An early look ahead to Round 2
In NHL playoff history, 210 teams have gone up 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Only 20 of those teams have gone on to lose the series.One first-round series is already over. Five other series are at 3-1 and, based on the math above, the leading team has more than a 90-per-cent chance to advance.
If we follow through and say that those clubs up 3-1 will, in fact, advance, we can already tell quite a bit about how things will line-up in Round 2:
In the East... The Sabres will play host to the Rangers unless Tampa Bay can upset New Jersey. If Tampa does advance, they'd play Buffalo and Ottawa would host the Rangers. If New Jersey wins, they'll host Ottawa.
In the West... The Ducks will play host to Vancouver unless Calgary can upset Detroit. If Calgary does advance, they'd play Anaheim and Vancouver would host San Jose. If Detroit wins, they'll host San Jose.
(Keep in mind there's probably around a 50-per-cent chance we'll see one of the five teams that's down 3-1 comeback, so we'll have to wait and see.)