Top 15 Things We HATE About the NHL Playoffs

With the first round of the playoffs winding down, there has been no shortage of drama with this this year's spring showdowns. Heightened intensity and vivid angst have marked these matchups and helped produce the fierce climates we have come to love with the hockey being played at this time of year. We separate the pretenders from the contenders, and bare witness to the war of attrition that will serve to crown this year’s ultimate champion.

With the beaming spotlight that showcases everything we love about this sport, that same light can sometimes illuminate many of the games shortcomings. Whether it be in the quality of the TV productions, the way the game unfolds as a result of uncontrollable circumstances, or the way the game is presented to both die hards and casual fans via various media outlets, this year’s playoffs have brought forth some issues that plain and simply annoy man fans. Gary Bettman's circuit aims to gain in notoriety amongst an already ultra-saturated and competitive major sports league market in the US and to do so, certain issues must be resolved.

Here are some of the things we HATE about playoff hockey.

15 Pierre McGuire

14 Advanced Stats


13 Bandwagonners


12 Inconsistent Officiating

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11 Sidney Crosby


10 Wild Card System

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9 Cheap Shots

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8 Lack of Fighting

7 Key Meltdowns

6 The Eastern Conference

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5 It’s Not on ESPN


4 No Canadian Teams in Playoffs

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3 Don Cherry


2 Game Times


1 Your Team Doesn’t Make It

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Bottom line, despite all these nuisances, there is nothing more beautiful than playoff hockey. It is a race to 16 wins, a gauntlet that can last almost two months, all to claim the game's most coveted prize, Lord Stanley’s cup. Fans invest all year in ticket purchases, merchandise, TV program add ons to catch their team’s game and there is nothing more defeating and infuriating than when your team does not qualify. It is a long season to cheer on a team only to be left disappointed come spring time. It is one thing to go down in defeat during the playoffs, but it is a whole other level of disdain and hurt when you cannot cheer on YOUR team during the playoffs.

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