The NHL takes gets [and deserves] a lot of grief because more than half the teams get into the playoffs. But with four seven game series between the playoff teams and the Stanley Cup, no one will argue that the winner doesn’t deserve to hoist the Cup. The Av’s enter the playoffs with a NHL record 9th consecutive division championship under their belt. They seem to be back on course with two wins over the Wild after dropping the series opener at home. Sixteen wins are a long haul, but I hope to watch every one (thank you ESPN).