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Parity produces worst Stanley Cup in 20 years?

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09:40 AM ET 05.27 | Congratulations, everybody! We have the worst Stanley Cup final in more than 20 years! That's only technically speaking, of course, as New Jersey and Los Angeles should be solid entertainment. But when the Devils beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime on Friday night to set up a date with the Kings, it meant the ninth and 13th overall teams from the regular season will battle it out for the right to hoist Lord Stanley's mug. New Jersey was ninth overall and the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Kings were 13th overall and eighth in the Western Conference. Their regular-season placings total 22. The only higher sum was in 1991, when the No. 7 Pittsburgh Penguins beat the No. 16 Minnesota North Stars. In fact, not since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1980 has the better seed among the finalists been as low as No. 9 overall. Parity has never been more prevalent.

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May 27, 2012  09:50 AM ET

But even so, the NHL would have to expand the playoffs to give the Jets, Leafs and Habs a chance.

May 27, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Sounds like those grapes are pretty sour up in Winnipeg.

May 27, 2012  10:05 AM ET

Happy Memorial Day weekend to my American friends.

May 27, 2012  10:39 AM ET

Thanks for the greeting, Canuck. You know during any war America was always supported by the Canadian armed forces. This holiday we should also remember those from the north who gave their lives, and today still do today. To any Canadian Vet out there... Thank you from a grateful American citizen.

May 27, 2012  10:42 AM ET

Their are missing the point here. NBC is probably loving it because of the big two areas for tv ratings LA and NY.

May 27, 2012  10:44 AM ET

Only 7 points separated these two teams during the season. This should be a great final. I don't know what they are smoking in Winnipeg?

May 27, 2012  10:44 AM ET

It all stems from the goaltending. Quick is the best, and that allows the defensemen to step up and take chances knowing that they do not always have to get back. GO KINGS

May 27, 2012  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Only 7 points separated these two teams during the season. This should be a great final. I don't know what they are smoking in Winnipeg?

The shorter answer would be what aren't they smoking...

May 27, 2012  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Their are missing the point here. NBC is probably loving it because of the big two areas for tv ratings LA and NY.

Yeah, but game 3 and 4 are on NBCSports. But yes, a guaranteed 3 rating at worst for this series. Bring on the sponsors! I still miss the old Labatt's Blue Commercials (with My Blue Heaven as the theme from the early 90's).

May 27, 2012  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Happy Memorial Day weekend to my American friends.

Ditto. Canadiens have always had our backs.

May 27, 2012  10:47 AM ET

Dont blame the teams, blame the stupid 3 point games for parity. The reason everyone is close is because everyone gets a stupid point every game. I know the Peg didn't have the NHL for a while but they should realize that.
Oh and what a glorious weekend this still is.

May 27, 2012  10:49 AM ET

I'll watch the finals, but doubt that my heart rate increases much.

May 27, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It all stems from the goaltending. Quick is the best, and that allows the defensemen to step up and take chances knowing that they do not always have to get back. GO KINGS

Quick may end up winning the MVP even if LA loses (which I don't think will happen) but can the LA offense crack the front of the net of NJ's Defense. That, IMHO, is the key.

May 27, 2012  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Thanks for the greeting, Canuck. You know during any war America was always supported by the Canadian armed forces. This holiday we should also remember those from the north who gave their lives, and today still do today. To any Canadian Vet out there... Thank you from a grateful American citizen.

Well put!

May 27, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Dont blame the teams, blame the stupid 3 point games for parity. The reason everyone is close is because everyone gets a stupid point every game. I know the Peg didn't have the NHL for a while but they should realize that.Oh and what a glorious weekend this still is.

Agreed. It is like giving every kid at the tournament a trophy so they don't hurt any feelings. Also,I wouldn't be too sad if they got rid of the shoot out. Only two points from a game. Go earn them!

May 27, 2012  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Agreed. It is like giving every kid at the tournament a trophy so they don't hurt any feelings. Also,I wouldn't be too sad if they got rid of the shoot out. Only two points from a game. Go earn them!

Seconded! Get rid of the extra point! No one complained before the switch!

May 27, 2012  11:21 AM ET

Prepare for a bunch of (Yawn) 2-1, 1-0 games!

May 27, 2012  11:22 AM ET

It's all about getting hot at the right time. Look at the NFL, the last two SB winners barely made it into the postseason, both making it on the last day of the season.

May 27, 2012  11:29 AM ET

In a related story, the Winnipeg Sun is the worst newspaper in the history of newspapers

 
May 27, 2012  11:48 AM ET

Nonsense. I watched the Kings run over the Coyotes from center ice. They are a great team. Too bad they take so many dives. Brown goes down in a gust of wind. I really believe that they could have won out without all the cheating.

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