NHL Simulators

If you google for nhl playoff simulator my NHL Eastern Conference Playoff Race Simulator comes in at #3 in the search results. While I was checking my Google ranking, I found a paper written by some professors from the University of Alberta where they used some simple Monte Carlo simulations in Excel to simulate the end of the 2004 NHL regular season, and then the playoffs. If you are of the less math-inclined persuasion, skim sections 2 and 3, but be sure to read at least section 4. Here is a reference to the paper:

Ingolfsson A. (2004), “Simulating NHL Games to Motivate Student Interest in OR/MS,” INFORMS Transactions on Education, Vol. 5, No 1, http://ite.pubs.informs.org/Vol5No1/Ingolfsson/