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04-29-2004, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Janerixon
if 10 games are cut out there are 10 games less for a chance of injury before the playoffs...... less games also mean much more intensity and more meaning to each game, players may feel more pressure during the regular season and more urgency to play hard every nite.
I'd say more intense games increases the chance for injury. More checks will be finished. More shots will be blocked. More fists will be thrown.

Originally Posted by Janerixon
from an owners standpoint, less games means more of a chance to make the playoffs, the race will be much tighter.
Parts of the race will be tighter, but if you're Pittsburgh or Washington (as this years examples), there's a chance you're realistically eliminated before Christmas. Remember, owners are asking for "cost certainty". Under this schedule, if you struggle early, your season is financially lost.

Originally Posted by Janerixon
along with more interest in home games, it should be harder to get tickets making the demand go back up for games
More of a result of exclusive conference and divisional play than the shorter schedule.

LIRFan does make a good point about travel expenses, especially for West coast teams. Again, if you're talking about exlusive conference play, the shorter schedule is a moot point.

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