Stanley Cup Playoffs '08: Where, Oh Where Did the Parity Go?

Chris GschwendtnerCorrespondent IMay 13, 2008

After seeing the Detroit Red Wings take Game 3 last night to go three games to none against the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Finals, I thought to myself, "Where did the league parity go?"

After all this talk about how the league is better than ever and the parity is amazing, we sure aren't seeing it this postseason.  With the exception of the first round of the playoffs, the second and so far third round have been filled with quick uneventful games.

The Red Wings swept the depleted Avalanche. The Dallas Stars took a 3-0 series lead against the Sharks only to win in six. The Flyers nearly swept the first place Canadiens except for Montreal's late heroics in Game 1. Finally, the Penguins handily ousted the Rangers in five.

With a lack of overtimes and lots of quick series, we have not seen the drama that previous year's playoffs have had.  We have only seen three series make it to seven games (all coming in the first round). Plus, the average overtime length is about six minutes long with the exception of the four OT Game 6 between the Stars and Sharks.

When I think of the NHL playoffs, I imagine overtimes in the wee hours of the morning, tough hard-hitting seven-game series, and lots of drama and action.

With the way things are going in the Conference Finals thus far, the hockey season will be over before we see the beginning of June.