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by Paul on 03/24/12 at 10:50 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
If the NHL playoffs began today, the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars would be the No. 3 seeds in the Eastern and Western Conferences respectively, as the division leaders (winners) in the Southeast and Pacific Divisions (and enjoy home-ice advantage in the first round).
But the Panthers and Stars have another discouraging fact in common – both teams have given up more goals than they’ve scored.
Through Thursday, Florida was sitting with 183 goals for and 201 against, while Dallas was slightly better – 193 for and 195 against. Somehow, it just doesn’t seem right that one team, let alone two, can potentially win its divisions, while being outscored over an 82-game season.
Of course, the Southeast is so bad this season that all five teams are in the same statistical deficit – more goals permitted than goals scored. Cumulatively, they are an ugly minus-109.
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