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12-27-2012, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by DatBoyJPP View Post
NHL playoffs can't work with byes. There will not be any playoff expansion
The first round would have to be a best if 3 played in 4 nights. That would give teams with a bye 5 or 6 nights off, which you do get at some points during the season (though usually early on) so it is not out of the ordinary.

I believe the league had byes in 70's under the 12 team format.

I do think expanded playoffs will be coming (at least for this year to start). I also think expanding to 32 teams will happen after a couple of years. Then you go 8 divisions in 4 conferences top-5 in each conference make it. That would actually make seeding races more interesting as each seed has a reward of the previous seed.

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