ATLANTA - APRIL 10: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is knocked out by this right-handed punch from Evander Kane #9 of the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on April 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
From the top to the bottom, bottom to top, I've put my elementary school math knowledge to use and calculated the average height of each National Hockey League team. Rounding every number to the nearest tenth, a bulk of the squads will have duplicate totals, which is why they will also be ranked according to their numbers before they were rounded off. The slimmest of margins will separate 30 groups and, as shocking as it might sound, the Montreal Canadiens aren't the smallest bunch.
Shockingly, the three biggest units come out of the Eastern Conference with Washington leading the way while Tampa Bay and Toronto are right behind. Montreal was the smallest Eastern team, which makes their David over Goliath victory versus the Capitals that much more of a fairytale script, but the shortest overall honor belongs to the Detroit Red Wings. After the Canadiens, Buffalo is tied with three other clubs for the third-shortest ranking. Three of the four Conference Finalists were of decent proportions; you can guess which one is minuscule. Seven of the 11 most immense factions missed the playoffs, and the remaining four were bounced in the first round. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.