Favorites Look To Rule: Round One of NHL Playoffs

April 13th, 2010 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »



Generally speaking, there are always upsets in the NHL playoffs. The biggest are those round-one series where the No. 8 seed summons the spirit of Ken Dryden and slays the unbeatable Presidents' Trophy winner.


Since the Presidents' Trophy was first handed out for regular season supremacy in 1985-86, only seven of those teams have gone on to win the Stanley Cup. Washington Capitals fans be warned, that’s only 30.4 percent of the time.


This year, however, it feels different. Despite some major issues dogging almost all the top teams, the first round doesn’t seem ready to deliver any upsets. It feels like it’s all favorites, all the time.


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