Divisional pairings across conferences. (MOD: Playing Matrix)
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02-15-2013, 01:53 PM
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I've said before, I liked the alignment the nhl proposed last year.
One thing to consider is there will almost definitely be some form of a play in round. So you could do a deal where the top three in each of the four conferences are automatically in the 16 team tournament.
Each fourth place team hosts a play in game. You play the fifth place team from your conference unless the sixth place team from another conference with more teams has more points. In that case, the sixth place team from conference "a" would play the fourth place team in conference "d" for the spot in conference "d"
That way it helps even the odds for each division to make it. Its still not perfect though, because you could end up with a team like LA playing through new york's division. Which would be a nightmare for travel. But it would only be temporary until they get to 32 teams.
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