By Sean McCafferty aka 30ranfordfan

Over the last few weeks, one of the biggest stories has been how tight the playoff races are shaping up to be. In the Western conference in particular, there was a few days in early February where only 3 points separated 3rd place from 11th.

We’re reminded daily about how ‘close’ and ‘exciting’ the playoff races are.  Sportscasters insist that if a team can just come in 8th place, they have a real chance to win the Stanley Cup – because in today’s NHL, a league of parity, everyone is so close, and so evenly matched.

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