Since parity, anyone has a chance it seems and as such bottom seeders have been fighting tooth and nail for at least a month and a half just trying to get a spot in the post season. Those on the top half, save for Detroit in particular, never really had a worry about getting in. The Detroit situation actually clarified it even further.
It appears we are going to see more and more of these type of post seasons as the years go on. Resting up for the playoffs is great, being in playoff mode for half a season is a whole different thing and has you better equipped to make it through the first and probably the second round. Im actually thinking that it may be better for a team in general to be a good road team and also on the bad half of the seeding due to what is more or less a post-season training session.
I dont know if I really like the possibilty of it but chances are in the 3:1 range that a #6-#8 seed will make it to the cup on a regular basis. Like it or not, it appears that this may very well be the case going forward.
Is this parities intent? Not only making it closer competition points wise but also to bring crappy teams to the top by salary cap?
Please tell me Im crazy and this is an aberration and not how the NHL is statisically going to turn into. Obviously the Blues are the massive outlier on the trend line and they also have a great shot of winning but overall it looks like the prospect of not making the playoffs is going to be a bigger part of the post season success equation then it ever has before.
Edited by Cali-Wing-Nut, 25 April 2012 - 10:32 PM.