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.
Brown thought rookie Markelle Fultz was just “OK” after getting nearly all the backup minutes at point guard ahead of T.J. McConnell. Brown said he hasn’t decided if Fultz will be part of the postseason rotation.
“That remains a little bit of a mystery to us,” Brown said. “And it should. He hasn’t played, as we all know, much NBA basketball.”
With the win in the final European Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, Gronkowski moved to 3-0 on synthetic surfaces this season and punched his ticket to the Louisville classic on May 5.
Gronkowski closed out 2017 with a win, making him perfect in four starts since earning a runner-up finish in a pair of turf starts to launch his career.
The umpires misinterpreted the rule in the heat of the moment.
“What we had on the field, what Ronnie [third-base umpire Ron Kulpa] had on the field, was as soon as Stanton ran by him into foul territory there, he had him out for abandoning his effort, which gave Sanchez the base so when they tagged him, he wasn’t out.
“That was our explanation on the field. We were incorrect. The ruling is when a runner from second, in that situation when a runner from second has occupied third and the lead runner goes beyond third base to the outfield or wherever, runs past it, the interpretation is the runner from second is past that runner, the lead runner, so he is out automatically without being tagged.