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Play-in teams fairing well against top-seeded playoff opponents

After a few days of action during the first round, there's been some close battles between teams that fought their way in (not all, of course) and those who had a bye. Was playing do-or-die hockey actually beneficial for teams?
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After a few days of action during the first round, there's been some close battles between teams that fought their way in (not all, of course) and those who had a bye. Was playing do-or-die hockey actually beneficial for teams?

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