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01-19-2013, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Dado View Post
Not since the lockout.

There have been more 7 and 8 seeds in the SCF than there have been 1 seeds. In particular, our conference has sent as many 8 seeds to the finals as it has sent 1 seeds.
When you look at what seed wins the cup the evidence is pretty clear, even since the lockout:

05-06: 2nd (3rd in the league)
06-07: 2nd (3rd in the league)
07-08: 1st (1st in the league)
08-09: 4th (8th in the league)
09-10: 2nd (3rd in the league)
10-11: 4th (7th in the league)
11-12: 8th (13th in the league)

1 team has won without home ice advantage in the 1st round, and they're only the 2nd team to do that since the introduction of the current playoff format. Winning the cup without being a top 8 team in the league was virtually unprecedented until last season which I'll bet will go down as an anomaly.

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