The Florida Panthers breezed throughout the first spherical of the playoffs after which were given bounced from the second one spherical so rapid we slightly had time for the once a year discourse concerning the Presidents’ Trophy and whether or not it’s a curse for a group’s Stanley Cup hopes.
For the report, it isn’t. First, there’s no disgrace in shedding to the two-time protecting Tampa Bay Lightning. Whilst it’s true that no group has completed with the NHL’s best report and long past directly to hoist the Cup since Chicago in 2013, there have been 5 double dippers from 1999-2013, or as soon as each and every 3 years or so. That was once a sizzling run for the dominant regular-season groups.
The NHL offered the Presidents’ Trophy in 1986, and 8 groups have adopted it up by means of profitable the Cup. That’s a 22 % hit charge. Now, let’s do a little elementary chance. Let’s say the primary spherical is a gimme for the most efficient group within the league (it isn’t, because the 2019 Lightning confirmed in opposition to the Blue Jackets). However let’s simply say it’s. Then, let’s say, in opposition to a excellent group in the second one spherical – within the present playoff layout, usually a department rival this is smartly provided to problem them – a two out of 3 likelihood. Give them any other two out of 3 likelihood within the convention finals. Honest? OK, now the Stanley Cup Ultimate is tricky, in point of fact a 50-50 proposition in any given yr whilst you imagine the bodily and emotional grind it takes to get throughout the first 3 rounds.
So… 1 (first spherical) occasions ⅔ (2nd spherical) occasions ⅔ (convention finals) occasions ½ (ultimate) is… 4/18, which reduces down to two/9, which is… 22.2 %.
The precise selection of Presidents’ Trophy winners pass directly to win the Stanley Cup as logically will have to. Till somebody screws up the maths subsequent yr.
Now, would possibly that be the Panthers? Smartly, the remaining group to win back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies was once the 2016-17 Capitals, they usually were given knocked out in the second one spherical every time. Higher to practice the trail of the Lightning, who were given swept by means of Columbus in 2019 and haven’t misplaced a playoff spherical since, and at the moment are midway to a 3rd directly Cup.
Clearly, the Blue Jackets’ sweep of the highest group within the league was once extraordinary, however the one different occasions a Presidents’ Trophy winner were given swept in any spherical have been the 1995 Pink Wings within the Ultimate in opposition to the Devils and the 1988 Flames in the second one spherical in opposition to the Oilers. It will have to soothe Florida to grasp that this type of go out turns out to have a monitor report of inspiration. Tampa Bay clearly is right here in entrance people now, whilst the Pink Wings gained the 1996 Presidents’ Trophy and 1997 and 1998 Cups, and the Flames, after their embarrassment within the ‘88 Fight of Alberta, gained the Cup in 1989. The Panthers can hope that’s simply any other parallel with the Fight of Florida.