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12-06-2011, 12:22 AM
One Trick Pony
Join Date: Jul 2006
If you look at last year's standings in the East the playoffs would have been
Bos vs Buff
TB vs Mtl
Wash vs NYR
Phi vs Pit
The same 8 team would have made the playoffs. Not bad, but you'd need a bigger sample size to see how other years would've looked, not to mention that the schedule would have been different.
In the West, Dallas would have made it over LA. I think if we look at a larger sample there is probably going to be a bigger effect on Western teams because they have 8 teams per conference vs 7 for the East.
But like everyone here agrees on, there's always going to be stronger and weaker conferences. I just hope that either 2 teams disappear or 2 new teams join the NHL, question of fairness. For now I will enjoy the 7-team conference
edit: lol in 2008-2009 6 of the 8 playoffs team were from the "Atlantic Conference". The 2 other were the Bruins in #1 and Habs in #8. We would have faced Florida which was #9 otherwise. This is surely going to happen when some divisions will be stronger than other and it's pretty sad. It's the reason why I find the MLB and NFL a joke. Teams that have bad records can make it over teams with good records only because they play in a bad division.
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