The current year’s Stanley Cup playoffs merit losing rest over. The 18 extra minutes recreations broke the first-round record set in 2013. The current year’s extra time rate of 43% (18 of 42) is higher than the 2013 rate of 36.1% (17 of 47). A year ago, the first round included just seven additional time amusements.
“To me, this is much the same,” Nashville Predators general supervisor David Poile told. “The parity of the regular season has just carried over into the playoffs.”
Poile said the main part of the extra minutes run that shocks him is that there was just a single in the Predators’ compass over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Western Conference’s top seed.
“When you look at the point differences around the league, why wouldn’t you believe that any team can beat any other team?” Poile said. “The point totals are close.”
Only three wins separated the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues in the regular season and they had two games decided in overtime among their five games. One win isolated the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks in the general season and they had two extra time recreations in six diversions.
The Boston Bruins and Ottawa both claimed 44 wins this season and they played four overtime games.
One point isolated the Montreal Canadiens (103 points) and New York Rangers (102 points) in the customary season and they played two overtime games.
Strangely, the biggest regular-season points gap was between the Washington Capitals (118) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (95) and they played five extra minutes amusements in their six-game series. Washington plays Pittsburgh subsequent to beating the Maple Leafs in their series 4-2.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he has three TVs set up alongside each other to enable him the opportunity to monitor multiple games simultaneously.
This year, two of the 18 extra minutes amusements have required a moment OT period to settle the score.
“Not only do I stay up, I’m up after I fly back from somewhere else,” Bettman said at a meeting with individuals from the Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday at the NHL offices.
Does he remain up considering games are compelling or because he is ensuring the amusements are being dealt with appropriately?
“Little bit of both, but more the first,” Bettman said. “It’s compelling. It’s exciting. It’s worth not sleeping over. I also want to make sure everything is OK. But even if I fell asleep – which I don’t – if something wasn’t OK I would get a phone call within 20 seconds from hockey operations.”
The NHL’s hockey operations department monitors every game continuously.