Which teams are going to be the best and worst at even strength?
This week, as part of my responsibilities at Puck Prospectus, I wrote an article regarding the strongest, weakest and surprise teams for this upcoming season when it comes to even strength play.
Note: This article requires ESPN Insider access.
Here is an excerpt:
One glance at the weight assigned to the five-on-five category in ESPN The Magazine’s upcoming NHL projections will tell you how important it is for teams to excel at even strength. But allow us to briefly reinforce that point by telling you that the top 10 teams in even-strength goal ratio all made the playoffs last season. Only two teams in the bottom third of that category reached the postseason, and both were eliminated in the first round.
Read the entire article here.