Whatever you do, don't call it superstitious. It's not really superstitious. It's something you do every time. There are literally some guys out there who think that. they won't play well if they don't do the same (every time), Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones told CNN Sport, speaking ahead of the start of the playoffs. the NHL. Follow @cnnsport Let's face it, even if you 're having a hard time admitting it, we probably all have some habits that get us out of our homes and through each day. A Montreal Canadiens video team chronicled Andrew Shaw's intriguing pre-game routine - including eammate in the knee pad and orchestrating 50 different handshakes - in which he admits: I 've added little things that I find just help me get ready for the game. I think now it's just being superstitious in every game. Most players have a routine. If they say they don't, they are lying to you. Read more 'Rigid routine ' When NHL players are asked about their routine pre-game they often respond sheepishly, almost without commitment - Oh it 's not me but let me tell you about my teammate. Many players do not easily develop their routines. daily probably for fear of not wanting to appear weird or revealing a secret that someoneopponent, or worse yet a teammate, can use against them. Forward Mark S of the Winnipeg Jets Cheifele cautions, “We have (Dustin) Byfuglien on our team who is a big prankster, so anyone with a superstition probably needs to be sure. get rid of it if you play with the Winnipeg Jets. If you set up your poles a certain way. you put yourself in pads in a certain way. Buff will knock them down. Even so, Scheifele, who is the Jets' first goal scorer, has a ritual that afflicts several other NHL players - wanting to be the last skater off the ice after the 'warm-up. I'm the last to go. I like to be on the ice. I like to shoot everywhere. I like it when no one else is there. The way I see it is if I'm the last one out of the rink I'm the one who prepared the most. > JUST LOOKED Gabe Landeskog: Stockholm to stardom Replay More videos ... WATCH Gabe Landeskog: Stockholm to celebrity 02:50 READ: Gabriel Landeskog - From Stockholm to NHL Stardom 'Great One ' Widely known as the besttheir player to have ever played the game, The Great One Wayne Gretzky, said Graham Bensinger in 2016 , that in his day Snickers, Hot Dogs and Diet Cokes were the fuel that fed him through. Compare him to three-time Stanley Cup champion Sidney Crosby. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain relies on a simple peanut butter and jelly in there before every game. But don't let the simple sandwich fool you. Perhaps the most well-known are Crosby's pre-play rituals. But as someone who has won multiple Olympic gold medals and Stanley Cups, who can say they don't work? There are too many of them, it 's difficult now after doing things for so long to know what is a superstition and what is just part of your daily routine, Crosby acknowledged in an interview on p.ost-workout in 2017. There are a lot of guys here who have them - they just don't want to admit it. During season six of Crosby, an HBO film crew followed suit. Sid the Kid during his pre-game routine - willingly circling the arena so as not to walk past visitors 'locker room. The aforementioned Jones, who says he's not exactly superstitious, is quick to smile and point out one of his teammate's routines. Boone Jenner is one of the strangest ones I 've seen on the bench. Every time he comes to the bench for a shift he is going to take (a sip) of water , then Gatorade, water, Gatorade, spit, spit ... there's like a certain sequence. 's done. Jenner counters with, I'm not the worst. But in I'm t seems admit that if he has a good game or good scores, the next pre-game meal has to be replayed - until the same time, the same table and the same guy who goesie addition. Meanwhile, Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets almost seems to laugh at the superstitions - the All- star striker wears the No. 13 on his back when called out on the monotony of his chicken routine. and pasta, Atkinson replied, You should ask (Johnny) Gaudreau for his pre-game lunch. At this point, Atkinson cracked a big smile. Atkinson knows the Calgary Flames star well. So, well, Gaudreau does wear # 13 as a tribute to Atkinson. Gaudreau has pasta but has never had a pasta sauce in his life. So he gets a big bowl of pasta with nothing - not even butter, no cheese, nothing. I don't know how you do. can do that. Gaudreau also seems impervious to all of this. I am not at all superstitious. I was born on August 13. Friday the 13th JUST WATCHED Historic stadium hosts NHL Winter Classic Replay More videos ... WATCH The stadium historic hosts NHL Winter Classic 02:26 'Left side first ' Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, a 10-year veteran in The NHL hasn't learned to allow specific routines to dictate its approach to the game. You can't just throw a game away because you are superstitious. I have always told myself to make sure that you never let that affect what you do if you are unable to do it. It's the difference of having a routine and a great stition. Again, someone like that hasAnaheim Ducks tackle Corey Perry, two-time Olympic champion and Stanley Cup winner, readily admits he relies on his elaborate routine to prepare him for a 60-minute game. I stretch at the same time , said he told the Players 'Tribune. I cycle the same number of minutes. I dress left foot first - all left side first. Hit all doors on the way out (towards the mirror). The list goes on and on and on. again. The rituals of the Stanley Cup team playoffs vary; refuse to shave to grow beards thick as their teams advance to the Final, or the subtle tradition of to touch or not to touch the conference championship trophy en route to play for the Stanley Cup, and n 'Let ' s remember one of the most unique traditions of winning a title - spend the day with the trophy . WATCH ONLY The NHL's plan to grow in China Replay More videos ... WATCH The NHL's plan to grow in China 03:27 Confidence is the key There is scientific reasoning behind the myriad of rituals exhibited in the NHL. George Gmelch, professor of anthropology at the Universityfrom San Francisco, who has studied superstition in baseball for decades, says superstitions tend to be more prevalent in areas where there is a lot of uncertainty - such as elite sport. What they really do is trust each other, says Gmelch . If I do these little rituals, then I'll feel confident for this activity, and I can do it and do well. So for the next two months as the playoffs roll in, before the coveted Cup soars to the sky, keep an eye out for the unique individual routines - dare we say fun. But whatever you do, don't mention the word superstitious.