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01-06-2012, 11:28 PM
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KingsFan7824
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Originally Posted by johnjm22 View Post
Why couldn't they have just had two conferences, and split each one into two divisions?

Conference I
Division A
Carolina
Columbus
New Jersey
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Washington

Division B
Boston
Buffalo
Florida
Montreal
Ottawa
Tampa Bay
Toronto


Conference II
Division C
Chicago
Dallas
Detroit
Minnesota
Nashville
St. Louis
Winnipeg

Division D
Anaheim
Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose
Vancouver


15 teams per conference. Winner of each division gets an automatic playoff berth. Spots 3-8 are determined by record. This would be much more fair because the top 8 teams from both conferences make the playoffs.
Because Detroit would not want to be the only eastern time zone team in the western conference. They don't like having to go to the west coast so much during the regular season, plus maybe playing 3 playoff series against 3 west coast teams. The teams in the central time zone aren't big fans of playing in the pacific time zone so much either.

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