Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/18/14

WASHINGTON DC, DC - SEPTEMBER 23: Brian Campbell #51 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the Washington Capitals during their preseason game on September 23, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, • Conventional wisdom is that the Western Conference matchup to avoid is the No. 4 / No. 5 fight between two of Detroit, Nashville and Chicago. After all, the thinking is, you’d rather finish sixth and face the Pacific Division winner. Here’s the flaw: travel. Since 2000, nine Central Division teams have won a first-round series against a team at least two time zones away. How many went on to reach the Cup Final? One. (That’s Detroit, which captured the crown in 2002.) • Had an interesting conversation this week with a non-Florida employee who really thought Brian Campbell deserves much more consideration for the Norris, and even a little for the Hart. Don’t know if I’d go that far on the latter, but he’s quietly lifting mountains for the Panthers. Campbell, who’s played every night, leads the NHL in time on ice (overall, even-strength and per-game). • Think the NHL was extremely unhappy about Quebec City’s arena announcement. Hated the timing, and l...
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