No Canadian Teams Make NHL Playoffs, Will Nation Tune In?

Forget growing a playoff beard, the majority of Canadians might just ignore this year's chase for the Stanley Cup. That's a finding reported by the Angus Reid Institute, whose online poll showed 54 per cent of Canadians who typically watch the sport may tune out of the 2016 National Hockey League playoffs. 

The reason? None of Canada's seven teams played well enough during the regular season to earn a playoff berth. More than a third of the Canadians polled said they are regular playoff viewers and would watch even though the homeland isn't represented, while nearly one in five said they had no interest whatsoever. 

Overall, 54 per cent of those polled believe they'll watch less playoff hockey than normal this year. The survey took place between March 28 and March 31. More than 1,500 adults participated in the Angus Reid Forum, an online market research tool that offers rewards for taking surveys. 

This is the first year since 1970 that no Canadian team will have a shot at the title. The last Canadian team to hoist the Stanley Cup, the Montreal Canadiens, did so in 1993.