The most meaningless two-game losing streak ever


Well, gee, this isn't good. The Canucks have lost two straight games to the worst team in the league by a combined score of 6-1 as we head into the playoffs.

These games are absolutely meaningless, both for the standings, as the Canucks have already clinched the President's Trophy, as well as foretelling what the Canucks might do in the playoffs.


A streak, whether it be a winning streak or a losing streak, have no predictive value, particularly when one team doesn't even need to show up to guarantee themselves a number one berth in the playoffs. I mentioned on Twitter that the 2002 Detroit Red Wings hit the playoffs having won zero times out of their last seven games. That team would, of course, go on to lose two to the Canucks, racking up their winless streak to nine, before winning the Stanley Cup.

In Michael Lewis' book Moneyball about the Oakland A's using non-traditional, objective-based methods to be a winning team in baseball despite one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, their General Manager Billy Beane refers to a "placebo effect" when evaluating small sample sizes.

It might be worth noting that, since the lockout, in the last five games before the playoffs, teams that have won the Stanley Cup have gone a combined 14-4-7 for 35 points. That looks like it's important for teams to hit the playoffs on a streak, until you get to the same record taken from the highest seeded team to be eliminated in the first round. The combined record of those five teams is 15-5-5, which also adds up to 35 points.

The Sedins stayed healthy. That's enough.

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