Wednesday, May 24, 2023

The copycat’s guide to what to learn (and to avoid) from the NHL’s final four

We’re down to four teams left in the playoffs, which means 28 teams standing around trying to figure out what went wrong and what to do next. This being the NHL, most of the those teams will settle on the obvious answer: Pick one or more of the teams that’s still alive, and copy what they did.

But which team? And what do you copy? That’s where we come in. It’s time for the annual copycat’s guide to the final four.

Every year, I like to find three lessons from each of the conference finalists that I’d like to see other teams copy. The emphasis here is on what’s fun for fans, since that’s the supposed to be whole point of this league. I’ll also find one lesson that isn’t fun but that I’m worried will be the one that teams choose, and try to talk them out of it.

Let's see which lessons the final four teams are offering up this year.

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