Froggy wrote:There is no such thing as the president's trophy curse. Since 1980, the top overall team has won the cup like 27% of the time. 16 teams make the playoffs, so that's a 6.3% chance per team. The top team is 4X more likely to win the cup than random chance would dictate. not a curse.
Yuuuuuup. For some reason, the fact that the President's Trophy isn't an automatic Cup win has lead to some weird belief that you don't want to finish on top. I remember looking at the numbers a couple years ago and basically it was pretty clear over the last 20+ years that your chances of winning the Cup are much better the higher your seed is. Certainly, finishing first in the regular season guarantees nothing, it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone if the Pens don't win the Cup. That would really suck if they don't, of course.
The Pens did good this year. It was frustrating the last few seasons to see them fall just short of the division and have to settle for a tougher 4-5 match-up in the first round. Glad to see they've set themselves up for a favorable run.