The experience effect: Which playoff teams are impacted most?


As demonstrated by the Stanley Cup champion Penguins last season, experience can be a deciding factor in an otherwise evenly matched playoff series. That's good news for teams like the Predators and Lightning, who have big advantages in playoff experience over their first-round opponents, the Avalanche and Devils, respectively.
Using the previous career totals of each team's active roster, the series where experience might play the largest role becomes apparent, along with the individual players who are most likely to make the difference.
So, from the biggest differential to the smallest, here's the experience factor for each of the eight first-round series:

Experience: Nashville has 1,024 games, Colorado has 177
Advantage: Nashville, 847 games