Tee-time bookers: Why your favorite team won’t win the Stanley Cup

For a handful of teams, it took the full 82 games to lock down a playoff spot, but the field is set for the 2018 NHL playoffs.

Any of these 16 teams could be in contention for the Stanley Cup come June, but only one team will win it all. So, what will send the other 15 to the golf course this summer without the sport’s ultimate prize?

No team is perfect, regardless of their dominance, and in a seven-game series, anything can happen. We looked at the underbelly of every playoff team and determined a tee-time booker — the statistical area that could prove to be its downfall, early exit and, yes, reason for a tee time at the local golf course.

Here is a look at the numbers-based shortcoming of all 16 playoff-bound teams.


The Predators appear to be a great all-around team, and have been chosen as the Stanley Cup favorites by many a pundit prior to the playoffs. What can trip them up? Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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