HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 11:46 AM
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Prior to 1-8 conference seeding that started with 93-94 playoffs, this is exactly how it was in the NHL (Except instead of "conferences" they were "divisions"). And I bet if you go back and look at standings pre 93-94, you'll see this very issue come up. Point is, a "purist" would say that this is the way to go since it is exactly what the NHL did prior to 93-94.
It didn't start until 81-82 (or maybe 82-83). Before that, it was a 1-16 seeding league-wide. In the 70s, when 12 made the play-offs the 4 division winners got first round byes and were seeded 1-4.
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