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02-01-2013, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by DevilChuk View Post
Little confused as to why the WC playoffs would employ that whole convoluted system but the EC playoffs would just be straight up normal.

Any reason why? # of teams in each conference is the same.. if its for travel reasons, then this isn't really solving the problem, it's just making it look nice

1) The NHL voted in their realignment package 26-4, supposedly with all of the franchises in the two western-most "conferences" approving. Therefore, they don't mind the regular season schedule.

2) The NHLPA voted against the realignment, and besides the travel issue, the main problem was the playoff qualification. This still keeps the 8 of 15 teams per conference qualification, so technically all teams have the same odds starting the season.

3) The NHL wanted "conference-based" playoffs, probably to limit the issues with playoff game start times, not travel. It gets difficult if it is five from one division and three from another, but it still works.

The only other way I see it is the day after the regular season ends is to hold a draft to figure out your opponents, because that makes the regular season more meaningful.

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