The last couple of weeks delivered an official first round to the Stanley Cup playoffs. While they were many exciting elements and matchups in this round, one thing that stood out was the lack of balance in these series for the most part. Only three series made it to 6 games with the other five only going as far as Game 5.
We’ve already looked at what the Red Wings could learn from the 8 teams eliminated in the Qualifying round. Now we’re set to look at what Yzerman and Co. can gain from watching the 8 teams eliminated in the first round.