TAMPA – That was fun.
When the NHL announced the format for the playoffs, there were many concerned about the qualifying round. It would create too much randomness and put some teams - who were a lock for the postseason - at risk of missing out, while rewarding other teams - like Montreal and Chicago - with a playoff spot despite almost no chance of getting in at the time of the pause.
They were absolutely spot-on. Both 12 seeds toppled the 5 seeds, in the end with relative ease. We saw an 11 seed advance in the Western Conference and, most importantly, lost Connor McDavid far too soon. But yo...
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