This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs are worth losing sleep over.
The 16 overtime games are only one short of the first-round record set in 2013. This year’s overtime rate of 40% (16 of 40) is higher than the 2013 rate of 36.1% (17 of 47). Last year, the first round featured only seven overtime games.
“To me, this is much the same,” Nashville Predators general manager David Poile told USA TODAY Sports. “The parity of the regular season has just carried over into the playoffs.”
Poile said the only aspect of the overtime run that surprises him is that there was only one in the Predators’ sweep 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…