Download The 2012 NHL Quarterfinal Playoff Schedule; 2011-12 Season Facts
The NHL officially released the postseason schedule for the 2011-12 Stanley Cup quarterfinals yesterday, with games beginning Wednesday, April 11th.
With the regular season all wrapped up and the postseason ready to roll, the League also announced some interesting facts about the 2011-12 season:
Four teams (Florida, New Jersey, Ottawa and St. Louis) qualified for the
2012 postseason after missing the 2011 playoffs.
· One season after finishing last in the East, Florida won its division
– becoming the first team to achieve such a feat since the NHL
adopted the two-conference format in 1974-75. The Panthers won the
Southeast and clinched their first playoff berth since 2000, ending
the longest drought in the League.
· Florida’s Stephen Weiss will make his playoff debut after 637
· Prior to this season, no NHL division included four teams that
collected 100 or more points. This season, there were two such
divisions – the Central (St. Louis 109, Nashville 104, Detroit 102,
Chicago 101) and the Atlantic (NY Rangers 109, Pittsburgh 108,
Philadelphia 103 and New Jersey 102).
The Longest Waits
Washington’s Roman Hamrlik has played the most regular-season games (1,379)
without playing for a Cup winner. Next in line among playoff-competing
teams: Shane Doan, Phoenix (1,198 games).
Players in this playoff who have played the most playoff games without
being on a Cup winner: Patrick Marleau, San Jose, 124 playoff games; Joe
Thornton, San Jose, 109; Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa, 107; Simon Gagne, Los
Angeles (injured), 105; plus Ottawa’s Chris Phillips, Washington’s Roman
Hamrlik and Philadelphia’s Danny Briere, all at 97.
While the average announced attendance of 17,445 per game was 25 spectators
per game short of the record 17,470 in 2008-09, NHL teams played to 95.6%
of capacity in 2011-12 compared to 94.8% of capacity in 2008-09.
What do you think? Who is going to win the cup?
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