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02-15-2013, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by XX View Post

How the NFL does it. It'd be interesting to see if such an approach could be used in the NHL. Not really all that radically different from the rotating opposite conference divisions we saw before.
Not all that different, and yet very different. Compare Minnesota to Arizona, for example. They may end up close for a playoff spot.

1) They don't play each other.
2) They will have 5 games in common.
2a) None from the other conference.
2b) Three in that AZ plays Det once, and MN play Det twice. MN plays Sea once, AZ plays SEA twice.
2c) One each in the crossover divisions: MN plays the whole East, and AZ plays Philly; AZ plays the whole South, and MN plays Carolina.

That's not many games in common. It's also just one example. Other examples have more in common...

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