Nicholas Goss explains why he thinks allowing 20 teams to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs is a bad idea:
Having two thirds of the NHL qualify for the playoffs is way too high of a percentage. If additional teams are added, mediocre clubs would have an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup that they don't deserve.
Using Goss' rationale, the Los Angeles Kings may very well be the most undeserving Stanley Cup champion of all time. They scored a mere 194 goals during the regular season, good for 29th in the league. They were shut out a total of nine times (six of those losses were by a 1-0 margin). They had only one player top the 60-point mark.
With 95 points, the Kings snuck into the playoffs as an eighth seed, setting franchise records for offensive ineptness in the process. But while Los Angeles won't be remembered as the most exciting team in NHL history, their post-season performance, which included the ousting of the top three seeds in the Western Conference, was ...