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NHL Barometer: NHL Playoff Ranks

Jan Levine

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

Here are the 2013 playoff rankings, based on a final four of Pittsburgh-Washington and Chicago-San Jose, with a Finals of Pittsburgh-Chicago and Stanley Cup champ of Pittsburgh. In this strike-shortened season, each conference only played games against one another, so the Finals will match teams that have not played against each other all season.

Rankings are based on games played and expected points per game, PPP, +/- and PIMs by skaters and wins/shutouts by goalies. If your quarters, semis and finals differ, adjust rankings accordingly.

First, the lead-in to the rankings.

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