President’s Trophy Race: Red Wings, Canucks, Flyers and Penguins Out In Front

December 31st, 2010 by Commenting Always Leave a reply »
The President's Trophy is an accomplishment teams will aspire to. However, in the NHL it is almost a pointless award. Yes, it gives you No. 1 seeding throughout the playoffs, but it does not earn you a bye. In fact, the only thing the President's Trophy earns for a team is higher expectations.

Whoever wins this year's honor will look to not be the latest victim of the President's Trophy curse, recently befalling the 2010 Washington Capitals and the 2009 San Jose Sharks.

The NHL is a league where over half of the teams make it to the playoffs. This means that the top tier teams go in expecting a playoff spot, only wondering what seed they will get. While no one is predicting the Canucks to miss the playoffs, perhaps home ice will help the team finally make it to the Stanley Cup.

Oh another thing, an overtime loss in the regular season nets you half a win. In the playoffs, it's known as a loss. If a team is building points through overtime losses, they may be disappointed when it's playoff time.

One difficulty in comparing teams' records is that, like no other league, the scheduling is incredibly wonky. Within the same division, the Florida ...

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