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02-07-2013, 02:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Shockmaster View Post
If both teams were good, it wouldn't matter. Detroit and Colorado would only play twice in the 4 conference format. Even if Colorado got better, there'd be no rivalry because of the divisional format.

And what about the rivalries that have been created but will be destroyed by the new 4 conference alignment? Those teams would only play twice a year.

The current format isn't diminishing the rivalries like Boston/Montreal or Pittsburgh/Philadelphia. The 4 conference format will however diminish conference rivalries that have been created over the past 20 years.
Originally Posted by Shockmaster View Post
Some matchups are best saved for the second round and beyond.

A lot of pro-divisional people say this now. I wonder how many of their minds will change after the same matchups every year. It'll get repetitive and dry eventually.
You're right about the repitition, divisional playoffs is not a good thing. A divisional matchup in round 3 would be lost if the playoff format changed. No more exciting conference finals between Detroit-Chicago, Devils-Rangers, Penguins-Flyers, and other combos from the Atlantic Division. Imagine a Bruins-Canadiens conference finals? It would be insain! Vancouver-Chicago has become a great rivalry in the regular season and playoffs.

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