Can you tell me the three teams with the lowest payroll?
Take a guess its not that hard, you'll probably get all three.
Yes that's right, Phoenix ($42mil), Nashville ($44mil), and the New York Islanders ($44mil).
Now, can you tell me where those three teams sit in the standings?
Go ahead you can cheat.
Look at that, Phoenix is sitting 5th in the West with 61 points, with the Predators sitting just above in 4th with the same point total but one less game played. And leaguewide joke, the Isles are bringing up the rear in the East at the 8th spot with 52 points.
Chances are the Isles will eventually bow out of the playoff race with 32 games left to play, or at the very best, act as a 1st round doormat, (see 2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers). But the Dogs and the Preds look to be nicely entrenched in the West, but hey, anything can happen.
Just a quickie, I don't know, I thought it was interesting.