Originally Posted by out_here_grindin
The NHL has the best parity in the sports leagues. Every team has made the playoffs at least once since 2006 (the Oilers have the longest post-season gap, last making it in 06). Baseball has teams that haven't made it since the 80s and the NFL has the Bills which have not made the playoffs since 1999.
Yes that's why I love the NHL so much. In a given season, most teams in the league have a realistic chance of reaching the playoffs, and then most of the teams in the playoffs have a realistic chance of winning the Stanley Cup. In the NBA, usually only a maximum of 3-4 teams have a realistic chance of winning the Larry O'Brien trophy in a given season, and many teams have no shot of even making the playoffs.
Really the NHL playoffs are so much more exciting than the NBA playoffs. In fact the 1st round of the NBA playoffs are often (but not always) very predictable and a complete waste of time.
Given that the NFL has a 16 game regular season and then winner-takes-all single elimination playoff rounds, it's incredibly impressive how the NHL, with it's marathon 82 game regular season and best of 7 series playoff rounds, measures up against it in terms of parity.
I suppose the inherent nature of basketball reduces NBA parity though. NBA teams have much smaller roster sizes than the NHL or NFL, so it's easier for them to build their teams around a few superstar players. These superstars then get a lot more playing time and far more opportunities to score than in those other 2 leagues, meaning that the team with the strongest roster is more likely to win the championship and potentially dominate for a few years.