoid Jakyll and Chuck by joining other leagues.
5/1/2013 5:29 PM
Don't finish first...... at least that's me anyway.
5/18/2013 5:04 AM
I like to use the shadow option against the opponents top scorer but you have to alternate your checker cuz he'll get tired
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