Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/11/12 at 12:57 PM ET
Top 5 storylines from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
1. Will Shanahan Bring the Iron Fist?
How will the games be called and what kind of hammer will Lord of Discipline Brendan Shanahan wield should supplementary discipline be required in the playoffs? There were rumblings at the GMs’ meetings in Florida in March that GMs were unhappy that officials had let too much go in terms of obstruction fouls and the expectation was there would be more calls down the stretch….
2. The Weak Shall Inherit the Berth
The inequity of the playoff system that sees weaker sisters atop the Pacific and Southeast divisions enjoying home-ice advantage in the first round means that the most compelling series will feature Central Division foes Detroit and Nashville and Atlantic Division rivals Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Both series should make for must-see hockey and indeed the emotion surrounding the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series is at a fever pitch. But it’s a shame two of those four teams will be done before the end of April while lesser teams will continue their quest, all in the name of creating artificial drama down the stretch with the current six-division format.
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