Lightning Confident Despite Blackhawks’ Huge Edge in Stanley Cup Experience

June 2nd, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

TAMPA, Fla. — There is no fancy stat that can measure the value of experience. There is no website in the world that concocts charts with shaded circles to indicate which team has the edge in "experience/60" in tied or close postseason games.

That doesn’t mean it’s not important; it means that without the ability to scientifically or mathematically quantify it, we are just guessing. 

The 2015 Stanley Cup Final will be a test in this regard, as the Chicago Blackhawks will be attempting to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons after participating in their fifth conference final in seven seasons, while the Tampa Bay Lightning can’t believe how totally cool the Prince of Wales Trophy is.

Maybe it’s not that extreme, but the Lightning are the second-youngest team in the league with an average age of 27.2, while the Blackhawks are the third-oldest club and more likely to take advantage of the early-bird specials here in Florida with an average age of 29.6, according to NHL Numbers.

Chicago’s Joel Quenneville has coached more postseason games (198) than Tampa Bay's Jon Coo ...

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