5 years of playoff parity in the NHL
Although the Detroit Red Wings won more games, piled up more points, enjoyed more playoff series celebrations than any other NHL team, parity has prevailed in the first five seasons since the lockout ended.
There have been five different Stanley Cup winners since the lockout and an assortment of eight clubs have advanced to the final. The Red Wings also have made the most final-four appearances at three, and 12 of the 30 teams have advanced to the conference final at least once since the lockout.
Detroit, San Jose and New Jersey not only rank one, two and three in terms of regular-season success, this trio is the only group that has gone five-for-five in playoff appearances.
Only two clubs – the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs – have not made the playoffs in the past five seasons, and another eight have failed to win a playoff series. The clubs that have made the playoffs, but haven't won a series include: Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders.
Here is a glance at regular-season records and playoff success of each team since the lockout.
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