No doubt about that, but they have been pretty inconsistent lately falling behind and somehow keep winning games. If they keep playing like that their luck will eventually run out. One way to become on the run last year, as you noted, is gotta start working hard. That's why I have Nashville winning the west, they're one of the hardest and most consistent teams I've seen this season and if they falter then the most consistent team will win it.
I'm not sure you can luck your way to a President's Trophy, and then the following year luck your way to be one of three teams within one game of getting said Trophy again.
Obviously, anything can happen in the playoffs. But it's hardly "puck luck".
I think the West is the very definition of parity. Clearly, teams like Vancouver and STL will be favorites, but it's very possible that they get upset in the first round. Can't imagine anyone not preferring this over the days of powerhouse organizations.
any team in the west can defeat any team in a playoff series....parity
overall I think they are only a few teams to go all the way to the SCF
Van,StL,Nas....thought Det but lately they have shocked me with their up and down play
Chi certainly has played well the last mth even without Toews....and 5 gms without keith.but their goaltending leaves me with the feeling that they can win a rd or two but dont have the strength there to go deeper
SJ has been to inconsistent and dpeth scoring an issue again
La still major concerns on scoring ....
Phx still has to show the abilty to maintain a run in the playoffs
Neimi,Quick,Smith Rinne have all played alot of gms........may not be a factor for the first few rds....but later rds?
of course we could see all bottom four seeds defeat the top four and then it would be a whole diffrent puck game, and then the lesser deep teams have the chance to go deep.
and of course the top 4 seeds can have their own problems too....or just struggle in one series