I agree that playoff seeding is meaningless. I think it is far more important for a team to win one of their first 2 playoff series in 5 games or less if they hope to win a cup. So they get that extra rest and chance to heal small injuries.
Colorado in 1996-97 was the last team to go through the first two rounds in 6 or more games and go on to win the Cup. (They did sweep Florida once there.)
Not really. Do the math over the course of 50 years. The better the seeding, the more statistically likely a team is to succeed. Your statistical sample is way too small to be relevant and it pertains only to the Devils. Ironically, during that exact same stretch of time to which you're referring the President's Trophy-winning Stars, Wings, and Avs all won the Stanley Cup after getting the 1st seed
Um because the top seeded teams usually got there by being the best team?