It is rare in the NHL playoffs that we get to see the top seeds from the Western and Eastern Conference square off in the finals. In fact, the last time it happened was in the 2000-01 season, when the Colorado Avalanche defeated the New Jersey Devils in a classic seven-game series to hoist the Cup.
There always seems to be a sleeper Cinderella club that comes out of nowhere to wreak havoc among the top teams, even though they are considered favored by many critics to struggle or lose come May and June.
They are the underdogs.
With the playoffs drawing near, I thought it would be a good time to look at some teams that may just sneak in and cause some headaches to the superior clubs like San Jose and Washington come spring.
The band Spoon's song "The Underdog" may just say it the best, "You got no regard for the thing that you don't understand, you got no fear of the underdog, that's why you will not survive!" Something that for the Sharks and Caps to make a run, they will have to abide by.
With that being said here is my list of the top five underdog clubs heading down the the stretch, that if they make it in, will do some damage.