2010 NHL Playoffs: This Is What Parity Looks Like

May 26th, 2010 by Dan Smith Leave a reply »
There is no comparison to the NHL Playoffs. If the seven and eight seeds made it to the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals, then we would be watching a Charlotte Bobcats-versus-Chicago Bulls East Finals.

Like that would ever happen.

The more apt comparison, but I still stand by the statement that there is no comparison, would be to the baseball playoffs. Orel Hershiser, in a sense, stood on his head in the 1988 MLB Playoffs as he led the L.A. Dodgers to the World Series win over the heavily-favored Oakland A's. That was after the Dodgers upset the favored New York Mets in the NLCS.

A hot goalie in the NHL plays every game, though. A hot starting pitcher in baseball cannot.

Staying in the time machine back to 1988, Danny Manning led the Kansas Jayhawks to an improbable NCAA Tournament win, but he only had to win six games.

Nope, there is no way that the NHL Playoffs can be compared to anything else in sports. If the league had a better TV deal then maybe America would find out what a great spectacle the Stanley Cup Playoffs are every year.

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