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01-03-2013, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Mightygoose View Post
I'm really hoping the league does not consider adding the extra playoff teams until at least expansion happens.

If I'm not mistaken, the league has never increased the number of playoff teams without a subsequent expansion in the same season.

Inagual season 1917-18 - 2 playoff teams with 4 in the league (used split season champs in the early years.

Increase to 3 playoff teams in 1924-25 - league expaded to 6

Increase to 6 playoff teams in 1926-27 - league grew from 7 to 10

Decrease to 4 playoff teams in 1942-43 - league over time contracted to original 6 era

Increase to 8 playoff teams in 1967-68 - league grew from 6 to 12

Increase to 12 playoff teams in 1974-75 - league grew from 16 to 18

Increase to 16 playoff teams in 1979-80 - league grew from 17 to 21 due to WHA merger.

So they should keep it as it is for now.
Or they need to catch up for the 9 teams that they added without increasing the playoff field. After all, the NHL has never added that many teams without increasing the playoff field.

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