There are few certainties in life, and even fewer in sports. All the Las Vegas odds in the world don't mean jack once the puck drops, the tip-off goes down or the green flag is waived.
That's what makes traditions and patterns so special. Yes, that's why playoff beards are so revered.
From the 15-year-old kids who can barely grow stubble to the 41-year-old NHLer just looking for one more crack at Stanley Cup greatness, playoff time is synonymous with wild and crazy facial hair. The tradition harks back to the great New York Islanders teams of the 1980s.
After winning four straight Cups, the Isles must have been doing something right, after all.