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02-25-2013, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by patnyrnyg View Post
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.
Thanks for the clarification. I'll amend my point to say that the NHL did go with that divisional playoffs for, what, 10 seasons, and it did help produce some intense rivalries that exist to this day.

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