Thread: TSN: 4 Divisions next year
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12-07-2011, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by eliash View Post
How does this make it more fair?

Imagine that the playoffs spots are determined at the end of the season by taking the 16 best teams, no matter what division. Do you really think that this eliminates the fact that some divisions will be weaker than others? It doesn't... If a division has 3 of the bottom 5 teams in the league, then all other 4-5 teams within the division will rack up the points against them while you only play twice against each of those teams. This gives them an edge over you and it's not like there is something you can do about it. Conversely, there IS something you can do about making the playoffs when 4 of 7/8 teams make it per division. Why? Because you fricking play half your games against these teams!

With this schedule, the less teams you insure a playoff spot per division, the less fair it gets (the same way it gets less fair the more you cut the league in divisions). Also with this schedule, the only fair thing to do is to consider each of the divisions separately, because each division has essentially the same exact schedule. And I emphasize that. Why do you think that Dallas didn't make it over the Rangers last year?

What the NHL did is exactly the same as what we have now, but with 4 conferences instead of 2. If you say that the 4 conference system is not fair, well the only solution is to go back to the 2 conference system. Otherwise there is nothing better you can do (considering that the schedule is a non-changeable factor to reduce travel).
At same time, while you face half the games within the division the argument can be made that if you're really a good team and play well the other half the games vs non-division opponents you'll be fine. The problem however is that you can be 5th best team in the league and not make it. That doesn't make sense to me. If a team is gaining from a weak division when they face other teams they will likely lose.

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