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02-12-2007, 10:56 PM
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Food for thought

In each of the past four NHL seasons, a team with fewer than 27 wins after 56 games not only made the playoffs but also went to the Conference Finals. Last season it was Anaheim, which had 26 wins through 56 games. In 2004, it was San Jose, also with 26. Both the Ducks and Sharks won 17 of their final 26 games to get into the playoffs. In 2003, Anaheim had 26 wins after 56 games and needed only 14 more victories down the stretch to qualify.

"Look at Calgary when they went to the finals in 2004," said Avery. "I think they were in 10th or 11th place at one point. "I remember they were trying to catch us when I was in L.A., and they did, and then they went on a run to the finals. And the same thing with Anaheim prior to that. They played great, too."
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