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02-25-2013, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by MountainHawk View Post
No. There were teams with 20+ less points in the playoff over the fifth place Patrick division team a couple of times iirc. Example: 87-88 Rangers finish 5th with 82 points while the Whalers, Blues, Hawks, Leafs, and Jets all had fewer points (Leafs had 52!, ahead of the 51 on the North Stars). Hell, the Blues were a 2 seed with 76 points in the 80 game season. The Penguins finished 6th in the patrick with 81 points, more than all of those other teams.
That was when you had 4 out 5 teams in those divisions making the play-offs. You won't see huge discrepencies when it is 4 out of 7 or 4 out of 8. You will see a team miss the play-offs by finishing 5th with a better record than the 4th place team of another, but only a few points. Happens in the NFL where a team misses the play-offs while having a better record than a team that wins another division. People complain, but it doesn't hurt the NFL play-offs in the least.

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