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12-20-2012, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by NYRFAN218 View Post
They aren't doing anything less than 40. The least you will see is 48. The precedent is there from 95 and Bettman's on record saying he wouldn't go through with anything less as he believes there's no integrity in the season at that point. The entire schedule has to be redone if there's an agreement, doesn't matter how many games have been cancelled to this point.

48 isn't some magic number, it's just the number from 1995. There was a reason for it. At the time, there were 26 teams. If you take half the teams (your own conference) minus your own team, you get 12. This means that you can play 2 games at home and 2 games away for a total of 48.

This season 48 makes no sense. If anything, it can be 42: each team in the conference playing once home and once away, plus split either home or away with each additional conference team. Basically, it would be 3 games per conference opponent.

Had they settled things a little earlier, they could've played 56 games or 4 games per conference opponent.

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