Why you can't ignore second-half numbers
At this time every season, I make sure to take a close look at second-half records in order to give myself a better feel for the playoffs.
More often than not, the teams with the better second-half records have good playoff runs, which is why you should be wary, in some cases, of the final standings. Throw out the first half.
Case in point: Detroit and Pittsburgh were among the top teams in the second half last season en route to their Stanley Cup finals rematch.
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