When hockey's chattering classes got down to making playoff predictions last week, a Penguins-Canucks Stanley Cup Final was a very popular pick.
But having bumbled through the first week with three losses each, Pittsburgh and Vancouver look like round-one cannon fodder.
History indicates that the chances of a comeback by either team are slim. No surprise there.
But if fans are looking for a sliver of hope, they might note that the big comeback is a little more common that it used to be.
Last year, the San Jose Sharks pulled off one of the biggest single-game comebacks in Stanley Cup history.
Falling behind 4-0 early in the second period, the Sharks storming back for a 6-5 overtime win in Los Angeles, and went on to win their first-round series.
It was just the fourth time a team had won a playoff game after trailing by four or more goals. Before that it hadn't happened since 1985.
Also last season, the Chicago Blackhawks came very close to a spectacular recovery.
After losing the first three games of their opening-round series to Vancouver, Chicago won three in a row and took game seven to overtime before finally succumbing.
All this came less than a year after Philadelphia's historic comeback against Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
The Flyers made it all the way back after falling into an 0-3 hole. That's happened just three times in the long history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Is it a coincidence that such unlikely events came in back-to-back years? Probably.
But if we see a similar comeback by the Penguins or Canucks, we might start wondering whether the NHL's current era of salary-cap parity has something to do with it.
The Greatest Comebacks in Stanley Cup History: The list includes both single-game and best-of-seven comebacks.
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