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Sharks/Blues Semi-Final Series Starts Tonight And Another ESPN.com Factual Error

May 15, 2016

The NHL Western Conference final/NHL semi-final series between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose sharks begins tonight in St. Louis.

St. Louis is roughly a 7 to 5 favorite in both tonight’s opening game and the series. They are in the “semis” for the first time since 2001 and just the third time (the other was 1986) since riding the obviously far weaker expansion NHL West to finals berth in each of their first three season (1968-1970), the only three in which that was possible.

Meanwhile the Sharks are (0-3) in semis, having appeared in them in 2006, 2010 and 2011. Typically, the ESPN.com preview of game 1 got those facts incorrect. See below:

“Both teams are strangers in recent years to deep playoff runs, and neither has won a Cup. San Jose, in the Western Conference final for the first time since 2005, took two of three during the season. ”

There was no NHL season in 2005 and “Jose’ made two semi-final appearances as I stated above after 2005.

 

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