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12-09-2012, 01:22 PM
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Not to get into the middle of it, but I'm with Pete on this one. Even over the course of 48 (or whatever it may end up becoming) games, the best teams are still going to prove to be the best teams. Thus, you will still have a playoff of the 16 most deserving teams, which will compete for the Stanley Cup under normal circumstances. One may argue that the integrity may be tainted by one or two teams sneaking into the #8 spot for whatever reason - be it a hot streak, another team's cold streak, or a rash of injuries to a "top team", however this is just as likely to happen over an 82 game season, as teams typically overachieve and underachieve, and injuries are part of the game. That being said, you still have to win 16 games when it matters - and any team that can do that is absolutely deserving of the Cup.

Asterisk my hide. Even if the Devils won the lockout shortened season in '95, they were likely to do so anyway, as they proved to be one of the most successful teams in the NHL for the next 10+ years.

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