Wow! With Calgary’s loss tonight the NHL conferences went in opposite directions in the conference quarterfinals.
In the East, all of the top 4 seeded teams advanced: Ottawa, Carolina, New Jersey and Buffalo.
In the West, it was the opposite, the last 4 seeds advanced: San Jose, Anaheim, Colorado and Edmonton.
Had one of the top 4 seeds advanced in the West they may have had an advantage in the Cup finals against the East, which seems slated to beat each other up. Ottawa vs. Buffalo and Carolina vs. NJ should both be incredible series. But, the West still has parity and it will be competitive there too.
I hope the opposite happens in the East in the conference semifinals, which would have Buffalo advancing the the conference finals.