NHL to Expand 2 teams in Canada - THN
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10-15-2012, 11:53 PM
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I have to say that for a 4-Division setup, I like your Division-divider concept to adapt to the scheduling. That's excellent.
But another option would be to just go with 4-team Divisions to begin with, with each Division having one other Division in which it plays against all those teams 4 times.
As for the actual alignment, well that's another issue.
The reason to go with 8-team rather than 4-team divisions is the playoffs:
In a four-team division setup you'd have to keep conference playoffs.
You have teams playing schedules with 20 different games from each other, and comparing point totals for the playoffs.
The odds of someone getting screwed skyrockets.
In an eight-team division, you go with divisional playoffs. And while the schedules are slightly different, teams competing for the same playoff spot would have only six different games from each other (less than the 11 they have now!).
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