Before the focus falls on the Spokane Chiefs' playoff series with Everett, a few numbers from the just-completed regular season stand out. Read story
Actually, the number that stands out from the Chiefs' regular season is .500, as in a team's record when it wins half of its games.
Now, to be fair, Spokane's record would undoubtedly have been better if not for the rash of injuries that hit as 2014 turned into 2015. The Chiefs' record on Dec. 31 was 21-12-3-0. Five weeks later, it was 24-22-3-1.
Also, any regular-season numbers won't mean a thing if the Chiefs play well in postseason, when their roster is close to full strength again.
But in almost every way, Spokane (34-34-3-1) went through it's 72-game schedule alternating wins and losses.
--Spokane finished 17-17-2-0 at home, almost identical to its 17-17-1-1 record on the road.
--The Chiefs finished 27-26-2-1 against the Western Conference and 7-8-1-0 against the Eastern Conference.
--Within the Western Conference, Spokane was 18-17-2-1 against its U.S. Division and 9-9-0-0 against the B.C. Division.
--Within their division, the Chiefs finished 4-4 against Portland and were 3-3-1-0 against Everett until Sunday's setback in which neither team played its full roster.
Only against Tri-City and Seattle did the trend not follow. The Chiefs won eight of 12 games from Tri-City and lost seven of 10 to Seattle.
Everett may have won the U.S. Division, but Spokane matched up well against the Silvertips this season. Four of the eight games were decided by one goal, and all eight were decided by two goals or less.
Expect a tight series when the teams begin the first round Friday at Everett.