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How many franchises have won two cups in three years? …then missed the playoffs?

Two cups in three years In the so-called (post-original six) modern era: eight. Kings, Wings, Penguins, Oilers, Islanders, Canadiens, Flyers, Bruins. Los Angeles Kings, 2012, 2014 Detroit Red Wings, 1997, 1998 Pittsburgh Penguins, 1991, 1992 Edmonton Oilers, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990 New York Islanders, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 Montreal Canadiens, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979…

Question for my friends at Jewels from the Crown

While you were doing your “if then” post, I was doing mine. I reduced mine to a somewhat confusing chart. I preferred the clarity of your post. However, I’m not sure you’re right. I’m not sure I’m right either. I’m tired. But we ought to check each other’s math. Here’s mine: It’s kind of a…

Humble Pie

The pie chart is a graphic illustration of the chances of making the playoffs in the Western Conference. The only teams represented are the ones whose odds aren’t (as of 3-17-15) 100% (clinched spot) or 0% (eliminated). That leaves eight teams in play. And four spots. When all four of those spots are taken, you will see a nice…

Whoever loses to a bad team is out

That’s my prediction anyway. The Kings play the Oilers tonight. The Flames play the Coyotes. And Winnipeg plays the Avs, on Thursday I think. I don’t know who is going to make it and who isn’t, but I don’t think anyone can survive losing to a bottom-feeder.  

Post-game pie: not as bad as you think

The good news is that, as you can see, we’re still looking at three teams trying to carve up half the pie. And those thin lines represent the Sharks, Avs and Stars, all of whom are out. And, if this helps, most of the pie shrinkage today was caused by the Jets winning. Yes, the…

Intermission pie!

While waiting for the third period of the Canucks game to start, here’s what’s changed. The Jets beat the Wild (thanks, Wild). This had the following immediate effects: (1) the Sharks are now eliminated; (2) the Stars are now eliminated; (3) the Kings’ odds dropped 10%; (4) the Jets odds jumped 18%. The pie chart…

Still hungry? Have a little more pie!

Sharks lost, like idiots, to the Coyotes. Kings won. Flames won. Dumbass Canucks could have helped the Kings but didn’t, losing to the Jets. The Avs were officially out already. The Stars’ win over the Preds increases their playoff chances from 0.0 to 0.0 (which means that they are even closer to 1:2000 odds than…

Pie in the afternoon, Bobby

That thin green line between the Flames and Kings is what’s left of BOTH the Avs’ and Stars’ playoff chances. The Avs are OUT. The Stars, meanwhile, have odds that round down to 0, which means less than .05%. So, their odds not quite as good as 1:2000. But check back for late night pie, this may…

Consider the Sharks, pt. 2 (stupid &^%^&! Canucks edition)

An hour or two ago I posted this about the Sharks’ surge. While I was writing it, the Jets beat the Canucks. First of all, that’s a really ****ing irritating outcome. The Canucks — unless they plan on earning not one single point the entire rest of the season despite playing bottom feeders the last…