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02-02-2013, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by icKx View Post
You're appealing to outliers more than history.
Oh really? I am?

2006: Every bottom seeded team in the West wins in the first round.
2007: Rangers sweep Thrashers
2008: Top Seeded Montreal Embarrased by 6th seed Philadelphia in second round
2009: Ducks upend Presidents Trophy winning Sharks in 6 games; 6th Seeded Carolina Hurricanes upend both 3rd seeded Devils and top seeded Bruins.

2010: Philadephia embarrasses 2nd seeded New Jersey in 5 games; Montreal upsets the President's trophy winning Capitals and then the Stanley Cup champion Penguins; Bruins upend the Sabres in 6 games.

2011: Lightning sweep the top seeded Capitals in the second round.
2012: Los Angeles Kings plow through the top three seeds in the west; Washington Capitals upset the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins; New Jersey upsets the Panthers in seven games, Flyers in five games, and Rangers in six games.

These are all hardly outliers. They are common occurrences in the playoffs since the last year-round lockout. If you want to say playoff success is a measure of "contender-ness" then there are a couple of darn good teams you have to put on your "non-contender" list.

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