The NHL Playoffs are a time of year where results are often unpredictable and games can seem endless. During the regular season, several blowouts occur from teams needing some form of life. But the first couple of months are pretty indicative of which teams will be fighting for glory. In fact, 13 of the 16 teams who made it to the post season were in the top eight of their conference at the end of November.
There’s something in playoff hockey – though we’re well aware of it’s possibility – that strikes us either out of frustration or sudden disbelief. A sweep.
As a true hockey fan, and after many years of watching playoff hockey, you simply never want the games to end. The hope for an eternity of overtimes never depreciates. Maybe what’s most striking is that after an entire season of 40-plus victories, teams can’t manage to win just one of in a series of seven.
Some teams have no purpose being in the playoffs, squeaking in by only an inch. But sometimes those teams make for the most compelling story. Playoffs bring out the best in players as they are in high concentration mode with their intensity dial turned up to 12. It’s hard comprehend a matchup not being as evenly matched as we envisioned.
Two unpredicted sweeps transpired so far. Maybe if it weren’t for the fact it was the most difficult post season to forecast in recent years, the sweeps wouldn’t have been such a surprise. But hey, it’s the playoffs and anything can and will happen. Continue reading