And we’ve seen over the years … and heard from guys with Stanley Cup rings all over their hands … how important it can be to end an early-round series when you get the chance.
First of all, obviously, you don’t want to give the opponent any life at all. Second, later on these extra games you create, the additional travel, and the extra days off you lose, can come back to haunt you. And usually do.
You need 16 victories to win it all. The maximum number of games is 28. You want to use as few of the latter as possible to get to the former.
That’s it from me today. Got an all-day assignment, mostly away from the laptop.
Today’s sked: Nasvhille-Chicago Game 5; Pittsburgh-Ottawa Game 6 and San Jose-Colorado Game 6.