​The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been one for the record books, with amazing play from the most unexpected of teams.


The ​NHL playoffs featured virtually every upset possible throughout the first round, and that trend continued further with the Carolina Hurricanes advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.


Not only has the on-ice play intrigued the fans in attendance, but these playoffs have been the most-watched on record across the NBCSN networks.

​​For Game 7 between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night saw a 9% increase in total audience from a comparable situational game just last year. Also, six out of the eight teams who advanced to the second round set local rating records so far these playoffs.

​​The Conference Finals should continue the excitement, with the ​Hurricanes facing off against the Bruins, and the Sharks battling the Blues out West.


If the common theme of the underdog prevailing continues, we could witness a Carolina vs. St. Louis Stanley Cup Finals matchup. Needless to say, upsets are a formula that is working for the NHL.