Avalanche Out As Thanksgiving Offers Snapshot Of Stanley Cup Teams

November 27, 2014 7:24 PM

Avalanche Out As Thanksgiving Offers Snapshot Of Stanley Cup Teams
" DENVER (AP) - Carve an extra piece of turkey to celebrate, David Backes and T.J. Oshie, because St. Louis is well on its way to the postseason. Treat yourself to another slice of pumpkin pie, Max Pacioretty, since Montreal’s virtually in, too.

At least, the numbers seem to suggest as much.

Since the 2005-06 season, NHL teams in postseason position entering the American Thanksgiving holiday have gone on to make the Stanley Cup playoffs 77.3 percent of the time, according to STATS.

So enjoy a heaping helping of mashed potatoes and gravy, Cam Fowler, because Anaheim is in prime position as the Ducks lead the Western Conference. After all, the top three teams in each conference on turkey day make the field nearly 90 percent of the time.

Just don’t mention those figures to players, because “it is too early to think about playoffs,” Washington forward Troy Brouwer said.

“It’s November.”

Fair enough, but what these numbers illustrate is that a fast start does, indeed, set up a team for success – or the lack of it.

A quick start to a season may be even more beneficial in basketball, though "

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