Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/21/13 at 10:55 AM ET
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
The Southeast Division sent a mere 21 teams to the postseason in 13 years under a format where more than half the teams in the league qualify for the playoffs. (Only eight even managed to get out of the first round.) The other five divisions? 43, 40, 39, 34 and 31.
As a group, the Southeast Division has a 19-19 playoff series record since 1999. To put that in some perspective, the Detroit Red Wings alone have won 18 playoff series over the same span, the Devils 17.
It’s the only division that has never sent more than two teams to the playoffs. The Atlantic Division, which will join the Hurricanes’ new division in its entirety, has never sent fewer than three.
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