NHL Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference Simulations Post-Deadline Edition

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NHL Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference Simulations Post-Deadline Edition
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Back in January, when we were at the halfway point of the NHL season, I wrote an article wondering what would happen if the Eastern Conference playoffs were starting at that point. I analyzed the matchups that would take place and predicted who would come out of the conference to play for the Stanley Cup. 

Now that we are three days removed from the trade deadline, I figured I would do another playoff simulation. Almost every team in the conference added players to help and, obviously, some of the playoff positions have changed. Teams that were not in the picture in my first article find themselves in, and vice versa.

So if the playoffs were starting just after the trade deadline, who would be in? Would there be any upsets, or would the top seeds dominate?

Find out what I think would happen. As always, let me know your thoughts and predictions.

*Please note that all statistics presented in this piece are as of the end of games on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

 

Alison Myers is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Featured Columnist. You may contact her at Alison.Myers@mail.com or follow her on Twitter .

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